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ZIP-Forschungskolloquium - Prof. Dr. Brian Porter-Szűcs (University of Michigan): “Contextualizing Poland: The National, the Regional, and the Global in Polish Studies.”

“Contextualizing Poland: The National, the Regional, and the Global in Polish Studies.” Scholars routinely emphasize the need to contextualize, but what exactly does this mean? It is vital to ask which context is most relevant, and recognize that there will never be one self-evident or consistent answer. In considering Poland’s history, two contexts are typically prioritized: the deeply chronological (within a national or even nationalist framework) and the regional (within “East-Central Europe”). Much less common are efforts to position Poland against a global context, yet this latter can often bring us the most important insights. We must avoid deciding in advance which approach is best, because it depends on the questions being asked. But because of its relative neglect, the global perspective on Polish history deserves our particular attention.

Brian Porter-Szűcs is an Arthur Thurnau Professor of History at the University of Michigan, where he has worked since 1994. He is the author of Poland and the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom (Wiley Blackwell, 2014), Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland (Oxford University Press, 2010), and When Nationalism Began to Hate: Imagining Modern Politics in 19th Century Poland (Oxford University Press, 2000), which was translated into Polish as Gdy nacjonalizm zaczął nienawidzić: Wyobrażenia nowoczesnej polityki w dziewiętnastowiecznej Polsce (Pogranicze, 2011). Together with Bruce Berglund he co-edited Christianity and Modernity in East-Central Europe (Central European University Press, 2010). Porter-Szűcs was the recipient of the Amicus Polonae award in 2000, and his publications have been recognized with numerous prizes, including the Budka award from the Kościuszko Foundation (1999), the Oskar Halecki award from the Polish Institute for Arts and Sciences in America (2000), and the Kulczycki prize from the Association for Slavic and East European Studies (2012). His research has been supported by grants from the American Council for Learned Societies, the Fulbright Association, the United States Institute for Peace, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. Porter-Szűcs grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania, got his undergraduate degree at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and received his doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Vortrag in Englisch.

Das Forschungskolloquium findet am 24. November 2016 in der Zeit 16:15-17:45 Uhr im GD 102 (Gräfin-Dönhoff-Gebäude, Europaplatz 1) statt.