Polonia Restituta

The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence

.
In 2018, we are celebrating the centenary of Poland’s restoration of independence; the jubilee of such great importance should encourage deep reflection. We would like not only to make use of the legacy of the past century, but based on historical experience also to diagnose the present and reflect on the key challenges and tasks for the future. In our reflexions, apart from classical branches of learning, we will adopt a particular perspective, that of Catholic Social Teaching in view of the significant role of the Church in our history.

This is precisely what the “Polonia Restituta. The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence” scheme has been intended for. It will be co-organised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education together with the Council for Social Problems of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.

The aims of the scheme

The scheme consists of a series of 10 nationwide academic conferences held in the most important Polish academic centres and addressing the issues of broadly understood public, economic, political, social and cultural life: (1) the family, (2) work, entrepreneurship and social market economy, (3) civic spirit and patriotism, (4) freedom, sovereignty and the rule of law, (5) ecology, social solidarity and sustainable growth, (6) social dignity and justice, (7) Europe and reconciliation, (8) culture and identity, (9) the State - the Church, (10) the human being and their rights.

The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence.

The ten conferences will be recapitulated at an international Congress in Krakow addressing the problem of conscience and responsibility in public life.

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 Akademia Ignatianum from Krakow. Leading academic centres from Poland involved didactically and scientifically in Catholic Social Teaching or researching the subject have been invited to participate.

Patronage and Honorary 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 Honorary Committee of the scheme:

The Honorary Committee:

  • Speaker of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland
    Marek Kuchciński
  • Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland
    Stanisław Karczewski
  • Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education
    Jarosław Gowin
  • Presidium of the Polish Bishops’ Conference:
    Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Bishop Artur G. Miziński
  • Primate of Poland
    Archbishop Wojciech Polak
  • Head of the Council for Social Problems of the Polish Bishops’ Conference
    Archbishop Józef Kupny

Aim and mission statement

The aim of the conferences will be to revive and deepen the discussion on the issues which have been of key importance for our state and society in recent years and will remain so in the future. We would like to make a significant contribution in promoting the essential principles and values of social life - not only to celebrate and remember eminent history, but also to develop constructive concepts for the coming decades.

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.

The scientific and research dimension

The 10 academic conferences and the international Congress will provide an overview of diagnoses, assessments and proposals from sciences dealing with social relations, the state or politics. We will pay special attention to Catholic Social Teaching as well as to 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). The legitimacy of identifying some of the trends in the operation of Solidarity trade union with the Catholic social teaching and assessing the impact of Catholic social teaching on the state and social processes after 1989 will also be subject to discussion.

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.

One of the aims of the scheme is to restore the social sciences to their justly high position in Polish academic and scientific life, which coincides with the frequently formulated postulates of combining science with practice. Isolation between scientific research, the resulting theories, the discovered mechanisms and daily political, economic, cultural etc. practice can give students a sense of frustration and lead to rigidness in didactic and research initiatives while in the world of politics it may result in a lack of effective and up-to-date instruments for diagnosing and impacting the reality.

In the light of the above, the "Polonia Restituta. The Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of the Country’s Restoration of Independence" scheme offers on the one hand in-depth reflection inspired by the jubilee, on the other hand it meets the urgent needs that emerge from an analysis of social processes in the contemporary world. At the same time, it is an opportunity to restore social sciences to their right position and to improve the transfer of research results of these sciences and their possible implementations in various sectors of life of the Polish society and the state.