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

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