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September 2019

  • Monday, September 9th "Life Adapts to the Situation": Survival Strategies of the Polish Society During 1939-1945

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    Monday, September 9, 20192:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    During the German occupation, to a large part of the Polish people, everyday struggle for existence was more challenging than participation in resistance and armed conflict. The lecture will analyze and categorize strategies of survival that, according to contemporary definitions, form systems of values, which identify existing threats and provide survival mechanisms. The scope of the lecture will be limited to the Polish intelligentsia mostly in the German-occupied General Government, with limited focus on the Polish areas incorporated directly into the Reich.

    Contact

    Joseph Hawker
    416-946-8698


    Speakers

    Jerzy Kochanowski
    Speaker
    Professor, University of Warsaw

    Piotr Wrobel
    Chair
    Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish Studies, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Konstanty Reynert Chair in Polish Studies

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Monday, September 16th Repositioning the Lusatian Sorbs in Post-reunification Germany: Demands, Support, and Migration

    DateTimeLocation
    Monday, September 16, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    The Sorbs of Lusatia are a Slavic minority community which has traditionally lived in parts of present-day Saxony and Brandenburg in Germany. Their identity is primarily expressed through the use of Upper and Lower Sorbian, West Slavic languages currently spoken by approximately 20,000 people in total. It is also reflected in these individuals’ self-identification as Sorbs, as members of the Sorbian society, who cultivate and receive Sorbian culture, wear Sorbian costumes, attend Sorbian religious services or participate in the teaching of Sorbian.

    In my talk, I will discuss a number of factors that play a role in the maintenance of the Sorbian identity. These include the political representation of Sorbian interests on the state level, education (from preschools to elementary and high schools), higher education and research, religion, media (magazines, newspapers, radio, television, internet) and cultural institutions (music ensembles, book publishers, museums, theaters).
    I will also explore the conditions necessary for the maintenance of the Sorbian language, culture and identity. Above all, and as history has shown, the state must be able to create policies which promote a minority-friendly atmosphere. Every citizen living in a bilingual territory is deserving of support. However, from the more contemporary perspective, the efforts for the continued existence of the Sorbian people can only succeed if their own initiatives, the tolerance and support of these initiatives from all citizens, and initiatives favoring government intervention work in cooperation with one another.

    The Sorbs’ own efforts will be able to develop only to the degree that they are accepted by the German population, as the minority is always dependent on the goodwill of the majority. The specific situation of the Sorbs as an ethnic group lacking a “home country” in which they would be the majority is accompanied by the fact that, to date, no adequate answers to many fundamental questions have been found.


    Speakers

    Timo Meškank
    Institute for Sorbian Studies, University of Leipzig


    Main Sponsor

    Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

    Sponsors

    German Academic Exchange Service

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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October 2019

  • Friday, October 4th Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

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    Friday, October 4, 201912:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Jelena Subotic (PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007) is Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA. She is the author of two books: Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009, Serbian translation 2010) and Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism (Cornell University Press, forthcoming, 2019). Professor Subotic is the author of more than twenty scholarly articles on international relations theory, memory politics, national identity, human rights, and the politics of the Western Balkans.

    Contact

    Larysa Iarovenko
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Jelena Subotic
    Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA



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