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Professor Kosmala chairs the research paper session at the International conference, Solidarity, Memory and Identity in association with RSE funded research network Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones. This research network examines participatory approaches to waterfront regeneration in urban spaces in transition in Northern European cities. In addition to Professor Kosmala this research network also features Reader Graham Jeffery and Doctoral researcher Roman Sebastyanski of UWS alongside international experts in regeneration and heritage, architecture, urban planning, sociology as well as cultural studies and visual arts.
Paper session description:
Dialogical approaches to the Solidarity movement and memories of Solidarity
Solidarity movement, born at the Gdansk Shipyard in 1980, was based on constructive political dialogue that won democratic freedom for Central and Eastern Europe. Paradoxically, twenty years later the premises were sold to private investment funds, transforming democratic agora into a space of fractured political interests, driven by neo-liberal market forces. The paper session theorises a notion of solidarity in dialogical terms and critically explores recent developments and local policies in relation to tradition of the Solidarity movement, its memory and place as a relationally networked stock of public knowledge.
Chair: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala