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Cambridge Polish Studies is a pilot initiative of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. The initiative has already made Cambridge a key centre for the study of Poland and the promotion of Polish culture in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

Cambridge Polish Studies combines innovative undergraduate courses on the language, literature and culture of Poland with a vibrant cycle of events open to all, including guest lectures, debates, film screenings, meetings with writers and artists, as well as academic conferences.

The academic programme commenced in October 2014, when the first group of Cambridge students undertook the “Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture of Poland”. At the same time, open Polish language courses have continued for all members of the university.

As Poland assumes an increasingly important role in Europe, Cambridge Polish Studies will provide a powerful academic and public forum for new ways of thinking about Polish culture, history and contemporary politics.

Latest News and Events

Andrew Michta: NATO, Eastern Europe, and US Policy

3 May 2017

International security expert Andrew Michta joined us in Cambridge to give a lecture on NATO and Eastern Europe in the era of the new US presidential administration of Donald Trump, giving particular attention to Poland's role in the region. Dr Michta is the Dean of the George C. Marshall Centre for International Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Our lecturer Stanley Bill in London: Celebrating Czesław Miłosz

25 April 2017

Join Czeslaw Milosz biographer Andrzej Franaszek and translators Aleksandra Parker, Michael Parker and Stanley Bill (Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge) for an evening in celebration of Czeslaw Milosz—the great Polish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980 – to coincide with the publication of two extraordinary new books published in English for the first time.

Dorota Masłowska: Polish Literary Sensation

3 March 2017

Cambridge Polish Studies welcomes eminent Polish novelist Dorota Masłowska to Sidney Sussex College for an evening of readings from her work (in English and Polish) and discussion. The discussion will be led by Dr Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge, together with noted translator of Polish literature Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

Radosław Sikorski vs Andrzej Nowak: A Debate on Foreign Policy

28 January 2017

As part of the 10th Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK, Cambridge Polish Studies hosted a special debate between former Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and Professor Andrzej Nowak on the subject of Polish foreign policy. The debate was moderated by Dr Stanley Bill , Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge.

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