Jan Kubik together with Michael Bernhard kindly agreed to give a keynote speech entitled “The Politics of Memory and Commemoration”, and present their recently published book Twenty Years after Communism (Oxford 2014).
Jan Kubik is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science, Rutgers University in New Brunswick. In January 2015 he will become the Director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. His earlier publications include: The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power. The Rise of Solidarity and the Fall of State Socialism in Poland and Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993 (with Grzegorz Ekiert).
His recent work deals with the relationship between political science and cultural anthropology (Anthropology and Political Science: a convergent approach, with Myron Aronoff, Berghahn Books, 2013; critical analysis of post-communist studies (Postcommunism from Within. Social Justice, Mobilization, and Hegemony, co-edited with Amy Linch, NYU Press, 2013); and the politics of memory (Twenty Years After Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration, edited with Michael Bernhard, Oxford University Press, 2014). Among his research interests are: culture and politics, protest politics and social movements, communist and post-communist politics, and interpretive and ethnographic methods in political science. He received M.A. (sociology and philosophy) from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and Ph.D. (anthropology, with distinction) from Columbia University.