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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.94

Neverland: Polish utopia of normality and longing for belonging


  • Dr. Łukasz KACZMAREK

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Polish migrants in Dublin, after they admit that they are rather satisfied with their socioeconomic situation and that the reason why they have left Poland was their strive for a ‘normal life’, when asked if they are planning to go back to Poland, usually say “yes, someday off course, but…” This is usually a pretext for long conversations about ‘what’s Poland like’, ‘how it should be’, what it means ‘normal’, and why it is so hard to achieve it. Such a discussion usually tends to rationalise the choice to move and stay abroad. Pretty often it is also an occasion to complain a bit on the New Country, just to make sure that the ethnographer knows that a new place is not any Idyll. It is significant, that they use Polish ethno-cultural framework of belonging and they transfer the imaginaries of happiness they gained in Poland to the new society. One of the consequences of being immersed in the Polish regime of identity is a specific way of perceiving the ethnic order in the new country of residence that the Polish migrants would like to belong to, but they feel it is too soon.