Organizer: Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Place: Wrocław (Poland)
Dates: 8-11 September 2011
Presentation: The European Culture Congress takes its cue from the book by Zygmunt Bauman, written at the initiative of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Professor Bauman explores the genesis of the notion of “culture”, analysing processes that culture was subject to both in the past and today, showing developmental threats and chances. Another theme is how the pace of changes – particularly such factors as new technologies, free market, economy, globalization and first of all “compulsive and obsessive ‘modernization’” – determines contemporary culture. This diagnosis sets the tone for the intellectual framework of the European Culture Congress.