ISSN 2451-2966


Elżbieta Matynia

The Theatre of Public Life – a Crucible of our Humanity? (Re-reading Arendt)


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community; district theatre; local theatre

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Elżbieta Matynia

PhD (1979), University of Warsaw. Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, and director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Her research in political and cultural sociology focuses on democratic transformations, gender and democracy, the borderlands of a shared Europe, and more recently on the challenges faced by democracies emerging with a legacy of violence. As director of TCDS, she has developed and directs international Democracy & Diversity Institutes for rigorous study and cross-cultural research on the critical issues facing today’s world. Her book Performative Democracy (2009, Paradigm) explores a potential in political life that easily escapes theorists: the indigenously inspired enacting of democracy by citizens. Challenges following 1989 are explored in her An Uncanny Era: Conversations between Adam Michnik and Vaclav Havel (Yale University Press, 2013). A Fulbright research scholar in South Africa, she is working on a new book, Democracy After Violence. She is a member of the editorial board of Social Research.