Conference SERFDOM




All Mazurkas of the World festival is a celebration of folk music. Showing the most crucial context and layers of this world in all its uniqueness cannot be done without a reflection on the social and cultural history of rural Poland. Many researchers say regional differences and styles were defined by the artists’ personal relations to the music and closely connected with their sociological and traditional background. In rural communities customs and traditions have been the most important uniting factor that guided family and social life. Is music just an aesthetic supplement to social bonds or a fundamental requirement for their existence, even determining the quality of life of individuals and communities?

Serfdom is one of the most painful issues in the history of rural Poland. All the more so, because it extended beyond countryside. An analysis of historical sources (written and oral ones, memories, peasant families’ stories) demonstrates that serfdom resulted in isolation of peasants on many levels with negative effects, but also with some positive ones. History has left its mark on the self-awareness, sense of identity, culture, customs and social bonds – the relations between the manor house and the village – people can sense them even today, and they also manifest themselves in different attitudes towards folklore and tradition.

We would like to take a closer look at this issue and seek answers to the question about the possible change of perspectives, which is of great importance to social, historical and cultural identities of Polish people.


Ewa Grochowska


Conference agenda:

10.00 – Start and introduction to the Conference

10.30 – 14.00 – Short lectures by keynote speakers

Lunch break

15.00 – 17.30 – Panel debate with keynote speakers and participants

17.30 – 18.00 – Conclusion and completion of the Conference


The agenda may undergo further alterations.








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