Call for Papers: “Polish Studies in the 21st Century,” University of Michigan, Deadline: January 15

Polish Studies in the 21st Century
3rd International Conference on Polish Studies
September 16-18, 2010
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies at the University of Michigan welcomes proposals for papers and presentations at the 3rd International Conference in Polish Studies, to be held September 16-18, 2010, in Ann Arbor.

The field of Polish studies in North America has been utterly transformed over the past decade.  There are now more people than ever studying Polish language, literature, culture, history, society, and politics, and the overwhelming majority of them entered the profession after the fall of communism. With this new generation of scholars have come new forms of scholarship. The broad cluster of methodological and theoretical innovations collected under the rubric of Cultural Studies has brought to light a range of previously unexplored topics and introduced to our work a heightened degree of self-reflexivity. Work on gender and sexuality, for example, has not merely introduced new analytical categories and new themes, but shifted the way we understand the broad narratives of Polish history, culture, and society. Although Polonists have a long history of working across disciplinary boundaries, the vectors of interdisciplinarity have been shifting in recent years to bring together perspectives that were not always in dialogue. The moves towards comparative work and a new focus on transnational processes have not so much eclipsed Polish studies as forced us to critically examine the concept of the “Polish Nation” and to re-conceptualize it in more productive ways.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Novel approaches to Polish Studies, in both theory and practice, will be favored over papers that merely attempt to fill “gaps” in available scholarship. Advanced graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file by email to polishstudies@ctools.umich.edu. Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2010.

Upon acceptance, attendees at the conference will be asked to contribute a non-refundable registration fee of USD 100. Limited financial assistance is available as needed, though participants are first asked to exhaust resources for conference travel at their home institutions.

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