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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. 

In 2017, Cambridge Polish Studies established a partnership with the University of Warsaw through the "Artes Liberales" Faculty.

 

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

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Latest News and Events

New Perspectives in Memory Studies

18 December 2019

Cambridge Polish Studies is pleased to be a co-organiser of the "New Perspectives in Memory Studies" workshop at Clare College, Cambridge.

'Mr Jones' - a screening of Agnieszka Holland's new film

22 November 2019

Cambridge Polish Studies and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, in conjunction with HREC (Canada) and AUGB (UK) are pleased to present a screening and discussion of the 2019 drama film ‘Mr. Jones’ directed by Agnieszka Holland, and starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard.

Cambridge Central European Conference 2019: Post-1989 Transformation and Historical Memory

2 November 2019

The year 2019 represents the 30th anniversary of the 1989 revolutions, which reshaped both the international and domestic landscape in Central and Eastern Europe, leading to a large-scale political, economic and social transformation. The 30th anniversary provides a good opportunity to look back at these processes.

Cambridge students at the University of Warsaw

30 September 2019

In summer 2019, 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.

Newton International Fellow from University of Warsaw

23 September 2019

We are delighted that Dr Małgorzata Trzeciak Cygan from the University of Warsaw has joined us in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge as a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy. Dr Trzeciak Cygan will be working on a project on "Female portraits in Italian and British travellers’ accounts from Poland (1600-1700)" with Professor Helena Sanson of the Italian Section.

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