Since April 1998 Polish Canadianists are represented by the Polish Association for Canadian Studies (PACS), which now has 74 members (most of whom are scholars). PACS is actively involved in increasing the knowledge of Canada in Poland by means of courses, seminars, lectures and scholarly cooperation among Canadian Studies scholars in Poland and around the world.
The following is a selection of the activities of Polish Canadianists in the past academic year.
THE TORUŃ CONFERENCE
The big event of the last year activities was the 1st International Canadian Studies Conference, which was also the 2nd Congress of Polish Canadianists, in Toruń. The conference “Exploring Canadian Identities” gathered numerous participants from Poland and abroad; over 80 papers were read (c. 50 by Polish participants). The conference was a great success. Conference proceedings (a refereed volume of selected conference presentations) will be published shortly.
CANADIAN STUDIES COURSES: new developments
Courses on Canadian studies (including courses on Canadian and Quebecois history, social issues and literature) are offered at the universities of Kraków, Warsaw, Poznań, Toruń, Łódź and Katowice; the four Canadian Resources Centers develop under the auspices of the universities of Warsaw, Toruń, Kraków and Łódź. New developments include the following:
Kraków: the Jagiellonian University
In the fall of 2001, in the newly created Institute of Regional Studies, the Chair for Canadian Studies was created. Its head is Prof. Anna Reczyńska. The new unit is planning a number of Canadian content courses and has just started an interdisciplinary lecture series “An Introduction to Canadian Studies” in cooperation with the Canadian Resources Center at the Silesian University in Katowice. In the second semester of 2001/2002 a course on the history of Canada will be offered to students of the American Studies and International Relations Depts. Starting with the next academic year (2002/2003) M.A. seminars on Canadian problems as well as lectures on Quebec problems, Canadian society, and ethnic issues will be offered.
Prof. Anna Reczyńka supervises one doctoral student working on Canadian social problems.
Poznań: Adam Mickiewicz University
Every academic year the School offers one semester proseminars on Canadian literature or Canadian literature and culture to day students, and seminars on Canadian literature or Canadian literature and culture to weekend students (all taught by dr Agnieszka Rzepa). In 2000/2001 dr Agnieszka Rzepa was awarded a class set grant by the ACE of DFAIT for her proseminar on “Contemporary Canadian Prose: Intersections of Postmodernism, Feminism and Postcolonialism”, which she is currently teaching. Prof. Liliana Sikorska introduces Canadian content into her M.A. seminars for day students. She also is currently supervising two Ph.D. theses on Canadian literature. This academic year some 50 students are participating in classes with Canadian content. Last year eight students defended M.A. theses on Canadian literature by women. Currently, fourteen students are working on their M.A. theses on postmodern Canadian novel.
Warsaw: the University of Warsaw
at the Centre of French Canadian Literature at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literature prof. Józef Kwaterko offers a new M.A. seminar on the francophone literatures of the Americas
Prof. J. Kwaterko supervises one doctoral dissertation on francophone literature.
Toruń: M. Copernicus University
New courses on Canadian literature have been introduced for extramural (weekend) students; the courses are taught by dr Ewa Wełnic
A new course on francophone cultures, with stress on Canada, will be taught by dr Piotr Sadkowski at the French Dept.
GUEST LECTURERS FROM ABROAD:
o Smaro Kamboureli (University of Victoria)
o Noel Currie (University of British Columbia, Canada)
o Christl Verduyn (Wilfrid Laurier University, Chair of Association for Canadian Studies, Canada)
o Danielle Schaub (Haifa University, Israel)
o Bill Marshall (University of Glasgow, UK)
o Helen McDonald Bajorek (Trent University, Canada)
o Robert Dion (Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada)
o Zila Bernd (Université Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil)
o Régine Robin (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
o Robert Major (Université d’Ottawa, Canada)
o Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (Univeristät Saarbrücken, Germany)
Planned for 2001/2002:
o Douglas Barbour (University of Alberta, Canada)
o Paul D. Morris (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)
o Dorren Currie (Canada)
o Anne Nothof (Athabasca University, Canada)
o Fred Wah (University of Calgary, Canada)
o Pauline Butling (Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada)
o Peter Less (United Kingdom)
While each of the departments engaged in teaching Canadian content courses has a Canadian collection as part of the dept. library, some of these have been recently enriched.
o Library Support Program administered by ICCS offered a book grant in 2001.
o Civic Education Project offers a book grant every year as part of the Eastern Scholars Program.
o The Canadian Studies program was awarded a class set grant by the ACE of DFAIT in 2000 competition for class sets
altogether last academic year about 700 books were purchased; also new subscriptions to: “Canadian Ethnic Studies”, “Tessera”, “Books in Canada “
Poznań: Dr Agnieszka Rzepa was awarded a class set grant by the ACE of DFAIT in 2001 for her proseminar on “Contemporary Canadian Prose: Intersections of Postmodernism, Feminism and Postcolonialism” (42 books)
Kraków: Prof. Anna Reczyńska was awarded a class set grant by the ACE of DFAIT in 2001
Łódź: Prof. Krzysztof Andrzejczak was awarded a class set grant by the ACE of DFAIT in 2001
Warsaw: Prof. Nancy Burke was awarded a class set grant by the ACE of DFAIT in 2001
As PACS members are active scholars it is possible to list but a selection of the international conferences in which Polish Canadianists participated or delivered papers. Five Polish scholars are going to deliver papers at the present conference at Bucharest.
o Eugenia Sojka. “Cannibalism and Cannibalisation a la Canadienne. Spoiling Cannibals Fun?” Cannibalism and Cannibalisation in Culture and Elsewhere. University of Silesia. Ustron, 2001.
o Anna Branach-Kallas. „Vision and Division in Nancy Huston's Slow Emergencies and Instruments of Darkness. "Vision/Division" International Colloquium on the Work of Nancy Huston, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 2001.
COOPERATION WITH THE CANADIAN EMBASSY IN POLAND
The cooperation between PACS and the Canadian Embassy in Poland has been fruitful. Recently (12th Oct. 2001), the PACS executive had a meeting with the new counsellor academic and political, Ms Deborah Paul, who assured them of the Embassy support for the PACS activities.
PACS members take part in different pursuits by the Embassy (e.g. promotion of Polish translations of Canadian novels, like A. MacDonalds’ Fall On Your Knees [Agnieszka Rzepa] or Carol Shields’ Larry’s Party [Dorota Filipczak])
o As part of the promotion of Canadian Studies in Poland PACS has offered to help promote in its bulletin a new book on the history of Canada (Historia Kanady) by Jan Grabowski.
o Prof. Anna Reczyńska (Kraków) received an ICCS research grant in fall 2000. Prof. Marek Gołębiowski (Warsaw) and dr Eugenia Sojka (Katowice) were recipients of faculty enrichment grants in 2000
o mgr Teresa Sławińska (Kraków), dr hab. Teresa Slany (Kraków) received ICCS research grants in summer 2001. Prof. Krzysztof Andrzejczak (Łódź) and prof. Józef Kwaterko (Warsaw) were recipients of faculty enrichment grants in 2001
o the Canadian Resources Center (under the auspices of the English Dept. at Warsaw University) had its first exchange student from Canada in the 2000/2001 academic year
o Prof. Józef Kwaterko was invited to teach an M.A. seminar at Departement de lettres of Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada in September 2001; while in Canada he also delivered a lecture for the teachers of CEGEP in Matane on “Le roman quebecois: vers de nouveaux enjeux interculturels”
o several Polish scholars have been asked to review articles for the Central European Journal of Canadian Studies as part of their cooperation with the CECSN
o the universities of Katowice, Kraków and Toruń hosted the travelling Book Exhibition of new Canadian releases in spring 2001
ACTIVITIES PLANNED for 2001/2003
o publication of the second PACS bulletin
o creation of the PACS website
o publication of the Toruń conference proceedings
o publication of an essay collection edited by Eugenia Sojka and Noel Currie and titled Polish Inscriptions on the Canadian Literary Landscape
o publication of a Canadian Studies Reader, edited by Eugenia Sojka, under the tentative title De)scribing Canadas. Critical Perspectives on English Canadian Literature and Culture. A Reader.
o Eugenia Sojka, Katowice: organization of an international, interdisciplinary Civic Education Project conference: MINORITY DISCOURSES IN A CROSS-/TRANSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: CANADA AND EASTERN/CENTRAL EUROPE (Ustroń, Poland, 26-28 April 2002)
o English Dept., Kraków: organization of a Canadian section during their annual conference
o Józef Kwaterko: delivering a series of lectures on Quebecois novel at the universities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brasil in November 2001
o Many members plan to deliver papers at internationnal conferences on Canadian studies, e.g. Józef Kwaterko: VI Congress of ABECAN (Brazilian Association for Canadian Studies) at the Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre in November 2001;Agnieszka Rzepa: the Inauguration Conference of ELTE Canadian Studies Centre in Budapest in February 2002
o Kraków, prof. Anna Reczyńska: participation in meetings promoting Grabowski’s book Historia Kanady (The History of Canada)
o meetings promoting Prof. Nancy Burke’s new volume of poetry Mirrors of Memory
Compiled by dr Agnieszka Rzepa (PACS secretary & representative in the Steering Committee)