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Mission

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Cambridge Polish Studies has two primary objectives.

First, we aim to produce a cohort of Cambridge undergraduate students with extensive knowledge of Polish culture, language and history. These students will bring this deeper understanding of Poland’s crucial position in a changing Europe to their future roles as leaders in business, industry, and government.

We firmly believe that the study of language and literature forms the foundation of the cultural understanding required to foster political and economic relationships.

Second, we will raise the profile of Polish culture and the study of Poland in the United Kingdom through a rich cycle of public events. These events will cater to both academic audiences and the general public. We will stage guest lectures with prominent public intellectuals, film screenings, and lively debates of topical issues involving Poland and the wider region of Central and Eastern Europe.

We will also hold yearly academic conferences, inviting leading experts from around the world. The first of these major academic events will be an international conference on Polish Ukrainian relations from June 30 to July 1, 2015.  

 

Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill talks about the aims of the new Cambridge initiative:

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Latest News and Events

Warsaw Rising Museum: Paweł Ukielski

21 May 2018

Deputy Director of the Warsaw Rising Museum, Dr Paweł Ukielski, will discuss his involvement with the Museum from its establishment in 2004 to the present, while also commenting on larger trends in Polish perceptions of the nation’s past in the years since 1989.

The New Geopolitics of Eastern Europe

24 April 2018

This discussion brings together four experts on different parts of Central and Eastern Europe to explore the political impact on the region of three of the major international crises of the current time - the fracturing of the European Union, the New Cold War with Russia and the outbreak of conflict in the Middle East.

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.

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