Res Publica Foundation

Our flagship publication has always been the Res Publica Nowa. It is a journal of ideas on culture and politics published since 1979. Between 1979 and 1992 it has been published under name of the Res Publica. Today it is published by the Res Publica Foundation along with separate web publication and two other related programs including Visegrad Insight – an analytical and debate platform and New Europe 100 – a network of innovators from Central and Eastern Europe.

Past programs

Central European Dictionary of Political Concepts aims at initiating public discussion in Europe on political dilemmas concerning Central Europe through a series of seminars, workshops, public debates, articles, thus setting new standards of describing the language of political debate in this territory. Concluded in 2017 with a book publication Understanding Central Europe, Routledge 2017

Free Speech Partnership develops international cooperation of magazines from Central and Eastern Europe, promotes intellectual exchange and experience sharing and networks most interesting regional cultural journals in cooperation with Eurozine. The program has been merged with Visegrad Insight and New Europe 100 activities.

City DNA promotes the inclusion of public opinion in creating cultural strategies in urban centres. It joins the power of making political decisions with surveys and analysis concerned with culture and its role in urban space in order to facilitate change in the field of cultural policy in cities through a series of public debates, creative workshops, networking, academic research and publications. Concluded in 2017 and as of 2018 developed separately in cooperation with Magazyn Miasta magazine.

Foundation

Supervisory board

Ireneusz Białecki
Igor Kaleński
Marcin Król – chairman and the first founding Editor-in-Chief
Paweł Lisiewicz
Marcin Moskalewicz
Ewa Paga
Andrzej Waśkiewicz

Board

Magdalena Jakubowska – vice-president
Tomasz Kasprowicz – vice-president
Wojciech Przybylski – chairman

Mission

The world is governed by ideas. We are concerned with those that determine the shape of tomorrow. Everybody is welcome in the discussion regardless of differences of opinion. Ideas have practical consequences. An honest debate about them is the foundation of inclusive laws, and simplifications are inherently excluding. this is why for three generations we have been the predominant voice in the debate about the republic.

History

Res Publica started in 1979 when a group of Polish intellectuals decided to set up and independent journal. Issued intermittently since 1979 in Warsaw by the Henryk Krzeczkowski Res Publica Foundation, Res Publica Nowa is headed by Marcin Król, the editor-in-chief. The early issues of the magazine were hosting prominent contributors including Paweł Śpiewak, Barbara Toruńczyk, Andrzej Micewski, and Stefan Kisielewski. By 1987 Res Publica gained the acceptance of state officials, thus becoming probably the only magazine of this kind in the Soviet Bloc.

Res Publica has earned its fame for publishing distinguished intellectuals from Poland and other countries including Isaah Berlin, Hannah, Arendt, Michael Oakeshott, Pierre Manent, Aldonus Huxley, Bohumil Hrabal, Alasdair MacIntyre, Slavoj Zizek, Timothy Snyder, Ivan Krastev, Irving Kristol, and many, and many others, virtually unknown to the Polish reading public of the time. The magazine has also played a major role in creating the necessary political climate to make the Roundtable Negotiations possible. Despite all the political and personnel changes, Res Publica Nowa has managed to defend its position on publishing scene. In 2008, the magazine was re-established and continues to pay due respect to the traditions inherited from its founders. Since the year of reappearance on the market, it features in the European network of cultural periodicals Eurozine.

Thanks to opinion-making articles from various disciplines including philosophy, politics, sociology, literature, and arts our journal appeals to ambitious, intelligent and discriminating readers,  political and social leaders, political council members on both local and European levels, and politically and culturally engaged students. As of today, the magazine has nearly three thousand readers, and 25 thousand internet followers per month, hundreds of participants taking active part in meetings and discussion panels organized in 11 Polish cities and in numerous European metropolises in i.e. the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. We also reach out to readers in other countires publishing biannualy special editions in English.

Cooperation

In the past years our partners and sponsors have included:

  • National Endowment for Democracy,
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States,
  • Financial Times,
  • Google,
  • International Visegrad Fund,
  • NATO HQ,
  • Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland,
  • National Centre for Culture of Poland,
  • Stefan Batory Foundation,
  • Orange S.A.,
  • Orlen S.A.,
  • International Paper S.A.,
  • Solidarity Fund PL,
  • Adam Mickiewicz Institute,
  • Villa Decius Association,
  • Aspen Institute Central Europe,
  • Eurozine,
  • Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna