Colonial Entanglements in Central and Eastern Europe Before 1939

Event, 4-5 September 2023, Warsaw, Poland

On 4-5 September, the Institute of Polish Culture will host an international academic conference on 'Colonial Entanglements in Central and Eastern Europe Before 1939'.


Day 1 (4th Sept.)
Session 1A, 10:00–12:15
- Introduction by the organizers: Agata Łuksza, Łukasz Zaremba, Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw
- Ben Dew, Polish Historical Writing in Britain, 1830-1918: Conceptualising Empire
- Agata Łuksza, Black Effigies in the Nineteenth-Century Polish Culture. Methodological Reflections on Racial Fantasies and Performative Blackness in the Absence of Afro-Diasporic People

Session 1B 12:30–1:45
Artist talks by:
- Weronika Szczawińska
- Witek Orski


Day 2 (5th Sept.)
Session 2A 10:00–11:45
- Introduction by the partnering institution: Lena Dallywater, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography
- Łukasz Zaremba, Where Do the Cannibals Live? Transnational Colonial Imagination in 1930’ Poland
- Dorota Kołodziejczyk, Whose Colonies, Whose Fantasies? The Polish pre-WWII Colonial Project in the Light of Postcolonial Discourse

Session 2B 12:00–2:00
- Wacław Forajter, Deadly Whim. Race and Sovereignty in ‘Killing Time’ by Hajota
- Piotr Puchalski, The Postcolonial in Poland’s Entanglements in Africa in the Twentieth Century: A Historical Perspective
- Sofia Gavrilova, Russian Authoritarian Imaginaries. Developing New Spatial Imaginaries and Everyday Strategies through Geographical Education


Session 2C 3:30–5:30

- Zoltán Ginelli, ‘We Never Had Colonies’: Global Histories of Race and Colonialism in Hungary, 1850-1939
- Marta Grzechnik, Sea, Overseas Connections, and Aspirations of Global Status – the Case of Interwar Poland
- Dagnosław Demski, Whose Legacy is it? Tracing Ethnographic Shows in Central and Eastern Europe

Summary and final discussion 5:30–6:00