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The anthropology of crisis and the depictions of tangible utopias

01.10.2016 05:00 PM Free admittance
location: TPB upper foyer

There are ever more crises in the geopolitical, economic and or social spheres. We hear about and comment on the crises; financial, debt, refugee, climate, political and even democratic ones. The connections between them are becoming more and more evident, despite the political attempts to cover these links. A feeling is present that a sea change in the global political order is occurring, yet we are unable to identify its direction. The lack of stability and predictability of the world events, which can – practically on a daily basis – change our references for understanding what is happening around us, affect our social and political condition, throwing us toward nationalist or neoliberal realities, seemingly lacking other alternatives.


Finding the way to present an alternative to the post-political futility, the anti-democratic interests of the financial sector and the nationalist sentiments brought to the boiling point is currently the most significant challenge for us as European citizens.

Together with the participants: Ulrike Guérot – thinker and political philosopher, founder and head of the European Democracy Lab (EDL), a think tank researching the future of European democracy; and Kinga Stańczuk – historian of ideas, researcher dealing with the matter of justice in the period of transition, plenipotentiary for political matters of the Razem political party, we will try to analyze and make a diagnosis of the crisis. We will consider how it is experienced and what influence in has on our political, economic and social situation.


We will not stop there, however. Coming up with a diagnosis will not suffice anymore. We should start a conversation which will open up new ideas, relations and solutions. The subject of crisis ought to help us formulate questions and define alternative political, economic and social projects. Facing the symptoms of the crisis of neoliberal capitalist policies: (1) the disruption of the economic and social balance by the capital; (2) the financialization of the economy; (3) pursuing the policy of depriving citizens of their public and civil rights; (4) the ever-increasing terrorist attacks and armed conflicts; (5) outbursts of social discontent all over the world, resulting in (6) governments’ growing authoritarianism and (7) the reinforcement of right-winged populism – we should find a path towards a new order, based on equality, social justice, empathy and – finally – a humane (and social) economic system.



Ulrike Guérot

Kinga Stańczuk



Bartek Frąckowiak