Krytyka Polityczna

Krytyka Polityczna is a circle of Polish left-wing intellectuals gathered around a journal of the same title founded by Sławomir Sierakowski in 2002.

The name draws on the tradition of Young Poland’s "Krytyka" (The Critique), a monthly magazine published by Wilhelm Feldman at the beginning of the 20th century, and on the samizdat "Krytyka" which served as a forum for opposition writers and journalists in the 1970s and 1980s. Krytyka Polityczna publishes its own journal as well as its own editions of philosophy, and operates several community centers in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland. In 2011, Krytyka Polityczna has become active in neighboring Eastern European countries, and plans to publish a Russian edition of its magazine in the coming year. At “Auditorium Moscow” Krytyka Polityczna’s Julian Kutyła and Agata Szczęśniak will organize a four-day workshop about independant magazines in Russia.


Julian Kutyła - philosopher and sociologist, currently deputy director of the quarterly "Krytyka Polityczna" and the portal He is associated "Krytyka Polityczna" since 2004. He published, among others in "Gazeta Wyborcza", and "Rzeczpospolita". For many years he has been an editor and comissioning editor of the Publishing House of "Krytyka Polityczna". He translated into Polish, among others Slavoj Zizek, Frank Thomas, Alain Badiou, Ludmila Petrushevskaia and Michel Houellebecq.

Agata Szczęśniak is a sociologist and University of Warsaw Institute of Applied Social Sciences alumnus. Apart from sociology she also studied philosophy. Holder of Ministry of National Education scholarship and contributor of Opinions section in „Gazeta Wyborcza“ (from 2005 to 2008), was one of the co-founders of the „Political Critique“ magazine. From 2002 to 2008 she occupied a post of editorial staff secretary, now she is vice editor-in-chief of the magazine and Member of the board of Stanislaw Brzozowski Association and contributing editor, she also coordinates publishing projects and Political Critique clubs in Poland. Editor in chief of special publishing projects like „White City Courier“ and „Culture Courier“, she is an active member of the movement for change in financing and managment of cultural institutions „Citizens of Culture“.