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Cambridge Polish Studies




Dr Stanley Bill, University Lecturer in Polish Studies

Stanley Bill is University Lecturer in Polish Studies and coordinator of the Cambridge Polish Studies initiative. He teaches the Tripos course SL13, “Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture of Poland”.

Dr Bill works largely on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in religion, secularization theory, Polish-Ukrainian relations, Polish-Jewish culture and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural history. He has written on Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, postcolonial theory in the Polish context, as well as on religious problems in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Dr Bill worked at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow before coming to Cambridge. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University in the United States. He originally hails from Perth, Australia.


Edyta Nowosielska, Lector in Polish

Edyta Nowosielska teaches open courses in Polish language for beginner and intermediate students. Ms Nowosielska’s research interests are in language teaching methodology, particularly exploring new ways of teaching Polish as a foreign language. She has over fifteen years of experience as a Polish language teacher at universities and private language schools in the United Kingdom. She is a contributor to a guide for parents intending to bring up bilingual children, Po Polsku na Wyspach. Poradnik dla rodziców dzieci dwujęzycznych (2015). She is also the co-author of a series of easy readers in Polish in e-book form. 


Olga Płócienniczak, Senior Secretary, Slavonic Studies Section 

Olga Płócienniczak is the administrative lead for Cambridge Polish Studies, and Senior Secretary in the Slavonic Studies Section at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Olga came to us with experience working as an administrator in other parts of the University. She has a passionate interest in art, performance and culture, having been a team member, among others, at Create Arts Development, and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Olga has an MA degree in Russian Studies from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where she specialised in twentieth-century Russian literature.

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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