skip to primary navigationskip to content

Forum on Geopolitics

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Studying at Cambridge

 

People Power: Polish Solidarity and the Ukrainian Revolution

When May 05, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
Contact Name
Add event to calendar vCal
iCal

As part of an ongoing commitment to the exploration of Polish-Ukrainian issues, Cambridge Polish Studies, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Forum on Geopolitics present a public symposium on the connections between two popular revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: the Polish "Solidarity" revolution of the 1980s and the "Maidan" movement (or movements) of post-1991 independent Ukraine.

Solidarity.jpg

Speakers will include:

Krzysztof Bobiński (former co-chair of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum) 

Zbigniew Bujak (legendary leader of the Solidarity movement)

Paweł Kowal (former delegate to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee)

Andrii Portnov (historian at Humboldt University) 

Marci Shore (intellectual historian at Yale University)

Oksana Zabuzhko (Ukraine's most celebrated contemporary novelist)

 

In two sessions of presentations and discussion, we will examine the legacy of Poland's Solidarity movement and the possible connections with Ukraine's "Maidan" revolutions, especially the Euromaidan Revolution of 2014. In particular, we will ask whether there are lessons to be learned from Poland's successful post-1989 transition, and whether Ukrainian activists can draw on the experience of Poland's anti-communist civil society movement as they attempt to force lasting change to the institutions of a new democracy.

What are the major contextual similarities and differences between the two movements? How did Solidarity manage the transition from civic movement to political force shaping democratic institutions? What is the current significance of Polish support for Ukraine? How have Solidarity veterans - including Zbigniew Bujak - shared their experience with Ukrainian civil society groups? What is the present state of the Ukrainian Revolution and how can it continue to move forward?

 

Programme

Session 1, 3:00 - 5:00pm:  Marci Shore, Krzysztof Bobiński, Andrii Portnov.

Coffee break, 5:00 - 5:30pm.

Session 2, 5:30 - 7:30pm:  Zbigniew Bujak, Oksana Zabuzhko, Paweł Kowal.

 

All are welcome. Please click here to reserve a free ticket via Eventbrite.

 

 

More information about this event…

Upcoming events

The Falklands/Malvinas 35 Years On

Jul 03, 2017

Alison Richard Building, SG2

Upcoming events

RSS Feed Latest news

Decline reading group end of term report

Jun 26, 2017

In 2017 the Forum on Geopolitics convened a reading group for a series of eight discussions titled: ‘From Thucydides to Trump. Decline in History.’ The reading group investigated the causes of the decline of nations, empires and civilizations, bringing together participants from the fields of history, law, business, public policy, urban studies, physics, and ecology. The group read texts by Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Ibn Khaldun, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Hegel, Nietzsche, and social theorist Joseph Tainter. The texts were chosen for their theoretical power, intellectual rigour, and capacity to shed light on the state of the world in the twenty-first century. In a future effort, the Forum hopes to expand its scope of inquiry by addressing the problem of developing grand strategy in the context of decline.

Forum on Geopolitics hosts former Catalonian president

Jun 26, 2017

The Forum on Geopolitics was honoured to host Artur Mas, the 129th president of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Forum on Geopolitics Triple Bill on Brexit Report

Jun 06, 2017

The University of Cambridge’s Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to present this report of a series of three events held in May focusing on Brexit as part of its “Britain and Europe” research projects.

Michael Gove gives talk to Forum on Geopolitics

May 12, 2017

The Forum on Geopolitics hosts Michael Gove

View all news

« June 2017 »
June
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930