Polish Studies in the 21st Century

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Conference Program

The Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies at the University of Michigan is pleased to host the 3rd International Conference in Polish Studies, to be held September 16-18, 2010, in Ann Arbor.

The field of Polish studies in North America has been utterly transformed over the past decade. There are now more people than ever studying Polish language, literature, culture, history, society, and politics, and the overwhelming majority of them entered the profession after the fall of communism. With this new generation of scholars have come new forms of scholarship. The broad cluster of methodological and theoretical innovations collected under the rubric of Cultural Studies has brought to light a range of previously unexplored topics and introduced to our work a heightened degree of self-reflexivity. Work on gender and sexuality, for example, has not merely introduced new analytical categories and new themes, but shifted the way we understand the broad narratives of Polish history, culture, and society. Although Polonists have a long history of working across disciplinary boundaries, the vectors of interdisciplinarity have been shifting in recent years to bring together perspectives that were not always in dialogue. The moves towards comparative work and a new focus on transnational processes have not so much eclipsed Polish studies as forced us to critically examine the concept of the “Polish Nation” and to re-conceptualize it in more productive ways.

University of Michigan Sponsors:
Organized by the Polish Studies Program & the Copernicus Endowment Steering Committee with additional support from: Center for European Studies-European Union Center; Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies; College of Literature, Science, & the Arts; Department of Comparative Literature; Department of History; Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Department of Sociology; Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies; Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; Institute for the Humanities; International Institute; and Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia.

Conference Organizing Committee:
Brian Porter-Szűcs, Chair
Anna Grzymala-Busse
Marysia Ostafin
Benjamin Paloff
Geneviève Zubrzycki