Monday, February 23, 2015

Calls for Papers, Deadlines and Announcements


PAHA's 73rd Annual Meeting will be held on January 7-10, 2016 in Atlanta as part of the 130th American Historical Association's Annual Conference. The theme for the 2016 AHA conference is “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors.” It provides an excellent opportunity for the Polish American Historical Association to showcase research carried out by its members, as well as to present it in a comparative perspective. Therefore we invite scholars who work on the Polish American experience as well as those who deal either with migration, ethnic, or regional studies and would like to present their findings within the forum presented by the PAHA. We invite session proposals that foster international, comparative perspectives which include the Polish American experience, as well as individual papers dealing with the above mentioned themes.

 This year, we specifically look for proposals in the following areas:
 - Polish American experience – all aspects (history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.)
 - Migration patterns, ethnic experience – comparative perspective
 - Immigrant women - Labor activism among the ethnics
 - Experiences of foreigners in the American Civil War
 - International activism of the anti-communist groups in the U.S. during the Cold War

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to the Chair of the Program Committee: Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz Faculty of History University of Gdansk, Poland ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-952 Gdansk email:

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 or c.v. summary (up to 250 words) for each participant
• Correct 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 unlikely that PAHA will be able to use PowerPoint in its sessions, due to the high cost of rental, or that presenters will be permitted by the hosting conference hotel to bring their own. You may wish to consider distribution of paper handouts as an alternative. The Polish American Historical Association holds its Annual Conference in conjunction with the American Historical Association (AHA). The full information about the AHA conference can be found at PAHA members who plan to attend PAHA conference only do not need to register for the AHA conference, but are required to register for the PAHA conference by November 15, 2015. Registration may be done on-line at

Maja Trochimczyk, Anna Mazurkiewicz and Karen Majewski with PAHA Awards, January 2015. Photo by Iwona Drag Korga.


The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences and the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto are pleased to invite proposals for PIASA’s 73rd Annual Conference to be held at the University of Toronto, June 11-13, 2015.

Proposals are solicited for sessions or individual papers dealing with Polish or Polish Diaspora or comparative topical sessions that include a Polish-related presentation along with other groups. Sessions are also encouraged from those whose fields of interest are in business or the sciences. 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. The conference language is English and 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 published in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and tentative paper title for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2015.


Please visit the Picasa Web Album from our Awards Ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York. We added more pictures by Iwona Korga and Janusz Romanski.  A report in a Polish American periodical will be published soon.


The Program, specializing in instruction for local English teachers, follows two similar programs in Lithuania plus one in Poland in preceding years. Attendees are elementary and high school English teachers. Our primary goals are to: 1) Increase their personal ability in English from near fluency toward that of a natural speaker. Thus the subtlety, nuance and metaphorical aspects of spoken and written English will be highlighted. 2) Present techniques and methodologies helpful to their teaching when they return to their classrooms. 3) Organize lessons in a manner illustrating and informing them about American culture, history, politics, geography, etc. This information is not only for their personal benefit, but is valuable to them when preparing lessons for their students. The target is for 30 attendees, including the English teachers from our host school.

Our Host is a leading high school in the region. In 2013 it was the site of a very success WIESCO camp for its students. As is customary, our host provides room and board, transportation from and to the airport, and some sightseeing or entertainment.

Duration of the program is eight days from Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4. Classes are planned for 9:00 to 2:30. After classes the time is ours to enjoy the city. You may append additional personal travel before or after the program. Wrocław is well located for air and train travel.  WIESCO is a 501c3 charitable organization that has organized and operated English language camps and programs in Eastern Europe for over 40 years. Long term relationships exist with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania; recent years have seen programs in Russia, Macedonia and Brazil.

Expenses in Wrocław – room and board, transportation from/to the airport, some sightseeing or entertainment – are provided by our hosts. You cost is airfare and $400. For your tax purposes, WIESCO provides you with a letter of participation documenting your volunteer participation.

Wrocław (Breslau in German) is an ancient city that originated with the amber trade between the Roman Empire and the Baltic. In 1000 AD the Piast kings of Poland fortified the town, establishing its role as a defensive stronghold along the southwestern border area. It was heavily destroyed in WWII, but well reconstructed. It is home to, and displays much culture of, a large number of Poles expelled from what is now western Ukraine when Stalin moved the Polish borders westward. Wroclaw is a leading university city, contains several museums and important churches, and boasts one of the largest and finest central old towns in the country.

Qualifications ESL certification and prior experience teaching English overseas are added benefits, but not required. What we are looking for is great conversation ability, creative presentation skills, with personal interests and life experiences that will meet the language and cultural enhancement goals stated above.

Your Contact is Robert M. Pine, a veteran of youth and adult WIESCO programs. His email is and his phone is 630-279-5646 (Chicago area).

* For your information, on the following page is the announcement by the hosting school in Wrocław  recruiting English teachers to the program.

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