Ethnic Minorities in Polish Lands - an inaugural webinar date: 2020-11-04


First webinar in a new series of webinars dealing with various ethnic minorities that have lived or are living in "Polish lands" organized by the Jagiellonian Law Society and co-sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation took place on November 4th, 2020.


Not many people know that Poland is and has been home to numerous ethnic minority groups, for example, Tatars, Kashubians, Boikos, and Lemkos, Roma, and Jewish people, to name just a few. All of these groups have fascinating cultures, histories, and complex interactions with the majority Poles. One of our goals is and has always been to support scholarship, deepen the understanding of the past, and help build bridges between peoples of various cultures, views, and continents. To that effect, we have invited several accomplished Polish scholars to give a series of talks on ethnic minorities, their history, the changing definitions of what it means to be "Polish" or to be considered to be "minority," and to understand the socio-political and legal situation of these various groups over time. 


The first webinar was moderated by dr. Elizabeth Zechenter of JLS who introduced a long tradition of multi-ethnic co-existence and religious tolerance in Poland over its 1000 year-old history.  Dr. Maria Kobielska of the Jagiellonian University, a scholar of national memory, talked about changing definitions of "Polishness" in context of ethnic identity issues.  Finally, professor dr. hab. Marek Dziekan of the University of Lodz, a prominent Polish scholar of Arab and Tatar cultures and the long-standing Polish relationship with Islam, introduced the audience to the long and fascinating history of Polish-Lithuanian Lipka Tatars.


The subsequent lectures will address other minority groups and related issues.


Enclosed in the link to the recording:  


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