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New Projects Seminar #10 October 19 Join on Zoom

19 October 2021

New Projects Seminar Series at the GSSR

The GSSR announces the tenth 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 October 19th  at 12:00 Warsaw time (CET, GMT+1) with Marzia Sultana presenting the topic, “Reproductive health care status available within the factory premises, and Prof. Subhadra Channa (University of Delhi) and  Prof. Dorota Hall (IFiS PAN) as commentators.


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Chair: Michal Pachocki

12.00 Introduction Agnieszka Kościańska: (supervisor)

12.05  Seminar presentation: Reproductive health care status available within the factory premises

12.40  Comments from Subhadra Channa

12.50 Comments from Dorota Hall

13.00 Discussion

13.15 Closing remarks


Next seminars:

November 2, 2021-  Barbara Barysz: Fantasies about non-existence. Revolutionary model of Polish subjectivity in the discourse of  ‘Kronos’

Marzia Sultana


 Reproductive health care status available within the factory premises

Differences in access to quality reproductive health (RH) care services between developed and developing countries have been recognized by numerous researchers who are engaged in low-resource countries for these divergences. RH rights are a global health concern yet there remains a scarcity of empirical evidence about inequalities in availability and utilization of providing care services. Currently, Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of readymade garment (RMG) industries where the main workforces are more than 4 million women and adolescent girls. Poland is one of the major importers of apparel goods from Bangladesh, with almost two billion U.S. Dollar imports in 2019. Nonetheless, women workers engaged in RMG factories deprived of their basic health and safety rights, irrespective of their huge contribution to Bangladesh’s economy.

My doctoral research is about examining and analyzing the status of the RH rights situation and how Polish and EU stakeholders are exercising their corporate social responsibility to contribute to the improvement of the overall occupational health and safety policies and practices in readymade garment industry, Bangladesh. The chapter I will present in this seminar is part of result section, outlined the infrastructural facilities and other scopes available in the factories where the research participants were working. Data were collected both from compliance and non-compliance factories located in Bangladesh, where the research participants were women and adolescents girls.

Furthermore, this chapter focuses on their reproductive health care status, how the female workers experience menstrual hygiene management, antenatal care, planned for delivering child, post-delivery care and also their experience or knowledge about unwanted pregnancy termination within the factory premises. Findings from conducted interviews suggests huge workload, extended working hours, paid and unpaid leave, medical leave, delay in receiving salary and wages etc. Concerns were expressed about unpleasant working environment due to scarcity of air circulation, heat, a sort of dirty toilets etc. mostly by the workers of noncompliance factories.

Moreover, all factories do have a medical center/corner, where workers mainly received primary care/first aid for the occupational accidents and injuries. In very few compliance factories female workers got weight measurement and some counselling during their pregnancy. Some of the factories had referral linkage with other government and non-government health facilities, which women workers got benefited from availing antenatal care. Hardly any counselling about pregnancy care was provided by the caregiver of the factory medical center. Suggestion about Tetanus toxoid vaccination, plan for facility delivery rather than home delivery, post-delivery care and dealing with unwanted pregnancy were totally absent from the service provided by the medical center of both compliance and noncompliance factories.

In summary, findings from collected data shows that there is discrepancy between the official narrative and the actual practice about available facilities by considering the overall working environment including the RH care facilities offered by the factory owners in Bangladesh.


Previous seminars:

Seminar June 1st

Oleg Dietkow, commentators Lina Eklund (Uppsala University) and Halley Pontes (Birkbeck, University of London) The Internalization of Game Logic”


Seminar May 31st

Justyna Minkiewicz, commentators Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University) and Iwo Zmyślony (University of Warsaw)  “Technology in Art and Art in Technology – Its Impact on Digital Society



Seminar May 25th

Steve Davies, commentators Prof. Katarzyna Andrejuk (IFiS PAN) and Dr. Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield) -Anchoring in the Angloscape? Exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland


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.

This seminar is  organized in the frame of the Project financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange under the Welcome to Poland Programme (PPI/WTP/2020/1/00155/U/00001).


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