“The Missing Denominator” – new book edited by Jan Sowa

Press release

The latest publication edited by sociologist Jan Sowa comprises a collection of texts whose shared point of departure was the symposium organised as part of the first Biennale Warszawa.

From the Introduction by Jan Sowa:

“The predicaments surrounding universalism are far from solely the subject of investigation for historians, philosophers or sociologists.  It is my strong belief that the global and thus universal nature  of the challenges that we are facing – such as climate change, mass migrations, the unchecked influences of financial institutions, right-wing terrorism etc. – make the foundation of any kind of new progressive universalism a task of the utmost importance.”


“The Missing Denominator. Universalism and Progressive Cultural Politics”, a book edited by Jan Sowa constitutes a conclusion to the eponymous symposium organised exactly a year ago, on 13 May 2019, as part of the first edition of Biennale Warszawa, “Let’s organise our future!” It comprises voices of European intellectuals, researchers and activists concerning universalism and its significance for progressive cultural politics. It touches upon such issues as colonialism, neoliberal globalisation, identity politics, populism and migration, among others. It is the second, after “Solidarity 2.0”, Biennale publication edited by Jan Sowa.

The book was published jointly by Biennale Warszawa and EUNIC European Union National Institutes for Culture. The project co-financed by the funds of the European Commission Representation Office in Poland.

The book can be downloaded as a free e-book in two language versions from Biennale and EUNIC Warszawa websites.





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