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News - Tomasz Rawski

Autumn 2019

My latest (and first, at the same time) book is now available! You can find "Bosniak Nationalism. Nation-building Strategies After 1995" (so far only in Polish) at the website of WN Scholar Publishing. In the book I argue that Eastern European nations emerge and exist in the course of a constant political struggle for the symbolic content that determines their nature. I discuss this process on the example of Bosniak nationalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina showing how it historically emerged and explaining its contemporary way(s) of functioning through the lens of official memory politics around the Srebrenica massacre, the Siege of Sarajevo and the Battles over Mostar.

Short description of the book is here.



2020, 2 April

My short reflection on how the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is commemorated in today's Armenia has just been published on DisTerrMem website. Enjoy!


2020, 20 March

My Polish translation of the book "Korzenie Antyautorytaryzmu (The Origins of Anti-Authoritarianism)" written by Nina Witoszek has just been published!

This book is about revolution of dignity. The author analyzes the activity of the democratic opposition in Poland in the years 1976-1989 and argues that the revolution of dignity is often the result of hard work of small, courageous groups of "humanist outliers" on whom moral progress depends.

Enjoy your reading!


2020, 29 February

Art and science go hand in hand. The artist-sociologist Piotr P. Płucienniczak created an art work inspired by the academic article published recently in Colloquia Humanistica 8, a journal issue co-edited by me.  The work "Examining the boundaries of contemporary art" became a part of the Warsaw exhibition "Salon Parametryczny+ / Parametric Salon+". As we could see at Saturday's vernissage - the artist did great!

The work can be admired until March 21 in Galeria Salon Akademii Koneser.


2020, 10 February

I spent the last month in Yerevan (Armenia) on a research stay within the H2020 project: DisTerrMem. The host organization Educational and Cultural Bridges welcomed us wonderfully and provided excellent conditions for launching our research on competing memories of disputed territories in Armenia. We also received a lot of support from the people of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Armenian Academy of Sciences. During the stay we've met a lot of great people and eagerly shared our knowledge and research results with local organizations and interested audiences.

Yerevan is a great place! Thank you for everything and see you again in June!


2020, 8 January

The new liberal president of Croatia owes his success in the elections primarily to the ineptitude of the Croatian right. I recently commented on the election of Zoran Milanovic as president:


2019, 14 December

The Balkans divided on Handke's case. My comment for "Świat na wskroś" on the controversial award of the Nobel Prize to Peter Handke is available (from 39:04) here.


2019, 28 November

I had the pleasure of co-editing the latest, eighth issue of the international journal Colloquia Humanistica (CH8) which has just been published!

The issue is about problematizing Hierarchies and Boundaries in Eastern Europe. Inside you can find not only the thematic introduction and many insightful articles, but also e.g. my review of the latest work by Siniša Malešević - Grounded Nationalisms (2019)

Enjoy your reading!


2019, 26 October / 2 November

I commented for "Świat na wskroś" two issues:


2019, 15 October

Today I joined a strong Polish research team working on the international Horizon2020 grant: Disputed Territories and Memory.

On the Polish side, the project is coordinated by the incomparable Joanna Wawrzyniak. The full description of our team is available on the DisTerrMem website.


2019, 15-21 September

I spent a very interesting week-long-fellowship at Charles University in Prague, at the invitation of the Chair of Russian and Eastern European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. My fellowship was part of the "Plurality of Memories: 4EU+" programme and was aimed at finding partners for joint research on memory politics in Eastern Europe. My special thanks for a great discussion go to Kateřina Králová as well as the organizers and participants of a very inspiring ENRS Conference.

At the website of 4EU+ Alliance you can read my short comment regarding this stay.


2019, 10-14 September

I had the pleasure to participate in the 17th National Sociological Congress in Wrocław as a member of a strong delegation from the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw. On the second day of the Congress, I delivered a paper on the decline of anti-fascism in Polish official memory, based on this article published in East European Politics and Societies. I would like to thank the organizers and participants for a very interesting event. My special thanks go to the speakers of the symposium on the 1960s as the peak of modernisation in Poland.


2019, 09 September

I commented for Al Jazeera Balkans the award of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Prize to the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. You can find the article here. 


2019, 18-30 August

I had the pleasure to participate in the great 48th Zagreb School of Slavic Studies in Dubrovnik, which has just ended. I'm coming back home with many new research and teaching inspirations. Thank you all for our days and evenings spent in Dubrovnik. My special thanks go to Tatjana Pišković for inviting me to the school; Lana Molvarec for an excellent literary-sociological seminar; Maša Kolanović for a perfect set of cultural studies lectures and activities. See you again!

I shared my impressions with a journalist from the DULIST newspaper. You can read his article here.


2019, 4 August

I commented the issue of the supply of new military equipment by Moscow to Serbia for “Świat na Wskroś”. You can listen to the comment (from 37:22)



2019, 17-19 June

Together with colleagues from REPAST we organized a panel on the troubled past in European countries at the international CEESA-ISA 2019 conference in Belgrade. I delivered a paper on the reasons for the failure of the international memory politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina after 1995. Thanks for the great panel!


2019, 14-16 June

I delivered a paper at the international conference ASEEES Summer Convention 2019 in Zagreb on symbolic struggles within nationalist movements on the example of intra-Bosniak struggles for the memory of the siege of Sarajevo. The paper was a part of a panel on symbolic divisions in South-Eastern Europe, which we organized with colleagues from the Post-Yugoslav Area Research Center PROP


2019, 6 June

I took part in a panel discussion "From Empires to States. Multiple Modernities After the Ottoman Empire?", organized by the Institute of Sociology and the French Culture Centre of the University of Warsaw.My thanks for an interesting conversation go to the co-panelist(s) as well as the audience!