Kolloquium des Imre Kertész Kollegs

Das wöchentliche Forschungskolloquium dient dem regelmäßigen wissenschaftlichen Gespräch über die Forschungsprojekte der Fellows und aktuelle Arbeiten aus den Projektschwerpunkten. Neben Fellows, Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern, lädt das Kolleg regelmäßig externe Gäste ein.

Montags von 11 bis 13 Uhr: Am Planetarium 7, Seminarraum

25. September 2017

Krzysztof Persak: Post-communist transitional justice in Poland


NEW PUBLICATION: To See a Moose: The History of Polish Sex Education from the First Lesson to the Internet

Agnieszka Kościańska

Wydawnictwo Czarne, Wołowiec, 2017
424 pages
ISBN: 978-83-8049-526-5
Price: 44,90 zł

This history of struggles against ignorance and double standards starts towards the end of the 19th century, when men learned sex from prostitutes, and when the prevalence of shameful diseases was an open secret. Kościańska guides readers through developments in the field of sex education throughout the 20th century. How did it come to be, that at the beginning of this new age storks suddenly ceased to deliver babies and stories about the birds and the bees no longer satisfied curious girls and boys? What does intercourse have to do with spotting moose? How was sex described in a school textbook scrapped by the communists for fear of offending religious sentiment? Finally, could folk songs convey more information than progressive self-help books? Among Kościańska's protagonists are women and men who had the courage to change how sex was written about. Yet readers will be urged to keep their critical hats on in assessing the contributions of the cult figures of Polish sexology. This work is the first to critically examine Polish sex education in the 20th century.