About Liberal Culture

30 July 2015

Kultura Liberalna / Liberal Culture is a centrist, liberal media organisation, established in Poland in 2008 by a group of journalists and academics, which publishes an influential weekly online journal featuring articles, commentary and debate. Liberal Culture also publishes books, organises international events and develops partnerships with other media outlets and intellectual networks around the globe.

Our main aim is to strengthen and modernize liberal ideas in Central and Eastern Europe through the promotion of the ideals of an open society, worldview pluralism and free debate based on mutual respect.

For the past six years, we (Read: Who We Are?) have been producing a non-profit, online weekly magazine ‘Kultura Liberalna’ (Read: On The Magazine) which has become the leading liberal journal in Poland. Each year, we organize numerous public debates, discussion panels, conferences and seminars. We run the Public Debate Observatory (Read: The Observatory), a research institute focused on analysing the process of radicalization of language in the Polish public sphere. We work together with a number of valued institutional partners (Read: Partners).

Additionally, we provide expertise and commentary to numerous international institutions and media, which resulted in approx. 1000 public appearances in 2014 alone.

‘Kultura Liberalna’ is a partner of Eurozine, a network of European cultural journals, and the European Center for Foreign Relations Warsaw Office. We are also part of Time to Talk, a Europe-wide network of debating houses.

The original Polish version of ‘Kultura Liberalna’ magazine is freely available at www.kulturaliberalna.pl

Who Are We? View

You will find a list of our editors and regular contributors below.

Do you wish to contact a member of our editorial team? Write to us: redakcja (at) kulturaliberalna.pl

Editor-in-chief

Dr Jarosław Kuisz, historian of law and political analyst.

Managing Editor

Dr Łukasz Pawłowski, graduate in psychology and sociology, he holds a doctorate in the latter and writes about political life in Poland and the US.

Editor, International Edition

Tomasz Sawczuk, graduate in law and philosophy, author of political commentaries, specialising in contemporary liberal thought.

Political Section Chief

Dr Karolina Wigura, sociologist and assistant professor at the Warsaw University. Author of the book “The guilt of nations. Forgiveness as political strategy”.

Literary Section Chief

Piotr Kieżun, historian of ideas, head of Kultura Liberalna Publishing House, specialising in the links between literature and politics in the 20th century.

Visual Arts Section Chief

Grzegorz Brzozowski, studied sociology and documentary film making, specialising in performatics and the sociology of religion.

Editorial Board Members:

Dr. Magdalena M. Baran, Bartek Biedrzycki, Marta Budkowska, Dr hab. Marta Bucholc, Dr hab. Tadeusz Ciecierski, Dr. Łukasz Jasina, Wojciech Kacperski, Michał Krasicki, Dr. Paweł Majewski, Dr. Katarzyna Sarek, Ewa Serzysko, Dr. Kacper Szulecki, Dr. Rafał Wonicki

Regular contributors:

Łukasz Bertram, Dr. Adam Bodnar, Justyna Czechowska, Hubert Czyżewski, Marcin Dobrowolski, Wojciech Engelking, Łukasz Faciejew, Dr. Mateusz Fałkowski, Dr. Jacek Głażewski, Helena Jędrzejczak, Michał Jędrzejek, Monika Helak, Emilia Kaczmarek, Konrad Kamiński, Dr. Katarzyna Kasia, Katarzyna Kazimierowska, Eliza Kącka, Prof. Padraic Kenney, Maciej Komornik, Dr. Piotr H. Kosicki, Dr. Tomasz Kozłowski, Jakub Krupa, Prof. Ireneusz Krzemiński, Rafał Kucharczuk, Michał Matlak, Marta Michalska, Adam Puchejda, Krzysztof Renik, Alicja Rosé, Krzysztof Siwoń, Jakub Sypiański, Prof. Paweł Śpiewak, Dr. Jan Tokarski, Jacek Wakar, Rafał Woś, Olga Wysocka, Viktoriia Zhuhan.

About The Magazine View

Liberal Culture, launched in 2015, is the international edition of the Polish online socio-political weekly magazine ‘Kultura Liberalna’.

‘Kultura Liberalna’ was founded in late 2008 as a non-profit initiative by a group of young academics, journalists, artists and university students, becoming the premier online socio-political weekly magazine in Poland. It has quickly become the leading liberal journal in the country and a widely valued reference point for the most important political, social and cultural debates in both domestic and international spheres.

Since the beginning, we have produced over 350 weekly issues of the magazine, equivalent to over 1000 articles per year or around 80 regular pages per week. Liberal Culture features translations of some of the most important publications from the Polish edition.

Since 2008, we have published articles and commentary from many of the world’s most eminent authors, including Martha Nussbaum, Charles Taylor, Timothy Garton Ash, Jeffrey Sachs, Alain Finkielkraut, Zygmunt Bauman, Peter Sloterdijk, Ivan Krastev, Timothy Snyder, Michael Sandel, Klaus Leggewie, Martin Wolf, Stephen Holmes, Oliver Roy, Christopher Clark, Giani Vattimo, Margaret MacMillan, Richard Sennett, Roger Scruton, Saskia Sassen, Aleksander Smolar, Benjamin Barber, Anne Applebaum, Tomas Sedlacek, Agnieszka Holland, Gleb Pawłowski, Adrian Wooldridge, Bernard Kouchner, Edward Lucas and Bartolomeu Mari.

In 2015, we are proud to launch a new, international version of the magazine, presenting some of the most important articles taken from the Polish-language original and some exclusive content.

The magazine is based in Warsaw, Poland.

The Observatory View

Kultura Liberalna’s Public Debate Observatory is a research institute, its purpose to collect and analyse cases of radicalization in the sphere of Polish public debate. Our research focuses not only on hate speech – a well-known phenomenon, partially monitored by appropriate organisations – but also all other forms of radicalization.

We want Poland to be a country with a pluralised public sphere, providing freedom of choice, tolerance, respect and dignity for all individuals, regardless of his or her ethnicity, group affiliation, sex or opinions within the limits of democratic debate. We want Poland to become a well-educated, conscious and active civil society. We believe the research conducted by the Public Debate Observatory is a substantial contribution to achieving this goal.

We are constantly monitoring select magazines from different sides of the ideological spectrum: “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Rzeczpospolita”, “Fakt”, “Polityka”, “Newsweek”, “W sieci”, “Do Rzeczy”. In relevant cases, we also monitor select radio and television stations and web forums. Outcomes of on-going monitoring are published monthly on our website.

Visit the Public Debate Observatory webpages HERE

Publishing House View

Democracy Undermined cover pageIn 2014, we started the Kultura Liberalna / Liberal Culture Library book series. Thus far, we have published three volumes:

  1. ‘Setting Poland in the center. 25 years of freedom and what next?’ – a collection of articles on the Polish transformation to a liberal democracy (2014)
  2. ‘Democracy undermined’ – on European problems with multiculturalism (2015)
  3. ‘Affluent Poles Looking at Ukraine’ – on the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine (2015)

All three volumes were distributed exclusively during our events, but you will find most of the articles published in our online Liberal Culture journal (see Select Topics on the main page).

A commercial series of Liberal Culture Publishing House books will be announced in Autumn 2015.

Our Partners View

Kultura Liberalna is a partner of Eurozine, a network of European cultural journals. We are also part of Time to Talk, a Europe-wide network of debating houses.

We are a partner of The European Council for Foreign Relations Warsaw Office and Osteuropa magazine.

Other organisations we have worked with include:

Open Society Foundations, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Stefan Batory Foundation, University of Warsaw, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, Zachęta – National Art Gallery, Center for French Culture at the University of Warsaw, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Allianz Cultural Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Vienna Institute for Human Sciences, Jewish History Institute in Warsaw.