Australian Institute of Polish Affairs

World Congress of Sociology – meet the Polish speakers (1 July, 4.00pm)

Some of you may be aware that this year Melbourne is hosting an international sociology conference – XX ISA World Congress of Sociology.1 The conference theme is Resurgent Authoritarianism; Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies.

For non-academic audiences it is not easy to attend events such as this. They are scheduled during the week, and tickets are costly. Therefore, the Board of AIPA has decided to bring some presentations to you! You will be able to meet with three distinguished Polish academics, listen to their short (15 mins) presentations, ask questions, and participate in the round table discussions in the relaxed and informal atmosphere of Armagh house.

WHEN: Saturday 1st July, 2023
WHERE: Armagh House, 226 Kooyong Road, Toorak, 3142
COST: $20
REFRESHMENTS will be served

Speakers include: Professor Piotr Kulas, Professor Tomasz Zarycki and Dr Tomasz Zając.

Professor Piotr Kulas, Director of the Laboratory of analysis of the transformation of elites and Intelligentsia. University of Warsaw. Piotr Kulas is University Professor at the Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales’ at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on elites and the Polish intelligentsia. He is the Head of Elitylab UW. He will present the topic: Authoritarian State or Authoritarian Society? Right-Wing Struggle for Recognition in Poland.

Professor Tomasz Zarycki, Director of Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw. Sociologist and social geographer, specializing in sociology of politics, sociology of culture, sociology of knowledge, critical sociology and discourse analysis. His books include “The Polish Elite and Language Sciences A Perspective of Global Historical Sociology” (Palgrave 2022), “Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe” (Routledge, 2014), “New Regional Identities and Strategic Essentialism. Case studies from Poland, Italy and Germany” (co-author, Münster: LIT Verlag, 2007) He will present the topic: Bourgeois-Aristocratic Alliance As an Overlooked Source of Peripheral Nationalism.

Dr Tomasz Zając, Research Fellow Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland. Tomasz holds a MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Now at the University of Queensland, He was an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology and a researcher at the Education Quality Evaluation Unit (PEJK). He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley and The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS), University of Bamberg, Germany. Tomasz’s research interests include individual educational trajectories especially within tertiary education, labour market outcomes of graduates, and social inequality and its impact on the educational and professional paths of young people. He will speak about Labour Market Outcomes of University Graduates of Migrant Background in Australia: The Relevance of Cultural, Linguistic, and Educational Capital in the Country of Origin.

1 ISA is a member of the International Social Science Council and enjoys the status of the Non-Governmental Organization in formal Associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ISA is also a member of the International Council of Science.

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