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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: 3.138

Environmental Memory and its Functions in Memoirs of Polish Migrants after the 2nd World War


  • Dr. Małgorzata PRACZYK

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The paper concerns the relations between migrants and various natural elements. While settling, migrants experienced nature in many different ways. First, the nature they encountered in the Western Polish Territories was often different from what they knew from their former experience, - that resulted in the difficulties of adapting to the new environment. Second, some particular natural features were familiar to what they knew form their lost homes and that enabled them to familiarize easier to new conditions. Third - the tedious lack of animals influenced their attitude towards them and made them relate more on animals and appreciate them more. Nevertheless, some species were very annoying because, due to the war, they grew into the enormous numbers. Those animals, rodents in particular, were those the settlers had to fight with. In the paper I will present the different types of human - non-human relations and I will problematize them, giving the perspective of the environmental history.