Dr. Bożena Karwowska – Conference: The Very Beginning

Conference: Warsaw, 5-6.12.2016

The conference, “The Very Beginning: The Years 1944-1948 in Literature plakatfrom the Period of the Polish People’s Republic” provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars to utilize modern-day analytical tools to bring to the fore the question as to how social phenomena of 1944-48 were recorded in Polish literature of the Polish People’s Republic, 1949-1989. Questions to be addressed include the ways in which both official and unofficial narratives of the Polish People’s Republic were shaped by social processes as recorded in literature of the period, and how these literary representations are socially and/or politically informed in their linguistic/textual structures.

Andrzej Żuławski at The Cinematheque

Hysteria & Heartbreak: Andrzej Żuławski (1940 – 2016)
Thursday, December 1: On the Silver Globe
Introduced by Helena G. Kudzia

December 1 – 9
Opening night: Dec 1, 7:00 pm
On the Silver Globe

For screening times & more information click on the links below:

On the Silver Globe (1988)

The Third Part of the Night (1971)

The Devil (1972)

Possession (1981)

 

 

PDC: Film screening on Dec 1

Film screening: IDA (2013)ida_2013_film

Polish Discussion Club: Dec 1, 2016
Buch B 309 at 5:00 pm

Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.

A young woman is on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Her aunt tells her that her parents were Jewish. They embark on a road trip to learn the fate of their family.

 

Sam Początek (Warszawa, 5-6.12.2016)

Zapraszamy na konferencję:
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prof. dr hab. Hanna Gosk (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
prof. Bożena Karwowska (University of British Columbia)

SAM POCZĄTEK:
LATA 1944-1948 W LITERATURZE OKRESU POLSKI LUDOWEJ

WARSZAWA 5-6.12.2016 w sali im. J. Brudzińskiego (Pałac Kazimierzowski)

Utwory literackie diagnozują rzeczywistość, zawierają ślady jej rozmaitych przejawów, opowiadają o niej w sposób, który literaturoznawcom (oraz historiografom traktującym dzieło literackie jak pełnoprawne źródło historyczne) pozwala szukać w przekazie literackim obrazu mechanizmów nadających owej rzeczywistości niepowtarzalny charakter.

Trzecia RP wiele zrobiła, żeby odseparować się od własnego bezpośredniego sąsiedztwa, jakie stanowi powojenne (niemal) półwiecze istnienia Polski Ludowej. Doprowadziło to do różnych skutków, których przeanalizowanie, ważne dla zrozumienia współczesności, winno zostać poprzedzone przyjrzeniem się specyfice początków tamtej (nie/chcianej) rzeczywistości społeczno-politycznej.

Projekt dyskusji nad tym zagadnieniem zakłada, że literatura okresu PRL, nawiązująca tematycznie do pierwszych lat powojennych, ukazywała czytelnikom pewne ich aspekty, inne zaś pozostawały dla niej niedostrzegalne lub były pomijane ze względów cenzuralnych czy też dlatego, że nie mieściły się w dominującym nurcie interpretacji zjawisk i wydarzeń z lat 1944-1948. Wydaje się, iż z dzisiejszego dystansu można zobaczyć to, co wcześniej przysłaniała „ślepa plamka” rozumiana tak, jak pisał Roland Barthes o „miejscach oślepiających”, deformujących ogląd rzeczy, miejscach, które „źle widać”.

Współczesne odczytanie sensów zamkniętych w obrazach z utworów publikowanych na gorąco jeszcze w latach czterdziestych XX wieku, jak i później – z pewnej perspektywy rekonstruujących pamięć i wyobrażenia związane z interesującym nas okresem tuż powojennym – pozwala wyraźniej i pełniej zobaczyć to, co ówczesna literatura powiedziała na temat rzeczywistości 2.połowy lat 40. w Polsce. Chcemy zająć się nie tylko materią pominiętego w ujęciach literackich, ale przede wszystkim (zamierzoną lub nie) wymową opowiedzianego, dostępnego w przekazie literackim. Historycy, socjologowie, historycy sztuki z zainteresowaniem wracają do pierwszych lat powojennych, upatrując w nich czasu istotnych procesów o długim trwaniu. Wystarczy wspomnieć Wielką trwogę… Marcina Zaremby, Prześnioną rewolucję… Andrzeja Ledera, czy wystawę pt. „Zaraz po wojnie” zorganizowaną na przełomie lat 2015-2016 w warszawskiej Zachęcie i stawiającą pytanie: czy kluczowy dla najnowszej historii Polski okres 1944–1948 jest równie ważny w obszarze sztuki?

A co ( i jak) na ten temat powiedziała literatura okresu istnienia Polski Ludowej? Jakie zjawiska, procesy społeczne gorących lat tuż powojennych dostrzegła, które jedynie zasygnalizowała, nie poświęcając im większej uwagi, które zaś pozostały nienazwane, ale na przykład posłużyły do ukształtowania nieoficjalnych mitów założycielskich PRL? Równie interesujące wydaje się zresztą przejrzenie literackich śladów mitów oficjalnych.

Opowieść o pierwszych latach powojennych zmieniała się z biegiem czasu. Używając instrumentów współczesnego literaturoznawstwa kulturowego, antropologii, socjologii, nowej historiografii, podejmujemy próbę odpowiedzi na pytanie, jakie wyobrażenie o początkach Polski powojennej literatura publikowana w latach 1945-1989 (także ta emigracyjna, mająca ograniczony dostęp do rzeczywistości krajowej) pozostawiła po sobie III Rzeczpospolitej.

Konkurs języka polskiego „Ja a Polska”

Interesujesz się Polską kulturą? Uczysz się polskiego? A może dopiero planujesz zacząć swoją przygodę z językiem polskim? Spróbuj swoich sił w konkursie „Ja a Polska”! Napisz o swoich przeżyciach, wrażeniach, wspomnieniach, związkach albo po prostu skojarzeniach związanych z Polską.

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Vancouver Polish Film Festival October 21-23, 2016

Main website: http://www.vpff.ca/

OCT 23, 2016 – 2PM
The Mother of Kings | Matka Królów

Poland | Drama | 127 minutes | 1982
Director: Janusz Zaorski

An impoverished widowed mother expecting her fourth child deals with nearly 25 years of political oppression in this stark drama.

OCT 21, 2016 | 9:20 PM
Blindness | Zaćma

Poland | Drama | 114 minutes | 2016
Director: Ryszard Bugajski

Haunted by her ruthless past, a former high-ranking security officer in Poland’s communist government seeks an audience with the Primate of the Polish Catholic Church, in this compelling drama from Ryszard Bugajski (Interrogation).

Application deadline for Witnessing Auschwitz 2016

Witnessing Auschwitz is still accepting applications for 2016 program.

Deadline: October 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

For more information on application process please check:

http://bozenakarwowska.arts.ubc.ca/witnessing-auschwitz/

About the program

Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Nazi Germany intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Moreover, Auschwitz is a site of conflicted memories that raises the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery. In fact, one of the most pressing issues of the Holocaust studies is the question: how to educate about Nazi crimes when there are no more survivors to share their stories.

This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach and will give you the chance to take part in lectures, seminars and workshops in Poland, where you will have direct access to historical archives, museums, and leading experts in all relevant disciplines related to the Holocaust studies.You will conduct independent studies at sites of mass extermination, as well as research issues related to the Holocaust in the context of social responsibilities of researchers and professionals.

Witnessing Auschwitz

From the Auschwitz – Birkenau website:

Autentyzm – doświadczenie – pamięć. Seminarium badawcze studentów University of British Columbia (MCEAH – Memorial and State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau)

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For more articles please check Prof. Bozena Karwowska website available at http://bozenakarwowska.arts.ubc.ca/witnessing-auschwitz/press/

Please check the date! GoGlobal info session: study in Poland!

There was a mistake in the original e-mail, please update your calendars:

Information session about GoGlobal study abroad:

Wed, Sept 30th at 4 pm
Buchanan Penthouse

The info session is for students who may be interested in study abroad in Poland, Russia, or Latvia.
GoGlobal representatives will be at the event to talk about our partnerships. These now include partnerships with the University of Warsaw, Kazan Federal University (Russia), and the University of Latvia (in Riga).

Please forward to your classmates and colleagues! Hope to see you there!

Please join us for the student conference on Witnessing Auschwitz!

On behalf of the Witnessing Auschwitz program, we cordially invite you to the 2015 Student Conference.

This conference will include student panels centred on the research they conducted whilst in Poland. The Witnessing Auschwitz program was an incredible opportunity in which students from UBC were able to participate in a multi-disciplinary program that allowed them to explore the complicated memory of the Holocaust and the context in which it affects the present.

This year will also include many different speakers.Their topics will be an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust. With the generous sponsorship of the Polish Consulate of Vancouver, this year’s conference also has the pleasure of welcoming the exhibition The World Knew- Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity. It is a 22 panel exhibit which tells of Karski’s lessons for humanity through photographs, documents and testimony.

 

PROGRAM

 

Sept. 10th 4:30 pm

“Life and Extermination of the Warsaw Ghetto”
Ziegler Series lecture by Dr. Jacek Leociak
ST. JOHNS COLLEGE: LECTURE HALL #1080

Sept. 11th 9:00 am

“On the Phenomenon of the Underground Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto”
Ziegler Series lecture by Dr. Jacek Leociak
ST. JOHNS COLLEGE: LECTURE HALL #1080

Sept. 11th 11:50 am

“Jan Karski, Polish Diplomacy and the Holocaust”
Dr. Kryzstof Olendzki
GLOBAL LOUNGE

Sept. 11th 4:15 pm

“ ‘Termite Craze’: The (De)Nazification of Social Insects. The Case of Karl Escherich”
Dr. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young
GLOBAL LOUNGE

 

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Our courses for 2015/2016

POLS 300
Intermediate Polish – 6 credits
Term 1-2 (Sep 08, 2015 to Apr 08, 2016)
Helena G. Kudzia

1 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D304
2 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D312

If you have previous knowledge of Polish and did not take POLS 200 at UBC please contact Helena at hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca – you still might be able to take the class in September!

More information at
http://cenes.ubc.ca/undergraduate/slavic-studies/polish-language-program/

 

POLS 424
Polish Literature and Film in Translation
Term 1 (Sep 08, 2015 to Dec 04, 2015)
Dr. Bozena Karwowska

Selected films and translated literature by Polish writers and filmmakers, with emphasis on the interaction between politics and literature.

1 Tue 17:00 20:00 Buchanan B313

 

CENS 303 101
CENS 303A 99C
(Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust – 3 credits
Term 1 (Sep 08, 2015 to Dec 04, 2015)
Dr. Bozena Karwowska

The Nazi Holocaust in film and literature from Central, Eastern, and Northern European Countries.

CENS 303 101:

1 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan B213

 

POLISH DISCUSSION CLUB – OUR NEXT MEETING

We are meeting again on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm – BUCH D room D307.

We will be screening Pharaoh by Jerzy Kawalerowicz – listed on: Martin Scorsese Presents – Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. The film will be in Polish with English subtitles.

Feel free to forward information to other students.
Hope to see you there!

PDCposter

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UPDATED: POLISH DISCUSSION CLUB – OUR NEXT MEETING

Update:

We will be screening ‘Ida’ by Pawel Pawlikowski (info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_%28film%29)

 

The first meeting was a success and we already received questions about the next one. We are meeting again on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm – BUCH D room D307.

Feel free to forward information to other students.
Hope to see you there!

PDCposter

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UPDATED: First Meeting of the Polish Discussion Club

Updated information for our first meeting:

Room: IBLC 461
Date: Thursday, 15/01/2015
Time: 15:45-17:45

NOTE: The first film will be entirely in Polish without subtitles.
Subsequent meetings will be rotated between Polish-only and Polish-English films and discussions.
Dates, times and room for each meeting will be announced in advance. Please check PLP blog for details.

Hope to see you there!

PDCposter

Polish Films at VIFF – Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, 2014

Reposted from the Vancouver International Film Festival website:  http://www.viff.org

CLICK links for in depth information.
Hope to see you there!

Parasite (Huba)
http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f11016-parasite
Oct 03 09:30 pm Vancity Theatre
Oct 07 02:30 pmThe Cinematheque

 

Field of Dogs (Psie Pole)
http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f11142-field-of-dogs
Sep 27 08:45 pm Vancity Theatre
Sep 30 02:00 pmVancity Theatre

 

http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f11249-papusza
Sep 25 08:30 pm The Cinematheque
Sep 28 11:00 am International Village #8
Oct 02 10:45 am International Village #8

 

www.viff.org/festival/films/f12277-walking-under-water
Sep 27 04:45 pm Vancity Theatre
Sep 29 07:45 pm Vancity Theatre
Sep 30 10:00 am Vancity Theatre

 

Polskie Radio

Polskie Radio – http://www.polskieradio.pl/

Poland’s national publicly funded radio broadcasting.

Available channels:

Program 1 (Jedynka – One) – information, music
Program 2 (Dwójka – Two) – cultural, classical music
Program 3 (Trójka – Three) – alternative, jazz, rock
Program 4 (Czwórka – Four) – educational, youth

Quo Vadis Conference: August 22 – 24, 2014, Vancouver & Whistler

2014 International Polonia Youth Leadership Conference

August 22 – 24, 2014 – Vancouver & Whistler, BC, Canada

For more information visit: http://www.quovadisvancouver.com

 

The Quo Vadis Conference Series is an annual, weekend-long gathering of young adults, students, and professionals of Polish heritage, aimed to foster leadership skills, reflect on one’s roots, and to sustain a world-wide network of like-minded individuals. The age range of delegates is 18-40 years of age. The conferences allow delegates to participate in leadership challenges, professional networking sessions, skill-building workshops, engrossing events, and engaging lectures and panel discussions with prominent and inspirational guest speakers of local, national, and international Polonia communities, all while meeting and mingling with like-minded Polish youth from around the world.

 

The Quo Vadis movement first began in Ottawa, Ontario back in 2009, by a group of young and ambitious university students of Polish descent. The conference was proven a success and was deemed a crucial event for today’s young Polonia to engage in, in order to foster a sense of heritage, unity, and leadership within our Polish communities.

After the initial conference in Ottawa, Canadian editions of Quo Vadis were then held in Windsor, Ontario (2010), Toronto, Ontario (2011), Calgary and Canmore, Alberta (2012), Montréal, Québec (2013), and now, Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 2012, the movement branched out to the United States, with the first ever US-edition of Quo Vadis held in Chicago, Illinois, followed by New Britain, Connecticut (2013). The first Australian edition was held in Sydney (2013), followed by Melbourne this year.

Welcome to the Polish Language Program at UBC Vancouver!

Polish Language Program

Welcome to the Polish Language Program at UBC Vancouver!

Witamy Serdecznie!

Why study Polish at UBC?

  • The Polish language courses (POLS) focus on formal acquisition of the Polish language through interactive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Access to printed as well as on-line resources provide a variety of ways for students to learn.
  • We use advanced learning materials and methods, allowing students to find their path to second language acquisition through self-expression in a class environment.

Why study Polish?

Language is the only homeland.  – Czeslaw Milosz

By learning a foreign language we expand our world. We learn new words and idioms, but also to see the world in a different way.

  • Polish is spoken by almost 40 million people in Poland and around the world. Many more claim their cultural heritage and roots in Poland.
  • Poland is a member of the European Union (EU). Polish provides access to the European professional and business community.
  • Knowledge of Polish opens educational and professional opportunities for you. Participate in exchange programs through UBC Go Global to study at Warsaw University, and join the Polish club at UBC.

Courses are offered in Terms 1 and 2 in alternate years:

  • POLS 200 – Beginner’s Polish (6 credits)
  • POLS 300 – Intermediate Polish (6 credits)

The courses are designed to welcome students from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of interests.

For more information please contact Dr. Bozena Karwowska.

Polish Language Lab

Join the Polish Language Lab for lectures, film screenings and discussions.
Contact: Helena G. Kudzia | hkudzia@ubc.ca | Twitter: @helenagka
blogs.ubc.ca/polishatubc