Professor Csaba Gy. Kiss among the Guests of the 28th Economic Forum

One of the founders of the Hungarian Democratic Forum, cultural historian, essayist once again will be a guest of the Economic Forum in Krynica.

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Professor at the Department of Hungarian Studies at the University of Warsaw will take part in a discussion entitled “Politics of Memory – the Past for the Future”. Panelists will try to answer the following questions: does politics of memory lead to insoluble conflicts? Should the authorities try to separate these two spheres and is it possible at all? It has been the subject of intense public debate for several years. Increasingly, political circles are aware that it is necessary to practice the politics of memory nowadays, although it is undoubtedly debatable and not easy to perceive in social perception.

Csaba Kiss is particularly interested in the Central European nationalities and their symbols. He is the author of 20 books in Hungarian, 3 in Polish and one in English. In 2017, at the 27th Economic Forum in Krynica, a presentation of his book “Visegrad Affinities” took place. It is a collection of essays about Central Europe and two interviews in which journalists try to find out a bit about the professor’s character. Mentioned are his Polish fascinations, his first trips to Poland, as well as adventures that he met along the way. There is no lack of politics, because it can not be freed from it, especially when we try to understand the relations between Poland and Hungary.

We analyze the relations of both countries, including Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In the end, Central Europe is us – a region that still feels complexes towards Western countries, which survived not only the war turmoil, but also was enslaved by two regimes. First, nazism and later communism, which is often forgotten to the west of our borders. In the last part of the book, Professor mentions aspirations for Europeanism and strong provincialism as well as attachment to history and tradition. The conversation was led by Member of the Polish Parliament Piotr Babinetz.