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Peasants and Cosmopolitics in Poland’s Białowieża Forest: Historical and Ethnographic considerations
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre (GLRC)
(Polish Discussion Club | Global Lounge | CENES)
Until Poland joined the EU in 2004 the country had a larger number of small family farms, a legacy of a much longer historical development that this lecture will explore. But what does this legacy of small farms mean for how “Europe’s last primeval forest” would develop in the post communist period? This lecture explores two competing versions of the peasantry and how they interact with cosmopolitan ecotourist development and nature conservation practices as farming has becoming obsolete in the hamlets of the ancient woodland.
The Białowieża Forest in north eastern Poland is frequently touted as” Europe’s last primeval forest.” The forest complex is split between a strictly preserved national park and a larger timber producing forest. In an ethnograhic and historical analysis this lecture explores the figure of the forester, a figure that is entangled in both nationalist and communist pasts. As a figure, the forester is more than a civil servant working neutrally for the common good or the state. In a part of the world which experienced violent twentieth century histories, forest aesthetics and historical truths appear to emerge when regional inhabitants conjure the forester.
Please note that the first lecture is organized by Polish Discussion Club and Polish language students (Global Lounge and the CENES department). The second lecture is a guest lecture at the Department of Forestry.
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Canadian Polish Millennium Fund
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018
The W. Reymont Foundation
Deadline: November 2018
Adam Mickiewicz Foundation http://polishcanadians.ca/Adam_Mickiewicz_foundation_PL.htmlDeadline: Sept. 15, 2018
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June, 30, 2018
Barka Foundation Volunteer and Travel Opportunity:
Social Work & Polish Language
Application Deadline: May 16, 2018
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