Mikkel Neubert, Camilla Christoffersen, Lisa Ruotsalainen Lønkjær & Josefin Landini

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


During our paper, we will try to understand what the Katyn-massacre of 1940 means to the young people of Poland and how they feel about the Russians today. We will initially do this by travelling to Warsaw and interview several youngsters about how they feel about the topic. Once we have done this, we will analyze what they’ve said through Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse theory. Throughout the project, we’ll be using the theory of social constructivism as an overall view and aspect of our analysis during the paper. Furthermore, we’ll be analyzing the entire work by using truth constructions as taught by Michel Foucault and his poststructuralist approach. As background information for our topic, we’ve read the book “Remembering Katyn” from 2012 by Rory Etkind. Through this book, we’ll make a chronological timeline of the period during and after the massacre. While making this timeline, we’ll analyze it narratively in addition to discovering which monuments and sites are of specific remembrance for the people of Poland today. We’ll also study which truth constructions has conflicted the Polish people throughout history back from 1940, and ultimately use the chronology as a tool for the critical discourse theory. We’ll support our case by analyzing the interviews narratively as well as highlighting which discourses our youngsters create, and ultimately how their opinions differ from each other’s. By the end of our study, we’ll reach the conclusion that not all of them share the same view on the Russians, by they do however all have similar feelings about the massacre: it was horrible and it mustn’t happen again.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2015
VejledereCarsten Tage Nielsen


  • Poland
  • Katyn