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The Summer School will be supported by the German-Polish Research Foundation (Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftsstiftung, or DPWS) and the Wende Museum.

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Curriculum

The Summer School is designed for academically driven students (we will make exceptions for serious non-student scholars of Polish or German studies).
Mornings will be dedicated to language instruction. Students will receive 120 contact hours of Polish (equivalent of one year of study). Here you will cover grammar and conversation on an intermediate/advanced level. The small class size (10 students per course) ensures optimal contact with the instructor and native speakers.
In addition to language instruction, the Center has designed afternoon seminars, colloquia, invited regional and international guest lectures, as well as special events.
Of course not all students will want to participate in all afternoon activities. They are optional. However, for those interested in learning about Polish and German history and culture (in English, German and Polish), state-of-the-art research on East Central Europe, or who want to meet scholars in their field, the Center offers seminars which are open to Summer School students. For students who would like to earn graduate-level credit in seminars, the university will provide a transcript of record (free of charge) for students’ home university.
The Summer School will be ended by a two-day workshop where participants as well as invited guests will present their research on topics related to “cultures in times of transition”. Texts presented at the workshop will be published as a monograph. Let us know in advance if you would like to present.

Seminars planned for the Summer School are as follows:

  • Cultures in Transition: Europe 1985-2004, by Mark Keck-Szajbel and Alexander Simmeth
  • Research Seminar: Topics in Cultural History, by Mark Keck-Szajbel
  • “The Polish Economy.” Analytical Approaches to a National Stereotype in Transition, by Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast 
  • Language in Transition? Polish from Late State Socialism until Now, by Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck 
  • Minorities in Times of Transition, by Ondrej Klipa
  • Cultures of Capitalism and the Post-Communist System Transition in Eastern Europe, by Patryk Wasiak

In addition to seminars, we offer excursions to area sites of interest, as well as cultural opportunities in and around Słubice and Frankfurt (Oder).

For students interested in independent study and research, we have left Fridays and weekends open. Słubice is conveniently located in relation to major archives in Poland and Germany.