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Podcasts and Video Recordings

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.


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) gave an address on the subject of freedom in Poland and in Europe over the last four decades.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Click here to watch a film of the event.


Multicultural Commonwealth: Diverse Identities in Poland-Lithuania (14 December 2017)

A one-day, international conference on the extraordinary diversity of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, an early modern 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.

Click here for photos from the event.

Audio recordings from the event can be found on the Cambridge Polish Studies YouTube channel through the links below:

Session 1: Leszek Korporowicz (Jagiellonian University), Karin Friedrich (University of Aberdeen), Magda Teter (Fordham University)

Session 2: Olenka Pevny (University of Cambridge), Tomasz Grusiecki (Central European University), Robert Frost (University of Aberdeen)

Session 3: Kristina Sabaliauskaite (novelist), Simon Lewis (Freie Universität Berlin), Norman Davies (St Antony's College, Oxford)


Radosław Sikorski vs Andrzej Nowak: A Debate on Foreign Policy (28 January 2017)

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.

Watch a film of the debate below.


> Click here to watch the film on YouTube


After Brexit: The Future of Poles in Britain (18 November 2016)

A panel discussion featuring:

Jonathan Knott (Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Warsaw), Arkady Rzegocki (Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in London), Kenneth Armstrong (Professor of European Law, University of Cambridge), Aneta Buchert (Polish City Club), Elizabeth Kardynal (Federation of Poles in Great Britain), Jakub Krupa (Polish Press Agency, London).

Click here to watch a video of this event on YouTube

Click here to view photos from the event.


Jewish Life in Poland Today (27 October 2016)

A panel discussion featuring:

Jonathan Ornstein (Executive Director, Jewish Community Centre of Kraków (JCC)), Karolina Szykier-Koszucka (Jewish Community of Warsaw), Dawid Wildstein (TVP Info - Polish Television)

Click here to listen to an audio recording of this event


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

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Cambridge students at the University of Warsaw

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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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