“Academia in Public Discourse” – 2011

“Academia in Public Discourse” is a project initiated by the «Artes Liberales Institute» Foundation (FIAL) and the University of Warsaw’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales” (IBI AL) as a continuation of these institutions’ experiences with reforming the system of higher education in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe, and with building relationships and jointly searching for a place for academia in the contemporary world.

In particular, the project aims to build lasting bridges between the Polish and Russian academic communities in the course of intensive dialogue with other participants of the public debate. We are convinced that such a dialogue can contribute to cooperation that will last and springs from a genuine need.

The project will begin with the pilot programme “Opening the Window: Poland-Russia”, involving three Polish-Russian meetings of participants from Poland and Russia, held in turn in Poland and Russia. Each meeting will comprise a 3-day debate featuring leading specialists from both countries and workshops enabling the participants to hold discussions and share their reflections inspired by the two nations’ historical and cultural experience.

Between meetings, seminars on the topics of successive debates will be held at IBI AL, the hosts being from Poland and Russia.

The initiative’s further development depends on the quality of the dialogue we manage to activate and on whether we reach people who will get involved in the project wholeheartedly and out of a genuine need.

Programme for 2011:

  • Debate I: “Poland-Russia: Transatlantic Security Context” (and the workshop:Chronotopos of Warsaw: time-space dimension of the capital of Poland)

4-11 May 2011, Warsaw

June 2011, Rostov-on-Don

Program RU-ENG

  • Debate IIIRussia-Poland: Mutual Clichés (and the workshop: Masterpieces of Polish and Russian Culture)

December 2011, Warsaw

  • Spring Open Seminars introducing the topics of the June Debate II

April-May 2011

  • Autumn Open Seminars introducing the topics of the December Debate III

October-November 2011


For detailed information please contact: Magdalena Gorlińska, Program Manager at maggo@ibi.uw.edu.pl
Instytut Badań Interdyscyplinarnych “AL” (Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales”)
University of Warsaw
Warsaw, ul. Nowy Świat 69, door B, 4th floor
tel.  +48 22 828 02 84, fax.: +48 22 828 02 85