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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 the open courses in Polish language for beginner and intermediate students. Ms Nowosielska’s research interests are in glottodidactics, 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.

Latest News and Events

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.

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

Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Dekalog": Screening and Discussion

1 December 2017

A screening of the second part of Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Decalogue: The Ten Commandments" ( Dekalog , 1988) series. The screening will be introduced and followed with expert commentary and discussion with Dr Matilda Mroz , Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex.

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.

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