This year four selected groups from four European countries will spend eight days in September visiting Warsaw in Poland to explore the history of the two Warsaw uprisings – Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943 and Warsaw Uprising of 1944. They will learn about their history, with a special attention given to the forms of resistance. Together with artists representing different disciplines, they will explore the concept of fight for identity and dignity.
Together with the project’s partners, Warsaw Rising Museum, Jewish Historical Institute and History Meeting House, we will start by discussing events that took place in Warsaw in 1943 and 1944, such as uprisings, but also other acts of protest and struggle with the aggressor.
Academic Coordinator of the 2018 edition: Małgorzata Wosińska
Ethnologist. Psychotraumatologist. Ph.D. student of the final year at the Faculty of History at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Her research interest cover a wide range of interrelated disciplines from Holocaust and Genocide Studies through the anthropology of memory and space to modern curatorial and museum studies. She also works with the witnesses of traumatic events. To be able to do so she has completed courses in general psycho-traumatology and continues learning in a specialist psychoanalyst training programme. Currently she works on the doctorial thesis concerning the identity of genocide survivors in Rwanda, where she has conducted regular field researches since 2009. She is an expert advising on the management of memorial sites and trauma for both governmental and non-governmental organizations of martyrdom and preventive character (i.e. KL Stutthof, Gross Rosen and Auschwitz-Birkenau, National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide Rwanda, Aegis Trust).
She is an author of 31 publications in scientific journals, co-editor of 3 books and 1 collection of reportages, though she definitely prefers fieldwork to writing reports. She finds respite from trauma and extermination research in art. For many years she has taught, performed and recorded traditional music (Yiddish, Balkan). She believes that music and visual arts are one of the better ways of finding common language with the Others. And with the past.