Religion and Society in Poland

At this seminar CRS guest researcher Dawid Bunikowski will present a paper on Religion and society in contemporary Poland. The paper aims to provide a socio-legal-political-philosophical analysis of religion in Poland. It focuses on the phenomenon of religion in both society and politics in Poland, with a particular emphasis on the role of the Catholic church and the Polish model of state-church relations.

In this paper, the practical focus is not only on the impact of religion on the constitutional crisis in Poland (2015-), but also it refers to the recent problems of abortion debates and of LGBT rights in this country. It aims to show the ways religion influences such phenomena, but also highlight the complexities within a society which is perceived as quite morally conservative and religious, but is also very divided, also in the field of making Polish restrictive abortion law even stricter (near absolute ban since January 27th, 2021).  

Contact Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon for more inforamtion and registration to the semianar, martha.middlemiss@crs.uu.se

Dawid Bunikowski is a Guest researcher at CRS 1 March - 30 April 2021 

Dawid Bunikowski, PhD (Law, Legal theory, Nicolaus Copernicus University, 2009) is a Senior Lecturer at the State University of Applied Sciences in Wloclawek (Poland). He has had a honorary fellowship in Cardiff since 2013: he is a Distinguished Academic Associate at the Centre for Law and Religion in Cardiff School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University (UK). He did his postdoctoral research in the Department of Law at the University of Eastern Finland (2013-2015). Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar in the School of Theology in the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Eastern Finland. He is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Aleksanteri Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. Moreover, he is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University (it is a joint fellowship of the Centre for Law and Religion and the Centre of Law and Society).