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The Meaning of Solidarity in Our Times

Call for Applications

Theme: The Meaning of Solidarity in Our Times
Type: RVP Summer Seminar
Institution: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP)
  Faculty of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University
Location: Poznan (Poland)
Date: 6.–12.7.2020
Deadline: 30.3.2020

Thematic Description

Poland was known for its Solidarity Movement in the 1980s. However,
solidarity was not only the name of a trade union but had a rich
cultural and religious heritage of the Polish people. It  is
associated with the concept of fraternity, and hence understood not
only conceptually but as a principle of action and cooperation. At
the descriptive level, solidary is described as existing bonds
connecting people, groups or communities. It exists in real times
either in a family or a tribe. At the normative level it is used as a
proposed model of relationships between social entities. It
postulates a value functioning as a basis for relations among
cooperating entities. Solidarity also implies the moral obligation or
commitment to act. This moral dimension of solidarity serves as a
criterion to distinguish between altruistic solidarity and
self-seeking solidarity. Usually as a normative concept solidarity
attracts the attention of contemporary criticism, especially from the
liberal culture of the West founded on the principles of
individualism and autonomy. Their principles have found their
practical expression in the institution of the human rights and human
autonomy. In contrast, solidarity founded in the social and moral
context involving public good is linked to the concept of charity.

When studying solidarity, the following questions raise:

(1) What is the underlying basis of solidarity which determines the
   types of bonds?
(2) What is the scope of solidarity in practice: the entire humanity,
   family, group, class, etc.?
(3) What is the goal of solidarity-based actions which are supposed
   to accomplish?
(4) What is the effect of collective identity on individual identity?
(5) How to understand solidarity in our pluralistic world in these
   global times?
(6) Is solidarity compatible with such notions of freedom, equality
   and human rights?

Application for Participation

Those who are interested in participating this July seminar should
email the following information no later than March 30, 2020 to
Dariusz Dobrzanski [dobrzan(at)], Iwo Greczko
[ig49147(at)] and [cua-rvp(at)]:

1. A brief CV
2. An abstract based on the theme of the seminar in 500 words
3. Letter of intent (the reason for participating in the Seminar) in
  250 words
4. List of applicant's publication

Notification of acceptance (or rejection) will be sent to applants by
April 15, 2020.

There is no registration fees. Participants will take care of their
own travel expenses. The local organizer will provide simple room and
board during the seminar.


Dariusz Dobrzanski & Iwo Greczko
Faculty of Philosophy
Adam Mickiewicz University
Poznan, Poland
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