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The Poland Affair

In Communist Poland, women had the right to abortion on request since 1956, while in Sweden, access to abortion was limited. The ”Polish solution” received ample attention in Swedish media. In the 2000’s, Polish abortion policies were once again referred to as a reason for changing the Swedish abortion law, but the situation was now a very different one.

By Lena Lennerhed No Comments on The Poland Affair

Mass mobilization against the ban on abortion

Mass mobilization against the ban on abortion is just another example of a new wave of grassroots mobilization in citizens protesting against the changes introduced by the conservative populist Law and Justice in Poland. Polish society becomes extremely polarized but also much more engaged and politically active.

By Elzbieta Korolczuk No Comments on Mass mobilization against the ban on abortion

Piotr Piotrowski in memoriam

  It’s not always that the departure of someone whom we have a professional relationship with leaves a physical sense […]

By Charlotte Bydler No Comments on Piotr Piotrowski in memoriam

In Memoriam Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest died on Monday 3 August in Stanford, California. He was 98. Lennart Samuelson here writes on a historian who in his fundamental book of 1969 more than any other coined the term ‘the Great Terror’ for Stalin’s purges and show trials in the 1930s. Baltic Worlds also here highlight Samuelson’s previously published review on the Festschrift Political Violence: Belief, Behavior, and Legitimation, presented to Robert Conquest on his 90th birthday.

By Lennart Samuelson No Comments on In Memoriam

Sacrifice is just another word for solidarity in Ukraine today

In Ukraine today, “solidarity” means self-dedication and sacrifice — and is more tangible than ever before.

By Kateryna Mishchenko No Comments on Sacrifice is just another word for solidarity in Ukraine today

The Solidarity of the Shaken

To speak of a solidarity beyond sense or meaning does not imply that the solidarity in question lies beyond the world, or beyond existence. What Patočka is trying to come to terms with is rather a solidarity at the limits of existence and at the limits of experience: the experiences of the limits of existence.

By Gustav Strandberg No Comments on The Solidarity of the Shaken

Fraternity

The term “fraternity” has been clearly linked to a register that could be called romantic. This explains the desire to distinguish the word from others like “solidarity” and “justice” and in particular “equality”.

By Jean-Luc Nancy No Comments on Fraternity

Between invisible labor and political participation Women in the Solidarność movement and in today’s politics in Poland

In 1980, women’s participation in the Solidarność movement was far from invisible. Women were present from the start and they “took over” several highly important activities in Solidarność after its de-legalization in December 1981. The invisibility of these tasks was compounded by the fact that all of this work was illegal.

By Ewa Majewska No Comments on and political participation

Some thoughts on solidarity

The author analyzes the content of the word “solidarity”, not for the sake of linguistics, but in the belief that words contain memories as well as many other experiences, often conflicting ones. He also talks about Solidarity, the trade union in Poland, which was created in August 1980 and crushed in December 1981.

By Leonard Neuger No Comments on Some thoughts on solidarity

Solidarity beyond exclusion

Ludger Hagedorn has gathered together different voices, all adding insights into the meaning of solidarity. Here he presents the different contributions and place them in a wider context. He concludes, "Perhaps the outcome of solidarity counts less than the atmosphere that it creates and in which it unfolds its explosive message.".

By Ludger Hagedorn No Comments on Solidarity beyond exclusion