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Radosław Sikorski vs Andrzej Nowak: A Debate on Foreign Policy

As part of the 10th Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK, Cambridge Polish Studies hosted a special debate between former Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and Professor Andrzej Nowak on the subject of Polish foreign policy. The debate was moderated by Dr Stanley Bill , Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge.

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Warsaw '44: A Film Screening with Director Jan Komasa

Cambridge Polish Studies and Polish Waves on Cambridge 105 presented a special "Kinoteka" screening of Jan Komasa's 2014 film Warsaw '44 ( Miasto 44 ) featuring a discussion with the director. The film tells the tragic story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 against the German Nazi Occupation.

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Polish Political Thought in the 20th Century and Today

An international conference ranging across disciplines, including historical, political, cultural, sociological and philosophical perspectives on original Polish contributions to the history of political ideas from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

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After Brexit: The Future of Poles in Britain

After the result of the June referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, the future of free movement between the UK and the rest of Europe has been thrown into doubt. In this challenging time, Cambridge Polish Studies hosts a panel discussion on the future of the thriving Polish community in the UK.

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Jewish Life in Poland Today

A new generation of Jewish leaders from Poland and beyond are reinvigorating the Jewish communities in Polish cities like Kraków and Warsaw. Poland’s contemporary Jewish communities are vibrant and diverse, while “Jewishness” itself can mean a great many different things to different people. Join us for a fascinating discussion of Jewish life in contemporary Poland from a range of different perspectives.

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas: The Virtual Chopin

As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Professor John Rink describes a dynamic digital resource allowing pianists to vary their performances by drawing from the multiple versions of Fryderyk Chopin's works.

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Our students in Poland

This summer seven of our students spent time at Polish universities on intensive courses in Polish language and culture. Read their reflections on their Polish experiences.

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People Power: Polish Solidarity and the Ukrainian Revolution

Cambridge Polish Studies and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies presented a public symposium on the connections between two popular revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: the Polish "Solidarity" revolution of the 1980s and the "Maidan" movements of post-1991 independent Ukraine.

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Sexmission: Reproduction on Film

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge Polish Studies presents a special screening of the classic Polish science fiction comedy film Sexmission ( Seksmisja , 1984) within the series "Reproduction on Film: Sex, Secrets and Lies". The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Karolina Wigura, editor of Kultura Liberalna .

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Małgorzata Omilanowska: Post-Socialist Transformation of the Polish Urban Landscape

Professor Małgorzata Omilanowska - former Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage - gives a fascinating lecture on the transformations of Polish architecture after 1989. The event was co-organised by Cambridge Polish Studies and the Cambridge University Polish Society.

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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.

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