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GSSR New Projects Seminar #7 May 25th Join on Zoom

25 May 2021

New Projects Seminar Series at the GSSR

The GSSR announces the seventh in our new series of seminars addressed both to doctoral students and academic staff. The seminars aim to bring together students and established researchers working in the same field, thus promoting closer interaction and future collaboration between them.

During the seminars doctoral students present for discussion well-advanced research projects, with experienced scholars from various academic centres in Poland and abroad invited to take the role of commentators.

The seminars take place on the Zoom platform and are open to all.

This seminar is scheduled for May 25thth at 16:00 Warsaw time (CET, GMT+1) with Steve Davies presenting the topic, Anchoring in the Angloscape? Exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland”, and Katarzyna Andrejuk (IFiS PAN) and Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield) as commentators.

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16.00 Introduction by Edit Zgut (chair)

16.05 A few words from Sławomir Kapralski (supervisor)

16.10 Seminar presentation: Anchoring in the ‘angloscape’: exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland

16.40 Comments from Katrzyna Andrejuk

16.55 Comments from Bolaji Balogun

17.10 Discussion

17.45 Closing remarks


Next seminars:

May 31sth at 15:00 Justyna Minkiewicz–Technology in art and art in technology and its impact on digital society.


June 1st at 13:00 Oleg DietkowEuropean Gaming Culture: the Case of Gamers’ Identity


Steve Davies

Anchoring in the Angloscape? Exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland


The life of a British citizen as a long-term resident abroad is often popularly imagined to be that of a ‘privileged migrant’ or an ‘expat’. He (usually) is believed to have a range of economic, social and cultural advantages at his disposal to ensure a life of ease and pleasure in any given location.

My case study of British citizens living long-term in Poland questions the essentialized Brit-abroad image, finding the reality of British migration to be a far more heterogeneous phenomenon. At the same time, it acknowledges the existence of a multi-layered, complex and dynamic structure of potential privileges and advantages, which may be reproduced over time by migrants from Anglophone countries (specifically the UK and the USA).

The section of my work to be presented introduces the concept of the Angloscape, a constellation of privilege(s) which may be (re)produced through the possession of embodied and symbolic capitals or as a conscious practice of (re)positioning by an agent in order to take on an identity that instrumentalises and benefits from such privilege. This chapter also recognises that privilege may be unevenly distributed or available through its intersection with class, race and gender.

The Angloscape concept takes account of our era of global flows and accelerated change, and is therefore perceived as relatively dynamic and responsive to global and local developments across societies. During the current Covid-19 pandemic and with the change of status from EU citizen – with freedom to move, work and live in any EU country – to that of a third-country national, what impact do such events have on the agency British citizens in Poland and the shape of the Angloscape?

Previous seminars:


Seminar May 5th

Katarzyna Król, commentator, Daniel Navon ( UC San Diego) –Making sense of biomedical knowledge: mothers and rare inborn errors of metabolism  


Seminar April 20th

Mümtaz Murat Kök, commentators Adam Nocek (Arizona State University) and Adam Lipszyc (IFiS PAN) –Eugene Thacker’s Cosmic Pessimism


Seminar  March 30th 2021

Edit Zgut, commentators András Bozóki (CEU) and Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers)– Informal power in authoritarian hybrid regimes – a theoretical framework


Seminar  March 16th 2021

Gabriel Klimont, commentators: Marta Bucholc (Warsaw University) Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University In Toruń)

The Origins of Biopolitics in Poland?Transformations of Power over Vagabonds in 18th Century Warsaw


Seminar 2 March 3rd 2021

Philip Højme, commentator Marcel Stoetzler (Bangor University, UK) Reading Butler as a Dialectical Thinker: Juxtaposing Butler with Adorno.


Seminar 1 February 17th 2021

Helen Grela, commentator: Randall Auxier (Southern Illinois University)

The Lockean and Smithian Roots of Entitlement Theory: Labor, Money, and the Transition to the Free Market system



The New Projects Seminar is funded by Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju, the project “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” (POWR.03.02.00-IP.08-I019/17). The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund under the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development 2014 – 2020.


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