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Cambridge Polish Studies is a pilot initiative of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. The initiative aims to make 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

People Power: Polish Solidarity and the Ukrainian Revolution

5 May 2016

Cambridge Polish Studies and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies presented a public symposium on the connections between two popular revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: the Polish "Solidarity" revolution of the 1980s and the "Maidan" movements of post-1991 independent Ukraine.

Sexmission: Reproduction on Film

9 March 2016

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge Polish Studies presents a special screening of the classic Polish science fiction comedy film Sexmission ( Seksmisja , 1984) within the series "Reproduction on Film: Sex, Secrets and Lies". The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Karolina Wigura, editor of Kultura Liberalna .

Małgorzata Omilanowska: Post-Socialist Transformation of the Polish Urban Landscape

4 March 2016

Professor Małgorzata Omilanowska - former Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage - gives a fascinating lecture on the transformations of Polish architecture after 1989. The event was co-organised by Cambridge Polish Studies and the Cambridge University Polish Society.

The City Destroyed, the City Restored: Wilno in the Mid-Seventeenth Century

3 March 2016

As part of the 'Sense of Place' lecture series, the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) and the Department of Slavonic Studies hosted Professor David Frick from University of California Berkeley for a lecture entitled ' The City Destroyed, the City Restored: Wilno in the Mid-Seventeenth Century' .

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