From Mars to Venus: Navigating the Democratic Divide between Western and Eastern Europe

The European Studies Unit of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (ESU IFiS PAN) cordially invites you to the next seminar in the series titled “The Making of European Society: Towards the Sociology of European Integration”.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Katarzyna Grzybowska-Walecka, entitled:

“From Mars to Venus: Navigating the Democratic Divide between Western and Eastern Europe”

The online presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Moderation: Prof. Joanna Fomina

When: 23rd of April, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CET

Where: online. The seminar will have an online form. We will send you the Zoom meeting link ahead of the event.

Please, confirm your participation with Dr. Edit Zgut-Przybylska or prof. Joanna Fomina: by April 16, 2024.

About the Author:

​​Dr. Katarzyna Grzybowska-Walecka is a political scientist specializing in the politics of Central Eastern Europe. She is an assistant professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and a visiting researcher at Wadham College at the University of Oxford.  During her stay at Wadham College, she will co-edit a volume on Polish politics – the Oxford Handbook of Polish Politics, to be published by OUP in 2024, and start working on her monograph on youth participation in political movements.

Katarzyna’s research interests lie at the intersection of political science and political sociology. She works on the international activity of European political parties, illiberal tendencies in Central Eastern Europe, and youth participation in right-wing movements. Over the last five years she has researched annual nationalist gatherings in Poland, during which over 300 young people were interviewed. In her earlier research, she analysed Polish political parties’ activity on the Internet and media diet on Facebook during political crises.

She was awarded her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, prior to which she completed a master’s degree in political science at Warsaw University and Master’s in Social Research Methods at EUI. She was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center EUI in Florence and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Nottingham. She has also co-directed seven editions of ECPR/ODIHR Schools on Political Parties and Democracy Before turning to academia, she was elected as one of the youngest city councillors in Warsaw and worked for the Office for Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy at the European Parliament in Brussels and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Recently, she established a Foundation STAN, which promotes academic knowledge and educates young leaders.

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