Högre seminarium i polska:

Anna Krakus, Ph.D.

"After Forever: Lustration and Polish Cinema After 1989" 

This talk addresses the question of what has happened to Polish cinema after the fall of socialism in 1989. Whereas many other East European countries quickly dealt overtly with the fall of socialism in their cinema, making films dedicated to the revolutions of 1989, there was no Polish film that visually addressed the specifics of the collapse of socialism before Wajda’s 2013 feature "Wałęsa: Man of Hope." The talk will attempt to answer why Poland, the first country in the Eastern bloc to break free of socialism, is the last one to artistically wrap its head around the old regime’s end. It will evaluate a particular form of nostalgia in Polish cinema, that unlike the "ostalgie" of East Germany treats the past as something that still exists in the present. Turning then to the topic of lustration and the continued contemporary relevance of the formerly secret police files, it will suggest that like socialist remnants that linger in Poland in the lustration process, socialism still lingers on the silver screen.   


"Anna Krakus is assistant professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The University of Southern California. She completed her Doctoral Dissertation at New York University in 2012. She specializes in Polish cinema and literature during the time around the fall of socialism. Although her primary focus is on aesthetic culture she has also published papers about the formerly secret police files and lustration in Poland. She is currently working on her first monograph entitled "No End in Sight: Unfinalizability in Polish Film and Literature in the Late Socialist Period"