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Cambridge Polish Studies is an 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

Timothy Garton Ash: Poland, Europe, Freedom

14 February 2018

In celebration of the permanent endowment of the Polish Studies initiative at the University of Cambridge, Professor Timothy Garton Ash (University of Oxford) will give an address on the subject of freedom in Poland and in Europe over the last four decades. After the lecture, we invite all guests to an informal wine reception to celebrate the permanent endowment of Cambridge Polish Studies.

Polish Britain: Multilingualism and Diaspora Community

9 February 2018

A one-day international conference on the subject of multilingualism among Polish communities in the United Kingdom and in broader contexts. The conference will take place as part of Cambridge’s ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ (MEITS) research project under the AHRC Open World Research Initiative.

Multicultural Commonwealth: Diverse Identities in Poland-Lithuania

14 December 2017

A one-day conference on the extraordinary diversity of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, a state that integrated various different ethnic groups, cultures, languages and religions, often with relative mutual respect and tolerance. At the same time, diversity also led to conflicts and controversies. The conference included Polish, Lithuanian, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Jewish, German and Ottoman perspectives on the Commonwealth.

Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Dekalog": Screening and Discussion

1 December 2017

A screening of the second part of Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Decalogue: The Ten Commandments" ( Dekalog , 1988) series. The screening will be introduced and followed with expert commentary and discussion with Dr Matilda Mroz , Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex.

Historical Truth: Poland and the Politics of the Past

21 October 2017

In the twentieth century, Poland became the laboratory for two violent totalitarian experiments, suffering massive destruction and harsh oppression from both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The unhealed wounds of this painful history are still strikingly present in both public debate and politics in Poland today. In this talk, Dr Stanley Bill, Cambridge's Lecturer in Polish Studies, examines different perspectives on historical ‘truth’ and the politics of history.

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