Monday, June 5, 2017

PAHA Board's Mid-Year Meeting at 6th World Congress of Polish Studies in Krakow, June 18, 2017

The Board of the Polish American Historical Association meets twice per year, with a mid-year meeting scheduled either independently of other events, or in association with an important conference. The Summer 2017 Mid-Year Board Meeting will take place in Krakow, Poland, on June 18, 2017, at the end of the Sixth World Congress of Polish Studies, organized jointly by Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America , Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci, and the University of Gdansk. The Congress is scheduled for June 16-18 at the  Polska Akademia Umiejętności at ul. Sławkowska 17 in Krakow, and includes presentations by nearly 200 scholars from various areas of the humanities and social sciences, including studies of Polish history, literature, art, music, institutions and individuals.  There will be a large number of panels with papers on Polish American topics. They include:
  • Session 3 on Chicago Polonia
  • Sessions 7 and 12 on Heroes and Anti-Heroes
  • Session 13 on migration Studies (maybe)
  • Session 17 on Polish Diaspora Communities
  • Session 26 on Polish American support for Poland
  • Session 21 on Australian immigration (Western Hemisphere!)
  • Session 31 on Poles in American Civil War
  • Session 35 on immigrant Social Identities
  • Session 41 on Eastern Europeans in north America
  • Sessions 46 and 52 on Post-Solidarity immigrants in the US and Canada respectively
Please see the full program in PDF format for more details about these sessions all held at the Polska Akademia Umiejętności at ul. Sławkowska 17 in Krakow.

The Conference Organizing Committee included three PAHA members:
  • Chair — M. B. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University, former President of PAHA)
  • Vice Chair and Program Chair — James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest, PAHA Treasurer and former editor of the Polish American Studies)
  • Chair of Administration and Finance — Bożena Leven (The College of New Jersey)
  • Committee Members: 
  • Andrzej Białas (President, Polska Akademia Umiejętności),
  • Arkadiusz Janicki (Director of the Institute of History, University of Gdańsk), 
  • Anna Mazurkiewicz (President, Polish American Historical Association)

The Program also includes a thank-you note to individuals and institutions that organized two or more sessions at the Congress:
  • Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
  • Christopher Garbowski (Marie Curie-Skłodowska University)
  • Arkadiusz Janicki (University of Gdańsk)
  • Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdańsk)
  • Anna Reczyńska (Jagiellonian University)
  • Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press)
  • Centre POLONICUM (University of Warsaw)
  • Polish American Historical Association
  • The University of Gdańsk

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017 (Polska Akademia Umiejętności, ul. Sławkowska 17, Krakow)

Chair: James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest) 
Speakers: Andrzej Białas (President, Polska Akademia Umiejętności) – M. B. B. Biskupski
(President, Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America) – Arkadiusz Janicki (Director of the Institute of History, University of Gdańsk)

9:45-10:45 – PLENARY SESSION: “The Year of Kościuszko: How We Remember Him” —
Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdańsk; President, Polish American Historical
Speakers: Piotr Drąg (Jagiellonian University), “Tadeusz Kościuszko: How the National
Hero of Poland is Remembered in Poland in the Bicentenary Year of His Death” – James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest), “Kościuszko in American Historical Memory”

11:00 -:12:30 Session 2: Tadeusz Kościuszko (Organized by the University of Gdańsk) — K. Lanckoroński
Hall Chair: James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest)
Speakers: Anna Łysiak-Łątkowska (University of Gdańsk), “Tadeusz Kościuszko in the Eyes of the 18th Century French” — Arkadiusz Janicki (University of Gdańsk), “Kościuszko as a National Hero” — Barbara Klassa (University of Gdańsk) – “American Historiography on Kościuszko and Pułaski”

11:00 -:12:30 Session 3: The Chicago Polonia: From the Za Chlebem Migration to Today (Organized by the Polish American Historical Association) — Duża Aula Room
Chair: Dominic A. Pacyga (Columbia College -Chicago)
Speakers: Megan Geigner (U.S. Naval Academy), “Building the Kościuszko Statue in Chicago: Civic Performance and Chicago’s Polonia” — Marek Liszka (Jagiellonian University), “Polish Orava Highlanders at the Turn of the 20th and the 21st Century in the United States” — Mary Patrice Erdmans (Case Western Reserve University), “Residential Patterns of Polish Immigrants in Chicago in the 21st Century” 

13:30-15:00 Session 9: Polish Historians and Their Work — G. Labuda Hall
Chair: Marek Haltof (Northern Michigan University) 
Speakers: Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “Henryk Halkowski as Historian of Jewish Kraków” — Marek Kornat (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University), "Polish Historians of Diplomacy in Exile (1945-1989)” — Andrzej T. Fretschel (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Contagion: a Girardian Response to Jan T. Gross’s Neighbors” 

13:30-15:00 Session 10: The Many Faces of Literature Chair: Lynn Lubamersky (Boise State University) — K. Lanckoroński Hall 
Speakers: Thomas J. Napierkowski (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs), “The Literary and Social Achievement of Krysia: A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood During World War II” — Katarzyna Drąg (The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków), “A Voyage to America in the Work  of Polish Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth Century” — Marek Sroka (University  of Illinois), “Migrating Volumes: Jewish Immigrants from Kraków and Their Personal Book Collections, 1949-1950”

15:30-16:45 Session 12: Twentieth Century Polish Heroes and Anti-Heroes (Organized by the University of Gdańsk) — G. Labuda Hall Chair: Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee) Speakers: Magdalena Nowak (University of Gdańsk), “Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytskyi -
Ukrainian Hero - Polish Anti-Hero” — Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdańsk), “Stanisław Mikołajczyk and Stefan Korboński: An American Feud” — Arnold Kłonczyński (University of Gdańsk), “Leaders of the Polish Diaspora in Sweden 1945-1989” 

15:30-16:45 Session 13: Migration Studies and the Choices Young Polish Scholars Make — Duża Aula Room Chair: Dorota Praszałowicz (Jagiellonian University)
Speakers: Michał Garapich (Roehampton University), “The Hidden Transcripts of Polonian Discourse. An Anthropological Take on Power and Class in Polish Migration” — Aleksandra Galasińska  (University of Wolverhampton), “Catching Up With Expats. Migrants’ Identity and (Social) Media”— Andrew Asher (Indiana University), “Engaging with Researchers in Practice: An Investigation of Polish Early-career Scholars’ Information Workflows” 

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 (Polska Akademia Umiejętności, ul. Sławkowska 17, Krakow)

9:10:30 Session 17: Polish Diaspora Communities — Duża Aula Room
Chair: Arnold Kłonczyński (University of Gdańsk) 
Speakers: Pien Versteegh (Avans University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands), “Settling Down: Polish Communities in the Netherlands and Belgium (1890-1930)” — Stephen M. Leahy (Shantou University, China), “The Long Conservative Movement and the Myth of the White Ethnic Backlash in Milwaukee, 1958-1964” — Krzysztof Wasilewski (Zbigniew Herbert Regional and Municipal Public Library, Gorzów), “Polish Immigrants as Anarchists and Socialists in the U.S. Press in the Early 20th Century” 

10:45-12:15 Session 25: 120 lat Tansmana: O muzyce i życiu kompozytora-emigranta (1897-1986) —
Session is in Polish — Hall No. 26 
Chair: Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press)
Speakers: Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press), “Tansman ‘In Tempo Americano,’ 1941-1946” — Małgorzata Gamrat (University of Warsaw), “Tansman o Muzyce Polskiej - Analiza Pism Kompozytora” — Andrzej Wendland (Tansman Festival Łódź), “W poszukiwaniu Złotego Runa. Rzecz o zaginionej operze Aleksandra Tansmana”

13:15-14:45 Session 26: Polish America’s Support for Poland (Organized by the Polish American
Historical Association)—Duża Aula Room 
Chair: Stephen M. Leahy (Shantou University, China)
Speakers: Dominic Pacyga (Columbia College Chicago), “To Struggle for the Homeland: The Chicago Polonia in Two World Wars” — Robert Szymczak (Pennsylvania State University-Beaver), “The American Slav Congress in Perspective, 1941-1951” — Renata C. Vickrey (Central Connecticut State University), “World War I and Poland’s Independence: Efforts of Connecticut Polonia 

13:15-14:45 Session 28: Witold Gombrowicz (I) — K. Lanckoroński Hall
Chair: Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
Speakers: Michał Markowski (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Transforming the Formless:
Gombrowicz and Modernism Revisited” — Magdalena Heydel (Jagiellonian University) – “‘Intermolecular Mockery and Derision, an Inbred Superlaugh.’ On English Translations of Gombrowicz’s Ferdydurke” — Piotr Świercz (Jesuit University Ignatianum) – “Polishness, Politics, and the Facilitated Life in Witold Gombrowicz’s Works”

13:15-14:45 Session 30: On Symphonies of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010) — G. Labuda Hall
Chair: Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press) Speakers: Martina Homma (Bela Verlag, Cologne), “Gorecki’s Symphonies no. 1 and no. 2: On Expansion and Restriction in  Gorecki’s Personal Style” — Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press), “Górecki Conducts Górecki: The Third Symphony in Los Angeles” — Andrzej Wendland (Tansman Festival Łódź), “Górecki’s Fourth Symphony ‘Tasman Epizody’ - The Phenomenon and Mystery”

15:00-16:30 Session 31: Polish Participants in the American Revolution and Civil War (Organized by the Polish American Historical Association) — Duża Aula Room
Chair: Piotr Derengowski (University of Gdańsk)
Speakers: Anthony Bajdek (Northeastern University, retired), “Revisiting the Subject of West Point and the Secular Sainthood of Tadeusz Kościuszko in the Early American Republic” — Tomasz Pudłocki (Jagiellonian University), “The Polish Delegation to the U.S. Pulaski Celebrations, 1929 – Honoring the Glorious Past or Mere Propaganda?” — Michał Krzysztof Mydłowski (University of Warsaw), “Krzyżanowski’s Civil War” 

15:16:30 Session 33: Witold Gombrowicz (II) — K. Lanckoroński Hall
Chair: Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
Speakers: Jerzy Jarzębski (Jagiellonian University), “Gombrowicz and Politics” — Klementyna
Suchanow (Independent Scholar), “Gombrowicz and His Editorial Adventures in the European Context” — Piotr Seweryn Rosół (Independent Scholar) – “Becoming Gombrowicz: On the
Way of Trans-Subjectivity and Trans- Modernity”

15:00-16:30 Session 35: Immigrant Social Identities — G. Labuda Hall
Chair: Mary Patrice Erdmans (Case Western Reserve University)
Speakers: Anna Fiń (Pedagogical University of Kraków), Witold Nowak (University of Warsaw), Michał Nowosielski (University of Warsaw), “Social Participation of Polish Immigrants in the United States: Between Tradition and Contemporary Challenges” — Hubert Izienicki (Purdue University Northwest), “Which Identities Matter?: Cross- Cultural Analysis of Social Identities Among Polish Gay Men” — Beata Halicka (University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań), “Polish Immigrants in the USA as Actors of the Post-war Period: Construction of Identity

Session 38: Witold Gombrowicz (III): Polish Emigré Literature and Literary Criticism: Life of an Idea from ACLA 1994 to PIASA 2017 — K. Lanckoroński Hall 
Chair: Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
Speakers: A roundtable discussion of the life of a conference paper, the life of its idea, and the currency of an idea featuring Katarzyna Jerzak (Pomeranian University, Słupsk), Marzena Grzegorczyk (Reverie Chase Productions), Paweł Kozłowski (Pomeranian University, Słupsk), Marcin Wołk (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń) 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

What's New in our Journal, the Polish American Studies?

One of the most important projects of the Polish American Historical Association is the publication of its peer-reviewed scholarly journal that appears twice per year and is now printed by the University of Illinois Press.  The Polish American Studies journal is edited by Dr. Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann (Eastern Connecticut State University), supported by the following team of scholars.  
  • Book Review Editor: Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University
  • Book Review Editor for Poland: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Editorial Board
  • M. B. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University
  • Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University
  • John J. Bukowczyk, Wayne State University
  • Silvia Dapia, John Jay College, CUNY
  • William J. Galush, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Columbia College Chicago
  • Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College
  • Karen Majewski, University of Michigan
  • Thomas J. Napierkowski, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Angela Pienkos, Polish Center Wisconsin
  • James S. Pula, Purdue University
  • John Radziłowski, University of Alaska - Southeast
  • Francis D. Raška, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Suzanne R. Sinke, Florida State University
  • Dariusz Stola, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
  • Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Joanna Wojdon, University of Wrocław, Poland

The tables of contents  for the past four issues from 2015 and 2016 are copied below.  In order to read recent articles, you have to be a member of PAHA. Older texts may be ordered from JSTOR (the cost of JSTOR subscription is included in the full membership fee, or you can pay per each article).

Polish American Studies, Vol. 72, no 1 (Spring 2015)


  • Troubles with “Mela”: A Polish American Reporter, the Secret Services of People’s Poland, and the FBI – by Paweł Ziętara
  • Cold War Airwaves: The Polish American Congress and the Justice for Poland Campaign – by Robert Szymczak
  • Leaving Kożuchów, a Village in Dobrzechów Parish, Galicia – by Patricia B. Yocum
  • The Khaki Boys Series: Images of Polish Americans, 1918-1920 – by Thomas J. Napierkowski

Polish American Studies, Vol. 72, no. 2 (Autumn 2015)


  • The Polish Political System in Exile, by Sławomir Łukasiewicz
  • Exiles and the Homeland: The State of Research, by Paweł Ziętara
  • Polish Political Emigration in the 1980s: Current Research, Perspectives and Challenges, by Patryk Pleskot
  • Political Emigration from East Central Europe During the Cold War, by Anna Mazurkiewicz
  • Perspectives on Research on the Post-1939 History of Polish Americans, by Joanna Wojdon 

Polish American Studies Vol. 73, no. 1 (Spring 2016):


  • James S. Pula: Bibliography of Works, by Thomas Duszak
  • Introducing the Polish Experience into American History, by James S. Pula
  • “So They Will Know their Heritage:” Reflections on Research post Polish Americans, by Mary Patrice Erdmans
  • Has the “Salt Water Curtain” Been Raised Up? Globalizing Historiography of Polish America, by Adam Walaszek
  • Writing Poland and America: Polish American Fiction in the Twenty First Century, by Grażyna J. Kozaczka
  • Polonia’s Ambassador to the United States:  The Mystery of Jerzy Jan Sosnowski, 1917-1918, by M. B. B. Biskupski

Polish American Studies Vol. 73, no. 2 (Autumn 2016):


  • Bringing the Notion of “Ethclass” to Life: Victor Greene’s Contributions to the History of American Industrial Workers, by Ewa Morawska
  • Victor Greene, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and Urban Studies, by Ronald Bayor
  • Victor Greene: Colleague, Friend, and Mensch, by Dominic A. Pacyga
  • Victor Greene, the Polish Immigrant Miner, and the Origins of the New Labor History, by James R. Barrett
  • Remembering Victor Greene, by James S. Pula
  • Victor Greene as Immigration Historian: Themes and Contexts, by Dorothee Schneider


  • Were There Really Poles in New-Netherland? by James S. Pula and Pien Versteegh
  • Crossing the Boundaries of Modernity: The Post-Abolition Journey of Polish Peasants to the United States, by Marta Cieślak
  • Nationally and Religiously: Commemorations in the Life of the Polish Diaspora in Sweden, 1945-1989, by Arnold Kłonczyński

List of articles from the earlier volumes of the Polish American Studies may be found on the PAHA website.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nominate Scholars, Artists, Writers, and Community Activists for PAHA Awards - by June 1, 2017

Painting by Julian Stanczak, winner of the 2014 Creative Arts Prize

The PAHA Awards Committee seeks nominations for awards and prizes to be granted by the Polish American Historical Association at its 75th Anniversary Meeting in Washington D.C. in January 2018. We ask all interested parties to send nominations until June 1, 2017, so a slate of candidates may be presented at the PAHA Board Meeting in Kraków in June 2017.

Self-nominations will be accepted. The nomination should consist of name of the candidate, his/her biography note and the reason that they deserve the specific award they are nominated for, as well as the contact information for the candidate (in case of awards being made).

All nomination should be sent by email to the Chair of the PAHA Awards Committee, Dr. Iwona Drag-Korga:

PAHA seeks nominations for the following awards:

  • Mieczyslaw Haiman Award is offered annually to an American scholar for sustained contribution to the study of Polish Americans.

  • Oskar Halecki Prize recognizes an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States. Eligibility is limited to works of historical and/or cultural interest, including those in the social sciences or humanities, published in the two years prior to the year of the award.

  • Amicus Poloniae Award recognizes significant contributions enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish-American heritage by individuals not belonging to the Polish-American community.

  • Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization.

  • Creative Arts Prize  recognizes the contributions in the field of creative arts by individuals or groups who have promoted an awareness of the Polish experience in the Americas.
  • Skalny Civic Achievement Award honors individuals or groups who advance PAHA's goals of promoting research and awareness of the Polish-American experience and/or have made significant contributions to Polish or Polish-American community and culture.

In addition at its 75th Anniversary Meeting in Washington, D.C., PAHA will also present the Swastek Prize for the best paper published in the Polish American Studies, and the Graduate Student Travel Grant that was announced earlier.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Letter from the President, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz

Dear Members of PAHA,

It is with great delight that I address this letter to you in the newly assumed capacity of a President of the Polish American Historical Association. As the first President of PAHA who  permanently lives and works in Poland I consider it a great personal honor and a sign of trust that Poland and its academics are free, independent and equal partners to their American colleagues.

As with any academic organization my primary task is to serve its membership.I am indebted to my esteemed predecessor – Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka - who provided an outstanding service to our organization and I hope I will be able to live up to standards she set for this position. I would like to welcome new council members who will be joining the PAHA Board for the term 2017-2018: Dr. Dominic Pacyga, Bożena Nowicka McLees, Dr. Joanna Wojdon; and thank these esteemed scholars who had completed their service. Dr. Thomas Napierkowski, Dr. Ann Gunkel, and Marta Cieślak all gave their time and skills to PAHA – a voluntary, professional organization established to study and promote the Polish American history and culture – Thank You!

I am taking over the presidency at the time PAHA is in excellent shape – thriving academically as evidenced by our conferences and the content of the peer-reviewed academic journal Polish American Studies proficiently edited by Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. With young and emerging scholars as well as fellow academics studying other ethnic groups joining us for the conferences and publications, PAHA’s network is expanding. At the same time interest in our activities among Polonia grows largely due to untiring efforts of our Communications Director Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. Our Facebook page maintained by Dr. Stephen Leahy has already attracted close to five thousand users.

Taking all of this into consideration, my main task is to keep the momentum going – with the help of the talent of our newly elected First Vice President – Dr. Anna Muller, management skills of our Executive Director – Dr. Pien Versteegh and the financial genius of Treasurer Dr. James Pula.

The new term opened with a PAHA Annual Conference held in Denver in January 2017.  In addition to the most interesting papers delivered at the Convention Center, PAHA’s meeting in the “Mile-High City” meant also meeting the Polonia of Colorado. The PAHA Awards Ceremony was held at the Dom Polski in Denver. It’s president Katarzyna Zak opened the doors of the Polish Home to PAHA offering its outstanding hospitality to the members and invited guests of honor. With the assistance of the Polish consulate in Los Angeles (consul Ignacy Zarski) the awards ceremony was enriched with a concert by two Polish American musicians: Karolina Naziemiec and Robert Lewandowski.

Writing this letter in Gdansk, I have to add that I plan to use the opportunity resulting from my location to strengthen the already established bridges of academic collaboration to promote PAHA and its accomplishments among wider audiences in Poland.PAHA’s mid-year meeting will take place in Kraków in conjunction the 6th World Congress of Polish Studies which will be held on June 16-18, 2017 in Krakow. PAHA is also co-sponsoring a conference organized by the Emigration Museum in Gdynia on September 21-22, 2017 which will be entirely devoted to the Polish diaspora in North America.

Should you have any ideas for the PAHA Board and Officers, or wish to initiate a project related to the Polish American experience - I certainly would like to hear from you. After all, any professional organization can only be as strong as its membership!

Anna Mazurkiewicz
University of Gdansk, Poland
President of the Polish American Historical Association

NOTE: This letter is reprinted from the Spring 2017 Issue of PAHA Newsletter.

Monday, March 13, 2017

PAHA Travel Grants and Calls for Papers, Photos, and More...


PAHA encourages graduate students and emerging scholars (up to three years after graduation) to apply for a Travel Grant. Two such grants of $500.00 each will be awarded to offset travel costs to attend the 2018 PAHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  The grants will be awarded by the Program Committee for two best conference proposals dealing with the Polish American experience in any historical epoch, scholarly field, or aspect submitted by junior scholars.

To apply please submit:
- your paper proposal (as required by the general CFP)
- a brief letter of application (no template will be provided)
- a complete CV
- one letter of recommendation from a senior scholar (e.g. thesis advisor).

In order to receive the travel grant it is mandatory to present the paper at the conference in person. Awardees will receive remuneration during the Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. Failure to present the paper in person at the annual meeting shall result in the immediate cancellation of the grant. The deadline for application, to be submitted with the paper proposal, is April 15, 2017.

Please send your application packets by email to chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Iwona Drag Korga, with the subject line "Graduate Student Travel Grant" - email

Awardees of the PAHA Awards and Prizes, Denver, CO, January 2017


PAHA's 75th Annual Meeting will be held on January 4-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C., as part of the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association.

The theme for the AHA conference is: "Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global Perspective." This year’s focus explained in the general CFP is on: "transnational and global histories of race and ethnicity." (For more information visit the AHA website:

The PAHA’s focus within this theme is on the Polish-American experience in comparative perspective. We invite scholars who study the Polish American communities, the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies and would like to join the discussions related (but not limited) to the following topics:
• Migration, settlement and assimilation patterns
• Ethnic experience and interethnic encounters
• Intersections of ethnicity, class, gender and race
• Ethnic lobbying and occurrences of ethnic mobilization
• Polish Americans and the restoration of Poland’s independence, 1918

We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers related to all aspects of the Polish American experience (in history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) on both American continents.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to:

PAHA President and Chair of the Program Committee
Anna Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D.
Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański,
ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-308, Poland,

Electronic proposals in email and word format are strongly preferred.

Individuals and session organizers should include the following information when submitting a proposal:
• Paper/Session title(s) (of no more than 20 words)
• Paper/Session abstract(s) (up to 300/500 words, respectively)
• Biographical paragraph (up to 250 words) for each participant
• Mailing and e-mail address for each participant
• Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
• Audiovisual needs, if any.

Please be advised that it is not always possible for PAHA to provide AV equipment for all sessions due to the high cost of mandatory rental from AHA. All presenters are encouraged to consider submission of their papers for publication in PAHA's peer-reviewed journal: “Polish American Studies”.

For more information please see:

Library of Congress receipt for the 1943 donation of the manuscript of Alexander Tansman's Fifth Symphony to the LOC collection. Tansman Archives Paris. 


To celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding, the Polish American Historical Association will publish a book about the history of the organization, edited by Prof. James Pula. All PAHA members and friends are encouraged to submit photographs from PAHA's past meetings and other events, to ensure that the history of the organization and its contributions to Polish and American culture will be well documented and illustrated.

The editor will collect the articles that have previously been written about PAHA’s history, adding an introduction and an additional article to bring it up to date from the time the most recent article was published. The previous articles include, from Polish American Studies, those authored by: Tony Turhollow (Autumn 1980), Konstantin Symonolewicz (Spring-Autumn 1970), John Bukowczyk (Autumn 1993), and Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann (Spring 2008). The book will be approximately 200 pages including photographs, an index, and a few documents.

Please send your photographs and other information pertaining to PAHA's history to Prof. James Pula, Editor,


The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite proposals for the Sixth World Congress on Polish Studies to be held in conjunction with the Polska Akademia Umiejętności (Polish Academy of Learning) in Kraków, Poland, June 16-18, 2017.

Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. The conference language is English, however sessions in Polish will be accepted provided they are clearly labeled as such.

Since the Institute values comparative sessions, individual papers need not focus on Poland or the Polish diaspora, but it is hoped that at least one paper in each session will do so. Sessions including presenters from more than one nation are encouraged. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three papers or about 20 minutes per paper. All conference rooms will be equipped with AV for the use of PowerPoints and CD/DVD presentations. It is expected that acceptable conference papers will be submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, a tentative paper title and brief abstract (3-5 sentences is OK) for all presenters to the chair of the program committee, Prof. James Pula, at

The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2017. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee. For further information see

Friday, February 17, 2017

Call for Submissions - Stories about Polish American Experience Due July 1, 2017

Folk bird-whistlels from Krakow, Poland, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

In 2018, the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary. As part of the celebration, PAHA plans to publish an illustrated volume on the immigrant experience of Polish Americans, people who travelled across the Atlantic to establish a new life in North America.

Polish folk Dances - Krakowiak and Kujawiak by Zofia Stryjenska

Everyday objects play an especially important role in the life of any immigrant. They remind of significant moments and experiences, and testify to the various paths taken, and the aspects of heritage the immigrants want to pass on to the next generations.

Historical photo from the Polish Home in Rochester, NY

Such objects can tell a story of their past, emotional involvement, aesthetic preferences, ethical life choices, and leisure activities. They provide insight into the material culture, diverse ways of living, and pasts that they wish to either remember or forget. The materials objects carry both local and global dimensions; they can define us directly or indirectly through associations. Finally, the decision to keep certain objects not only speaks about our past life, but about us in the present as well.

Dance of the Krakusy Ensemble in Los Angeles in Lowicz costumes, 1980s

The Polish American Historical Association is announcing a wide, American search for material objects that speak about and to the Polish American experience, an experience of the life of an immigrant: its plurality and complexity, including fear and longing, joy and excitement, and the desire for and the fluid nature of stability. We are looking for photos and description of objects that traveled across the Atlantic along with their owners as symbols of lives and homes left behind as well as those acquired during the journey and after the arrival to the new place, as something that symbolizes individual activities and identity shaped here; for example, clothing, household items, toys, musical instruments, and various small or large self-made objects that tell a piece of a family’s history. We are especially interested in the history that a given object carries, its individual story, values, joys, and tribulations it symbolizes; and particular events or people from the past it commemorates.

Polish medal pinned to bread, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Appreciating the importance and value that given objects play in personal life, we are NOT asking for objects themselves, but rather for a photo(s) (even a photo made with phone cameras) of a given object. The quality and setting of the photo is not relevant at the time of submission. Along with the photo itself, we are requesting a description of the object itself along with a family story for which the object is relevant. We especially appreciate objects and stories that underline the importance of the Polish American experience. The photos we receive will be submitted to a committee, which will select some to be included in the publication. If needed, we will organize a professional photo session of a given object.

Szopka krakowska (Nativity Scene) and bird-whistles, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Please submit your photo(s) and short description of the chosen object, together with your names, address, and the best way to contact you to Anna Muller at or via mail to

Anna Muller
Department of Social Sciences
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128, USA

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2017.

St. Casimir Society in Rochester, NY - Photo from Society of Poles's Polish Home.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Call for Papers for International Conference at the Museum of Emigration in Gdynia, Poland

II International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference 
of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland
"Poles and Polish Diaspora in North America"
21-22 September 2017

Emigration Museum in Gdynia is a local government cultural institution. It gathers and facilitates collections on the history of Polish emigration and aims to disseminate knowledge about the processes of migration over the centuries. The Museum's mission is to reconstruct the fate of emigrants and to speak about them. This applies both to the stories of well-known and famous people, whose names appear in the context of scientific, sport, economic or artistic achievements, as well as to millions of anonymous emigrants leaving their homes in search of a better life. The ambition of the museum is to popularize knowledge about various aspects of migratory movements, their conditions, consequences and the impact on the formation of Polish Diaspora clusters, as well as the mutual relationships between these clusters and their country of origin. We would also like to create a forum for researchers and those interested in the issues of migration and Polish communities abroad.

The first project in the science and popularization area was last year's conference inaugurating activities of the Museum in this field. It was devoted to the issues of Poles and the Polish community in Latin America. The event was attended by nearly 40 researchers representing more than 20 research centers and institutions from Poland, Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Israel and the United States. Continuing this activity Emigration Museum in Gdynia, together with its partners: the Migration Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America, Polish American Historical Association and the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, are pleased to invite you to the second international conference. It will be dedicated to the Polish presence in North America.

During the conference, we would like to focus on issues such as: the history of emigration from Poland to North America; social, legal and political conditions of the transatlantic migration; the formation, development and transformations of the Polish community in the US and Canada; the contribution of Poles in the political, social, cultural and scientific life of the US and Canada; cooperation and contacts of the Polish diaspora with Poland and its impact on relations between Poland and the US and Canada; language and identity of the Polish communities in North America; literary and cultural aspects of the Polish presence in the US and Canada; functioning of the Polish organizations and media; activities of the Polish clergy on the American continent; the image of Poles in the American and Canadian societies, etc.

The above list is only a suggestion of issues that can be presented at the conference.
The conference will be of interdisciplinary character and therefore we invite experts specializing in issues of the Poles and the Polish communities in North America representing various disciplines, including historians, specialist in American Studies, Canadian Studies, political scientists, sociologists, culture experts, literary scholars, cultural anthropologists, etc. We hope that, as it was the case last year, the Emigration Museum in Gdynia will provide the conference participants with an inspiring space conducive to creative and critical exchange of views and the latest research findings. The conference will be summarized with a monographic reviewed publication in a printed format.Conference languagse: Polish / English

Application form attached to the present invitation shall be sent until 30 April 2017 to the following e-mail address: Information on the paper acceptance will be sent no later than on 15 May 2017. Participation in the conference is free of charge for the participants.

Conference organizers provide presenters with:
 one stay on the night of 21 September for participants from Poland; three stays on the nights of 20, 21, 22 September for participants from abroad,
 catering (breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and a formal banquet),
 upon having obtained a positive review, print of the text in a post-conference publication.

NOTE: The number of participants is limited. The final selection of those qualified to participate in the conference will be made by the Scientific Committee of the conference on the basis of the submitted abstracts.

 up to 30 April 2017 – receiving applications,
 up to 15 May 2017 – confirmation of qualification to participate,
 21-22 September 2017 – conference in the Emigration Museum in Gdynia,
 up to 15 November 2017 – deadline for submittal of texts for publication.

 Prof. Adam Walaszek, Ph.D. – Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora Studies, Jagiellonian University (chairperson),
 Prof. Katarzyna Jerzak, Ph.D. – Institute of Modern Languages, Pomeranian University in Słupsk,
 Magdalena Lesińska, Ph.D. – Centre for Migration Research, University of Warsaw,
    Prof. Bożena Leven - The College of New Jersey, director of The Polish Institute of Arts
& Sciences of America,
    Anna Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D. – Institute of History of the University of Gdańsk, president
of the Polish American Historical Association,
    Prof. Anna   Reczyńska, Ph.D. - Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Studies, Jagiellonian University.

    Sebastian Tyrakowski
    Rafał Raczyński, Ph.D (conference coordinator)
    Katarzyna Morawska, Ph.D.

The Migration Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences
The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America
Polish American Historical Association
The Polish Association for Canadian Studies

Rafał Raczyński, Ph.D. phone: +48 58 67 04 171

The Museum is a member of the Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI).