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Polski Instytut Naukowy w Ameryce

78th Annual Meeting, Chicago - June 12-14, 2020 - Early Registration open

The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America is pleased to announce and congratulate its 2019 Award Recipients in seven categories:

Susanne Lotarski Distinguished Achievement Award: Dr. Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University.

The Oskar Halecki Polish History Award: Dr. Anna Műller, University of Michigan-Dearborn, for her book If the Walls Could Speak: Inside a Women’s Prison in Communist Poland (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

The Casimir Funk Natural Sciences Award: Dr. Jack William Szostak, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, for his outstanding contributions to the field of genetics.

The Bronislaw Malinowski Social Sciences Award: Dr. Jeffrey S. Kopstein, University of California, Irvine and Dr. Jason Wittenberg, University of California, Berkeley, for their book, Intimate Violence. Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2018).

The Waclaw Lednicki Humanities Award: Dr. Marek Haltof, Northern Michigan University, for his book Screening Auschwitz: Wanda Jakubowska’s “The Last Stage” and the Politics of Commemoration (Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 2018). -

The Tadeusz Sendzimir Applied Sciences Award: Halina Zyczynski, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, for her contributions to clinical research in urogynecology.

The Ludwik Krzyzanowski Polish Review Award: Christopher Garbowski, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, "The City as a Lieu de Memoire: Phenomenological, Symbolic, and Self-Reflective Levels of the Past in Lublin's Present," v. 63/3, pp. 35-48.

PIASA and PSA issue a Call for Papers for a joint Polish Studies conference Chicago, June 12-14, 2020

The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America and the Polish Studies Association are pleased to invite proposals for a joint conference to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, June 12-14, 2020.
Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. The general theme of the conference is “Migrations,” for which Chicago, the destination of generations of Polish and other migrants from East-Central Europe, is a most appropriate setting. Therefore, we particularly welcome panel and paper proposals which discuss the determinants, processes, and outcomes of human migration in all of its manifestations and from various disciplinary perspectives, including the migration of ideas and material culture. However, papers do not necessarily have to address the conference theme. Since we value comparative sessions that place the Polish and East Central European experience in context, papers need not focus specifically on Poland or the Polish diaspora but could revolve around a central theme of a panel. Similarly, sessions including presenters from more than one country are encouraged.
Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three papers or about 20 minutes per paper, with suitable time left for discussion. The conference language is English. All conference rooms will be equipped with AV for PowerPoint presentations. Presenters are invited to submit their conference papers to be considered for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.
To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, tentative paper title and brief one-paragraph abstract for each presenter to program chair Patrice Dabrowski at pmdabrow[at]fas.harvard.edu. The revised deadline for proposals is February 15, though earlier submissions are welcome since capacity is limited. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee of $80, discounted to $40 for graduate students.
The conference banquet will be held on June 13 at the Tuscany restaurant on 1014 West Taylor, Chicago IL 60607. The speaker will be Professor Dariusz Stola of the Polish Academy of Sciences, author of the award-winning book Kraj bez wyjścia? (A Country with No Way Out?) about migrations from Poland during the communist era. A pre-conference tour featuring Polish historical and cultural sites in Chicago will be offered on June 11 and guided by Professor Dominic Pacyga, acclaimed author of American Warsaw: Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Polish Chicago (2019). Professor Pacyga will also serve as the conference keynote speaker.
We have secured blocs for a limited number of rooms from two hotels within moderate walking distance (20-25 minutes) to the UIC campus: 1) The Hotel Chicago West Loop (Promo Code: PIASACHICAGO) and 2) The Crowne Plaza West Loop (Booking Link: PIASA Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences; Group Code: NMD). We encourage participants to book their reservations early and in any case before May 13, 2020.

Pictures from 7th World Congress on Polish Studies, University of Gdansk, Poland, June 14-16, 2019

As part of PIASA archival digitization process the most recent digitized collections include Jan Lechon Papers (Collection number 5) completed with the generous support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Jozef Pilsudski Foundation.


Polish Institute of Arts and Siences of America Location Line Art PhotoThe Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) is a national not-for-profit 501 c (3) tax exempt, academic, cultural organization founded in 1942. It maintains a center of learning and culture devoted to the advancement of knowledge about Poland and Polish America in the United States. Since 1986 its national headquarters is a five story townhouse on 208 East 30th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016 in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. The townhouse not only contains administrative and editorial offices, but also houses a specialized reference library and rich archives frequently visited by researchers from various parts of this country as well as from Poland. It also has an art gallery and small lecture hall where exhibits and lectures are organized . The Institute has approximately 1200 members, most of whom are regular members from academia, the arts, and professions. There is also a sustaining membership open to all who are interested in supporting the goals and mission of the Polish Institute. Student membership is available to graduate students.

what piasa does

PIASA fulfills its mission by engaging in the following activities:

  • Since 1956 regularly publishes The Polish Review, the only scholarly English language, multi-disciplinary quarterly journal exclusively devoted to Polish affairs
  • Publishes books under the PIASA BOOKS imprint
  • Operates The Alfred Jurzykowski Library and Archives, a specialized reference library on Polish studies, which contains over 35,000 volumes. With the cooperation of Visiting Research Archivists from Poland collects and processes archival materials related to Polish and Polish American studies.
  • Since 1978 organizes annually major multi-disciplinary conferences on Polish studies in connection with PIASA’s Annual Meetings
  • Cooperates with American academic organizations e.g. as an institutional member of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (formerly AAASS) participates in its National Conventions since 1972
  • Since 1990 cooperates closely with major Polish Institutions which include Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci (PAU), Polands National Archives (Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych), Biblioteka Narodowa, Foundation for Polish Science, Semper Polonia Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
  • Established the following $1000. awards to recognize and honor outstanding scholars and scientists living and working in the United States and Canada: Oskar Halecki Polish and East Central European History Award, Bronislaw Malinowski Social Science Award, Waclaw Lednicki Humanities Award, Casimir Funk Natural Science Award

notable quotes

“The Institute has gained full rights of citizenship in the field of learning and culture in the United States as well as in the world. It has won respect and many friends and has become one of the important points where the Polish spirit and Polish thought have come into contact with the spiritual heritage of the nations of the world”
Pope John Paul II, 1982

“Today, the Institute is a vital link between the Polish American community as well as America and the newly independent Poland. As such, it enriches the intellectual life of both America and Poland through cross-fertilization, exchanges of scholars, and systematic research and other forms of academic creativity.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1995

“The promotion of knowledge about Poland’s historic achievements is one of the most important Polish foreign policy aims. I am pleased to acknowledge that we can always count on the Polish Institute’s valuable experience and professionalism for our activities in the United States”.
Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, former Foreign Minister of Poland, 2000