Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc: From Rubble to Rhetoric

A Report by POLS 300 Students (Polish / English)

W dniu 6-go Marca, 2018 roku UBC Polski Klub Dyskusyjny miał przyjemność gościć Panią Dr. Ewę Wampuszyc, profesor języka polskiego z University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pani profesor Ewa Wampuszyc przedstawiła wciągającą lekturę w eleganckiej sali instytutu Liu. Tematem spotkania było ,,Od Gruzu Do Retoryki, czyli: Jak Warszawa Powstala Po Wojnie”. Wykład fizycznie i teoretycznie nakreślił odbudowę Warszawy po jej całkowitym zniszczeniu pod koniec II wojny światowej. Pani Doktor Ewa Wampuszyc wyszczególniła role komunistycznej propagandy, która istniała w tamtych czasach na rzecz przebudowy miasta i skąd ona powstała. Równowaga wiedzy Dr. Ewy Wampuszyc i stymulujących wizualizacji Warszawy pozwoliły stworzyć przyjemny i akademicki wieczór. Na spotkaniu byli studencii i absolwenci uniwersytetu UBC, jak również ludzie niezrzeszeni z uczelnią. Publiczność była mile zaskoczona i imprezę zaliczono do udanych. Pan Norman, czlonek Polskiego Klubu Dyskusyjnego, powiedział, że: ,,był szczególnie pod wrażeniem eksperckiego portretu polskiej historii, kultury i języka dla zróżnicowanej i globalnej publiczności”. Studentka, ktora przeprowadziła się z Polski do Vancouver, jako dorosła juz osoba, zdradziła, że dorastając w Polsce, historia odbudowy Warszawy była w szkole ledwie wymieniana, a wiedza Dr. Ewy Wampuszyc dodała znaczącą głębię do zrozumienia miasta, w którym dorastała. To wydarzenie zostało zorganizowane przez Polski Klub Dyskusyjny przy wsparciu Polskich Nauk, Global Fund, Global Lounge, UBC Tandem i Polskiego Konsulatu.

On March 6th, 2018 the UBC Polish Discussion Club was honoured to host the distinguished Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc, professor of Polish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc led diverse audience through her engaging lecture In the serene surroundings of the Liu Institute Multipurpose room. The talk was titled “ From Rubble to Rhetoric: How Warsaw was reconstructed in Image and Word after the War”. The lecture physically and theoretically mapped out the rebuilding of Warsaw in the aftermath of its near complete destruction at the end of World War II. Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc outlined how the perceptions of the rebuilding of the city were framed in the states communist ideology of the time, and how these depictions of the cities rebuilding evolved. The balance of Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc’s expertise and the stimulating visuals of Warsaw combined to create a pleasurable and academically engaging evening. The audience included current and former UBC students, as well as numerous members of the community at large. The audience’s reception was overwhelming positive and everyone felt that the event was a success on numerous levels. Norman a member of the Polish discussion club said, “he was especially impressed by the speaker’s expert portrayal of Polish history, culture, and language to a diverse and global audience”. A student in attendance who moved from Poland to Vancouver as an adult shared that while growing up in Poland this history of Warsaw’s rebuilding was barely mentioned in school and the knowledge provided by Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc added meaningful depth to her understanding of the city she grew up in. This event was staged by the Polish Discussion Club with the support of Polish Studies, Global Fund, Global Lounge, UBC Tandem, and the Polish Consulate.

 

 

Mark your Calendars! March 6th, 5 pm

March 6th , 5 pm at the Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute, UBC

Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc: “From Rubble to Rhetoric: How Warsaw was ‘Reconstructed’ in Image and Word after the War.”

The story of postwar Warsaw is not only about the city’s physical reconstruction after being nearly destroyed by the Germans during World War II. It is also a story about underlying symbolic, political, and ideological concepts that became essential to the Polish capital’s “resurrection” after the war. Through the prism of photobooks and newsreels, Ewa Wampuszyc will discuss how the postwar communist authorities visually and narratively appropriated “Warsaw” in an attempt to legitimize their power and construct a socialist society.

Ewa Wampuszyc earned her PhD at the University of Michigan and is currently Assistant Professor of Polish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Mapping Warsaw: The Spatial Poetics of a Postwar City, will be released in fall 2018 by Northwestern University Press.

Od gruzów do retoryki: Jak Warszawa została „zrekonstruowana” w obrazie i słowie po wojnie.

Opowieść o powojennej Warszawie to nie tylko fizyczna odbudowa miasta, które Niemcy nieomal całkowicie zniszczyli w czasie wojny. To także opowieść o ukrytych symbolicznych, politycznych i ideologicznych koncepcjach, które stały się podstawą „odrodzenia” stolicy Polski po wojnie. Posługując się albumami i kronikami filmowymi Ewa Wampuszyc opowie jak powojenne komunistyczne władze wizualnie i narracyjnie zawłaszczyły „Warszawę”w celu uprawomocnienia swojej pozycji i konstruowania społeczeństwa socjalistycznego.

Prof. Ewa Wampuszyc uzyskała stopien doktora nauk humanistycznych na University of Michigan i obecnie zajmuje stanowisko Assistant Professor of Polish Studies na University of North Carolina at Hapel Hill. Jesienią 2018 ukaże się jej książka Mapping Warsaw: The Spatial Poetics of a Postwar City (Nothwesthern University Press).

Organized and sponsored by:
Polish Studies, Global Lounge, CENES, Polish Consulate, UBC Tandem

PDF version for distribution: 2018WampuszycPoster

Location: https://liu.arts.ubc.ca/

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Questions? Please e-mail Helena G. Kudzia | hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca

 

Feb 28th: “Ambassadors and Colonizers” & “East Meets West” by Piotr Florczyk

Polish Discussion Club, Polish Studies at the CENES, Global Lounge and UBC Tandem invite you to a lecture and workshop by Piotr Florczyk:

“Ambassadors and Colonizers:
On Translators in the Literary Marketplace”

February 28 th , 3 PM AT THE GLOBAL LOUNGE (2205 Lower Mall)

 

“East Meets West:
Polish and American Poets in Conversation”

February 28 th , 5 PM @ Buchanan B, Room 215

Event supervisor: Helena G. Kudzia: hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca
Student Coordinators: Janek Saunders and Cynthia Dobroszek

Please note: Both lectures will be in English. Everyone welcome.

The first lecture will be of interest to students and faculty interested in translation regardless of the language they work in

 

Piotr Florczyk is a doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California. His research focus is on translators in the literary marketplace and the creative dialogue between Polish and American poets. His book publications include a volume of poetry, East & West (2016), a collection of essays, Los Angeles Sketchbook (2015), a poetry chapbook, Barefoot (2015), and eight volumes of Polish poetry translations. His work has been supported by USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Polish Book Institute, the Anna Akhamatova Fellowship for Younger Translators, and the Delaware Arts Council. He has served as a judge for the 2015 PEN USA Translation Prize and as a manuscript reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships. He has also been a fellow at the Czesław Miłosz Institute at Claremont McKenna College, and taught poetry and literature undergraduate and graduate courses at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Antioch University Los Angeles, University of Delaware, Claremont McKenna College, and at University of California-Riverside. Piotr Florczyk lives in Los Angeles. www.piotrflorczyk.com

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.

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