Neotraditionalism and Polish post-modernism

While defining the transformations in Poland after 1989, indicated are processes that corresponded with changes in social, economic and moral life, but also to varying degrees, they regarded the phenomena of culture, art and the humanities. These processes are often referred to as postmodernity. It is one of the more far reaching categories of contemporary humanities, and at the same time, this category is large enough to cover a multitude of transformations. Postmodernism is also characterized by the fact that it becomes a critical tool in shaping total plans/visions of a new future. And while postmodernity is part of the globalization process, it also represents a critical buffer to it. At the same time, freedom is acknowledged as a superior value within postmodernity. The issue of shaping freedom became a significant element of the transformation processes after 1989. However, the category of neo-traditionalism, which was to restore the torn continuity (by war and communism) of the formation of Polish identity or of Polishness, was gaining importance concurrently with postmodernism. And in this field, neo-traditionalization in the building of continuity began to reach for the selected elements of the past to be able to actively confront them with the new reality a postmodern one, while simultaneously defining the foundations of shaping the newly understood tradition.

The purpose of our meeting will be to look at these two categories. They both appear side by side and are the result of the changes at that time. Invited guests Jan Sowa, Paweł Rojek, Maria Kobielska, and Tomasz Majewski will be considering whether changing Poland should thoughtlessly give into the processes of globalization, postmodernism, or should it return to the traditions (based on Christianity, Polish culture and the Catholic church) interrupted by the war and communism? They will also discuss what both categories of postmodernism and neotraditionalism are in the Polish approach and whether their dichotomy shapes modern Polish identity.


  • Participating in the discussion
    • Ph.D. Maria Kobielska
    • Ph.D. Tomasz Majewski
    • Ph.D. Paweł Rojek
  • Moderation
    • Ph.D. Jan Sowa

The headline: Oskar Dawicki, This is not a flag, 2014, photo Raster gallery, Warsaw