Legal Culture under Stalinism in Poland

Postdoctoral project by Jaroslaw Kuisz, Saxo Institute.
Project supervisor: Professor Helle Porsdam, Saxo Institute.

Postdoc Jaroslaw Kuisz

Postdoc Jaroslaw Kuisz

The Legal Culture project presents a unique approach towards interdisciplinary, analytical research of law, literature and film in the context of Central-Eastern Europe and its undemocratic, semi-totalitarian regimes of 1945-1989. Special focus is on the question of narratives around law and justice pertaining to the very foundations of the communist system, which in the period of 1945-1989 strongly reflected the communist ideology. One of the project’s main objectives is thus to use the existing research on Stalinist legal culture and combine it with law and the humanities to reflect upon a range of topics that have not yet been subject to scholarly research.

The project contributes to the general popularisation of interdisciplinary studies exploring the interactions between law and culture throughout Central-Eastern Europe. For the past years Professor Marek Wąsowicz and I have co-edited  academic works containing a wide selection of essays elaborating on the connections between law and literature, published under the patronage of the Faculty of Law and Administration of University of Warsaw and by courtesy of Scholar Publishing House. As a continuation of the previous publications, we are currently preparing the third volume, which elaborates on the subject of multidisciplinary relations between law and humanities and contains a selection of essays by prominent scholars.