Upcoming lectures with Dr Eunice Blavascunas (October 10 and October 11, 2019)

Mark your calendars!

Dr Eunice Blavascunas
Peasants and Cosmopolitics in Poland’s Białowieża Forest: Historical and Ethnographic considerations

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre (GLRC)
(Polish Discussion Club | Global Lounge | CENES)

Until Poland joined the EU in 2004 the country had a larger number of small family farms, a legacy of a much longer historical development that this lecture will explore. But what does this legacy of small farms mean for how “Europe’s last primeval forest” would develop in the post communist period? This lecture explores two competing versions of the peasantry and how they interact with cosmopolitan ecotourist development and nature conservation practices as farming has becoming obsolete in the hamlets of the ancient woodland.

Dr Eunice Blavascunas
The Forester as a Figure: Between Communism and Nationalism in Europe’s “Last Primeval Forest”

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
FSC 1221 | 2424 Main Mall, Forest Sciences Centre
(Faculty of Forestry)

The Białowieża Forest in north eastern Poland is frequently touted as” Europe’s last primeval forest.” The forest complex is split between a strictly preserved national park and a larger timber producing forest. In an ethnograhic and historical analysis this lecture explores the figure of the forester, a figure that is entangled in both nationalist and communist pasts. As a figure, the forester is more than a civil servant working neutrally for the common good or the state. In a part of the world which experienced violent twentieth century histories, forest aesthetics and historical truths appear to emerge when regional inhabitants conjure the forester.

Please note that the first lecture is organized by Polish Discussion Club and Polish language students (Global Lounge and the CENES department). The second lecture is a guest lecture at the Department of Forestry.

If you have any questions, please contact: Helena G. Kudzia at hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca

Polish Language Lab – Practice Polish language!

Join us at the Polish Language Lab!
eet UBC students and practice
Polish language.

Open to current UBC students who are or were enrolled in Polish language classes.

Tuesdays, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
ENES Lounge, Buchanan Tower 910

Dates and updates: twitter: helenagka | cenes.ubc.ca/events

Helena G. Kudzia | hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca | twitter: helenagka



Please note that some meetings will be replaced by lectures, film screenings or might be canceled.

Polish Film Club: Gods by Łukasz Palkowski – Feb 26, 5 pm

UBC Polish Film Club & Polish Student Club presents:


FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 5:00 PM


Storybooks Canada – Polish translation available!

Storybooks Canada – Polish translation and audio recordings are now available!


Storybooks Canada is a website for teachers, parents, and community members that aims to promote bilingualism and multilingualism in Canada. It makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available in the major immigrant and refugee languagesof Canada, in addition to the official languages of English and French. A story that is read in English or French at school can be read in the mother tongue by parents and children at home. In this way, Storybooks Canada helps children to maintain the mother tongue in both oral and print form, while learning one of Canada’s official languages. Similarly, the audio versions of the stories can help beginning readers and language learners make the important connection between speech and text.


Beginner’s Polish, Sept. 2018

Sept. 2018, Beginner’s Polish POLS 200
Tue and Thu, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, UBC

Are you a student? Not at UBC? Check Western Canadian Deans’ Agreement!
Are you an adult or a senior citizen? Join us through UBC Access Studies!

Questions? Contact: Helena at hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca

Poster POLS 200 001 2018W Kudzia

Polish Studies: Scholarships / Stypendia

Stypendia / Scholarships

John Paul II Scholarship in Polish – University of Ottawa
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018

Canadian Polish Millennium Fund

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

The W. Reymont Foundation

Deadline: November 2018

Adam Mickiewicz Foundation Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

Dr. Jerzy W. Jarmasz Memorial Scholarship

June, 30, 2018

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/

Updates: blogs.ubc.ca/polishatubc/

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

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)