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Mission

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Cambridge Polish Studies has three primary objectives.

First, we are educating a talented cohort of Cambridge undergraduate students, giving them extensive knowledge of Polish culture, language and history. These students will bring a 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 are raising the profile of Polish culture and the study of Poland in the United Kingdom through a rich cycle of public events. These events cater to both academic audiences and the general public. We have staged 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 also hold yearly academic conferences, inviting leading experts from around the world. 

Third, we are producing and supporting world-leading research on subjects related to Poland and its region. Research is conducted by faculty members, PhD candidates and MPhil students. 

 

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

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Latest News and Events

Special event for 100 years since the regaining of Polish independence

15 November 2018

On the 100th anniversary of the regaining of Poland's independence on 11 November 1918, Cambridge Polish Studies is proud to host a very special event to commemorate, discuss and celebrate this historic occasion.

Visiting scholar from University of Warsaw

1 October 2018

In Michaelmas Term (beginning in October) 2018, Professor Paweł Stępień of the University of Warsaw will join Cambridge Polish Studies as a visiting scholar. He will give a series of lectures on Polish literature and culture across the term. He will also be a visiting scholar at Sidney Sussex College.

Cambridge students at the University of Warsaw

1 September 2018

In summer 2018, thanks to the generous support of the University of Warsaw, two Cambridge students spent three weeks in the Polish capital taking an intensive course in Polish language and culture.

New Research on Bruno Schulz under the Soviet Occupation

9 August 2018

University Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill has published new research on the survival strategies of Polish-Jewish writer and artist Bruno Schulz (1892-1942) under the Soviet occupation of eastern Poland during the Second World War.

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