11 October 2014
“A Polish History Challenge. How to Learn, How to Teach?” - workshop in London
The Centre for Political Thought, the Jagiellonian University and the Polish Research Centre in London would like to invite British teachers to participate in the workshop “A Polish History Challenge. How to Learn, How to Teach?” which will be held in London on 25th and 26th October 2014.
The workshop will tackle the subject of the recent history of Poland. Over the course of two days the participants will take part in seminars and discussions with Polish historians, which will be focused on the phenomenon of the Solidarity movement, the Holocaust and the history of Poles in the U.K.
This workshop is a unique opportunity to find out more about history of Poland, and in this way, to discover the identity of people you meet every day in the U.K.
Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Full-time as well as part-time teachers at recognised British educational institutions are eligible to apply.
To apply please send us an e-mail with your name and name of your school to pon@ by 21st October 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by 23rd October 2014. uj.edu.pl
Place: Polish Social and Cultural Association, 238-246 King Street London W6 0RF,Polish Research Centre in London, 4 level
25th October – Saturday
11:30 – 13:00 – Friends of Poland and Polish Solidarity Campaign as an example of Polish-British Cooperation during martial law – Joanna Pyłat PhD
13:15 – 14:45 – Poles in the U.K. – where are they from? What do they feel? What did they achieve? How to teach about the Poles and where to find them? – Joanna Pyłat PhD
16:00 – 17:30 – Poland under communism: state and society – – Marcin Jarząbek PhD, Jagiellonian University
17:45 – 19:15 – Phenomenon of the “Solidarity” movement – roots and ideas – – Marcin Jarząbek PhD, Jagiellonian University
26th October – Sunday
11:00 – 12:30 – Phenomenon of the “Solidarity” movement – between 1980, 1989 and 2014 – Marcin Jarząbek, PhD, Jagiellonian University
12:45-13:30 – The role of Poland in contemporary Europe – Arkady Rzegocki, PhD, professor of the Jagiellonian University
14:30 – 16:00 – The Troubled Memory of War and the Holocaust in post-1945
Poland. Part I – Katarzyna Zechenter, PhD, University College London
16:15 – 17:45 – The Troubled Memory of War and the Holocaust in post-1945 Poland. Part II – Katarzyna Zechenter, PhD, University College London
18:00 – 18:45 –The Troubled Memory of War and the Holocaust in post-1945 Poland. Summary – Katarzyna Zechenter, PhD, University College London
Topics of the workshop
- Poland under communism: state and society
- Phenomenon of the “Solidarity” movement – roots and ideas
- Phenomenon of the “Solidarity” movement – between 1980, 1989 and 2014
In the history of social movements phenomenon of Solidarity, mass organization that managed to face up to communist regime in Poland in 1980s, can be shown as an example of the force and – at the same time – limits of the social mobilization. Mass movement of workers that emerged in 1980 as free trade union in a non-free society, was unique in the whole Soviet bloc. Thanks to Solidarity, Poland passed a peaceful transformation into a democratic state in 1989. During the workshop we are going to show social and political context of Solidarity, analyze its program and evaluate is impact, successes and failures. The workshop is dedicated not only to those who are interested in Polish history, but also to all who like to wonder on the role of people in the recent history.
- Poles in the United Kingdom. Where are they from, what are their achievements? How to teach this? Finding Sources?
There are many Polish children studying in British schools. There are also many students with Polish-sounding surnames, who cannot speak a word of the Polish language, this fact makes one wonder, where do these surnames come from?
The aim of this workshop is to explain in what circumstances the Polish arrived and settled in the U.K. during the Second World War and after its end. To outline their mentality, history, traditions and culture and refer to their interactions with the British. As well as to point out that they became part of British society, which remembers its heritage.
- Friends of Poland and Polish Solidarity Campaign as an example of British-Polish cooperation at the time of Martial Law – practical workshop.
During martial law in Poland, the Poles living in the U.K. and their British friends formed many organizations supporting Solidarity internees in Poland. These organizations included Polish Solidarity Campaign -which organized protests and actions in support of Poland in, for example, Hyde Park; Friends of Poland- organization which collected parcels and gifts. Its members included school age children and youth, parishes and individuals, including many Britons.
The aim of this workshop is to outline the scope of the extraordinary cooperation of ordinary people, Polish and British, for the benefit of others.
-The Traumatic Memory of War and the Holocaust in Polish Culture.
Since the end of 18th century, wars and uprisings were a regular, if tragic, occurrence in Polish history. The long 123-year struggle to regain independence ended only with the end of the First World War, in 1918. Twenty years later, the Second World War generated a national trauma inflicted by the German and Soviet occupation of Poland. Poland’s post-1945 forced alliance with the Soviet Union resulted in official falsification of Polish history and the lack of appreciation of the full scale and the meaning of the Holocaust. In this workshop, we will look at the role wars, the Holocaust and sufferings played in the creation of modern Polish identity, its history and culture with special emphasis on the post-1989 situation.
The project is co-financed by the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a part of the programme ‘Cooperation in the Field of Public Diplomacy 2014’.