Welcome to nowahuta.info, a website established
to support the dissemination of results from an ongoing research project, funded
UK Economic and Social Research Council, following earlier funding from the
HSBC Holdings of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British
The project aimed to investigate the relationship between large-scale
socio-economic transformations and their local, lived experiences, exploring
the creation of ‘spaces of socialism’ in post-war east central Europe and analysing
the contemporary challenges of globalisation and marketisation faced by the
those spaces and their populations. In particular, it examined the restructuring
of lives and work, economies and identities in the town of Nowa Huta, Poland
under socialism and post-socialism. Nowa Huta is a town that was built for
socialism, founded in 1949 and centred on Poland’s first integrated steelworks,
yet was also central to socialism’s
collapse in Poland. The research examined the ways in which life and work
in Nowa Huta have not only been shaped by the construction and contestation
of socialism and by nascent capitalism but have also shaped those processes
of change. The project employed a range of discursive and ethnographic methodologies,
including ‘expert’ interviews and archival work but placed a particular emphasis
on developing in-depth interview work in an east central European context.
The website will continue to be developed as the dissemination
progresses but is intended to function as an introduction to Nowa Huta and,
more broadly, to studies of post-socialist transformation at the scale of
It is my intention to develop a parallel Polish site at some
point, funding permitting.
Mam zamiar (i nadzieje) stworzyc wkrotce strone
po polsku. Do tej pory, jest niestety tylko jedna strone po
polsku, tj. raport badan tutaj.
Follow the links on the left to find out more about the project
and its key findings.
Alison Stenning, Newcastle upon Tyne, May
Big thanks to John Couperthwaite for his assistance in setting
up this website.