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Disability and Society \ The Performative Power of Protest \ meeting with Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak

The meeting had its point of departure in Niepełnosprawność i społeczeństwo. Performatywna siła protestu, a volume edited by Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak and Justyna Lipko-Konieczna. The book was created as part of the activities of Centrum Sztuki Włączającej: Downtown, and accompanied the work on The Revolution That Did Not Happen by Theatre 21.

“Drawing on the historical context, which provides the underpinning of the so-called social model of disability that grew out of the political and intellectual endeavours of the British Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), I would to take a look at the forms of activism and resistance, of struggle and protest of the people with disabilities—at the juncture of the political and the artistic, in the light of the current situation in Poland.”

The book is available for download in one of the following file formats:


Before the meeting, Theatre 21 presented their The Revolution That Did Not Happen, directed by. Justyna Sobczyk. The event is a part of Common Theatre, a performative arts project at ZAMEK Culture Centre.

Since its launch in 2016, the framework of Common Theatre has enabled ZAMEK to show performances created by artists from milieus which face exclusion in view of their health or social status. We organize meetings, lectures, and workshops which introduce our audience to the work of artists with disabilities. We strive to overcome barriers and stereotypes, both on the part of artists and the viewers alike.

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dr Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak

dr Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak is a cultural studies expert and graduate of the Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw (2006). In 2011,she obtained her doctoral degree at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, with the dissertation entitled Teatr radio-logiczny Tymoteusza Karpowicza (The Radio-Logic Theatre of Tymoteusz Karpowicz); at present, Godlewska-Byliniak is an assistant professor at the Institute’s Section for Theatre and Performance. Author of Tadeusz Kantor: sobowtór, melancholia, powtórzenie (2011) and Teatr radio-logiczny Tymoteusza Karpowicza (2012), as well as co-editor of Odzyskiwanie obecności. Niepełnosprawność w teatrze i performansie (2017) and Niepełnosprawność i społeczeństwo. Performatywna siła protestu (2018). Her current research interests focus on disability in 20th-century theatre and performances.

photo courtesy by E. Godlewska-Byliniak

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