Ethnic Minorities in Polish Lands date: 2020-11-04

We would like to invite you to the first lecture in a series of ZOOM webinars dealing with ethnic minorities that have lived or are living in "Polish lands" (Polish territory has changed over history). Not many people know that even currently, Poland is home to many ethnic groups, for example, Tatars, Kashubians, Boikos, and Lemkos, Roma, and Jewish people, just to name a few. All these groups have fascinating cultures, art, and histories. To further our goals to support scholarship, to deepen understanding of the history, and to build bridges between peoples of various cultures, views, and continents, we have invited several Polish scholars to give a series of talks on this topic. 

On November 4th, we have two distinguished speakers from Poland: Prof. dr. hab. Marek Dziekan of the University of Lodz, a prominent Polish scholar of Arab and Tatar cultures, and dr. Maria Kobielska of the Jagiellonian University who will talk to us about the changing definitions of "Polishness" and ethnic identity issues over the Polish history. The subsequent lectures will address other minority groups.


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You may notice the pictures on our announcement poster and wonder why these pictures were selected. The first one shows young Polish Tatar women engaging in the traditional Tatar horseback archery in the village of Kruszyniany in Poland. The second one shows a traditional Kashubian embroidery, a folk design that was “appropriated” under the Communist government as "Polish" but is de facto a traditional design of the Kashubian people (Kaszëbi), the last surviving group of the Pomeranian Slavs (closely related to Poles, but a distinct Slavic group). Their language is similar to Polish, but it uses different diacritic marks, e.g. kaszëbsczi jãzëk. Does that pique your curiosity? Wonderful! In such a case please join us on November 4th for the first in a series of fascinating talks.




Jagiellonian Law Society and Kosciuszko Foundation are non-partisan and not associated with any political party, institution, or ideology. Our goal is to support scholarship, to deepen the understanding of history and culture, and to help build bridges between peoples of various cultures, views, and continents. The opinions expressed in the seminars are those of the speakers alone who are not speaking as representatives of either the Jagiellonian Law Society or the Kosciuszko Foundation.

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