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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:

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

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.

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