VIU professors discuss post-war identity

NANAIMO – Speakers will explore the artistic recovery of Poland’s multi-ethnic history.

The resurgence of culture and identity in the city of Wroclaw, Poland in the years following the Second World War will be examined in Friday’s (Nov. 28) Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series presentation at Vancouver Island University, beginning at 10 a.m. at Malaspina Theatre.

VIU professors Justin McGrail and Terri Doughty continue the series’ fall theme of war and its consequences.

McGrail, a professor in art and design, and Doughty, an English professor, will examine how war is about population movements, changing cultures, shifting identities and remaking communities.

“Borders and transgressions of borders have defined Wroclaw’s identity,” said Doughty. “Beginning in the 14th century, Wroclaw was ruled in succession by Bohemians, Austrians, and Prussians.”

In their talk, she and McGrail will explore the artistic recovery of Poland’s multi-ethnic history, with a focus on the architecture, sculpture and fiction.