Galicia after Galicia

An international conference that will summarise the research project “The Myth of Galicia” and the resulting exhibition under the same title, presented at the ICC Gallery. The invited Austrian, Polish, Ukrainian and American experts will discuss the unceasing phenomenon of this already non-existent place, its multi-dimensionality, Galicia becoming a universal symbol for Poland, Austria, Israel, and especially contemporary Ukraine.

The confirmed speakers include: Emil Brix, Andrzej Chwalba, Krzysztof Czyżewski, Patrice Dabrowski, Edyta Gawron, Jaroslaw Hrycak, Kazimierz Karolczak, Maria Kłańska, Katarzyna Kotyńska, Paweł Kowal, Börries Kuzmany, Jurko Prochasko, Dominika Rank, Mykola Riabczuk, Isabel Röskau-Rydel, Robert Traba, Wacław Wierzbieniec oraz Larry Wolff.

Conference topics:
Galicia as a laboratory of myth
Galicia – Polish Piedmont?
Galicia and Ukraine in Europe – the birth of civil society
Galicia as the periphery
Galicia – the mother of Israel? The myth of Galitzianer
Galicia after Galicia

Partners: Austrian Cultural Forum, Consulate of the Republic of Austria, Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa in Vienna, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.
The conference proceedings will be open to the public. We would like to invite all those interested in Galicia. The participation in the conference is free of charge, yet booking is obligatory.

Conference venue: The International Cultural Centre, Kraków, Rynek Główny 25
The conference will be held in Polish and English.

March 7, 2015, 5 p.m.
Inventing Galicia
An open lecture by Prof. Larry Wolff

The entire Central and Eastern Europe was “invented” in the 18th century by philosophers and travellers of the Enlightenment. This is the claim Professor Wolff makes and explains while studying the case of Galicia: a mosaic of denominations and nationalities gathered under the sceptre of a single ruler.

What made the people living in this area become, as Metternich expressed it, Galicians or Galicianers? How is it possible that people – so different, and speaking so many languages – have created, oftentimes unconsciously, a community whose memory and myth continue to intertwine in contemporary culture? Another reason to consider Larry Wolff’s interpretation interesting is that he is looking at Galicia from the other side of an ocean, without the burden of someone who developed within its myth.

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