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Fellows 2017


Polish Academy of Sciences, Graduate School for Social Research

Claussen-Simon Dissertation Completion Scholarship

Citizen-Soldiers in a Post-Security State. Militarism, Memory Politics, and Masculinity in 21st Century Poland


After the end of the Cold War, Central Europe began a gradual process of demilitarization. Yet in recent years the civilian model of statehood is being seriously challenged, as Poland experiences a growth and normalization of paramilitary activities, accompanied by a diffusion of military values and practices to everyday life, memory politics, and notion of citizenship. Based on extensive interviews and other original sources, the project attempts to untangle the unobvious circumstances which led to Poland’s militarization in the second decade of the 21st century. What made militarism resurface in a time of EU integration and global governance, and how is this shift connected to the gradual un-making of social, economic and cultural pillars of security by the (neo)liberal project.

Weronika Grzebalska is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw. Her work focuses on militarism, war, national security and right-wing politics seen from a critical gender perspective. Her Ph.D. project explores the recent processes of social militarization in Poland against the background of the broader crisis of neoliberal governmentality. Weronika holds a M.A. (cum laude) in Sociology from the University of Warsaw. She is also a board member of the Polish Gender Studies Association and a Junior Researcher at the Polányi Center at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Hungary.

2017: “Resistance and Liberation Movements”, in: Gender: War, edited by Andrea Pető, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, p. 117-134.

2017: “In Central Europe, militarized societies are on the march”, The Conversation,

2017: “Gender as symbolic glue: how gender became an umbrella term for the rejection of the (neo)liberal order”, together with Eszter Kováts and Andrea Pető, Political Critique,

2013: Płeć powstania warszawskiego [Gender of the Warsaw Uprising], Warsaw: IBL and NCK, ISBN 978-83-61552-77-2

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