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Afternoon with Polish Language and Culture Affairs (UCL SSEES)

Let’s share the experience of the Polish Summer School in Wrocław and studying Polish language and culture at School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL 

On Wednesday afternoon, 21st October (2-4pm) at  Masaryk Senior Common Room, 16 Taviton Street, UCL SSEES students and teachers of Polish Languages discussed the advantages of taking Polish classes at UCL as well as the advantages of  attending the Language Summer school and the chances of going to Polish Summer School in Wrocław.


Polish Studies at SSEES

Polish Summer School

Wrocław – the meeting place

“Talking heads” by Krzysztof Kieślowski, screening of selected fragments. 



Presentation about Szkoła Letnia z Polską (the 3rd edition) in Wrocław, Dolny Śląsk, during August 17-28, 2015
 organized by www.silesius.org.pl

The project was co-financed by Polish Foreign Affairs, project called „Współpraca w dziedzinie dyplomacji publicznej” 2015.

photos by Małgorzata Januszewicz 2015

photos by Małgorzata Januszewicz 2015

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Gendering Migration and Reading Literature

February 2nd at 5pm

Gendering Migration: Women’s Writing, Displacement and Melancholy: Lecture on Selected Aspects of Polish Contemporary Literature


Urszula Chowaniec

(Language and Culture, UCL SSEES)

Discussant: Ursula Phillips (Honorary Research Associate of UCL SSEES)


AtSt. Antony’s College at University of Oxford lecture within the series of talks within the theme of

 Who are the Poles and where’s Poland? Ethnic, civic, and cultural identities and frontiers in modern Poland

See the details HERE



European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HR



“What will be born, what can be born in Poland, in the souls of a ruined and brutalized people when one day (in the future) the new order that has stifled the old one disappears and nothing follows” – asked Witold Gombrowicz about Poland after communism in his Diary of 1953. This “nothing,” sounding both pessimistic and intriguing, is a time of transition, revolution and transformation. From nothing many things can be created. Indeed, the year of 1989 can be seen as giving Polish prose an unique opportunity to create new characters, new stories that would not conform to any political or ideological standards and expectations. Also, the year of 2004, the beginning of a new Europe with apparently no borders, brought a new notion of freedom, especially for the new migrating writers. Yet, there are fears, disappointments and failures that accompanied this time of hope. How did the post-1989 political and social changes influenced Polish literature? Does gender matter in evaluating these impacts and diagnosing the literary phenomena? If so – how? How did women writing respond to the time of change? And finally, is there anything more to melancholy than the mourning after unspecified loss?


The lecture will focus on the contemporary, post-1989 Polish literature and it will discuss the new understanding of emigration and migration in literary studies, the traces/inscriptions on migration in the texts written by women as well as the gendered aspects of migration and the “power” of melancholy.


See also: about forthcoming book by dr Urszula Chowaniec


Katka Reszke

Agnieszka Szara

photo-5the Director of creative company PLAY FULL Ltd. celebrating and promoting FILM // MUSIC // ART.

has graduated from Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and earned her MA in Russian Culture and Language specialisation.

She has been collaborating with various Film Festivals in Poland, such as Etiuda Anima, Krakow Film Festival and Tarnowska Nagroda Filmowa, as well as Witkacy Festival at Westimnster University in London, where she was coordinating film section.

She has worked on many film productions on short films and permanently collaborates with Thorny Devil Productions as a script supervisor.

She works as an Events Manager at Clapham Picturehouse and an Independent Cultural Manager.

She has joined Play Poland Film Festival in 2013 as a Screening Coordinator and a Venue Manager and earned an Assistant Producer position.



Dana Domsodi

Dana Dȍmșȍdi


She is a Romanian researcher born in Timișoara in 1984. She graduated philosophy at the West University of Timișoara in 2007, and after that she finished both a M.A. and a Phd. in Philosophy at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Currently she is a phd. student at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa in Political Theory, with a research project about the dialectics of social-conflict in post-communist Europe. She is currently a visiting researcher at Birkbeck, University of London. She has seen (pre)revolution history through the eyes of a child, transition through the lens of a youngster, only to take up as an adult, the task of making sense of it all. Her research areas are: Eastern European studies, migration, labour theory of value, (working) class studies, contemporary political philosophy, critical Marxism.

Agata Pyzik


Agata Pyzik is a Polish journalist and writer living in London. She writes about art, architecture, music and literature for many British and Polish magazines. Her focus is art and politics from the “former East”, including the Cold War and modernism. She writes for, among others, The Guardian, Icon, Frieze, Afterall, the Wire and Sight & Sound. She is an author of the book on the cultural “dreamlands” in the Eastern and Western Europe during the communist era for Zer0 Books (Poor but Sexy, 2014)


Agata Pyzik

Katarzyna Depta-Garapich

Katarzyna Depta-Garapich (from Krakow, Poland) studied History of Art at Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland (1999), BA Fine Art Sculpture (First Class Hons) at University of the Arts London and MA in Fine Art Sculpture at the Slade School of Art, London (2012). Her practice merges drawing, sculpture and animation and curatorial projects are directed towards participatory events. Selected shows include: Taking Line for a Walk, Sculpture Project Space Wimbledon College of Art (2010), YPA, Metal Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2010), Deep Cuts Last Measures, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich (2011), Print and Design Now!, SW1 Gallery, London (2011), Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Jerwood Gallery London and other venues nationally (2011/2012), Polish Contemporary Artists – Film Screenings, Richmix Cinema, London (2012), Subject to Change, Kursaal Space, Southend-on-Sea (2012), Threadneedle Prize 2012, Mall Galleries, London (2012). Shortlisted for South Place Hotel art Prize for new graduates 2012. 2013-2014 Artist in Residence at Henrietta Barnett School, London. Currently working on collaborative project with Grizedale Arts. Lives and works in London.


Short portfolio Kasia Depta-Garapich wersja angielska (English version)