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Polish Political Thought in the 20th Century and Today


8 December 2016, 10:00am - 5:30pm

William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge


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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.


Co-hosted by Arkady Rzegocki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in London, and Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge.


Speakers include:

Adam Balcer, Centre for East European Studies, University of Warsaw

Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski, University College London

Elżbieta Ciżewska-Martyńska, University of Warsaw

George Gömöri, Emeritus Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Dariusz Karłowicz, Editor-in-Chief of Teologia Polityczna

Marek Kornat, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences

Jan Kubik, University College London

Ewa Ochman, University of Manchester

Brian Porter-Szűcs, University of Michigan

Aleks Szczerbiak, University of Sussex


All attendees are welcome to join the speakers for coffee and tea at the beginning of the day and in the afternoon coffee break.

Attendees are free to attend the whole day or just selected panels.

Click here for the full programme.


10:00 - 10:30:      Coffee

10:30 - 11:00:       Introduction (Arkady Rzegocki, Stanley Bill)

11:00 - 12:30:       Panel 1: Interwar Poland (Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski, Marek Kornat, Adam Balcer)

13:30 - 15:00:       Panel 2: Cold-War Poland (George Gömöri, Jan Kubik, Elżbieta Ciżewska-Martyńska, Dariusz Karłowicz)

15:00 - 15:30:       Coffee

15:30 - 17:00:       Panel 3: Post-1989 Poland (Aleks Szczerbiak, Brian Porter-Szűcs, Ewa Ochman)

17:00 - 17:30        Final Discussion


We wish to thank the following partners who have helped make this conference possible:

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London

The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)

The M. B. Grabowski Fund

The Polish Cultural Institute in London

The Zdanowich Fund of Trinity College, Cambridge