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Seminar of the Institute of Social Sciences of SWPS University

 

Economics of Memorial Sites

Researching Museums and Memorial Sites


of the Former Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps
 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizers: Institue of Social Sciences of SWPS University, Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites of SWPS University, Auschwiz-Birkenau Foundation


Memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps play an important role as a warning and a lesson against horrific crimes committed by totalitarian regimes. However, for the warning to be loud and clear, these sites must be preserved and they must fulfil their educational role, which requires significant resources and effective management systems. During the seminar we will present the idea and the current status of the pilot study on the key factors determining the achievement of strategic goals of museums and memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps.

Registration by March 25, 2019. Number of seats is limited.

March 26
10.00-12.00
Warsaw

Economics of Memorial Sites: Researching Museums and Memorial Sites of the Former Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps

Memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps play an important role as a warning and lesson against horrific crimes committed by totalitarian regimes. However, for the warning to be loud and clear, these sites must be preserved, speak and fulfil their educational role. To safeguard the crucial social values, memorial sites require significant resources and effective management systems. The majority of institutionalized memorial sites face considerable financial and organizational difficulties, although some of them fulfil their social mission very effectively and develop best management, fundraising, and commemoration standards. So far, the economic, financial and management aspects of the preservation and operation of memorial sites have not been studied from the empirical, analytical or theoretical point of view. Therefore, in order to fill this gap, we have decided to develop and run a long-term research program of economics of memorial sites.

Economics of memorial sites is a newly developing applied scientific discipline, which by design constitutes a set of empirically and analytically based best practices, correlations, dependencies and measures of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and managerial aspects of organization, institutionalization, commemoration, preservation and running of memorial sites.

The first research phase will include the main institutionalized memorial sites related to the Nazi German camp system, located in post-war Poland. Therefore Piotr M. A. Cywiński, Ph.D. and Adam Szpaderski, Associate Professor at SWPS University will present the idea and the program of economics of memorial sites focusing on the current pilot study on the key factors determining the achievement of strategic goals of museums and memorial sites of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camps. They will also discuss a potential pan-European comparative studies project on determinants and strategies of effectiveness of institutionalized memorial sites related to the Nazi German camp system. The research is conducted by the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites of the SWPS University.

Program

10.00-10.15 – Registration, welcome coffee and refreshments

10.15-10.30 – Opening Address – prof. Mikołaj Cześnik, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences of the SWPS University and Wojciech Soczewica, Director General of the Auschwiz-Birkenau Foundation

10.30-12.00 Economics of Memorial Sites. Researching Museums and Memorial Sites of the Former Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps – Piotr M. A. Cywiński, Ph.D., Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oświęcim, President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, Adam Szpaderski, Associate Professor at SWPS University, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites of the SWPS University

Q&A session and discussion.

Speakers

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Piotr Cywiński, Ph.D. – historian, doctor of humanities, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oświęcim, President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, Chair of the Program Committee and Chief Expert of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites of SWPS University.

President, Vice-President and Member of the Board of the Warsaw Catholic Intelligentsia Club. A participant in various cross-national dialogue initiatives, including Polish-Jewish, Christian-Jewish, Ukrainian-Polish, and other borderland dialogue projects. He was in charge of the press accreditation during the 1999 visit of John Paul II to Poland and subsequently a Proxy of the Management Board of the Polish Information Agency. Over the years, he has been involved in various activities related to memorial sites and has held numerous posts, including: Member of the International Auschwitz Council and its Secretary (2000-2006), Deputy Chairman of the Council of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (2005-2014), member of the Board of Museums by the Office of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2009-2018), and member of the Council for the Protection of Memory of Combat and Martyrdom (ROPWiM) (from 2010). In 2017, he was appointed Chairman of the Program Board of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

Author, co-author, and editor of many scientific and popular publications. Recipient of numerous distinctions, including: the Gold Cross of Merit, the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Knight’s Cross of the Belgian Order of the Crown, the Knight’s Cross of the Monaco’s Order of Saint-Charles, the Officer’s Cross of the Greek Order of the Phoenix, the Knight’s Cross of the French Order of Academic Palms, and most recently, the Knight medal insignia of French Legion of Honour.

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Adam Szpaderski – is Associate Professor of Management in the Institute of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at SWPS University, where he is the Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites.

Author of publications and research projects on economics of memorial sites, praxeology, leadership, and business management. He has developed a praxeological concept of management based on reciprocity, sources of power, and managerial functions. Additionally, he researched applications of praxeology to solve the problem of theoretical fragmentation in management studies. Currently his research focuses on developing economics of memorial sites, a new applied scientific discipline, which by design constitutes a set of empirically- and analytically-based best practices, correlations, dependencies and measures of effectiveness related to the economic, financial and managerial aspects of organization, institutionalization, commemoration, preservation and running of memorial sites.

He is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Leadership and Management and the President of the Institute of Management and Leadership.

At SWPS University, he is the Principal Investigator of the research project on the "Key Factors Determining the Achievement of Strategic Goals of Museums and Memorial Sites of the Former Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps". He also teaches courses on Advanced Business Development, Leadership and Communication, and Resolving Conflicts and Disputes.

Organizers

  • Institute of Social Sciences of SWPS University
  • Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites of SWPS University
  • Auschwiz-Birkenau Foundation

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Date and Location

March 26, 2019, 10.00-12.00
SWPS University Chodakowska 19/31, room no. S305 (3rd floor)

Contact

Adam Szpaderski, Associate Professor at SWPS University 
e-mail: aszpaderski@swps.edu.pl

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