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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

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.

Warsaw '44: A Film Screening with Director Jan Komasa

26 January 2017

Cambridge Polish Studies and Polish Waves on Cambridge 105 presented a special "Kinoteka" screening of Jan Komasa's 2014 film Warsaw '44 ( Miasto 44 ) featuring a discussion with the director. The film tells the tragic story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 against the German Nazi Occupation.

Polish Political Thought in the 20th Century and Today

8 December 2016

An international conference ranging across disciplines, including historical, political, cultural, sociological and philosophical perspectives on original Polish contributions to the history of political ideas from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

After Brexit: The Future of Poles in Britain

18 November 2016

After the result of the June referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, the future of free movement between the UK and the rest of Europe has been thrown into doubt. In this challenging time, Cambridge Polish Studies hosts a panel discussion on the future of the thriving Polish community in the UK.

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