Geneviève Zubrzycki, professor of sociology and director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, provided context for a Forbes.com article about the meaning of Jewishness in Poland. “Individuals that don't stand up for the prominent place of Catholicism and its symbols in the public sphere and advocate instead a civic-secular Poland, are turned into ‘Jews,’” she explained. The issue arose in response to the recent purchase of a Polish radio station by a fund backed by George Soros and Polish newspaper publisher Agora, which drew criticism from Poland's government on the grounds that media in Poland should be owned by Poles. Read the full article here.
Geneviève Zubrzycki is a comparative-historical and cultural sociologist who studies national identity and religion, collective memory and national mythology, and the contested place of religious symbols in the public sphere. Her work combines historical and ethnographic methods, and considers evidence from material and visual culture. Professor Zubrzycki is the director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, which includes the Center for European Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Copernicus Program in Polish Studies. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.