Marcin Kula

Marcin Kula

Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw, The Committee on Migration Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Prof. Marcin Kula (1943) is a historian and sociologist. He studied at the University of Warsaw and the 6th Section of École Pratique des Hautes Études w Paryżu (currently École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales). He obtained a master’s degree in history in 1965 and in sociology in 1967, followed by a doctoral degree in 1968 from the PAS Institute of History. He qualified as a professor in 1985. In 1968-1990, he worked at the PAS Institute of History. Since 1990, he has worked at the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. He is a member of the PAS Committee on Migration Studies. His publications include „Polonia brazylijska” [“Polish Community in Brazil”] (1981), Writing Home: Immigrants in Brazil and the United States 1980-1891 (edited together with Witold Kula and Nina Assorodobraj-Kula, 1986), „Historia Brazylii” [“History of Brazil”] (1987), „Między przeszłością a przyszłością: o pamięci, zapominaniu i przewidywaniu” [“Between Past and Future: Remembrance, Oblivion, and Prediction”] (2004), „Autoportret rodziny X. Fragment żydowskiej Warszawy lat międzywojennych” [“Self-Portrait of Family X: Fragment of Jewish Warsaw in Interwar Period”] (2007), which won the Polityka weekly’s Historical Prize, „Mimo wszystko: bliżej Paryża niż Moskwy, książka o Francji, PRL i o nas, historykach” [“Paris Is Nevertheless Closer Than Moscow: A Book About France, the Polish People’s Republic, and Us, Historians”] (2010), and „Najpierw trzeba się urodzić” [“First, You Have To Be Born”] (2011).

”Nationalist ideologies, depicting their countries as being nation-states, frequently fail to consider the quite numerous “admixtures” that occurred during the course of long-ongoing migrations. Ideologies touting the notion of “racial purity” or raising such slogans as “Poland for the Poles,” “a true Poland of true Poles,” etc. are senseless, not only because of their wickedness but in terms of the material truth.”

As long as there are clear-cut borders, things might be OK. But attitudes hostile to a given group take shape as soon as it gets elevated to a higher status – argues Prof. Marcin Kula

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