To See a Moose - Leverhulme Lecture

In this lecture, Dr Agnieszka Kościańska will talk about new book, To See a Moose: The History of Polish Sex Education (BerghahnBooks, 2021), tracing the historical roots of the current attack on “gender ideology” and “LGBT ideology” in Poland.

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She argues that it had already started by the mid-1980s when the Communist Party, hoping to win the battle over young’s people hearts against the Catholic Church, published a progressive sex education handbook to be used in all Polish high schools. It points to the links between now and then, visible on both personal and discursive levels, and shows that recent conservative approaches towards gender and sexuality have in fact been forged over decades.


The lecture will be followed by book discussion with Professor Dan Healey (REES, OSGA; History) and Dr Katherine Lebow (History) moderated by Dr Nicolette Makovicky (REES, OSGA; Editor of Berghahn Series: European Anthropology in Translation).


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