Country report - Poland
(February – October 2002)
I. CANADIAN STUDIES
COURSES/NEWS FROM UNIVERSITIES
Toruñ: N. Copernicus University
- the Centre
has launched a project “The Image of Canada in Poland,” which is to result in a book of scholarly articles on the topic,
all written by Polish scholars and in Polish. The project is sponsored a Toruñ university grant and supported by PACS.
- In March 2003 the Centre is organizing a five day seminar for the French
and English Depts. students taught by the Acadian poet Serge Patrice Thibodeau
- The Centre has invited prof. Dennis
Danielson (University of British Columbia;
in October) and the poet and translator Adam Czerniawski
(translators’ workshop and a seminar on Polish poets in Canada).
Dept.: dr Mira Buchholtz
offers this academic year a new monographic lecture series on Canadian
children’s literature (history and genres); dr Anna Branach-Kallas
offers an overview course on Canadian literature and a proseminar
on postcolonial literature (25% Canadian content)
Dept.: This semester dr Piotr
Sadkowski gives lectures on Litterature canadienne d'expression francaise; next
semester he will give lectures on Ecritures
migrantes francophone en Europe et au Canada
Poznañ: Adam Mickiewicz
Ms Ewa Rybicka has
successfully defended a Ph.D. dissertation on the interaction of high and low
forms in novels by Canadian women writers.
Rzepa teaches two M.A. seminars on postmodernism and postcolonialism in Canadian literature to IVth and Vth year students of extramural studies at the English Dept
(19 students altogether), and a complementary seminar on “Postmodern Issues in
Canadian Short Story” to IV year extramural students (14 students)
Warsaw: the University of Warsaw
Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-francaise et en litterature
quebecoise headed by Prof. Józef
Kwaterko celebrated twenty years of activity.
Prof.. Kwaterko is teaching two M.A. seminars
with Quebecois content: „Littératures francophones:
questions d’interculturalité et de métissage” and „Littérature francophone des Amériques.”
Two of his students are completing their M.A. theses on Quebecois writers
Jacques Ferron and Dany Laferrière. A proseminar
on Littérature et société candiennes-françaises is planned for the summer semester.
English Dept.: Prof. Nancy Burke continues to teach several courses on
Canadian literature (Contemporary Canadian Fiction; North American Literature
seminar - 2 students writing MA theses on Canadian writers; Highlights of
Canadian Fiction and Non-Fiction). She offers also a new course on Post
Colonial literature with some Canadian content.
Katowice: University of Silesia
Canadian Resources Centre:
- organized in
April 2002 in Ustroñ a succesful
conference “Minority Discourses in a Cross-/Transcultural
Perspective: Eastern/Central Europe and Canada”
- Centre’s library was considerably enriched (purchase of 40 books
for courses to be taught by Dr Ruth Dyck Fehderau; grant offered by Civic Education Project;
700 books donated by McClelland& Stewart, Brick, Canadian Playwrights,
University of Alberta Press, Prairie Fire, and Turnstone Press; DFAIT –
agreed to send the books to Poland via diplomatic mail). Additionally the Center received a grant from DFAIT to purchase
Canadian films for the Canadian Cinema course taught by Dr Ruth Fehderau.
October 1, 2002 Dr Ruth Dyck Fehderau, University
of Alberta, has joined the English
Institute for 3 months to teach courses in Canadian Studies (Canadian
cinema, Prairie Writing, Survey course in Canadian Literature); the
visit is possible due to the ICCS Academic Internship grant.
An Agreement of Co-operation and a Student
Exchange Agreement between the University of Silesia and Wilfrid
Laurier University were signed on July 26, 2002, for a period of three years.
Dr Tomasz Sikora is
teaching a new course on “Canadian Culture through Literary Texts” to 24
students of the Psychology and Pedagogy Dept.
Bielsko Bia³a: Technical Academy
The library of the new Institute of
Cultures and Literatures of English-speaking Countries was enriched with a
number of Canadian books thanks to a Civic Education grant.
Dr. Ewa We³nic has introduced 40% of Canadian content into her one
year American literature lectures
Andrzejczak teaches M.A. seminars on English-Canadian
prose for the 4th (9) and 5th year students (9)
CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION and GUEST LECTURES
- Prof. Józef Kwaterko gave a
lecture on „Les romanciers haïtiens
du Québec” at Université Paris 13-Nord on 16 March 2002.
Nine Polish graduate students
presented papers at the 11th
European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies 2002, TU Berlin; some were supported by the Canadian
Embassy in Poland and PACS: (Male, Agnieszka (Krakow, Poland): “Contemporary Return Migration
from Canada to Poland”; Majer, Krzysztof
(Lodz, Poland): “Against Despair: Timothy Findley’s
Angelic Rebels”; Krywult, Malgorzata
(Krakow, Poland): “Canadian Policy Towards Women-Refugees”; Wrzos,
Marcin (Warsaw, Poland): “Electoral System in Canada.
Characteristic Features and New Challenges”; Laskowska,
Malgorzata (Lodz, Poland):
“The Untold in Susanna Moodie’s Story – as Seen by
Margaret Atwood”; Rozycka, Dominika
(Lodz, Poland): “Man
and Woman Relationships in the Works of Jane Urquhart”;Mouneimne, Tina (Warszawa, Poland): “Les manifestations
de la mémoire et de l’identité à travers le discours d’Abla Farhoud dans Le
Bonheur a la queue glissante” ; Studzinska, Joanna (Lodz,
Poland): “Women’s Spirituality in Jane Urquhart’s Away”;
Berger, Hanna (Katowice, Poland): “Re-creation of the Indigenous Self through
Tina Mouneimne: “Questions interculturelles
dans Aaron d'Yves Theriault. Third One-day Canadian Studies Conference,
Vilnius, October 2002.
dr Anna Branach-Kallas:
- ”Embracing the Other. Canadian literary and artistic projects
challenging ethnicization and racialization
of society.” Minority Discourses in a Cross- / Transcultural Perspective: Eastern / Central Europe
and Canada. Ustron,
Poland, 26-29 April, 2002.
- „Ethnicization and Racialization
in Canadian Visual Arts Discourses. „Crossroads in Cultural Studies” Tampere, Finland, 28 June – 3 July 2002.
- Visions of Canadianness in Canadian
arts. Study of selected works by Joyce Wieland,
Shani Mootoo and Kinga Araya. Nordic Association for Canadian Studies
Conference. Stockholm. August 7 -11, 2002.
and Truth in M.Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost"April
Conference Nine, Jagiellonian University, April
Environment? New Environment? - Place and Self in J. Urquhart's
Changing Heaven Nordic Association for
Canadian Studies Conference. Stockholm. August 7 -11, 2002.
Dilemma: Identity, Otherness, Ethnicity "Roots/Routes of Identity in
Ying Chen's Les Lettres chinoises" Minority Discourses in a Cross- / Transcultural Perspective: Eastern / Central Europe
and Canada. Ustron,
Poland, 26-29 April, 2002.
dr Ewa We³nic: . "Female Immigrant Community in Janice Kulyk-Keefer's and Eva Hoffman's
Novels" BACS Conference in Belfast, April 2002
lectures at the University of St. Petersburg "Immigrant Literature
-memory and conflict"; Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun - "The Ex-Centric at the Centre" - Women Writers in Canadian
City as seen in Selected Canadian Novels" World Literature
Conference, Moscow, Pedagogical University
- Urban Canadian Space in Selected Fiction and Non-Fiction" Nordic Canadianist Association Conference – Stockholm
"Old Environments New
Landscapes in Canadian Fiction" International Seminar "Place
and Location III "TheCity -Topias and Reflections" Tallinn, Estonia
dr Agnieszka Rzepa:
“Alistair MacLeod’s Magic
Configurations of Cape Breton”Inauguration conference
of Eotvos Lorand University
Canadian Studies Centre “Continentalism and
Nationhood”; Budapest, 18-19 February
on “The Vagaries of Postcolonialism in Canada” British and American Studies Seminar „Raising Literary and Cultural
Awareness”, Obrzycko (Poland), 18-20 June 2002
‘From Cooperative Federalism
to Interstate Federalism – A Diachronic Transformation of Canadian Federalism
(1945-2000)’ Meeting Global and Domestic Challenges: Canadian Federalism in
Perspective (Decentralization: Effectiveness and Legitimacy – Canadian
Federalism and International Policy-Making – Federation, Globalization
and Regional Identity), Berlin 21-23.06.2002
Faces of Cultural Pluralism -Canada and United States’. Canadian
Identity and Multiculturalism, Vilnius 4-6.10.2002
- two guest
lectures on the political system of Canada at the Jagiellonian
dr Mira Buchholtz: "Daily Trot and Sudden
Insights in Sinclair Ross's 'Cornet at Night' in the French Journal of Short
Story in English.
- Szatanik Zuzanna, "Her
Impossible Kisses" w: Queer Mixture-Odmiany
Odmieñca, Tomasz Basiuk, Dominika Ferens, Tomasz Sikora (eds). (Katowice: Œl¹sk, 2002)
- Prof. Anna Reczyñska: „Problemy kraju osiedlenia w polonijnej prasie
wydawanej w Kanadzie po II wojnie swiatowej.” Œl¹sk-Polska-Emigracja,
I.Paczynska (ed.) Krakow 2002.
entries for Wielka Encyklopedia
PWN on the history of Canada and Polish-Canadians
- Prof. Nancy Burke: "The Native Peoples' Voice - expressing
identity in Canadian Literature" Problems of National Identity
Within Multi-Cultural Communication, ed. M.K.Popova,
Voronezh, Russia: State University of Voronezh, 2002.
Mug Shot: Americans in Contemporary Canadian Prose. ” In American Portraits and Self-Portraits. Eds. Jerzy Durczak & Pawe³ Frelik.
Lublin: Maria Curie-Sk³odowska
University Press, 2002.
- „Miron et Gombrowicz: un entre-dialogue complice” in Gaston Miron ou la marche à l’amour (Cécile Cloutier, Michel Lord
et Ben-Z. Shek eds.), Montréal,
L’Hexagone, 2002, pp.183-195.
- „L’imaginaire diasporique des
du Québec”, Revue internationale
de littérature comparée,
76 année, no 2, avril-juin
Two of Prof. Kwaterko’s M.A. students will read papers at Ve Colloque des Jeunes Chercheurs Européeens en Littérature Québécoise, Innsbruck University, Oct. 24-27, 2002 (Izabela Decyk, Exotopie et réenracinement
dans les romans „haïtiens” de Dany Lafferière;
Bobiatyñska, Passeurs et passages dans les romans de Jacques Ferron). Prof.
Kwaterko has been invited to chair one of the
sessions of the conference.
- Le Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-francaise et en litterature
quebecoise headed by Prof. Józef
Kwaterko celebrated twenty years of activity. On
this occasion it was offered a grant by Ministère
des Relations Internationales du Québec to cover the cost
of the participation in Innsbruck conference of the two students.
- Prof. Kwaterko:
1. participates in an international project under the auspices of ICCS/CIEC
„Tranculturalismes” working on Le métissage
culturel dans les Amériques et son impact sur l’identité canadienne to be
presented at the Montreal conference in 2003
- is editing
the „L’humour et le rire
dans les littératures francophones des Amériques”
issue of the scholarly journal Itinéraires et
contacts de cultures, Université Paris
as an expert with the organizing committee of the international conference
„Francophonie en Amérique.
Quatre siècles d’échange Europe-Afrique-Amérique”,
Universytet Laval, Québec
and L’Année Francophone Internationale,
Québec, 26-30 maja
- Several Polish scholars were awarded Faculty Enrichment Grants for Canadian Studies 2002 (dr.
Mira Buchholtz, dr. Eugenia
Polish scholars were awarded DFAIT book grants (Ewa We³nic, Dagmara Drewniak, Ewa Rybicka,
- The following Canadian professors gave lectures at Polish
- Prof. Denis Cooley (Sosnowiec, Warsaw)
- Prof. Douglas Barbour (Toruñ, Poznañ, Sosnowiec, Konin)
- Prof. Anne Nothof (Sosnowiec)
- Prof. Fred Wah (Sosnowiec)
- Prof. Pauline Butling (Sosnowiec)
- Prof. Réal Ouellet (Warsaw)
- Two Ph.D. students are writing their theses under the supervision
of dr Anna Reczyñska
(one on women in Canada at the turn of the 19th and 20th
c., the other on Canadian-US relations)
- Prof. Nancy
- made a guest
appearance with poetry at Arts Event – Harvard University, Cambridge,
- sponsored an
exhibition/display at University of Warsaw on history of Canada put on by
students in Political Science Dept. UW.
dr Agnieszka Rzepa organized workshops on ethnicity and gender in the US
and Canadian as part of the“Ethnicity and
Gender in American Culture” training workshop for teachers of English (18 –24
August 2002, Przesieka, Poland)
Sylwia Klusek was awarded a
one month research grant to the JFK Institute Library in Berlin