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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

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 will include Polish, Lithuanian, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Jewish, German and Ottoman perspectives on the Commonwealth.

Timothy Garton Ash: Poland, Europe, Freedom

31 October 2017

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.

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.

Talkman Prize for Literary Translation: Cambridge student in Poland

1 September 2017

Over the last three years, we have been very proud to conduct a competition for Cambridge students to translate Polish literature into English. Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Talkman Language Solutions, the first prize in the competition has been a summer school course in Polish language and culture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Cameron Holloway has written a brief account of his time in Kraków this summer.

Polish Studies permanent at Cambridge

31 July 2017

Polish language, literature and culture will be a permanent feature of the University of Cambridge’s research and teaching following the signing, today, of an agreement with the University of Warsaw.

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