Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Fifth World Congress of Polish Studies, Warsaw, June 20-23, 2014

Lazienki Palace, Warsaw

Join us in Warsaw! The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the University of Warsaw, will host the Fifth World Congress on Polish Studies, June 20-23, 2014. The expansive program includes a plenary session dedicated to Jan Karski and 48 other sessions featuring 206 participants from fifteen nations. Sessions include topics in art, business, diaspora studies, film, history, literature, science, and other subjects. The conference sessions are scheduled for June 21-23, with the opening day on June 20 including various optional cultural events including a tour of the Stare Miasto (Old Town) and visits to the Copernicus Science Center, the Royal Castle, the Wilanow Museum, and the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews. There will be an opening reception on June 21 and a concluding banquet on the evening of June 23.

The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences has arranged a discounted air fare with LOT Polish Airlines for those attending the conference, as well as a discounted room rate at the Victoria-Sofitel Hotel close to the university campus. For further information, or to register for the conference, visit the PIASA web site at early conference registration fee will be $25 US which will cover refreshment breaks on June 21, 22, and 23; lunch on June 21, 22, and 23; the opening reception on the evening of June 21; and other incidentals. You may register at the PIASA web site by going to and clicking on the registration button. Early registration will end April 30. After that date the registration fee will be $40 US, or $50 US for those registering on site at the event. We are looking forward to a very exciting time in Warsaw!

St. Anne's Church from the back and Warsaw's trams.

 Congress Schedule

The most recent version of the Program in PDF:

Friday, June 20 - Cultural Events.
The following cultural events have been arranged for those who are interested in a relaxing experience following their travel and before the beginning of the conference session.

10:00 - 12:30. Choose one of three options: 1. Guided Tour of the Stare Miasto (Old Town); 2. Tour of the Copernicus Science Center; 3. Tour of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (9:30 by bus)

14:00 - 17:00 [2:00 pm-5:00 pm]. Choose one of two options: 1. Tour the Royal Castle, or
2. Tour of the Wilanow Museum (1:30 p.m. by bus)

NEW: 17:00 [5:00 p.m.] Special Film Screening -Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time
Chair – Renata Vickrey (Central Connecticut State University); Discussants:
Alex Storozynski (Kosciuszko Foundation) and Eve Krzyzanowski

The Old Town (Stare Miasto).

Saturday, June 21 - 9:00 -11:30 am
Opening Ceremonies, Room - Aula Hall in the Old Library, Main Campus
Moderator M. B. B. Biskupski, President, The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America

Plenary Session - An Appreciation of Jan Karski
Chair - M. B. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University)
1. Robert Kostro (Polish History Museum) “An Introduction to the Jan Karski Project”
2. Maciej Kozłowski (Deputy Director, Department of Africa and the Middle East, Polish Foreign Ministry) -  “Jan Karski”
3. Andrzej Żbikowski (University of Warsaw) “The Polish Underground State, the Holocaust, and Karski’s Mission and the Allies”
4. Wojciech Białożyt (Jan Karski Education Foundation) “The Importance of Karski’s Example to the Young Generation of Poles”
5. Sławomir Dębski (Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding) - “Jan Karski, Felix Lemkin, Genocide, Human Rights Protection and the UN Doctrine of Responsibility to Protect”

LUNCH - 11:30-13:00 (11:30-1:00 pm)

Kosciol Najswietszej Maryi Panny (BVM Church), New Town. 

Saturday, June 21 - 13:00-15:00 (1:00-3:00 pm). Six parallel sessions.
Saturday, Session 1. Afternoon.
Medieval and Reformation Poland
Chair - Patrice M. Dabrowski (University of Vienna)
1. Paul Knoll (University of Southern California) - "The University of Cracow in the National Life of Poland in the 15th Century"
2. Paul Radzilowski (Madonna University) - "Gloriam in ignominiam commutans: Management of Narrative Time in Two Accounts of the Martyrdom of St. Stanislaus by Jan Dlugosz"
3. Julia Verkholantsev (University of Pennsylvania) - "Etymology as Historical Artifact: Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae and the Exposition of Ethnonyms in Medieval Chronicles Written in Poland and Other Central European Lands"
4. Bryan Kozik (University of Florida) - "Jan Dantyszek as Diplomat? Confessionalization and Concerns Abroad in Royal Prussia"

Saturday, Session 2. Afternoon.
Speaking of the Unspeakable: The Destruction of the Polish Jewry-Israeli, American, German, and Polish Literary and Historical Perspectives
Chair - Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
1. Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich (SWPS/University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw) - "Poland as the Land of Death in Jewish-American Fiction After the Holocaust"
2. Shoshana Ronen (University of Warsaw) - "Post-Holocaust Representations of Poland in Israeli Literature"
3. Katrin Stoll (German Historical Institute, Warsaw) - "Conscious Engagement and the Holocaust: Jan Karski as a Model for Coming to Terms with the Past in Germany"
4. Rachel F. Brenner (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - "Witnessing the Destruction: Polish Writers-Diarists Record the Holocaust"

Saturday, Session 3. Afternoon.
Diaspora Reactions to World War and Cold War 
Sponsor - Polish American Historical Association
Chair - Renata Vickrey (Central Connecticut State University)
1. Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak (University of Toronto) - "United We Stand: Polish Canadian Perceptions of World War II"
2. Jan Lencznarowicz (Jagiellonian University) -  "The Changing Image of FDR in the Post-World War Polish Émigré Press, 1945-1956"
3. Robert Szymczak (The Pennsylvania State University at Beaver) - "Justice for Poland: The Polish American Congress Radio Broadcasts of the 1950s"
4. Mary Erdmans (Case Western Reserve University) - "Lukomski and Mazewski: The Role of Post-World War II Émigrés in Chicago Polonia, 1960-1990"

Satuday, Session 4. Afternoon.
Crossing Borders: the Transnationalism of Witold Gombrowicz
Chair - Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York, and The Graduate Center)
1. Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh) - "Buenos Aires, 1947: Notes on the Manuscript of the Collective Translation of 'Ferdydurke.'"
2. Lukasz Tischner (Jagiellonian University) - "Was Gombrowicz Post-Secular?"
3. Tul'si Bhambry (University College London) - "Gombrowicz's Models of Authorship"

Saturday, Session 5. 
HIV Infection: Treatment, Prevention and Immunology
Co-Chairs - Miroslaw Górny (New York University School of Medicine) and Hanna Chroboczek Kelker (New York University School of Medicine)
1. Andrzej Horban (Warsaw Medical University & Hospital of Infectious Diseases) - "Why Poland Has a Low HIV Prevalence"
2. Andrzej Wojtczak (Collegium Mazovia Innovative School of Higher Education) - "Preventive Strategies for HIV Infection"
3. Miroslaw Górny (New York University School of Medicine) - "Antibodies to the Variable Regions V2 and V3 Can Play a Protective Role Against HIV-1 Infection"

Saturday, Session 6. Afternoon.
Economics, Politics, Society in Contemporary Poland-the Annual Michael Sendzimir Session
Chair - Bozena Leven (College of New Jersey)
1. Jan Napoleon Saykiewicz (Duquesne University) - "Poland's 25-years of Transition - the Hopes and Disenchantments"
2. Krzysztof Bledowski (Manufacturers Alliance) -  "The Economics and Politics of Poland's Euro Adoption"
3. Tomasz Mroczkowski (American University) -  "America, Europe and Asia: The New Race for Innovation Leadership in the Global Knowledge Economy"
4. Jan Nowak (Tischner European University) - "Internationalization of the Polish Economy"

BREAK - 15:00-15:20 (3:00-3:20 pm)

Polish Eagle in Kosciol Garnizonowy (Military Church).

Saturday, June 21 - 15:20-17:20 (3:20-5:20 pm)

Saturday, Session 7. Afternoon II.
The Great War
Chair - Stephan Lehnstaedt (German Historical Institute, Warsaw)
1. Robert Blobaum (West Virginia University) - "A City in Flux: Warsaw's Transient Population During the First World War."
2. Katarzyna Sierakowska (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Science) - "Wartime Fears: Polish men and Women 1914-1918"
3. Piotr Szlanta (University of Warsaw) - "Life under Occupation: A Polish Case, 1914-1918"

Saturday, Session 8. Afternoon II.
Commemoration in Exile 
Sponsor - Polish American Historical Association
Chair - Dorota Praszalowicz (Jagiellonian University)
1. Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann (Eastern Connecticut State University) - "'Dear But Painful Remembrances': American Polonia's Commemoration Rituals"
2. Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdansk) - "Celebrating Freedom as a Means of Fighting Captivity"
3. Patryk Pleskot (Institute of National Remembrance) - "Constructing and Deconstructing the Polish Diaspora. The Role of Commemoration in Creating Polish Australian Identities in the 1980s"
4. Iwona Korga (Józef Pilsudski  Institute of America) - "Representations of Poland and Polonia at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City"

Saturday, Session 9. Afternoon II.
Crossing Borders: Witold Gombrowicz's Kronos
Chair - Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh)
1. Jerzy Jarzebski (Jagiellonian University) - "Kronos and the Mystery of Existence"
2. George Zbigniew Gasyna (University of Illinois) - "Enacting the Self: Reassessing Gombrowicz's Identity Politics in the Context of the Recent Publication of his 'Intimate Journal,' Kronos"
3. Aleksander Fiut (Jagiellonian University) - "Some Remarks on Gombrowicz's Kronos"
4. Malgorzata Smorag-Goldberg (University of Paris-Sorbonne) - "On Gombrowicz's Kronos"

Saturday, Session 10. Afternoon II.
Biomedical Engineering: The Most Challenging Problems
Chair - Norman Kelker (Enzo Biochem, Inc.)

1. Piotr Ładyżyński (Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences) “Homecare Today and Tomorrow. A New Chances for Diabetic Patients”
2. Hieronim Jakubowski (Rutgers University) "Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Factors: a Personal Account from the US and Poland"
3. Grzegorz Wegrzyn (The University of Gdansk) "Treatment of Neuronopathic Inherited Metabolic Disease"

Saturday, Session 11. Afternoon II.
Monetary Policy in Poland and the U.S.: Lessons from the Great Recession
Chair - Krzysztof Bledowski   (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation)
1. Ryszard Kokoszczynski (Institute of Economics, Narodowy Bank Polski) -"Choice of Monetary Policy Instruments"
2. Mateusz Szczurek (Ministry of Finance, Republic of Poland) - "Monetary Policy and Financial Stability"
3. Timothy Kearney (Misericordia University) - "Monetary Unions: Reverberations from Copernicus' Economic Theories"

Saturday, Session 12. Afternoon II.
Poland and Polonia Since 1989
Chair - Angela Pienkos (Polish Center of Wisconsin)
1. Boguslaw Winid (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland) - "Poland, the United States and NATO Enlargement, 1992-1997"
2. Janusz Wróbel (Institute of National Remembrance) - "Chicago's Polonia in the time of Poland's Political Transformation, 1989-1991"
3. Wieslawa Piatkowska-Stepniak (University of Opole) - "The Polish Political Emigration on Behalf of Poland's Entry into NATO"
4. Donald E. Pienkos (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) - "Redefining American Polonia's Mission since 1999: Problems and Prospects"

SATURDAY, RECEPTION 19:00 - 7:00 pm
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego - Museum of the Warsaw Uprising
ulica Grzybowska 79 - 79 Grzybowska Street

Krakowskie Przedmiescie, from St. Anne's to Plac Zamkowy.

Sunday, June 22 - 9:30-11:30. Six Parallel Sessions. 

Sunday, Session 13. Morning.
The Four Year Sejm and the Question of Polish Independence
Chair - John Micgiel (Columbia University)
1. Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski (University College London) - "The Question of Polish Independence, 1788-94"
2. Ramune Šmigelskyte-Stukiene (Lithuanian Historical Institute) - "Implementation of the Four-Year Sejm's Reforms in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Process and Problems"
3. Agnieszka Whelan (Old Dominion University) - "Before the Temple of Sibyl: Republican Rhetoric in the Gardens of Princess Izabela Czartoryska"

Sunday, Session 14. Morning.
Cold War Polish Political Emigration - Research Reports - I
Sponsor - Instytut Pamieci Narodowej
Chair - Slawomir Lukasiewicz (Institute of National Remembrance)
1. Janusz Wróbel (Institute of National Remembrance) - "Geography and Social Structure of Cold War Polish Political Emigration"
2. Slawomir Lukasiewicz (Institute of National Remembrance) - "Polish Party System in Exile 1945-1991"
3. Pawel Zietara (University of Warsaw) - "Interactions Between 'Country' and 'Exile'"
4. Malgorzata Ptasinska (Institute of National Remembrance) - "Culture in Exile"

Sunday Session 15. Morning.
Literature Across Borders
Chair - Ewa Wolynska (Central Connecticut State University)
1. Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York and The Graduate Center) - "Two Ways of Thinking About Crime: Gombrowicz's 'A Premeditated Crime' and Borges's 'Emma Zunz.'"
2. Adam Kozaczka (Syracuse University) - "Noble Virtues and Warlike Masculinities: The Shared Language of Polish and Scottish Literary Nostalgia in the Long Nineteenth Century"
3. Christine Kenison (University of North Carolina) - "Borderland or Promised Land: a Comparative Analysis of Gustav Freytag's Soll und Haben [Debit and Credit] and Wladyslaw Reymont's Ziemia obiecana [The Promised Land]"
4. Krystyna Illakowicz (Yale University) - "Miss America Goes Shopping: Perceptions of American Women in Poland in the 1920s and the 1930s"

Sunday, Session 16. Morning.
Biotechnology to Improve Healthcare
Chair - Wlodek Mandecki (PharmaSeqi)
1. Krzysztof Kucharczyk (BioVectis) - "Biotechnology and Life Sciences Sector Development in Poland after 1989 and Potential Future Directions"
2. Wlodek Mandecki (PharmaSeqi) - "From Barcode to Electronic p-Chips: Advanced Tagging Methods for Biomedical Research and Beyond
3. Agnieszka Sirko (Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences) - "The Development of Subunit Vaccine Against Bird Flu"

Sunday, Session 17. Morning.
The Most Important Challenges for the Polish Economy in the XXI Century
Chair - Marzenna Weresa (Warsaw School of Economics)
1. Marzenna Weresa (Warsaw School of Economics) - "Innovation Policy in Poland"
2. Rafal Wieladek (European Commission) - "Poland in the Economic and Monetary Union"
3. Michal Szwabe (Warsaw School of Economics) - "Post-accession Migrations of Polish Labor"
4. Tomasz Napiórkowski (Warsaw School of Economics) - "American FDI in Poland"

Sunday, Session 18. Morning
Katyn Massacre: Source Materials in the USSR/Russia, Great Britain and the United States
Session In Honor of Prof. Anna Cienciala
Sponsor - Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Panstwowych
Chair - Wladyslaw Stepniak (National Archives, Warsaw)
1. Wladyslaw Stepniak (National Archives, Warsaw) - "Working on the English Language Version of the Soviet Documentation"
2. Natalia Lebedeva (Russian Academy of Sciences) - "Katyn Materials - The Way to the Truth"
3. Wojciech Materski (Polish Academy of Science) - "The Katyn Massacre Files in the Archives of the Russian Federation"
4. Krystyna Piórkowska (Independent Researcher) - "The Unknown Testimonies - U.S. English-speaking Witnesses on Film - The Work of Roy L. Towers, Jr. Video Recordings of Colonels John H. Van Vliet, Jr. and Donald B. Stewart"

LUNCH - 11:30-13:00 (11:30 am-1:00 pm)

Palace of Culture. Stalin's Stamp.

Sunday, June 22 - 13:00-15:00 (1:00-3:00 pm). Six Parallel Sessions. 

Sunday, Session 19. Afternoon.
Cold War Polish Political Emigration - Research Reports - II
Sponsor - Instytut Pamieci Narodowej
Chair - Dariusz Stola (Polish Academy of Science)
1. Rafal Stobiecki (University of Lódz) - "Humanities in Exile"
2. Joanna Pylat (Polish University Abroad) - "Sciences in Exile"
3. Mariusz Olczak (Archive of New Records) - "Veterans' Organizations"
4. Joanna Wojdon and Bozena Szaynok (University of Wroclaw) - "Poles in United States After 1945"

Sunday, Session 20. Afternoon.
Foreign Policy of the Republic of Poland 1919-1939
Session In Honor of Prof. Anna Cienciala
Chair - Daria Nalecz (Ministry of Science and Higher Education)
1. Janusz Cisek (Jagiellonian University) - "The Centenary of World War I: A Discussion of the Responsibility of the European Powers"
2. Slawomir Debski (Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding) - "Poland and the Powers behind the Versailles system 1919-1925"
3. Marek Kornat (Polish Academy of Science) - "Polish Foreign Policy 1933-1939 in the works of Professor Anna Maria Cienciala"
4. Mariusz Wolos (Polish Academy of Science) - "Zombie History - The Black Legend of Minister Józef Beck in Historiography"

Sunday, Session 21. Afternoon.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko in America
Chair - Adam Walaszek (Jagiellonian University)
1. James S. Pula (Purdue University) - "Kosciuszko's Influence as an American Military Leader"
2. Magdalena Micinska (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sceince) - "Kosciuszko and Niemcewicz - the Sword and the Pen"
3. Graham R. Hodges (Colgate University) - "Kosciuszko and American Historians"
4. Michal Burczak (University of Warsaw) - "Creating an Enduring Myth of the National Hero: A Comparison of Tadeusz Kosciuszko and George Washington"

Sunday, Session 22. Afternoon.
Trajectories of Seeing and Belonging: U.S. and Poland - I
Sponsor: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Chair - Krystyna Illakowicz (Yale University)
1. Maria (Masha) Shpolberg (Yale University) - "Towards 'Real' Realism: The Strategies of Polish Documentary Film 1956-1960"
2. Nadine Schwakopf (Yale University) - "Alea iacta est, Or: How Poetry Takes Place. Constellations of Signs in Stanislaw Drózdz's Works"
3. William Schreiber (Yale University) - "Inventing the Intelligentsia: The Other Polish Anthropological Tradition and Moving Beyond Nationalism"
4. Margaretta Midura (Yale University) - "Lifestyle and its Contribution to Public Health: A Comparison of Poland and the United States."

Sunday, Session 23. Afternoon.
Biochemical and Symbiotic Underpinnings of Evolution and Disease
Chair - Norman Kelker (Enzo Biochem, Inc.)
1. Magda Konarska (Rockefeller University) - "The Spliceosome: What It Is, How Does It Work, and Where Did It Come From?"
2. Barbara Kazmierczak (Yale University School of Medicine) - "Microbiome Acquisition and the Progression of Inflammation and Airway Disease in Cystic Fibrosis"
3. Thomas Wisniewski (New York University School of Medicine) - "Novel Therapeutic Approaches for Neurodegenerative Disorders"

Sunday, Session 24. Afternoon.
Religion in Post-World War II Europe
Chair - Ewa Wolynska (Central Connecticut State University)
1. Magdalena Nowak (University of Gdansk) - "Religion and National Integration in Galicia at the Turn of 19th/20th Century"
2. James E. Bjork (King's College London) - "Between Identity and Morality: The Catholic Church and National Rehabilitation of Volksdeutsche after the Second World War"
3. Piotr H. Kosicki (University of Maryland) - "Between Lublin and Louvain: His Holiness John Paul II and Europe's Catholic Universities"
4. Mikolaj Kunicki (St. Anthony's College Oxford) - "Martyrs, Saints and Heroes. The Portrayals of Church Leaders in Polish Contemporary Cinema"

BREAK - 15:00-15:20 (3:00-3:20 pm)

Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, University of Warsaw

Sunday, June 22 - 15:20-17:20 (3:20-5:20 pm). Six parallel Sessions. 

Sunday, Session 25. Afternoon II.
Transnational Migrations
Chair - Donald E. Pienkos (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
1. Milosz K. Cybowski (University of Southampton) - "The Polish Great Emigration and the Jewish Question, 1831-1836"
2. Barbara Cieslinska (University of Bialystok) - "Labor Migration and Migrant Lifestyles: The Case of Emigration from the Podlaskie Region to USA"
3. Pieter De Messemaeker (University of Ghent) - "Bundism Abroad: Transnational Networks in Early 20th Century Belgium, the Case of the Alter Family"
4. Jannis Panagiotidis (Free University Berlin) - "What is the German's Fatherland? The GDR and the Resettlement of Ethnic Germans from Socialist Countries (1949-1989)"

Sunday, Session 26. Afternoon II.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko in Poland
Chair - Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdansk)
1. Anna M. Rosner (University of Warsaw) - "Jewish Participation in the Kosciuszko Uprising"
2. Anna Cortes (University of Warsaw) - "Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the Defense of Warsaw in 1794"
3. Jaroslaw Czubaty (University of Warsaw) - "Republican in a Changing World: The Political Position and Attitudes of Tadeusz Kosciuszko 1798-1817"
4. Joanna Wojdon and Jakub Tyszkiewicz (University of Wroclaw) - "The Changing Image of Tadeusz Kosciuszko in Postwar Polish Education"

Sunday, Session 27. Afternoon II. 
Trajectories of Seeing and Belonging: U.S, and Poland II
Chair - Krystyna Illakowicz (Yale University)
1. Damian Weikum (Yale University) - "Rich in Opportunity and Devoid of Absurdity: Polish Film After 1990"
2. Christel Oropesa (Yale University) - "The Totalizing Machine"
3. Diana Lech (Yale University) - "Rebellion and the Inescapability of Form: Gombrowicz's Ivona and Mrozek's Tango"
4. Katarzyna Rojek (Yale University) - "Man of Marble, Blind Chance, Snow White Russian Red: Demystifying Inherited Realities"
5. Robert Juchnicki (Yale University) - "The Fight for Freedom and the Role of Women: the Cinematic Perspective"

Sunday, Session 28. Afternoon II.
How Poland is Developing its Space Capabilities
Chair - William Klepczynski (Global Timing Services, LLC)
1. Piotr Wolanski (Committee on Space Research, Polish Academy of Science) - "Poland in Space"
2. Wlodzimierz Lewandowski (Committee on Space Research, Polish Academy of Science) - "Poland's Contribution to the EU Programs COPERNICUS and GALILEO"
3. Zbigniew Klos (Space Research Center, Polish Academy of Science) - "The Place of Poland in Worldwide Space Activity"

Sunday, Session 29. Afternoon II.
The Interwar Era
Chair - Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
1. Beryl Nicholson (Independent Scholar) - "Hour Zero: Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods in Eastern Poland, 1920-24"
2. Michal Kasprzak (Ryerson University) - "The Revolution is Nigh: Why Interwar Polish Communists Could Not Accept the Second Republic"
3. Pawel Styrna (Institute of World Politics) - "The Wellisz Family: A Case Study in Jewish Assimilation"

Sunday, Session 30. Afternoon II.
History Through Biographies and Memoirs
Chair - Christopher Garbowski (Maria Curie Sklodowska University)
1. Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press, Los Angeles) - "On Fashion, Portraits, and the Professional Image of Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831)"
2. Jan Chroboczek (Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics, France) - "What Jan Brozek Found Out About Copernicus in His Travel to Warmia in 1618"
3. Martin Müller-Butz (Friedrich-Schiller University Jena) - "Imperial Russia in Polish Memoirs and Autobiographies"
4. Aleksandra Gruzinska (Arizona State University), "Franco-Polish Relations: Marie Curie (1867-1934) and Françoise Giroud (1916-2003). The Life Trajectories of Two Prominent Women"

DINNER - On Your Own

Ballroom in the Royal Castle, Warsaw.

Monday, June 23 - 9:30-11:30. Six Parallel Sessions. 

Monday, Session 31. Morning.
Reflections of the Polish Diaspora (Sponsor - Polish American Historical Association)
Chair - Harriet Napierkowski (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs)
1. Arnold Klonczynski (University of Gdansk) - "Nationally and Religiously: Commemorations in the Life of the Polish Diaspora in Sweden, 1945-1989"
2. Anna Brzozowska-Krajka (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University) - "The Private and Public Face of Ethnicity Across Cultural Borders: the Uniqueness of the Góral Diaspora in America"
3. Thomas J. Napierkowski (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) - "The Khaki Boys Series: Images of Polish Americans 1918-1920"
4. Grazyna Kozaczka (Cazenovia College) - "Girling of a Polish American Child: Models of Femininity in Immigrant and Ethnic Adolescent Narratives"

Monday, Session 32. Morning. 
Poland in World War II
Chair - Angela Pienkos (Polish Center of Wisconsin)
1. Boguslaw Winid (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) - "Polish Weapons in the September Campaign"
2. Jaroslaw Garlinski (Independent Scholar) - "The Polish Independent Parachute Brigade and the Warsaw Uprising, 1944"
3. Michael Peszke (Independent Scholar) - "History of the Polish Special Duties Flight 1586: Defenders of Warsaw"
4. Anna Topolska (University of Michigan) - "Memory and the Representation of the Second World War in Post-War Poland: the Case of the Museum of Fort VII in Poznan"

Monday, Session 33. Morning.
Józef Retinger:  The Polish Man of Mystery and Modern Europe
Chair - Zdzislaw Najder (Institute of Central and Eastern Europe)
1. Jan Pomian (Independent Scholar) - "Introduction"
2. M. B. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University) - "Retinger, the Mexican Years"
3. Thierry Grosbois (University of Luxembourg) - "Sikorski, Retinger and the European Idea"
4. Andrzej Pieczewski (University of Lódz) - "Joseph Retinger and European Integration after WW II: Central and Eastern Europe Question"
5. Wladyslaw Bulhak (Institute of National Remembrance) - "The Foreign Office, the SOE and Retinger's Trip to Poland in 1944"

Monday, Session 34. Morning. 
Polscy pisarze w Stanach Zjednoczonych po II wojnie swiatowej. Najnowsze badania - I
Session is in Polish (w jezyku polskim)
Chair - Beata Dorosz (Institute of Literature, Polish Academy of Science) and Maciej Patkowski (Association of Polish Writers, New York & Warsaw)
1. Wojciech Ligeza (Jagiellonian University) - "Szkicowanie Ameryki Pólnocnej (w utworach polskich emigrantów"
2. Waclaw Lewandowski (Mikolaj Kopernik University, Torun) - "Ameryka Kazimierza Wierzynskiego"
3. Józef Olejniczak (University of Slask, Katowice) - "Józef Wittlin w nielubianym miescie"
4. Beata Dorosz (Institute of Literature, Polish Academy of Science) - "Jan Wolny - nieznany pisarz polityczny w 'Tygodniku Polskim' Jana Lechonia (1945-1947)"

Monday, Session 35. Morning. 
Between Inclusion and Exclusion: Excess, Transgression, and Recycling
Chair - Ewa Barczyk (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
1. Tamara Trojanowska (University of Toronto) - "Reading Polish Culture: Modes of Cultural Transgression"
2. Lukasz Sicinski (University of Toronto) - "Between Language and Reality: Rubbish in Miron Bialoszewski's Prose"
3. Lukasz Wodzynski (University of Toronto) - "Liquid Borders: Modernity and the Rise of the New Woman in Stefan Zeromski's 'A Story of Sin'"
4. Piotr Kajak (University of Warsaw) - "Crossing (pop)cultural borders in teaching Polish as a Foreign/Second Language"

Monday, Session 36. Morning.
Crossing Borders in the East Bloc
Chair - Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast (European University, Viadrina)
1. Dariusz Stola (University of Warsaw) - "Crossing the Borders of Communist Poland"
2. Igor Tchoukarine (Macalester College) - "Tito's Yugoslavia, the Soviet Bloc, and Global Tourism in the 1950s and 1960s"
3. Mark Keck-Szajbel (European University, Viadrina) - "Poland as Paradise. Finding Freedom in People's Poland"
4. Zdenek Nebrenský (Imre Kertész College, Jena) - "Tourism as a Political Message: Transnational Interaction and the Travelling of Czechoslovak Youth After Stalin's Death"

LUNCH - 11:30-13:00 (11:30 am-1:00 pm)

The Royal Castle and Plac Zamkowy

Monday, June 23 - 13:00-15:00 (1:00-3:00 pm)

Monday, Session 37. Afternoon.
Crossing Digital Borders-Negotiating Cultural Displacement: International Students in the U.S. and Poland
Chair - Ewa Barczyk (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
1. David Gunkel (Northern Illinois University) - "Negotiating Cultural Difference in the Digital Communication Era: A Pilot Study of International Student Experience in the U.S. and Poland"
2. Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bienkowska (Jagiellonian University) - "Home in the Digital World: The Shifting Meanings of Here and Away-International Student Exchange"
3. Ann Hetzel Gunkel (Columbia College) - "The Boundary Event: Digital Natives In-between Cultures"

Monday, Session 38. Afternoon.
Post-War Commemoration and Documentation
Chair - Lukasz Jasina (John Paul II Catholic University)
1. Sheila Skaff (Columbia University) - "Ryszard Kapuscinski's Cold War Photography"
2. Christopher Garbowski (Maria Curie Sklodowska University) - "The Glorious Dead and Commemoration in Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Wajda's Katyn"
3. Piotr Szczypa (Maria Curie Sklodowska University) - "Heroes and the Monstrous Event of the Holocaust in Schindler's List and Korczak"
4. Józef Marek Haltof (Northern Michigan University) - "The Last Stage (1948) and the Politics of Commemorating Auschwitz"

Monday, Session 39. Afternoon.
Polscy pisarze w Stanach Zjednoczonych po II wojnie swiatowej. Najnowsze badania - II
Session is in Polish (w jezyku polskim)
Chair - Beata Dorosz (Institute of Literature, Polish Academy of Science) and Maciej Patkowski (Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich, Nowy Jork - Warszawa)
1. Ewa Kolodziejczyk (Independent Scholar) - "Czeslaw Milosz w Biuletynie 'Poland of Today' (1946-1950)"
2. Aleksander Madyda (Mikolaj Kopernik University, Torun) - "Najnowsze badania zycia i twórczosci Zygmunta Haupta - tendencje i postulaty"
3. Grazyna Kubica-Heller (Jagiellonian University) - "Proza etnograficzna Alicji Iwanskiej"
4. Alicja Szalagan (Polish Academy of Science) - "'American Dream' Maria Kuncewiczowa w Stanach Zjednoczonych"

Monday, Session 40. Afternoon.
A Re-evaluation of the Radziwill Family's Role in the History of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth
Chair - Paul Knoll (University of Southern California)
1. Karin Friedrich (University of Aberdeen) - "Radziwill's Self-importance: Communication, Cultural Capital and Ego-documents in the Life of a Lithuanian Magnate"
2. Lynn Lubamersky (Boise State University) - "Scenes from the Life of Barbara Radziwillowa Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
3. Kristina Sabaliauskaite (Independent Scholar) - "Silva Rerum I, Silva Rerum II, and Silva Rerum III - Between Fact and Fiction: Recreating the Early Modern Culture of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth in Contemporary Literature"
4. Steven Seegel (University of Northern Colorado) - "Mapping Old Poland-Lithuania: Reassessing the Legacy of Loss and Erasure."

Monday, Session 41. Afternoon.
Crossing Borders with Educational Bridges
Chair - Stephen M. Leahy (Shantou University, China)
1. Joanna Król (University of Szczecin) and Teresa Wojcik (Villanova University) - "The Portrayal of the United States in Polish Curricula and Textbooks during the Stalinist Period (1948-1956)"
2. Mary Kay Pieski (Kent State University) and Teresa Wojcik (Villanova University) - "Exchanging Gifts of Language, Culture, and Friendship: The Kosciuszko Foundation Celebrates Twenty-Four Years of the Teaching English in Poland Program (TEIP)"
3. Katarzyna Drag (Pontifical University of John Paul II) and Piotr Drag (Jagiellonian University) - "Cultural Experiences in Europe: Study Abroad Programs at American Universities"
4. Dorota Klus-Stanska (University of Gdansk) - "Cognitive Partnership in School Education as a Condition for Bridging the Generation Gap"

BREAK - 15:00-15:20 (3:00-3:20 pm)

Souvenirs from Warsaw - Lowicz-style dolls. 

Monday, June 23 - 15:20-17:20 (3:20-5:20 pm). Six Parallel Sessions.

Monday, Session 42. Afternoon II.
Crossing Borders: Migration and Cultural Maintenance
Chair - Stephen M. Leahy (Shantou University, China)
1. Pien Versteegh (Windesheim University of Applied Sciences) - "People on the Move: Polish Migration from Germany to the Netherlands and Belgium"  (1890-1930)
2. Wesley Adamczyk (Independent Scholar) - "The Power of Identity: Polish Children in Exile"
3. Irvin Ungar (Historicana) - "Building Bridges: The Legacy of Polish-Jewish Artist Arthur Szyk, Fighter for Justice and Freedom"
4. Donald E. Pienkos (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Angela Pienkos (Polish Center of Wisconsin) - "An Enduring Tie: One Family's Century-long Connection Linking its Branches in Poland and America"

Monday, Session 43
The Polish 20th Century: Issues of Historical Memory
Chair - Jerzy Kochanowski (University of Warsaw)
1. Patrice M. Dabrowski (University of Vienna) - "Manipulating Memory of the Great War and Its Aftermath in the Eastern Carpathians"
2. Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) - "Not a Stone Upon a Stone: The Demolition of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Warsaw"
3. Piotr Wróbel (University of Toronto) - "Triple Memory: Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, and the Pogrom of Boryslav, Eastern Galicia/Western Ukraine, in July 1941"
4. Stephan Lehnstaedt (German Historical Institute, Warsaw) - "'Remembering' World War II in Warsaw: German Occupiers in the Face of Legal Persecution after 1945"

Monday, Session 44.
Strategies of Evasion, Flight and Resistance Among the Jews of Poland and the Diaspora
Chair - Olga Linkiewicz (Polish Academy of Science)
1. Teresa A. Meade, (Union College) - "From Assimilation to 'Hidden Jew': Mia Truskier in Poland and the Diaspora"
2. Robert Mindelzun (Stanford University School of Medicine) - "Memories of Childhood in the Work Camps of Siberia and Komi SSR, 1939-44"
3. Daniel J. Walkowitz (New York University) - "Looking for Bubbah: Jewish Heritage Tourism in the Post-89 Era"
4. Fábio Koifman (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) - "Making their Way from Europe to Brazil:  Contributions of Jewish Poles to the Culture and Arts of Brazil"

Monday, Session 45.
Polscy pisarze w Stanach Zjednoczonych po II wojnie swiatowej. Najnowsze badania - III
Session is in Polish (w jezyku polskim)
Chair - Beata Dorosz (Institute of Literature, Polish Academy of Science)
1. Janusz Pasterski (Univesity of Rzeszów) - "Problem  dwukulturowosci w poezji Andrzeja Buszy i Bogdana Czaykowskiego"
2. Jolanta Pasterska (Univesity of Rzeszów) - "Zakorzenienie w pamieci:  przypadek Floriana Smiei"
3. Grazyna Borkowska (Polish Academy of Science) - "O twórczosci Anny Frajlich"

Monday, Session 46.
The EU in the Financial Framework 2014 -2020 - Implications for the Polish Economy
Chair - Elzbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska (Warsaw School of Economics)
1. Elzbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska (Warsaw School of Economics) - "Polish Position on EU Budgetary Policy"
2. Adam Ambroziak (Warsaw School of Economics) - "Regional State Aid in Poland"
3. Artur Nowak-Far (Polish Ministry of Foreign Affair) - "EU Legal Framework of Economic Changes in Poland"

Monday, Session 47.
Swiat malarza i fotografa
Session is in Polish (w jezyku polskim)
Chair - Hanna Chroboczek Kelker (New York University School of Medicine)
1. Malgorzata Mizia (Tadeusz Kosciuszko Kraków University of Technology) - "Sztuka architektury"
2. Jan Hausbrandt (Independent Scholar) - "Polska-tak jak bylo (lata 1970-1984)"
3. Rafal Olbinski (Independent Artist) - "Zalety dwuznacznosci"

Maja Trochimczyk at Barbakan and the Old Town Walls. 


Photos (c) 2010-2013 by Maja Trochimczyk

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Apply for PAHA's Graduate Student Research Paper Award by April 15

The Polish American Historical Association announces the call for nominations and applications for the Graduate Student Research Paper Award.

The Graduate Student Research Paper Award recognizes a substantial original research paper on Polish-American history and culture produced by a young scholar in the humanities or social sciences.

A paper should be sent via e-mail to: anna.a.mazurkiewicz [at] before April 15th, 2014.

In addition to the recognition and paper publication offer from the interdisciplinary, refereed scholarly journal The Polish American Studies, the winner will receive a $1000 travel grant to present the paper at the PAHA 2015 Annual Meeting (January 2-5, New York). The conference is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

The candidate for the award must be a graduate student at the time of the application or nomination. In addition to the paper (up to 25 pages, 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman 12) any submission must contain: graduate student's short biographic note, 250-word abstract, and one letter of reference. The results will be announced by May 15, 2014.


2013 – Two Awards Given - Marta Cieślak and Piotr Derengowski

1: Marta Cieślak (Transnational Studies Department, SUNY at Buffalo), "Crossing the Boundaries of Modernity: The Transatlantic Journey of Polish Peasants to the United States"

2: Piotr Derengowski (Department of History, University of Gdansk, Poland), "Capt. Alexander Raszewski's Polish Legion and Other Less Known Polish Troops in the Union Army During the American Civil War" 

2008 – Michael T. Urbanski

In 2008, PAHA recognized Michael Urbanski (Central Connecticut State University) for the paper entitled: "Polite Avoidance: The Story of the Closing of Alliance College," which was subsequently published in the Polish American Studies, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Spring, 2009), pp. 25-42. This paper focuses on the history and controversial closing of the Polish National Alliance’s College in Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania.