The Black Protests took to the streets of Poland in October 2016, challenging a new legislative initiative to ‘Stop Abortion’. The podcast explores the movement, unraveling the ‘style’ of the strike by decoding its symbols. Coat hangers and umbrellas were the material culture of the strike. But by changing registers, these objects became symbols and icons of injustice and activism.

The Colours of the Black Protest
By Ala Alysik

With thanks:
To Dr Illan Wall, Reader, School of Law, University of Warwick, for the immense help in creating this podcast and for a passionate and alternative approach to teaching that inspired me to go out of my comfort zone.
To Dr Elżbieta Korolczuk, Associate Professor, The School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, for invaluable participation as an interviewee and sharing her expertise.
To Bartosz Ślosarski, Research Assistant, PhD Candidate, School of Social Sciences, University of Warsaw, for invaluable participation as an interviewee and sharing his expertise.
To Jakub Stulin for his voice and support.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
BOOKS
Graff A., “Angry Women: Poland’s Black Protests as ‘Populist Feminism’” in Right-Wing Populism and Gender: European Perspectives and Beyond, (eds) Dietze G. Roth J.
Korolczuk E., Kowalska B., Ramme J., Snochowska-Gonzalez C., ‘Bunt kobiet. Czarne Protesty i Strajki Kobiet’, ECS, 2019.
ARTICLES
Chvasta M., ‘Anger, Irony, and Protest: Confronting the Issue of Efficacy, Again’, Text and Performance Qarterly, 2006.
Drozdowski R., ‘How to and why research the visual aspect of social protests?’, Czas Kultury, 2017.
John L., ‘Actor network theory and material semiotics’, Social Theory, 2009.
Korolczuk E., ‘Explaining mass protests against abortion ban in Poland: the power of connective action’, Zoon politikon, 2016.
Król A., Pustulka P., ‘Women on strike: mobilizing against reproductive injustice in Poland’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2018.
Latour B., ‘On actor-network theory: A few clarifications’, Soziale Welt, 1996.
Rodriguez Giralt I., ‘Ressembling activism, activating assemblages: an introduction’, Social Movement Studies, 2018.
Slosarski B., ‘Black boxes and Black Protest. On the role of artefacts in social mobilisation’, Czas Kultury, 2017.
Veneti A., ‘Aesthetics of protest: An examination of the photojournalistic approach to protest imagery’, Visual Communication, 2017.
MUSIC
Kracktoa – Noahs Stark
Kevin McLead – Apprehension Supernatural Haunting
Andreas Xenopoulous – III Marche Funebre
Chad Crouch – American Coot
Broke For Free – Night Owl
Audionautix – Bustin Loose (with Lead)
Hoerspielwerkstatt – Orch 7
Sound effects: BBC Sound Effects