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Symposium “The Left after Neoliberalism”

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, prof. Grzegorz Kołodko, prof. Marian Noga and Krzysztof Śmiszek – these are just some of the participants of the symposium ‘Left after neoliberalism’, which will take place on 25 November at the Faculty of Social Sciences at 10:00. The aim of the meeting is to discuss the role of the Left in the modern world.
The event is co-organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wrocław and the Future, Socialism, Democracy Association.

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The aim of the symposium is to give a concrete description of the trends, forces and processes that are at work in the declining period of the doctrine known as neoliberalism, which until recently reigned supreme in all areas of life. It is of the utmost importance to follow political, economic and social developments and to seek answers to the question of how the forces and collectivities defining themselves as leftist, modernist and progressive should behave (and what to expect) in this case.

The intention of the organisers of the symposium is not to search for programme ideas for the left in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Poland, but to initiate a discussion on the strategic role of the left in today’s dynamically changing world.

What does the term LEFT at the end of neoliberalism mean? What new phenomena and processes does the LEFT face, unknown or known, but on an unprecedented scale? Such phenomena and processes are, for example, progressive climate change, plundering of the Earth’s resources, rapidly increasing economic stratification of societies, unrecognised social consequences of the technological revolution, implementation of traditional social postulates of the Left by groups on the extreme Right. Panellists at the symposium will attempt to answer these and other questions related to the role (duties?) of the Left in the face of challenges faced by societies and individuals.


All speeches will be delivered in the Polish language.

Prof. Grzegorz Kołodko’s lecture: “War and Peace. Politics and the economy”. Discussion.

starszy mężczyzna na tle regału z książkami

prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Kołodko

Prominent Polish economist and politician. Lecturer at Kozminski University. Author of more than 50 books published in 26 languages. Honoured with 15 Honoris Causa degrees from foreign universities and one from a Polish university. His most recent publications are „Świat w matni” and „Wojna i pokój”. The book „Wojna i pokój” signed by the author will be available for purchase during the symposium.

Panel “People and Politics”

The main objectives of the panel will be to seek answers to questions:

what should be understood by the term ‘left’ at the end of the neoliberal era? what should be its main features and characteristics?

should the Left be a socio-political movement proposing its own socio-economic alternative to the post-neoliberal world, or should it remain an ‘adaptive’ movement, limiting its activity to ‘socialising’ the reality created by other options?

what about democracy in the face of its crisis in the liberal version: façade democracy (formal-institutional) or citizen democracy?


mężczyzna w okularach

dr inż. Jacek Uczkiewicz

Chair of the Stowarzyszenia Przyszłość, Socjalizm, Demokracja (the Future, Socialism, Democracy Association)

mężczyzna w okularach

prof. dr hab. Adam Chmielewski

Philosopher, publicist. Professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Wrocław. Head of the Department of Social and Political Philosophy.

kobieta w średnim wieku

dr Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk

Member of the Sejm of the ninth parliamentary term, Left-wing Club. Educator, philosopher, social researcher and political activist.

mężczyzna w średnim wieku

prof. KAAFM, dr Krzysztof Janik

Political scientist, former politician, e.g. founding member of the SdRP, President of the SLD in 2014. Member of the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly (1993 – 2005). Professor at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow Academy. Specialises in the problems of the political system and public security

mężczyzna w okularach

doc. dr Bohdan Kaczmarek

Member of the Council of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw.  Academic interests: political theory and theories of power, organisational political science, theories of social development, structural prerequisites for monopolisation of power, mechanisms and conditions of systemic transformation processes.

Panel “People and the Economy”

The invited speakers will engage in a discussion centred on the question of whether the economy should serve man, or whether man should serve the economy. They will be asked to address issues such as:

  • desirable measures of socio-economic growth,
  • meeting human needs or multiplying needs with business objectives,
  • the role of the state (groups of states) in regulating economic activity and the rational management of the earth’s natural resources,
  • the role of financial institutions in a post-neoliberal world.


młody mężczyzna

Adrian Prokopczyk

Student V roku prawa na Wydziale Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, członek Koła Naukowego Myśli Lewicowej im. Róży Luksemburg. Zainteresowany spółdzielczością i prawem pracy.

młoda kobieta w okularach

dr Monika Paradowska

Specialist in international economics, sustainability economics, and environmental and natural resource economics. She focuses her research interests mainly on issues of sustainable mobility, sustainable consumption and climate change. She is actively involved not only in scientific activities. As an expert, she has cooperated, among others, with bodies formulating recommendations for the update of the National Urban Policy and the development of the Concept of National Development 2050.

mężczyzna w średnim wieku

Tymoteusz Kochan

Doctoral student at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Institute of Philosophy and Cognitive Science), University of Szczecin. Publicist. Editor-in-chief of the “Socialism Now” portal. Social and political activist.

mężczyzna w średnim wieku w okularach

dr hab. Robert Kurek, prof. UEW

Deputy Dean of the UEW Branch in Jelenia Góra. Academic interests: national and international financial institutions; financial services and market entities and their environment; monetary systems and virtual currencies (cryptocurrencies, bitcoin).

mężczyzna w średnim wieku

prof. dr hab. Marian Noga

Specialist in economic growth theory, fiscal and monetary policy, environmental economics. Former senator and member of the Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Poland. Director of the Institute of Business Cooperation at Wrocław School of Banking

Panel “Human vs human”

The subject of the panel will be fundamental issues related to social relations in the new reality, and in particular problems such as:

  • new dimensions of social solidarity,
  • the role of culture, education and science in a post-neoliberal world,
  • man in the world of media and technology.


mężczyzna w średnim wieku trzymający mikrofon

Radosław Czarnecki

Religious scholar, naturalist, independent left-wing journalist, author of numerous texts and programmes on web TV.

kobieta w średnim wieku

dr hab. Joanna Hańderek, prof. UJ

philosopher specialising in the philosophy of culture, PhD in the humanities, professor at the Jagiellonian University, publicist, social and political activist.

mężczyzna w średnim wieku

dr Krzysztof Śmiszek

PhD in law, university lecturer, barrister, Member of the Sejm for the ninth parliamentary term from Wrocław, Vice-Chairperson of the New Left Party, Spring Faction

młody mężczyzna

dr Łukasz Moll

Sociologist, philosopher, left-wing journalist, assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław. Editor of the scientific journal ‘Praktyka Teoretyczna’. Tutor of the Rosa Luxemburg Scientific Circle of Left-Wing Thought. Author of the book “Nomadic Europe. Poststructuralist Frontiers of European Universalism’ (UMK Publishing House, Toruń 2021). Involved in left-wing circles for 15 years.

The project “Integrated Program for the Development of the University of Wrocław 2018-2022” co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund

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