28 Oct 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


“The work in progress seminars were varied, stimulating and of  high intellectual calibre.”
Susanne Hakenbeck (Archaeology), Early Career Fellow, Lent 2017

Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress Seminar Series. All welcome but please email Michelle Maciejewska to book your place and to request readings. A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.

Dr Stanley Bill

I am researching the structure and origins of contemporary populist discourse in Poland in terms of postcolonial theory. I am interested in the ways in which certain political actors in Poland have constructed varieties of populist discourse couched in the language of a very specific national-conservative postcolonial narrative. I am provisionally referring to this mixed discourse as 'postcolonial populist discourse' or 'periphery populist discourse'. This discourse currently constitutes a highly effective political narrative, but I will also be examining whether it reflects certain recurring structures of political contestation in a peripheral or semi-peripheral country with a modern history of foreign domination. Finally, I will ask whether 'periphery populism' might represent a distinct sub-category of populist discourse.


Stanley Bill is an Early Career Fellow at CRASSH and University Senior Lecturer in Polish Studies at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Cambridge. He works largely on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in the poetics of the body, religion and secularisation, Polish-Ukrainian relations, and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural and political history. He has published widely on Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, postcolonial theory in the Polish context, legacies of Polish Romanticism, as well as on religious problems in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky. He is also co-editor of the news and opinion website and social media hub 'Notes from Poland'.

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