Opening Keynote Address:

Professor Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University

Four Meanings of Trauma: Bodily, Mental, Social and Cultural

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:00 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Piotr Sztompka is a professor emeritus of sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea (London), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Boston). In 2002, at the World Congress of Sociology in Brisbane (Australia), he was elected President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), where he served until 2006. In 1995 he was awarded a major international award, the New Europe Prize, in Uppsala, Sweden; he has also twice received the Academic Prize of the Prime Minister of Poland. He has won the Pitirim Sorokin Prize and an honorary Doctorate from The State University of the Social Sciences in Moscow, and recently, a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Soedertoern University in Stockholm and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2016). He has frequently been a visiting professor at universities in the USA (seventeen times), Mexico, Argentina, Australia, and Europe, and has been awarded fellowships at five institutes for advanced study (Stanford, Berlin, Uppsala, Wassenaar and Budapest). He has published thirty books, most of them in English, and more than two hundred academic articles. His most important books include: System and Function (1974), Sociological Dilemmas (1979), Robert Merton: An Intellectual Profile (1986), also published in Chinese, Society in Action: The Theory of Social Becoming (1991), The Sociology of Social Change (1993), also published in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese, Trust: A Sociological Theory (1999), also published in Chinese and Russian, and Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (co-author, 2005). His textbook, Sociology: Analysis of Society, which also came out in Russian, is used in sociology classes at all of Poland’s universities, and became a nationwide bestseller, selling 60,000 copies. A new expanded and revised edition has been released in Poland (2012). Apart from sociological theory, philosophy of the social sciences, and social change, his recent academic interests include visual sociology and the sociology of everyday life.

Closing Keynote Address:

Professor Moshe Szyf,

McGill University, Montreal,

How Does the Social Environment “Talk” to the Genome?

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Moshe Szyf received his PhD from the Hebrew University and did his postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeuetics in 1989 and currently holds a James McGill Professorship and GlaxoSmithKline-CIHR Chair in Pharmacology. He is the founding co-director of the Sackler Institute for Epigenetics and Psychobiology at McGill and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Experience-based Brain and Biological Development program. Szyf has been the founder of the first “Pharma” to develop epigenetic pharmacology “Methylgene Inc.” and the first journal in epigenetics “Epigenetics”. Szyf lab has proposed two decades ago that DNA methylation is a prime therapeutic target in cancer and other diseases and has postulated and provided the first set of evidence that the “social environment” early in life can alter DNA methylation launching the emerging field of “social epigenetics”.

Keynote Seminars:

Professor Kate Brown,

University of Maryland,

Traumatic Memory:

How Chernobyl Health Problems Were Forgotten

as Soon as They Were Discovered

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:30 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is Professor of History at UMBC. She is the author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford 2013), which won seven book prizes, including the Dunning and Beveridge prizes from the American Historical Association for the best book in American history. Brown’s A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) was awarded the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History. Brown’s most recent book Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten was published in 2015. Brown is the recipient of many fellowships, including from the John D. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for Humanities. She is presently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a Carnegie Fellow. She is currently writing a history of human survival and endurance in communities circling the Chernobyl Zone.

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Professor Michał Paweł Markowski,

University of Illinois at Chicago/Jagiellonian University,

The Rage of Matter: Modernity as Traumatic Experience

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 11:00 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Michał Paweł Markowski, the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature and Head of Slavic Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a permanent visiting professor at Jagiellonian University. Since 1997 he has published more than 30 volumes of books, editions and translations on literature and philosophy, and about 400 larger and smaller essays, articles, and columns. The most recent publications include: Sun, Possibility, Joy (a collection of essays on art and literature, 2010), The Universal Dissolution: Schulz, Existence, Literature (2012), The Politics of Sensibility: An Introduction to the Humanities (2013), Day on Earth: Traveling Prose (2014), which combines fiction, travel essays, and photography, and The Dribble (2015), a collection of essays on modern life and culture. He is a co-editor of two series: Hermeneia and Horizons of Modernity and sits on Editorial Boards of Teksty Drugie, and Slavic Review. He was awarded with The Kościelscy Prize for essay writing (2000) and the Kazimierz Wyka Prize for Literary Criticism (2011). In January 2015 he had an individual exhibition of photographs called Line and Land in the Dreambox Gallery in Chicago.

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Professor Małgorzata Sugiera,

Jagiellonian University,

Provincializing Trauma. A Case of Mr. Holmes

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 11:30 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Małgorzata Sugiera is a Full Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and Head of the Department of Performance Studies. Her main research areas are performance theories, cultural studies and queer studies. She has published ten books in Polish, most recently Other Shakespeare: New Readings of the European Canon (2009) and, together with Mateusz Borowski, In the Trap of Opposites: Ideologies of Identity (2012). Her book Nonhumans: Reports from Artificial Natures came out in December 2015. She has co-edited three books in English and German: Fictional Realities / Real Fictions. Contemporary Theatre in Search of a New Mimetic Paradigm (2007); Theater spielen und denken. Polnische Texte des 20. Jahrhunderts (2008); Worlds in Words: Storytelling in Contemporary Theatre and Playwriting (2010). She is also an active translator into Polish of German, English and French books and theatre plays. She is a member of the interdisciplinary panel of experts of the European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels, Belgium, and of the Review Panel of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

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Professor Peter Arnds,

Trinity College Dublin,

Into the Cold: On the Uses and Abuses of Water

in Literature and Politics

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 09:30 AM

Conference Room, Hotel Stary, 05 Szczepańska Street


Peter Arnds is currently Head of the German Department and the Director of Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He has held visiting positions at the University of Kabul, JNU Delhi, and the University of Adelaide. His publications include several books -- on the Wilhelm Raabe and Charles Dickens (Peter Lang, 1997), Representation, Subversion and Eugenics in Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum (Camden House 2004), Lycanthropy in German Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2015); on Translating Holocaust Literature (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), the translation of Patrick Boltshauser's novel Stromschnellen ('Rapids', Dalkey Archive Press, 2014, nominated for the IMPAC, Dublin International Literary Award), and A Rare Clear Day (RedFox Press 2015), a collection of his poetry and water colours. Peter has also published numerous short stories and poems. His novel Searching for Alice has just been accepted by Dalkey Archive Press. Most recently he has spent several months as a Fellow to JNU, Delhi and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide to work on prose and a project entitled 'Wolves of the World: Myth, Trauma, Literature.' He was a writer-in-residence at the Heinrich Boell Cottage on Achill Island, County May, Ireland. He is a permanent Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the PEN Centre for German writers abroad.

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Professor Paweł Dybel,

Pedagogical University in Krakow,

Polish Academy of Sciences,

The Beautiful Tulip, the Corpse and the Sans of the Pure Cut.

Derrida's Traumatic Aesthetics

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Paweł Dybel is professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology UP Cracow. Main areas of interest: modern philosophy (hermeneutics, phenomenology, poststructuralism), psychoanalytic theories, theory of art, history of Polish psychoanalysis. Scholar of Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, DAAD, DFG, The British Academy, The Kosciuszko Foundation, The Mellon Foundation. He authored The Interrupted Paths, Kraków 2001, The Riddle of “Second Sex”, Kraków 2006, Crumbs of Psychoanalysis. Freuds Theory between Hermeneutics and Poststructuralism, Kraków 2009, Painting with a Body. The Philosophy of Painting by Merleau-Ponty, Gdańsk 2012, Gadamers Thought on Art, Gdańsk 2014); The Faces of Hermeneutics, Krakow 2012, Dilemmas of Democracy, Krakow 2015; Psychoanalysis –the Promised Land?, Kraków 2016; Psychoanalytische Brocken. Philosophische Essays, Wuerzburg 2016. He published numerous articles in German and English (a.o. Truth in Psychoanalysis, in: Hurly-Burly. The International Lacanian Journal of Psychoanalysis, Heft 2 November 2009 s. 179-185; Modernity versus Postmodernity. Various Aspects of the Problem of Periodization. In: (ed. L.Koczanowicz, D.Schauffler) Discussing Modernity. A Dialogue with Martin Jay, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York 2013 p. 115-125; Die Psychoanalyse –ein gelobtes Land? Zur Kulturgeschichte der psychoanalytischen Bewegung in Polen, in: Psyche, März 2014 Stuttgart S. 216 – 247; Das Wissen vom Unsinn. Die Frage nach dem wissenschaftlichen Status der Psychoanalyse. In: (ed. H.Lang, P.Dybel, G.Pagel) Grenzen der Interpretation in Hermeneutik und Psychoanalyse, Königshausen&Neumann, Würzburg 2014 p. 29-72).

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Professor Andrzej Leder,

Polish Academy of Sciences,

Eichmann as a Symptom

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:30 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Andrzej Leder is a cultural philosopher, a psychotherapist. A graduate of the Medical University of Warsaw, an associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has collaborated with the Res Publica Nowa magazine for years. The author of the books: Przemiana mitów, czyli życie w epoce schyłku. Zbiór esejów [A Change of Myths: Life in the Age of Decadence. A Collection of Essays, 1997], Nieświadomość jako pustka [Unconsciousness as Void, 2001], Nauka Freuda w epoce Sein und Zeit [Freud's Science in the Sein und Zeit Age, 2007], Prześniona rewolucja. Ćwiczenie z logiki historycznej [Over-dreamt Revolution. Exercise on Historical Logic, 2014]. This last book was nominated for the Nike Literary Award.

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Professor Adam Lipszyc,

Polish Academy of Sciences,

The Shattered Voice of Witness: Ludwik Hering and the Shoah

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 13:00 AM

Aula, Collegium Novum, 24 Gołębia Street


Adam Lipszyc is Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Science. He teaches in Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and at the Franz Kafka University of Muri. He has published five books in Polish as well as a number of papers in Polish and English. In his work, he focuses mostly on traces of Jewish theology in the 20th century thought and literature, as well as on the philosophical implications of psychoanalysis. His most recent publications include a study of Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of language and justice (Justice on the Tip of the Tongue, 2012) and a study of Paul Celan’s poetry (The Time of the Poem, 2015). He co-edited (together with Agata Bielik-Robson) a volume of essays Judaism in Contemporary Thought. Traces and Influence (2014). He edited and co-translated into Polish two volumes of essays, one by Gershom Scholem and one by Walter Benjamin.

Panel Discussion:

Material Witnesses and Terrorscapes

In post-conflict research and remembrance a new turn takes on force and visibility: after ‘the era of the witness’ characterised by the paradigmatic role of survivors’ testimonies, a forensic approach has come into focus. While written and oral source-based historiography made extensive use of trauma theories, how does the new concept of a ‘material witness’ challenge these traditional linguistic approaches to testimony? While physical scientists tend to privilege brute matters of fact as the only true origin of reality, social scientists make language the sole condition of intelligibility. Invoking the speech acts of things is not to propose a recoding of materiality as a quasi-linguistic form that would bring it closer to the social sciences, nor is it a rhetorical displacement of materiality into a set signifying relations that would compose matter into intelligible patterns. It is rather a demand made on behalf of materials that we apprehend the expressive potential of matter to reorganise accepted points of view and customary truths.

In the discussion with Susan Schuppli we would especially like to debate the possible ways of thinking terrorscapes – post-conflict sites – as forms of material witnessing that also produce certain manifestations of trauma, what some have elsewhere called ‘geotrauma’.

Invited Guest:

Susan Schuppli,

Goldsmiths, University of London


Susan Schuppli is an artistand researcher based in London whose work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness (MIT Press), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary. Schuppli is Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and was previously Senior Research Fellow on the Forensic Architecture project. She is a recipient of the ICP Infinity Award, 2016.

Friday, April 21, 3:00 PM, 2017

Aula Błońskiego, Grodzka 64 Street,


Sylwia Papier, Jagiellonian University

Roma Sendyka

Jagiellonian University


Exhibition: Rzeczowy Świadek/Material Witness

Friday, April 21, 2017,

8:30 PM

Spółdzielnia Ogniwo,

Paulińska Street28, Kraków

Curatorial Collective, Research Center for Memory Cultures,

Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

How do items, which we recognize as witnesses, work on us? Can evidences exist without human perception? Will there ever come a time for non-human witnesses when there are no more human witnesses?

The exhibition Rzeczowy świadek presents various uses of forensic science as methods of judicial investigation in contemporary art and the humanities. The adjective forensis in Latin means "public", and art inspired by forensics is a space of debate with the following central theme - the tension between life and death.

What was available before only to specialists and, to a certain extent, enthusiasts of crime movies, has now become integral to the work of philosophers, visual artists, and architects. Before our very eyes a new field of research is emerging in which nature and technology, archival work and law, text and image, labor and creator, historian and public prosecutor interact. In this space, the most important questions posed nowadays by the arts and humanities are raised.

The title of the exhibition refers to the newly developed status of material witnesses. Can they serve as "material evidence", as objects which are required in the prosecutor’s hand? Or are they, with their non-emotional, substantive capacity to report on crime, full-fledged investigators?

Invited by Curatorial Collective, artists (K. Grzywnowicz, M. Kula, Ł. Surowiec, S. Schuppli, A. Tondeur) place their works in a laboratory, where they examine the mutual relations of people, objects, plants, inanimate nature and artifacts of the past. Like the creators of avant-garde art, they become experimenters. They challenge the divisions between artistic practice and research. The main motive here is the meaning of plants (evidential, intimate, private, public, memorial and historical) preserved from the time of the conflict. The interpretation of one of the most famous herbarium (D. Sajewska / R. Luxemburg) combine contemporary works of art with the flourishing of avant-garde.

The exhibition is organized by the Curatorial Collective working under the auspices of the Research Center for Memory Cultures, Jagiellonian University.

Authors of the presented works include Karolina Grzywnowicz, Mateusz Kula, Róża Luxemburg / Dorota Sajewska, Susan Schuppli, Łukasz Surowiec and Anais Tondeur.


Panel Discussion:

The Anthropocene as a Trauma

The heated debate about the Anthropocene as a new geological epoch that should supersede the Holocene in Earth’s history and has been discernibly marked by human presence has continued since the beginning of the new millennium, and its end is difficult to foresee today. The debate has engaged not only geologists but also experts from many fields, which resulted in creating a common ground for an interdisciplinary, or even transdisciplinary discourse wherein the well-known C. P. Snow’s concept of two radically different cultures has been undermined to an unprecedented degree. Nevertheless, the recent discussion on the Anthropocene has morphed into a discourse which is organising our perception of a world picture through a set of human-centred ideas and prescriptions. For this reason the ongoing debate is the best context to revisit the binary opposition between nature and culture in order to bring together arguments for a natureculture continuum. The more so that, as Mateusz Borowski and Małgorzata Sugiera argue in their recent book Sztuczne natury: Performanse technonauki i sztuki (Artificial Natures: Performances of Technoscience and Art, 2016) which provides a background of the panel discussion, we should think about at least four ‘artificial natures’, depending of the perspectives or/and medium we choose.

The aim of the panel discussion, gathering experts from different fields, is to look closely at the dominant concept of the Anthropocene (and a couple of other names and ways of conceptualising the new geological epoch that have been proposed so far) in order to see how the concept has been structured on a modernist model of trauma as a traumatic stasis inflicted on our history and the remnants of wildlife by one catastrophic singularity (techno-apocalypse). The panelists will focus not only on the ways in which the nomenclature of the Anthropocene promotes certain ideas and positions but also on the rhetoric used in scientific, environmental and popular writings, as well as in other media to describe the Anthropocene and describe its influence on our ecological predicament and possible solutions to today’s rapidly progressing devastation of nature. When revisiting the concept, they will seek an urgently needed reconceptualization of the Anthropocene to make it more operative in our complex, heterogeneous, and contingent times.

Invited Guest:

Tony D. Sampson,

University of East London


Dr. Tony D. Sampson is reader in digital cultures and communication at the University of East London. His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media, coedited with Darren Ellis and Stephen Maddison (Rowman and Littlefield, due in 2018). Tony is also the organizer of the Affect and Social Media conferences, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory in Southend, Essex and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Collegium Novum, Aula, Gołębia Street 24,

4:30 PM


Małgorzata Sugiera, Jagiellonian University,

Mateusz Borowski, Jagiellonian University,

Mateusz Chaberski, Jagiellonian University, moderator

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Małgorzata Sugiera, Mateusz Borowski

Sztuczne natury: Performanse technonauki i sztuki (Artificial Natures: Performances of Technoscience and Art, 2016)

The book Sztuczne natury: Performanse technonauki i sztuki (Artificial Natures: Performances of Technoscience and Art, 2016) is based on the premise that the knowledge about nature is not only situated and historical, but also performatively produced across the network of discourses ranging from sciences to arts and popular culture. Starting from this point of view the book examines the links and transitions between those domains of knowledge in four areas which have gained particular prominence in the 19th and 20th centuries. Firstly, it tackles the concepts of life and its various metaphors which came under scrutiny and underwent redefinitions in the context of the development of genetics on the one hand, and climate studies on the other hand. Secondly, it focuses on the problematic notions of body and embodiment, particularly in view of the digitally generated experiences and perceptual schemes. Thirdly, it demonstrates in how far the great project of space exploration contributed to radical reformulation of the interconnections between the idea of civilizational progress and the human conquest of nature. Finally, it examines the impact of the network culture on the fundamental notions in natural sciences, particularly through the example of digital clouds, viruses and contagions. The examples of artistic genres and practices, mostly various forms of science-fiction, are not used as typical illustrations of scientific concepts, but rather as discourses that critically contribute to the forging of historical definitions of natures of various kinds. Each chapter not only investigates the genealogies of those selected notions, but also traces how they come into being within and gain validation due to creative clashes and exchanges between technosciences and arts.


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Generation, Transfer, Trauma

Panel Discussion & Documentary Film Screening

"One Cannot Be Naughty" (“Nie wolno się brzydko bawić”) – a documentary directed by Urszula Sochacka, produced by TVN and the Polish Institute of Film Art.

This film recounts the untold story of a Nazi camp for children and youth on Przemysłowa Street in Łódź, with a branch in Dzierżązna. Its greatest value is in the testimonies of the few surviving ex-prisoners of the camps. In telling the story, the maker and protagonist of the film and her father – a former camp prisoner – move from World War Two to the present. It shows how the experiences of the former prisoners affected the following generations. It outlines the mechanism of transgenerational transmission of trauma, which remains insufficiently described.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hotel Stary, Szczepanska 5 Street,

6:45 PM


Agnieszka Dauksza (moderator, Jagiellonian University)

Roma Ligocka (writer)

Urszula Sochacka (film director)

Ryszard Nycz (Jagiellonian University)

Krzysztof Szwajca (Jagiellonian University Medical College)

Invited Guest:

Roma Ligocka,

writer, painter


Roma Ligocka is a painter and a writer. Her books: The Girl in the Red Coat, Tylko ja sama [Just Me Myself] and Dobre dziecko [Good Child] are bestsellers not only in Poland, but also in other European countries. For many years she worked as a costume designer and a stage designer in many European theaters, operas, as well as in film and television. She received many awards. She received many awards. She also published four volumes of articles: Znajoma z lustra [A Friend form a Mirror], Czułość i obojętność [Sensitivity and Indifference], Wszystko z miłości [Everything from Love] and Księżyc nad Taorminą [The Moon over Taormina]. Her book Róża. Obrazy i słowa [A Rose. Pictures and Words] is illustrated with her painting.

Roma Ligocka comes from the Jewish family, the Abrahamers, which lived in Cracow for many generations. They survived the liquidation of the Cracow’s ghetto = hidden under the paint shop. Under an assumed name she she was hidden with her mother by a Polish family.

After the war she studied painting and scene design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Her first exhibition was organized at the end of 1950s by Piotr Skrzynecki in “Piwnica pod Baranami”. Her paintings were presented in Poland, Germany, USA, England, Switzerland, and Austria. Many of her works are in museums and private collections in Poland, France, England, Israel, Denmark, Germany.

In the middle of the 1960s Ligocka debuted as a playwright in Juliusz Słowacki’s Theatre in Cracow. After the play’s success she moved abroad. For many years she lived in Germany. She worked there as a costume designer and a scene designer for film, theatre and television.

She came back to Cracow at the beginning of the 1990s for the Jewish Culture Festival. At the Cracow’s premiere of the Schindler’s List she recognized herself in one of the film’s heroines – the girl in the red coat. This experience and conversation with Steven Spielberg gave her an impulse to write an autobiography The Girl in the Red Coat, which gave Roma Ligocka a great renown. Translated into 22 languages the book became an international bestseller and the rights for filming were sold to the Hollywood producer. Her newest novel A Good Child ends the personal trilogy of the author. Apart from The Girl in the Red Coat the trilogy also consist of the book Just Me Myself. Books by Roma Ligocka are tales of a remarkable women, who, thanks to a great strength of character, was able to oppose to the sentences of history, find her happiness and make her life meaningful. Even though she experienced tragedy, she still is able to say: “ Life can be beautiful even for somebody who went through hell – but miracles happen. My life was one given to me, and then I gave it to myself.”




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'Modelling the Holocaust: Scale Models of Crematoria and Death Camps'

Tomasz Łysak, University of Warsaw

Scale models are a staple element in museum exhibitions about the Holocaust: from the pioneering visualisations of the Crematorium II created for the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Jankiel Wiernik's eyewitness model of Treblinka to the most recent such as Gerry Judah's model for the Imperial War Museum. These objects differ in their aesthetic strategies but share a common pedagogical approach to showcasing the process of industrialised murder. Showing either topography of a death camp or cutouts of the buildings with the figures of victims in the final moments of their lives, they serve as a 3-D testimony or a transparent representation of murder. 'Modelling the Holocaust: Scale Models of Crematoria and Death Camps' is a photographic project documenting scale models in the following museums: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum; Ghetto Fighters House in Akko, Israel; Yad Vashem in Jerusalem; Imperial War Museum, London; Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, DC; Museum in Treblinka and Museum in Bełżec. The photographs trace the visual inspirations for the models, namely, archive photographs or offer an interpretation of them as a movie set (as imagined by Wiernik in relation to Treblinka).


Photo 1. Mieczysław Stobierski's model of Crematorium II, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in the collection of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.


Photo 2. Jankiel Wiernik's 3-D testimony of Treblinka, in the collection of Ghetto Fighters House, Akko.


Photo 3. Crematorium V in Auschwitz-Birkenau, in the collection of Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie.

All photographs taken with permission of the above-mentioned institutions.

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While in Kraków, you might also want to check out the following events:


Photography Exhibition:

Paris I New York

Piotr Sztompka

Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 18.00

Collegium Maius, Jagiellonska 15 Street

This exhibition is certainly a surprise! Professor Piotr Sztompka is a distinguished scholar tied to the JU Institute of Sociology since the beginning of his career. He is a visiting professor at universities in the USA, Italy, Mexico, Australia and Belgium. His books have been translated into 7 languages, including Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese, while his academic papers have been translated into 13.

However, Professor Sztompka is also a photographer and a globetrotter. His exhibition “Paris/NewYork” is open for visitors in the Collegium Maius Museum up until May 03. We wonder if the students knew of Professor Sztompka’s passion for photography.


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The Power of the Avant-Garde

National Museum in Krakow

Kamienica Szołayskich

Szczepanski Square 9

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00


The exhibition The Power of the Avant-Garde features works which have not been shown to the Polish public before, works by great artists, regarded already as classics in art history, such as Fernand Léger, Edvard Munch, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and Alexander Archipenko. Works produced in the first decades of the 20th century are accompanied by the contemporary ones, dialoguing with historical objects.

These include among others works by David Claerbout, Jeff Wall and Sean Scully. Thus the question arises about the relevance of the avant-garde, about its sources of inspiration and its meanings, as well as its power of influence. The exhibition is complemented by the works of Polish artists: Katarzyna Kobro, Leon Chwistek, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Władysław Strzemiński, Andrzej Pawłowski, Marek Piasecki and the present day artists drawing inspiration from the works of the Polish avant-garde classics.

The avant-garde movements of the first quarter of the 20th century had a strong emotional, intellectual and in some cases also socio-political charge. They were usually accompanied by optimism and a belief in the possibility to reform the world (and change the man). Two world wars and the experience of the European totalitarianisms changed this view. That is why the intergenerational dialogue is not an epigonic phenomenon, though the art of the latter half of the 20th century, burdened with traumas and involved in the overexploited Postmodernist temptations or resorting to the aesthetics of camp, hardly ever musters the courage to be as authentic as avant-garde art.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by art historians and specialists in the field of the avant-garde movements discussing this extremely important and still vivid art tradition.

Exhibition concept developed by Bozar (Centre for Fine Arts Brussels).

The exhibition The Power of the Avant-Garde. Now and Then is shown in the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR) from 29 September 2016 to 22 January 2017 as part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Great War.

Curator of the exhibition presented in Belgium: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bischoff, ex-Director of Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden

Curators of the Krakow edition of the exhibition: Andrzej Szczerski, Magdalena Czubińska
Coordinator: Katarzyna Maniak

Design: BudCud / Agata Woźniczka, Mateusz Adamczyk

Autor: Magdalena Czubińska

Materials from the National Museum in Krakow

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Exhibition "Killing Out of Conviction. The National Socialist "Euthanasia" Murders in Germany and Europe"

developed by Pinel gGmbH and Gedenkort T4 and made possible through funding

from Paritaetischer Wohlfahrtsverband

Exhibition concept: Michael Gollnow, clinical social worker

Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna w Krakowie

Rajska 1 Street,

First floor