Vortrag von Prof. Dr. hab. Marek Kucia (Kraków): Antisemitism and its rejection in Poland: Mapping an indicator of modernisation and the past that has not been dealt with

Mittwoch, 14. Dezember 2016, 12.00 Uhr, SR 274, Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3, FSU Jena (in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Soziologie)

Poland-the country that once was home to the largest Jewish community, where the Holocaust largely took place during the Nazi occupation, and where few Jews are living-scores high in the surveys of antisemitism. The lecture, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), will discuss results of various surveys measuring acceptance and rejection of different antisemitic statements by the country's population. It will also highlight and interpret some demographic and regional differences in these results. It will be argued that the rejection of antisemitism is indicative of the modernisation of Polish society while the acceptance of antisemitism is a sign of a memory of the past that has not been worked through.

Marek Kucia is associate professor of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and director of the Institute of Sociology at this University. He is also a 'Jean Monnet' lecturer at the Jagiellonian University Centre for European Studies. He studied at Kraków and Oxford. He holds an MA in Political Science and MA, PhD, and habilitacja (extended PhD) in Sociology. He was the founder of SCEES - predecesor of CES. His current research interests concern: European society, the changing perceptions of Auschwitz and antisemitism in Poland, and the identity of Central Europe.