Sławomir Sierakowski

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Sławomir Sierakowski. leader and editor-in-chief of Krytyka Polityczna

Sławomir Witold Sierakowski (Polish pronunciation: [swaˈvɔmir ɕɛraˈkɔfskʲi]; born in 1979[1]) is the head of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), a movement of left-wing intellectuals, artists and activists based in Poland (with branches in Ukraine, Germany and Russia) [2] and director of Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.

He studied sociology, philosophy, economics at the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities, Warsaw University, and worked under the direction of Ulrich Beck at the University of Munich. He was awarded scholarships from the Collegium Invisibile, Ministry of Education, Warsaw, the Goethe Institute and the German Foundation GFPS and DAAD, and the U.S. The German Marshall Fund, and Open Society Institute. He also participated in study visits to Paris at the invitation of the Government of France, and to the United States at the invitation of the American Jewish Committee and the Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, and has been visiting fellow at universities and scientific centres in Europe and the United States, including Princeton University, Yale University, Harvard University and the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. He has written essays and articles[3] on Polish and European politics and culture published in several languages. He has been cited as one of the most influential Poles [4] within the mainstream Polish press. Polityka, Wprost, Newsweek. He has a monthly column in the international edition of the New York Times.

Work and experience[edit]

Since 2002 he is the founder and editor-in-chief of Krytyka Polityczna (The Political Critique) magazine and the Publishing House of the Political Critique, head of The Brave New World [5]– the largest Polish independent cultural centre and think tank in Warsaw – a place that serves as a forum for discussion, art presentations and social and political projects (situated in the centre of Warsaw at ulica Nowy Świat 63).

In 2005 he was named president of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, which runs 5 cultural centers (Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź and Cieszyn, Kiev) and 25 local centers in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. The Brzozowski Association also runs a publishing house, a magazine, and an internet newspaper[6]

In October 2003 he wrote "The Open Letter to the European Public Opinion"[7] which confronted the position of the Polish government in support of the Constitutional Treaty for the EU and the federalist model of European integration. Signed by 250 leading intellectuals, the letter was published in Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita and other European newspapers. The Letter caused a large public debate which concluded in an official meeting between the Polish President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of European Affairs and a representation of the signatories.

In January 2014 he wrote an article in the British newspaper The Guardian , "Welcome Ukraine into the EU and restore faith in the project",[8] subtitled "granting Ukraine accession wouldn't just help Ukrainians, it could end pessimism in the union and build bridges to Russia".

Sierakowski's publications include more than 400 essays and op-eds mainly devoted to Polish and European politics and culture. Among them are opinion articles, interviews (with Jürgen Habermas, Michael Walzer, Charles Taylor, Ulrich Beck, Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, Hayden White, Chantal Mouffe, Michel Houellebecq, Michel Faber, Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, David Grossman ), and book reviews. They have been published in Polish, French, Spanish, German, Czech, Israeli, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, dailies, weeklies and periodicals, incl. The Guardian, El País, Haaretz, die Tageszeitung, Transit, Gazeta Wyborcza.

Since 2015, he has written monthly columns for Project Syndicate, an international media organization, on European issues.[9]

Art cooperation[edit]

Sierakowski collaborated (as co-writer and actor) in a film trilogy made by Israeli-Dutch visual artist Yael Bartana. Part I: "Mary Koszmary" ("Nightmares", 2008) premiered at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and shown in the top galleries in more than 20 countries (including The Jewish Museum, The Guggenheim Museum in NY, Tate Modern in London, AGO in Toronto, UCI in LA) and debated in media (including Gazeta Wyborcza, Haaretz, The New York Times.) Part II: "Mur i Wieża" ("Wall and Tower") was produced in 2009, and the Part III ("Assassination") represented Poland in the 2011 Venice Biennale.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The End and the Beginning: The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History, edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu, Bogdan C. Iacob, page 492, CEU Press
  2. ^ Anita Prazmowska (26 May 2009). "Breaking with Poland's past". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  3. ^ Open Letter to the European Public Opinion, by members of Polish civil society
  4. ^ Joanna Cieśla (14 April 2008). "Guru kameralnej rewolty". Polityka. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  5. ^ Krytyka Polityczna (15 July 2010). "Nowy Wspaniały Świat". Krytyka Polityczna. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  6. ^ Krytyka Polityczna. 24 August 2004 http://krytykapolityczna.pl/. Retrieved 24 August 2004. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Open Letter to the European Public Opinion, by members of Polish civil society
  8. ^ Welcome Ukraine into the EU and restore faith in the project
  9. ^ "Sławomir Sierakowski - Project Syndicate". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2017-10-19.