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The Polish Peasant in Europe and America
– Symposium 2018

A Centennial of The Polish Peasant in Europe and America:
Inspiration of Thomas and Znaniecki’s Work for Sociological
Scholarship on the Contemporary Globalization Processes

24th and 25th of May, Coll. Minus, Lubrański Hall, Wieniawskiego 1 str., Poznań


First Day: 24th of May

09.00 – 10.00      Registration

10.00 – 10.30      Press briefing

10.30 – 10.50      Symposium opening

10.50 – 11.00      Technical break

11.00 – 12.00      Lecture: Michael Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley; USA)A Century of Ethnography - Celebrating the Global Imagination of The Polish Peasant

12.00 – 12.30     Discussion

12.30 – 12.45      Coffee break

12.45 – 13.30      Lecture: Mary Waters (Harvard University, Cambridge; USA)Thomas and Znaniecki's Continuing Influence on the Study of 21st Century Ethnicity in the US

13.30 – 13.45      Discussion

13.45 – 14.25      Presentations: Beata Halicka (Adam Mickiewicz University, Collegium Polonicum in Słubice; Poland)Written memoirs of settlers in North and West Poland after 1945 as source for historical and cultural research; Mary Patrice Erdmans (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; USA)Locating the narrator as both the subject and object in their life stories

14.25 – 14.45      Discussion

14.45 – 15.30      Lunch

15.30 – 16.15      Lecture: Andrzej Przestalski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; Poland)Florian Znaniecki's Early Philosophical Works and the Polish Peasant

16.15 – 16.30      Discussion

16.30 – 17.40      Presentations: Marcin Grodzki (Binghamton University, New York; USA)Beyond The Polish Peasant: Znaniecki’s theory of the cultural evolution of human knowledge(s) and the logic behind our scientific division of labor; Ryszard Cichocki (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; Poland)Concepts of moral panic as a tool to reinterpret the studies of W. I. Thomas and F. Znaniecki over the emigration of families of Polish peasants to the USA; Anna Sosnowska (University of Warsaw; Poland)Polish Greenpoint and New York City. Gentrification, ethno-racial relations and immigrant labor market at the turn of the 21st century; Dorota Praszałowicz (Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Poland)Social disorganization or re-organization? Polish communities in Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century

17.40 – 18.10      Discussion

18.20 – 19.00      Florian Znaniecki Society meeting

20.00                   Official conference dinner – Restaurant „Pretekst”

Second day: 25th of May

09.00 – 09.45      Lecture: Eli Zaretsky (New School for Social Research, New York; USA)The Individual and the Group in the Transition to Market Society:  What do we learn from The Polish Peasant 100 years after its conception

09.45 – 10.00      Discussion

10.00 – 10.45      Lecture: Martin Bulmer (University of Surrey, Guildford; UK)The Polish Peasant after one hundred years

10.45 – 11.00      Discussion

11.00 – 11.40      Lectures: Michał Nowosielski (University of Warsaw; Poland) and Witold Nowak (University of Warsaw; Poland)How migration policies influence immigrant organizations?; Jakub Isański (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; Poland)A Polish student in Europe and America. On qualitative research of Polish migrants following the Florian Znaniecki's method

11.40 – 12.00      Discussion

12.00 – 12.20      Coffee break

12.20 – 13.00     Presentations: Joseph C. Hermanowicz (University of Georgia, Athens; USA)Change—Social and Personal: Thomas and Znaniecki’s The Polish Peasant for the Study of Contemporary Change in Global Higher Education; Katarzyna Gmaj (Lazarski University, Warsaw; Poland)Inspired by Thomas and Znaniecki. Do we observe the formation of a new Polish-Norwegian society?

13.00 – 13.20      Discussion

13.20 – 14.05      Lecture: Paweł Boski (University SWPS, Warsaw; Poland)100 Years of Polish Peasant in Europe and America: A Document of Historical or also Contemporary Relevance?

14.05 – 14.20      Discussion

14.20 – 15.00      Lunch

15.00 – 15.40      Presentations: Chad Alan Goldberg (University of Wisconsin, Madison; USA)The Polish Peasant as a Study of Civil Incorporation and Nation Building; Krzysztof Brzechczyn (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; Poland)Between essentialism and constructivism in theory of nation. On Florian Znaniecki’s concept of national consciousness

15.40 – 16.00      Discussion

16.00 – 16.45      Lecture: Suava Zbierski-Salameh (Haverford Institute of Public Sociology, USA-Poland)The Peasant Issue and reorganization of Polish Society: Then and Now

16.45 – 17.00      Discussion

17.00 – 17.20      Presentations: Izabela Grabowska (University SWPS, Warsaw; Poland) and Marta Buler (University SWPS, Warsaw; Poland)2018: the centenary of the Polish Peasant in Europe and America through the prism of social remittances.

17.20 – 17.40      Discussion

17.40 – 18.00      Symposium summary