Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PAHA's Calls for Nominations and Papers and PIASA's Call for Papers

Welcome message from PAHA President, Grazyna Kozaczka

As of February 27, 2016, Awards Committee is opening its doors for awards nominations to be granted at the PAHA conference in Denver in January 2017. This year Awards Committee is starting the search a little earlier so we all have time to select the best candidates.

We ask all to send nominations until April 15, 2016, so we can present slate of candidates at the PAHA Meeting in Rochester in May 2016. All nomination should be sent to:

PAHA's Awards are as follows:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Award 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.
  • 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 


PAHA's 74th Annual Meeting will be held on January 5-7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado as part of the 131st American Historical Association's Annual Conference. The theme for the 2017 AHA conference is "Historical Scale: Linking Levels of Experience." AHA encourages contributors "to trace links among scales—spatial, temporal, and topical." This theme 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.

We invite scholars who work on the Polish American experience as part of the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies. We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers.

Presentations may address the following areas:

  • Polish American experience – all aspects (history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) in the Americas
  • Migration and settlement patterns, ethnic experience and interethnic encounters, Polish Americans and Poland
  • Intersections of ethnicity, gender and race
  • Ethnic press, ethnic lobbying, labor issues
  • Polish Americans and Polish American communities in the American West

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to the Chair of the Program Committee: Grazyna J, Kozaczka, Ph.D., Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY 13035; phone: 315-655-7302; 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 not always possible for PAHA to provide AV equipment for all sessions due to the high cost of mandatory rental from AHA so let us know in your proposal if using AV equipment is necessary for your presentation. We also encourage distribution of paper handouts as an alternative.


The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite proposals for PIASA’s 74th Annual Conference to be held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, June 17-18, 2016. A highlight of the conference promises to be the featured banquet speaker, Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf of the Republic of Poland.
Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. 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. 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 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 (one short paragraph is OK) for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at The deadline for proposals is April 15 2016. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee. A conference rate for participants has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge and the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, directly across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.