The Concilium Civitas Almanac is a collection of articles submitted by Concilium Civitas members. It offers an overview of global phenomena and trends that in the authors’ view are of special significance for and in Poland.

All the articles are available here in Polish and English.

Paul H. Dembiński (economist, Friborg) – Humanity at work – towards a comprehensive statistical picture
Ladislau Dowbor (economist, Sao Paulo) – Our common human challenges – beyond political quarrels
Grzegorz Ekiert (political scientist, Harvard) – Dark side of civil society
Małgorzata Fidelis (historian, Chicago) – Marching with women: past and present
Marta Figlerowicz (cultural expert, Yale) – Internet counter-stories
Jan Grabowski (historian, Ottawa) – Polish problem with the Holocaust
Jan Tomasz Gross (historian, sociologist, Princeton) – The Holocaust is part of Polish history
Anna Grzymała-Busse (political scientist, Stanford) – Poland as an anomaly in relations between the Church and the state?
Krzysztof Jasiewicz (sociologist, political scientist, Lexington) – Two nations?
Maciej Kisilowski (lawyer, Vienna) – We want to strengthen Polish democracy? Let’s take an example from European institutions (with Wojciech Przybylski)
Elżbieta Korolczuk (sociologist, Stockholm) – Populism, inequalities and the seduction of social citizenship
Martin Krygier (lawyer, Sydney) – Return to the wrong path, sabotage and the rule of law: learning from mistakes
Jan Kubik (political anthropologist, UCL, Rutgers) – Cultural contradictions of post-communism
George Mink (sociologist, Paris) – Europe and its neighbors. History and national memory. Change of scale
Jan Pakulski (political scientist, Hobart) – Populism and the elite perspective
Krzysztof Pomian (historian of ideas, Paris) – Democracy: the art of compromise
Adam Przeworski (political scientist, New York) – Invisible sabotage
Wojciech Sadurski (lawyer, Sydney) – Poland after 2015: populism – authoritarianism – democracy
Jan Toporowski (economist, London) – Comments on populism and new ideas of Michał Kalecki
Nina Witoszek (cultural historian, Oslo) – Revolution of dignity and its driving forces
Anna Zalewska (economist, Bath) – FinTech, banks and stock exchanges
Jan Zielonka (political scientist, Oxford) – Where is the counterrevolution?

Palace of Culture and Science (12th floor of PKiN)


Tuesday, 9 July

8.30 am – opening reception – 12th floor of PKiN (Palace of Culture and Science)
9.30 am – opening of Concilium members bookstall
10.30 am – Press conference about Concilium Civitas, launch of the Almanac and of the Concilium Civitas website. Members of the Initiative Group and Jacek Żakowski
11.00 am – Inaugural session
Welcome on behalf of the host: Jacek Żakowski (Head of the Faculty of New Media and Journalism at Collegium Civitas, ‘Polityka’ weekly)
Opening: representative of the Initiative Group

11.20 am – Panel 1: Democracy as a Challange
Moderator: Konrad Piasecki (Collegium Civitas, TVN24)
(brief introduction to the panelists’ articles from the Almanac followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience)
Jan Zielonka (Oxford): Counter-revolution: A Few Years Later
Maciej Kisilowski (Budapest): Is Decentralization a Remedy for Polish Democracy?
Martin Krygier (Sydney): Backsliding, Sabotage and the Rule of Law: Learning from Mistakes
Monika Nalepa (Chicago): Gradual Erosion of the Rule of Law
Jan Pakulski (Hobart): Populism and the Perspective of the Elites

Additional events to attend:
1.30 pm – promotion of Wojciech Sadurski’s book: ‘Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown”, Oxford University Press, Oxford, published May 2019; with the author’s participation via Skype.
Moderator: Jan Pakulski
Participation: Adam Bodnar
2.00 pm – promotion of Jan Zielonka’s book: ‘Counter-revolution’, Oxford University Press 2018/PWN 2018 with the author’s participation
Moderator: Grzegorz Ekiert
2.30 pm – Jak Kubik: about research on populism in the context of European Union’s research programs supported by Horizon 2020.
Moderator: Nina Witoszek

3 pm – Panel 2: Challenges of the New Economy
Moderator: Grzegorz Sroczyński (Collegium Civitas,
(brief introduction to the panelists’ articles from the Almanac followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience)
Beata Javorcik (Oxford, EBRD): Why it is Worth Attracting Direct Foreign Investments
Ania Zalewska (Bath): FinTech, Banks and Stock Markets
Paul H. Dembiński (Fribourg): Humanity at Work
Ladislau Dowbor (São Paulo): Our Common Challenges
Jan Toporowski (London): Populism and Michał Kalecki
4.30 pm – coffee break

Additional events to attend:
5 pm – promotion of Nina Witoszek’s book ‘The Origins of Anti-authoritarianism’, Routledge, 2018
Moderator: Grzegorz Sroczyński
5.30 pm – Special session: Political marketing 2.0 (Celebrating Ten Years of the Panoptykon Foundation)
Moderator: Edwin Bendyk (Collegium Civitas, ‘Polityka’ weekly)
Michał Kosiński’s short lecture: How we Make Electoral Decisions and how they are Influenced by Political Marketing
Discussion with experts from Poland: Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Dominik Batorski, Anna Mierzyńska, Krzysztof Izdebski

Wednesday, 10 July

10.00 am – Panel 3: New Society for New Times
Moderator: Rafał Woś (Collegium Civitas, ‘Tygodnik Powszechny’ weekly)
(brief introduction to the panelists’ articles from the Almanac followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience)
Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard): The dark side of civil society
Elżbieta Korolczuk (Stockholm): Populism, inequalities and the decline of social citizenship
Jan Kubik (Rutgers): The cultural contradictions of post-communism
Nina Witoszek (Oslo): The revolution of dignity and its drivers
Marta Figlerowicz (Yale): Genderqueer
11.30 am – coffee break

Additional events to attend:
12 noon – Promotion of Ladislau Dowbor’s book: ‘The Age of Unproductive Capital’ (Cambridge Scholars, 2019) with the author’s participation
Moderator: Grzegorz Sroczyński

12.30 pm – Panel 4: The new past
Moderator: Michał Komar (Collegium Civitas)
(brief introduction to the panelists’ articles from the Almanac followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience)
Małgorzata Fidelis (Chicago): Marching with women
Jan Grabowski (Ottawa): The Polish Problem with the Holocaust
Georges Mink (Paris): Europe and its Neighbours
Krzysztof Pomian (Paris): Democracy: The Art of Compromise
2.00 pm – break

3.00 pm – Panel 5: New Poland – New Europe – New World
Moderator: Karolina Lewicka (Collegium Civitas, TOK FM radio)
Beata Javorcik (Oxford, EBRD)
Ladislau Dowbor (São Paulo)
Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard)
Jan Zielonka (Oxford)
4.30 pm – a glass of wine

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The PDF file is identical in the graphic form with the paper edition.
Note – file in Polish.

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