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Cambridge Polish Studies is building a bank of podcasts and video recordings of special events to allow a much wider audience to engage with our activities. 

You can also find resources on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

 

Leszek Balcerowicz: The Future of the Eurozone (27 January 2016)

Professor Leszek Balcerowicz - former Polish Finance Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the National Bank of Poland - gives his perspectives on the future of the Eurozone and Poland's potential entry to the monetary union.

Discussant: Professor Kenneth Armstrong, Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

> Click here to watch the video on YouTube 

 

Are Poles at Home in Britain?: A Public Forum on Immigration (18 November 2015)

A discussion of the current situation for the many Poles living in the UK, examining the triumphs, challenges and opportunities for the future.

Featuring: Ines Czajczyńska-Da Costa (Embassy of the Republic of Poland, London), Jakub Krupa (Polish Press Agency, London),  Tadeusz Stenzel (Chairman of the Federation of Poles in the UK), Anne White (University College London).

>  Click here to watch the video on YouTube 

 

Past as Prelude: Polish-Ukrainian Relations for the Twenty-First Century (30 June - 1 July 2015)

An international conference on the past and future of Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Featuring leading experts from Poland, Ukraine, the UK, US and Canada, including: Norman Davies, Robert Frost, Paweł Kowal, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Mykola Riabchuk, Sławomir Sierakowski, Frank Sysyn, Karolina Wigura, and many more. 

> Click here for the full playlist of presentations and roundtable discussions on YouTube

 

Dr Stanley Bill - Jagiellonian Lecture at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, London (28 May 2015)

Dr Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture entitled 'Distinctive Voices: Polish Culture in the World' as part of the Jagiellonian Lecture series organised by the Jagiellonian University's Polish Research Centre in London.

> Click here to watch the film on YouTube

 

Polish Science in Cambridge - with Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków  (13 May 2015)

A short video highlighting the close scientific research connections between the University of Cambridge and Poland, featuring Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek Balcerowicz and Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków. 

> Click here to watch the video on YouTube

 

An Evening of Poetry with Adam Zagajewski (28 April 2015)

An evening of readings by Poland's most eminent living poet, Adam Zagajewski.

> Click here to watch the video on YouTube

 

Cambridge students talk about Polish Studies

A short video featuring students of Polish Studies at Cambridge explaining why they are interested in Poland.

> Click here to watch the video on YouTube

 

Between Russia and Germany: Poland and the Shifting European Order (13 March 2015)

A debate featuring Edward Lucas, Senior Editor at The Economist, and Peter Hitchens, columnist at The Mail on Sunday.

> Click here to watch the video on YouTube

> Click here to listen to the Podcast

 


Cambridge Polish Studies in the News

Cambridge Polish Studies has attracted attention from national and local media in Poland and the United Kingdom.

 

Olga Tokarczuk: Writing Polish Identity (1 March 2016)

"Olga Tokarczuk's Polish narrative": a report on Tokarczuk's new novel, The Books of Jacob (Księgi Jakubowe) after our event in Cambridge (The Economist - in English)

 

"Polish Studies Abroad: University of Cambridge" - a conference at the Belweder Presidential Palace in Warsaw (19 February 2016)

A report from the conference on the evening news bulletin of Polish Television (TVP - in Polish) 

An interview with Dr Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies, on Polish Radio (Polskie Radio - in Polish)

An article on the fundraising campaign for Polish Studies at Cambridge (Gazeta Wyborcza - in Polish)

An article on the Polish Studies programme at Cambridge (PAP - in Polish)

An article on the Polish Studies programme at Cambridge (Onet Wiadomości - in Polish)

Dr Stanley Bill at the Belweder Presidential Palace, Warsaw.

 

Leszek Balcerowicz: The Future of the Eurozone (27 January 2016)

"Leszek Balcerowicz's faith in free markets and free people": an interview with Leszek Balcerowicz at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (The World Weekly - in English)

"Leszek Balcerowicz: 'Civil liberties cannot protect themselves'": an interview with Leszek Balcerowicz at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (Varsity - in English)

 

M. B. Grabowski Symposium: Norman Davies on the Army of General Anders (27 October 2015)

"In the steps of the Polish Moses": article on Norman Davies' book on the Anders Army, with reference to his presentation of it at a Cambridge Polish Studies event (The Jewish Chronicle - in English)

 

Profiles on Cambridge Polish Studies after the first year

"Studying Polish in Cambridge" (culture.pl - in English)

"Australian with a Polish soul": profile piece on Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill (Tydzień Polski - in Polish)

"Stanley's Mission": profile piece on Cambridge Polish Studies and Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill (Gazeta Wyborcza - in Polish)

Article on the development of Polish Studies across the UK with a particular focus on Cambridge - entitled "Polish Studies is my favourite course at Cambridge" (gazeta.pl - in Polish)

Profile piece on Cambridge Polish Studies and its students (metrocafe.pl - in Polish)

Interview with Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill on the course at Cambridge and Poland's relations with the European Union (money.pl - in Polish)

 

Past as Prelude: Polish-Ukrainian Relations for the Twenty-First Century (30 June - 1 July 2015)

Radio interview with Stanley Bill before the conference (Radio Cambridge 105 - in English)

Sławomir Sierakowski's paper from the conference "Past as Prelude" on Jerzy Giedroyc (Gazeta Wyborcza - in Polish)

Interview with Yaroslav Hrytsak at the conference "Past as Prelude" on Polish-Ukrainian relations (Gazeta Wyborcza - in Polish)

Interview with Mykola Riabchuk at the conference "Past as Prelude" on "Speaking Ukrainian" (gazeta.pl - in Polish)

Interview with Mykola Riabchuk (euromaidanpress.com - in English)

Interview with Serhii Plokhii at the conference "Past as Prelude" on "The War in Donbas" (gazeta.pl - in Polish)

 

 

Radio Poland reports on the unveiling of the Sierpinski Tree with Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków (13 May 2015)

Fractal Tree Honours Mathematician Sierpinski in Cambridge  (thenews.pl - in English)

W niezwykły sposób uhonorowano polskiego matematyka (polskieradio.pl - in Polish)

 

Adam Zagajewski in Cambridge (28 April 2015)

Adam Zagajewski at the University of Cambridge (culture.pl - in English)

Adam Zagajewski w Cambridge (instytutksiazki.pl - in Polish)

 

An interview with Lecturer in Polish Studies Dr Stanley Bill on Radio Poland (11 February 2015)

Polish Offered at Cambridge University (thenews.pl - in English)

 

Jewish Memory in Contemporary Poland (16 January 2015)

Jewish Memory in Contemporary Poland (polishculture.org.uk - in English)

Cambridge Polish Studies to host inaugural free lecture (Cambridge News - in English)

Professor Kirshenblatt-Gimblett speaks at Cambridge University (polin.pl - in English)

 

The launch of Cambridge Polish Studies attracted publicity in Poland and the UK (October/November 2014):

Uniwersytet w Cambridge otworzy studia polskie (polskieradio.pl - in Polish)

Studia polskie w Cambridge kuszą tragiczną historią Polski i... hip-hopem (polskieradio.pl - in Polish)

Polski rap, Mieszko i Masłowska na Cambridge (Polish Express - in Polish)

Studia polonistyczne w Cambridge, czyli polski hip-hop przed wykładem (radiostar.net - in Polish)

Interview with Dr Stanley Bill on Polish Waves (Radio Cambridge 105 - in English)

 

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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