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Inaugural lecture of the cycle: is Poland a backcountry?

The first lecture entitled Backcountry Complexes & Aspirations was delivered by prof. Jerzy Jedlicki. The meeting was held on April 28 in the Foundation and it initiated the series of lectures on Polish provincialism by outstanding intellectuals and thinkers.

The seminar on Backcountry Complexes & Aspirations by prof. Jerzy Jedlicki is the first of four meetings in the cycle entitled Is Poland A Backcountry to be held in the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre till the end of 2010.

The interdisciplinary approach involving history of ideas, cultural studies, sociology and psychology as well as literature, will allow not only to follow historical peripeteia of the phenomenon but also answer a question of its current relevance.

According to prof. Jerzy Jedlicki "to be a backcountry (or periphery) of European civilisation means deriving more ideas innovations and models from its centres than contributing therein. Poland has been for ages in such – by no means exceptional - situation, which results in complexes, observed in the national culture. What is the remedy and how can we today try to shape our aspirations  –this an issue for considerations ". 

Article in "Gazeta Wyborcza" (a shorter version of the lecture).