Events and appearances

Political and social polarisation in Europe: How to strengthen cohesion in European societies?

I was invited to participate in the workshop on social and political participation that took place in Cracow, Poland, Jagiellonian University, on December 3rd, 2019. Together with Clémence Ledoux from the University of Nantes and Katharina Zimmermann from the University of Hamburg, we presented the main issues related to social and political polarization to the group of international students in our three countries (France, Germany and Poland) and then prepared the students’ ambassadors for asking questions to the three panelists invited for an evening plenary session. A very intense day, requiring various types of skills, but also very rewarding when listening to confident (female) students asking questions to three established (male) politicians: Jean-Marc Ayrault, Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of France, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Former President of the European Parliament and Bartłomiej Wróblewski, Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and Chair of the German-Polish Parliamentarian Group, Law and Justice Party (PiS).

Welfare State, Social Policy and Social Work in Post-Communist Countries – Transition, Challenges, Similarities

Together with Michal Polakowski, we had the pleasure to participate in a seminar that gathered a group of East and Central European scholars working on various dimensions of welfare state transformation. The seminar took place at Warsaw University, organized by the editors of the journal Social Policy Issues. The title of our paper was: The politics (and policies) of social investment in the Visegrad countries: the cases of childcare and active labour market policies and is our contribution to the book (and a project) World Politics of Social Investment (WOPSI). This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pps-workshop.jpg

Ways forward for gender politics in the EU Brussels, 03 – 05 November 2019

Together with scholars and women’s organizations’ activists from Central and Eastern Europe we spent two days meeting various stakeholders discussing on gender politics in the EU. It is really difficult to give a balanced and accurate view on what’s happening in our countries. On one hand radical right wing parties finally deliver social support seemingly breaking down with market fundamentalism, on the other – women’s rights are threatened and working conditions do not improve. Discussion to follow! b1

“Right-Wing Populism, Gender and Social Policies in Hungary and in Poland” – a presentation during the conference “Thinking Gender Justice”.

I did a presentation during  the conference that took place at University College Dublin between the 22nd and 24th of May 2018. The Conference entitled “Thinking Gender Justice”, was the first one initiating a series organized by the UCD Center for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities. The title of my presentation was “Right-Wing Populism, Gender and Social Policies in Hungary and in Poland” and was the first overview of a longer research project I have been undertaking in order to analyse ring-wing populist policies in Visegrad countries and their role for welfare state transformations.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve_ the fear of failure.”

European Parliament Hearing on the Commission Proposal of the New Directive “Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers”

On 21 February 2018 I participated as a speaker in a Public Hearing in the European Parliament on the Commission proposal on Work-life Balance for Parents and Carers. The event was held by the Employment and Social Affaires Committee (EMPL), with a cooperation of FEMM Committee (Women’s Rights and Gender Equality). My presentation (video, slides) was focused on supporting the proposal that extends individual and non-transferable entitlement to four months (per parent), with an obligatory element of income compensation.