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21 - 30/06/2019

    Meeting with Andrzej Leder

    In his essay Kultura wojny w czasie pokoju (A culture of war in a time of peace), philosopher and psychotherapist Andrzej Leder writes about how war instincts are relieved in times of peace. Why does war fascinate us during peacetime? Where does the hatred entrenched within us come from? Why do we cultivate it within ourselves? Is hatred common to all humanity? Is it the effect of a Polish upbringing, of pop culture?

    FORUM 2019: A culture of war in a time of peace

    The Forum for discussions in Wolności Square is where we broadly talk about the main festival theme. This year, our focus is on the relationship between war and peace. Statistics show that we are living in the safest and least brutal period in history, but despite this, war is not an abstract or unreal concept at all. What form does war take in this most peaceful of ages? How do we define this state of war/peace? What will future wars be like?

    We invite you to meet writers, philosophers, political scientists and people who have participated in and witnessed contemporary warfare.

    The discussions are accompanied by staged readings of excerpts from a selection of books.