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Press Release


In 1918, Poland reappeared on the maps of Europe and the World after 123 years of absence. The history of the 100 years which have passed since then has clearly shown that an own independent state is not given forever nor even for any length of time. It demands constant struggle. According to the originators of the “Polonia Restituta. The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence" scheme, the 100th anniversary should be an opportunity not only to celebrate but also to debate the issues which are key for Poland and the Poles in order to diagnose the present and reflect on the most important challenges and tasks for the future based on historical experience. In the debate, apart from the classic fields of social and political sciences, the organisers want also to look at the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching in view of the significant role of the Church in our history.

Description of the scheme

In 1918, Poland reappeared on the maps of Europe and the World after 123 years of absence. The history of the 100 years which have passed since then has clearly shown that an own independent state is not given forever nor even for any length of time. It demands constant struggle. According to the originators of the “Polonia Restituta. The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence" scheme, the 100th anniversary should be an opportunity not only to celebrate but also to debate the issues which are key for Poland and the Poles in order to diagnose the present and reflect on the most important challenges and tasks for the future based on historical experience. In the debate, apart from the classic fields of social and political sciences, the organisers want also to look at the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching in view of the significant role of the Church in our history.

  • The Family – March 2018
  • Work - Entrepreneurship - Social Market Economy – April 2018
  • Citizenship and patriotism – May 2018
  • Freedom, sovereignty, the rule of law – June 2018
  • Ecology, social solidarity, sustainable growth – September 2018
  • Dignity and social justice – October 2018
  • Europe and reconciliation – November 2018
  • Culture and identity – December 2018
  • The human being and their rights – January 2019

An international Congress, Towards a Renewed Europe, which will be held in Krakow in April 2019 will be the tenth event to recap the above nine conferences.

The Organisers:

The original idea comes from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which together with the Council for Social Problems of the Polish Bishops’ Conference has also become a co-organiser of the scheme. The coordinator is The Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow. Leading academic centres from Poland have been invited to participate.

 

Honorary Patronage and Committee

The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, is the Honorary Patron of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Poland’s Restoration of Independence under the "Polonia Restituta. The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence" scheme.

The State authorities on the Committee include: Speaker of the Sejm, Speaker of the Senate, Minister of Science and Higher Education. The Church representatives include: Papal Nuncio in Poland, Presidium of Polish Bishops’ Conference, Primate of Poland and Head of the Council for Social Problems of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.

The Conferences

The 9 academic conferences will provide an overview of diagnoses, assessments and proposals from sciences dealing with social relations, the state or politics. An important place in the discussion will be played by Catholic Social Teaching as well as the role and place of the Church's social teaching in the development of statehood, civil society, identity and culture in Poland. An attempt will be made to examine the impact of those teachings on the independence processes and the operation of the state in the initial twenty years of sovereignty (1918-1939), attitudes about it in the years of war and occupation (1939-1945) and in the times of the communist regime (1945-1989), on the establishment of the Solidarity trade union and on the state and social processes after 1989. The above historical view will lead to an analysis of the social status of Poland here and now, which is the key interest of various sciences in theoretical and practical terms (sociology, economics, law, politics, etc.). It may therefore be assumed that the subsequent thematic blocks of the scheme will have a twofold function - (1) a description and assessment of the past and (2) the resulting vision of further development of social sciences in Poland and their application in formulating the objectives and trends in the operation of the state and the society.

The Congress

In the 21st century issues of multiculturalism of individual countries and the identity of the societies that create them are intertwined with issues of globalization and westernization. Despite the predictions of the decline of culturally diverse national states, the question on the nature and stability of the national element as support for the existence of modern European countries is still important today. It is connected with the question about the sense and aim of the integrating Europe as one of the key elements in international relations and with questions about spiritual and cultural foundations, not only the political and economic integration of the continent, including questions about the durability and significance of Christian foundations, both religious and cultural, of the West rejected or significantly redefined by the post-enlightenment Western Europe.

 

The invitation to participate in the scheme is addressed particularly to scholars, students, government, local government and non-government organisations, to those in culture, politics and entrepreneurship, as well as to those involved in education, and in fact to all those for whom the well-being of Poland is important.

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