*Postmodern Polish Ethnicity: **
Polish Roots Music & the Post-Communist Recovery of Folk** *
The Communist regime of the 20th Century co-opted Polish folk culture as part of its own ideology, creating state sponsored folk music ensembles that sanitized folk traditions almost to irrelevance. But the past twenty years have seen a resurgence of Polish roots music called anti-folk or hardcore folk. This multimedia lecture explores several groups in this new genre, including: Zakopower, Lao Che, and Warsaw Village Band. The project presents Polish folk music and ethnic formation in a postmodern, postcolonial, post-communist world and explores the interface of the old, the traditional, and the reified with the new, the modern, and the global.
**Ann Hetzel Gunkel*, a Fulbright scholar, is the Director of Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago. She has lectured widely in North America and Europe on ethnic studies, new media, and postmodernism. She has been awarded the Joseph V. Swastek and Creative Arts Prizes in the field of Polish American Studies and serves as a Board Member of the Polish American Historical Association and the PIAST Institute.
Over the course of a year a broad range of compelling topics will be explored by some of Chicago’s most noted scholars and educators in a format designed to be informative, invigorating and accessible.
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