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Social consultations-training at the Institute towards Eco-development

On 31 May 2016 a training concerning the techniques of social consultations was held, which was attended by the organizers of the project “Cultural ecology-specialization on the major of ethnology, 2nd degree studies”. Training was held in Warsaw in the seat of the Institute towards Eco-development. Participation was targeted at increasing data base of knowledge of the university in the scope of relations between men and environment and skills related to steering these phenomena. Specialists and practitioners in the discussed field showed the training participants not only the theoretical basis but also good practices which they elaborated on themselves. Among the discussed issues one could find the basic principles of leading consultations (so called seven principles of consultation), legal grounds, types and forms of consultation and consultation techniques. This issue gave rise to various questions which resulted in interesting discussions and a detailed analysis of specific examples. The knowledge gained during the meeting constitutes an inspiring source of planning new ventures within the scope of cultural ecology.

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After conference

The event which ended the project “Cultural ecology-specialization at the major ethnology, 2nd degree studies” was a scientific conference which was held on the 19th of May 2016 at the Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Sciences of the Silesian University in Cieszyn. This event was entitled: “Cultural ecology: inspirations-interpretations-perspectives”. The meeting had two key objectives. One of them was to sum up the mentioned project and to present the results of conducted actions, including a scientific monograph devoted to the problem of cultural ecology.
The theoretical considerations on the nodal problems of ethnology, cultural anthropology and ecology which were incorporated in several thematic areas were also of great significance. This diversity of the proposed problems allowed to identify three perspectives around which the discussions revolved. These were: “Human-city-civilization”, “Educational turbulences”, “Ecology in post-modern discussions”.
Over 40 referees registered for participation in the conference. These were both representatives of Poland and persons from abroad. The initial part of the conference took place in the Conference Centre where project coordinators: Magdalena Szalbot and Maciej Kurcz presented information concerning the course of project tasks. A subsequent stage were the referees speeches In the morning session the scientists and activists  took a stand  who portrayed through their presentations a wide methodological and thematic background which was discussed in detail within the sections on the selected examples. At that time, considerations concerning practical methods of the use of natural human resources as well as their symbolic evaluation were conducted. Directions for actions leading to preservation and protection of natural heritage and recultivation of the devastated post-industrial areas were indicated.

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During the afternoon part the sessions were held in three sections. The first of them-” Human-city-civilization” focused in majority on the issue of widely understood revitalisation. Voices were heard concerning reconstruction of both post-cemetery, post-industrial and municipal areas. The second discussed area was ethnographic research of ecological phenomena  and conclusions drawn from them.
The second section was entitled “Educational turbulences”. Persons attending this section presented diverse perspectives of passing on the knowledge on the theme of natural environment. The speakers presented some examples of former methods of teaching about nature as well as the latest achievements in this area. Considerations concerned not only the elements of nature observed visually but also those which one might learn of with the use of the other senses. The perspective of educational considerations was broadened by the speeches constituting a case study (Ruhr Basin-on one hand, Brandenburg, Saxony-on the other) of entirely different approaches to human, to the world that surrounds him or her and the consequences which stem from it.

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The last, third section has been called “Ecology in post-modern discussions” This session was attended by nine referees. The diversity of the problems raised by the participants revealed the complexity and multidimensional nature of the culture-nature relationship.  Inspirations with nature both in traditional culture and modern media were presented. Different consequences resulting from integration of human in the world of nature and methods of coping with their bad influence were discussed. The methods in which men try to return to life in more natural (traditional) environment were discussed, just as the actions which are undertaken when building new, more aware type of society.
The events which accompanied the conference constituted an evening lecture and tasting of ecological products and dishes prepared out of these products in traditional regional cuisine. This was an example of good practices combining ecology and cultural heritage.
Voices of representatives of various disciplines in the framework of which the dependency between men and natural environment is researched surely enriched the knowledge of participants and the audience on the topic and allowed to elaborate some new research perspectives  during the discussions.

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Conference „Cultural ecology… general information

Dear Sir/Madame,

Thank you for your interest in our conference and for your willingness to share with us your own observations concerning the topic. We hope that the meeting will become an inspiration for further research and discussions for all  its participants.

Please, read the information below so that the conference can be efficient.

  1. Travel

The Main Office of the Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science  is located on the Campus on ulica Bielska 62.

Those who will be accommodated on Campus (Student Dormitory DNS or Zajazd Academicus) and who will arrive on the day of the first session  from Kraków or Bielsko can get off the bus at  Bielska street, which is opposite to the University (the bus stop is a request stop, so you need to inform the driver in advance if you want to get off the bus).

People arriving from Katowice, who will get off the railway station or near the railway station where buses from Katowice to Cieszyn (Bus Brothers) stop, need to walk 600 meters to the University or use a taxi (a taxi rank is near the railway station).

  1. Accomodation

If anyone would like to find an accommodation in Cieszyn, we have prepared a short list of places where you can book a room.

Places which are the closest to the University are:

– Zajazd “Academicus” (ul. Paderewskiego 6, 43-400 Cieszyn, tel.  +48 33 8546 464)

Zajazd „Academicus” is situated on the Campus of University of Silesia in Cieszyn. It can accomodate 65 people in single rooms with an optional additional bed and 3 double apartments with optional additional beds.


– PLN 55 for single room

– PLN 90 for double room

– Akademik „DSN” (43-400 Cieszyn, ul. Niemcewicza 8, tel. +48 33 8546 120)

Student Dormitory – DSN is a four-storey building, with 331 places in student rooms and guest rooms with toilet (2 double rooms connected via a hall with niche with shared washbasin, kitchen annexe and bathroom – WC and shower).


– PLN 30/ day for students from other Universities

– PLN 40/ day for non-students

Hotels and hostels situated in the city centre:

Hotel Wyższa Brama (ul. Wyższa Brama 19, 43-400 Cieszyn, tel. +48 33 851 2299)

Hotel Wyższa Brama is located in the centre of Cieszyn, 300 meters from Polish-Czech border. 200 meters from bus station and 300 meters from the Main Square. It offers free Wi-Fi for the guests.


– from PLN 90

Hotel 8 Pokoi (ul. Zamkowa 3C, 43-400 Cieszyn, tel.+ 48 732 994 451)

OFKA offers cosy boutique rooms, summer café, bike rental and event office. Everything is located in a beautiful scenery of Habsburg Castle on the Castle Hill in Cieszyn.

– PLN 70 – single room

– PLN 120 – double room

– PLN 160 – triple room

3 Bros’ Hostel Cieszyn (ul. Mennicza 14, 43-400 Cieszyn tel. +48 539 064 539

The hostel can accommodate 29 people. The atmosphere in the rooms corresponds with rich history of the city.


– from PLN 50 with breakfast

Since the programme of Conference is very busy, we’d like to encourage you to eat at our lunch bar situated on the Campus. The price for dinner (soup + main course) is PLN 9,50. If you decide you want to eat there, please let us know before the 20th April, whether you’d like your lunch to include meat or be vegetarian. It would enable us to order the food earlier, which will save our time and help everyone avoid the queue. We will collect the money for dinner during the registration.

  1. Stylesheet

Please prepare your papers according to the guidelines presented on: and send them in an electronic form via e-mail. The address for submission: The deadline is 30 June 2016.


Only articles which receive positive reviews will be published in the next issue of the journal.

Conference programme Cultural ecology: inspirations – interpretations – perspectives

9.30-9.40  Welcoming remarks (Dean of Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science)
9.40- 10.00 Information about the project (dr hab. Maciej Kurcz, dr Magdalena Szalbot)

10.00-10.20    Katarína Slobodová Nováková
(Department of Ethnology and world studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia)
Ekologicke hospodarenie na Slovensku z pohladu etnologie
10.20-10.40    Agnieszka Dudzińska – Jarmolińska
(Department of Urban Geography and Spatial Management , Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw)
Recultivation of post-industrial areas for recreation
10.40-11.00 Jacek Bożek
(Klub Gaja) Art for the Earth

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-11.40    Zuzana Beňušková
(Katedra etnológie a folkloristiky, Filozofická fakulta, Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, Slovensko)
Vybrané problémy spôsobu života na hranici biosférickej rezervácie Poľana
11.40-12.00    Dorota Krug
(Department of Landscape Art, Faculty of Horticulture, Biotechnology and Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences)
Places where people identify themselves with landscape – small form, huge meaning
12.00-12.20    Maciej Kurcz
(Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture, Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science, University of Silesia, Cieszyn)
Nile and the border w folk culture of North Sudan …

all events – klick here Conference Cultural ecology -programme