Horror vacui, the fear of empty space: Enacting a post-socialist village as a response to social changes

  • Artur Karwat

Student thesis: Master of Philosophy


The work is an inquiry into ways of comprehending village life, in order to analyse how these perceptions influence village inhabitants' social identity. I am interested in how the local rural community performs and makes sense of the narratives that relate to their own position today - in the aftermath of Communism. The focus is on the difficulties and discontinuities between these concepts and direct experiences. I illustrate and theorize the ambiguities inherent in my interlocutors' narratives, showing how these narratives merge to embody a coherent and linear identity. My main mode of representation is a documentary film, which brings out the corporeality of the place, providing a non-textual look at the problem.
Date of Award1 Aug 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorAndrew Irving (Supervisor) & Lorenzo Ferrarini (Supervisor)


  • film
  • Poland
  • village
  • performativity
  • nostalgia
  • social identity

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