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Dr. Artur Lipiński
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Faculty of Political Science and Journalism
Artur is Assitant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Before, he has been assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland. From 2000 to 2006 he accomplished his doctoral studies at the Institute of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. On 16th of January 2006 he defended his dissertation “The Anticommunist Face of Polish Right Wing Towards the Close of the XXth Century – Analysis of Political Discourse”. Currently he is interested in the role of discourse in the construction of political identities in Polish politics.
From October 2008 to July 2009 Artur stayed at KFG to complete his PhD.
Fields of Interest
- language and politics
- Polish party politics
- political theory
- sociology of memory
KFG Research Project
Europe as the symbolic resource. The discursive construction of political identities in Poland
The analysis will be focused on the impact of the European Union on Polish party politics analyzed from the perspective of political identity construction. At the most general level I want to analyze what is the particular political image of Europe and how it is used as an element of the political identity. Although Polish relation with the European Union was an important part of politically correct discourse after 1989 and hence relatively undisputed and, in consequence, underanalyzed, nevertheless detailed reading of public utterances shows that sides of political conflict differed in this respect and struggled to use the symbolic “Europe” in the most convenient way. The trasformational correctness category coined to grasp the alleged agreement between main political actors related to the EU tends to conceal more or less subtle ways of playing with this symbol by parties who were not always keen of Polish accesion to the European Union but also tried to avoid the stigma of traitors of the raison d’etat. Therefore, textual manifestations of the political identity which directly or indirectly refer to “Europe” must be carefully analyzed to uncover the dialectics of identity and difference which characterized the political usage of this symbol.
Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
(forthcoming). "Dyskursywne konstruowanie Europy w polityce polskiej" (Discursive construction of Europe in Polish Politics), in: Polska transformacja (Polish Transformation), Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego.
with A. Elbasani (2013). Failure of the transitional justice in Albania: Too much politics, too little debate. In: Transitional justice and civil society in the Balkans. Eds. O. Simic and Z. Volcic. Berlin, Springer: 105-122.
(2012). “Kultura, ramy interpretacyjne i ruchy społeczno – polityczne. Wybrane problemy teoretyczne.” Political Studies 25: 48-69.
(2012). “U źródeł antypolitycznej polityki w Polsce. Ramy zbiorowego działania, definicja sytuacji i praktyki kontestacji.” Central European Political Studies 2012(1): 111-142.
(2011). “Dyskursywne re(konstruowanie) charyzmy. Przypadek Lecha Wałęsy.” Political Science Review 16(1): 107-120.
(2011). Europa jako zasób symboliczny w dyskursie polskich partii politycznych po 2004 r. In: Transformacja polska – oczekiwania i rzeczywistość. Eds. J. Dzwończyk and J. Kornaś. Kraków, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego: 135-146.
(2010). “Politics and the Moderating Role of Public Debates in the Pursuit of Transitional Justice after Communism.” Central European Political Science Review 11(42): 28-58.
(2008). Mythologization or discursive representation? Round table, Magdalenka and thick line as the crucial categories of right wing discourse. In:Myths, Symbols and Rituals in Contemporary Politics. Ed. B.Szklarski. Warsaw.
(2007). The phenomenon of communist after communism- right wing construction of left – wing enemy in Poland after 1989. In: Destruction of dialogue. On the use of the image of strangers and enemies in internal politics. Comparison of Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Netherland 1900 – 2005, Harrassowitz Verlag Wiesbaden 2007.
(2005). Anticommunism of J.Olszewski’s government and the politics of coming to terms with the past. In: Selected Problems of Polish Politics. Ed. T.Wallas. Poznan.
Other Articles, Book Chapters and Working Papers
with A. Elbasani (forthcoming). A politika és a közéleti vita szerepe a rendszerváltozásban. In: Húsz Éve Szabadon Közép-Európában. Ed. S. János. Kiadó, Konrad Adenauer Alapítvány.
(2011). Public Contestation and Politics of Transitional Justice: Poland and Albania Compared. In: EUI Working Paper 2011 (2), January 2011, European University Institute Florence.
(2010). Europe as a Symbolic Resource. On the Discursive Space of Political Struggles in Poland. In: KFG Working Paper Series (10), January 2010, Kolleg-Forschergruppe “The Transformative Power of Europe, Freie Universität Berlin.
(2007). Struggles over the definition of anticommunism and their implications to the construction of political enemy. The case of right wing discourse in postcommunist Poland. Paper presented at conference The Construction of “Us” and “Them”: Discourses on Populism and Nationalism, University of Helsinki, 7 – 8 September, Helsinki, Finland.
(2005). On the antisocial outcomes of the communist acitivities – the image of the political opponent in the right wing discourse. In: Political Culture in Poland (V). Ed. M.Kosman. Poznan.
(2004). Definitional problems with right – left spatial metaphor. In: Political Culture in Poland (IV). Ed. M.Kosman. Poznan.
Review of: J.Casanova, Public religions in the modern world, Krakow 2005, „The world of ideas and politics” 2007, No.7.
Review of: Ch.Mouffe, The Democratic Paradox, Wrocław 2005, „The world of ideas and politics” 2006, No.6.
Review of: A.Szahaj, An individual or community? Liberal/Communitarian Debate and the “Polish case”, in „Political Science Review” 2001, No. 1 – 2.