Seminar and public lecture with prof. David Ost

On the 23th of May 2016, professor David Ost (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) gave a public lecture with the title “Po solidarności” (After Solidarity) at the University of Lower Silesia. The lecture was organized by the EDiTE programme and IISCE (International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education). EDiTE researchers had the honourable opportunity to have a seminar with professor Ost, and discussed among others his concepts of solidarity – from above (state socialism), egalitarian (social-democratic), exclusionary (fascist) -, possible varieties of capitalism (liberal market economy, coordinated market economy, etc.), and the managerialization and decline of unions with a special focus of the possibilities of teachers’ unions and how the post-socialist heritage makes these unions weak in contemporary neoliberalizing East-Central Europe. We recommend here two of his recetn articles, discussing the Regime Change in Poland, Carried Out From Within and his Thoughts on the Hungarian and Polish New Right in Power.