Film Screening of "In Darkness" followed by discussion with the director Agnieszka Holland
Three Polish distinguished diplomats, Tomasz Orłowski, Ambassador to Italy, Witold Sobków, Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Bronisław Misztal, Ambassador to Portugal conversed with Professor Jan Zielonka about Polish raison d’état, participation in the European Union, and challenges related to representing Poland in member states of different specificities and dynamics.
Talks on "Post-election discussion on the future of Poland" by Prof Jan Zielonka (St Antony's College, Oxford), Dr Anna Gwiazda (King's College London), Jacek Zakowski (Journalist and columnist for the weekly Polityka and the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland), Boguslaw Chrabota (Editor-in-Chief of Rzeczpospolita daily, Poland)
Talks on "Life in translation: Zofia Nalkowska in English and Virginia Woolf in Polish" by Dr Ursula Philips (Honorary Research Associate of UCL SSEES) and Dr Magdalena Heydel (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Talks on "Allied responses to news about Auschwitz 1942–1944" by Prof. Michael Fleming from Polish University Abroad, London
A Keynote Lecture on "East European Mnemonic Wars: The Poltiics of Historical Memory Versus Historical Politics" by Jan Kubik
Seminar on "Will liberal parties in Poland thrive?" by Ryszard Petru
Seminar on "Strategic security challenges for Europe AD 2016 and how to deal with them. A Polish view" by Sławomir Dębski
ESC Lunctime Seminar on "A Polish Fisherman on a troubled sea? Donald Tusk at the helm of the European Council by Maciek Jastrzebiec-Pyszynski (Vision for Central Europe Association), chaired by Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College, Oxford), co-sponsored by POMP
Talk on 'Electricity. Poland's contribution to European energy doctrine' by Prof. Leszek Jesien (Institute of International Relations and Sustainable Development, Collegium Civitas University, Warsaw), Dr Michał Kurtyka (University of Warsaw)
POMP Seminar Series:
Seminar on "Modern anti-discrimantion laws and policies in a homogenous state - possible or exceptive? Polish example” by Adam Bodnar and Barbara Havelková
Seminar on "Polish-African economic and political relations after 1989" by Andrzej Polus
Seminar on "Marxism, Christianity, liberalism: Polish democratic opposition and the idea of civil society, 1956-1989" by Dariusz Gawin
POMP World War I Film Series 1 “J’accuse” by Abel Gance (France, 1938) Discussant: Robert Gildea (Worcester College, Oxford) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
POMP World War I Film Series 2 “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Lewis Milestone (USA, 1930) Discussant: Sebastian Gehrig (Wadham College, Oxford) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
POMP World War I Film Series 3 “Good Soldier Svejk (part 1)” by Karel Stekly (Czechoslovakia, 1956) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
POMP World War I Film Series 4 “The End of St Petersburg” by Vsevolod Pudovkin (Soviet Union, 1927) Discussant: David Priestland (St Edmund Hall, Oxford) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
POMP World War I Film Series 5 “Paths of Glory” by Stanley Kubrick (USA, 1957) Discussant: TBC Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
POMP World War I Film Series 6 “Gallipoli” by Weir (USA, 1981) Discussant: TBC Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford
Inauguration of POMP: In 2013, the ESC inaugurated its Programme on Modern Poland (POMP), sponsored by Dr Leszek Czarnecki’s Getin Noble Bank, which focused on the politics, economy and society of Poland. The Director of the programme was the Governing Body Fellow Dr Mikołaj Kunicki.
2014 Elliot Lecture on “Ukraine and its Place in the World” organized by the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College. The panellists were Mr Aleksander Kwasniewski – former President of Poland, Dr Javier Solana – former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, Nuffield College, Oxford. The discussion was moderated by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten.
EU Visiting Fellow Seminar on “Prospects for the Eastern Partnership in 2015” by Andris Teikmanis (Latvian Ambassador to the UK) with Adam Reichardt (Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe) as chair, and Peteris Zilgalvis (St Antony’s College, Oxford) as convenor. In association with POMP.
POMP Panel Discussion: “The day that shook the world – 4 June 1989 in Poland and China. The 25th anniversary of the Polish national elections and the Tiananmen Square Massacre” Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Seminar on “Ironic tropes and the poetics of self: trickster tales from Highland Poland” by Nicolette Makovicky (School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford) with Uilleam Blacker (Russian and East European Studies, Oxford) as the discussant and Tryfon Bampilis (St Antony’s College, Oxford) as chair.
Seminar on “Between secrecy and exposure: the Politics of accounting for the CIA prison in Poland” by Karolina Follisfrom the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University with Christopher Moran (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick) as the discussant and Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford) as the chair.
Seminar on “Lenses of history: projections of Communism in Polish contemporary cinema” by Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford) with Marsha Siefert (Central European University, Budapest) as the discussant and Nicolette Makovicky (School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford) as chair.
Seminar on ‘Poland, Ukraine, and the politics of history’ by Timothy Snyder (Yale University) with Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford) as chair.
POMP Film Series: Cinematic Perspectives on 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe
Escape from the Liberty Cinema by Wojciech Marczewski (Poland, 1990). Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Kolya by Jan Sverak (Czech Republic, 1996) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Videograms of a Revolution by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică (Germany, 1992) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Bolshe Vita by Ibolya Fekete (Hungary, 1996) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Good Bye, Lenin! by Wolfgang Becker (Germany, 2003) Convenor: Mikołaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford) Saturday 7th June
Visiting Fellows Lunch-Time Seminar on “Media development and democratic consolidation: The cases of Poland & Romania”. Speakers: Ioana Avadani (Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe) and Michal Wenzel (Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe)
Visiting Fellows Lunch-Time Seminar on “Romania and Poland – a review of differing post-accession realities” by Jonathan Scheele
Launching of POMP:
The Programme was launched in July 2013, following the 2012 agreement with Dr Leszek Czarnecki’s Getin Noble Bank and the Oxford Noble Foundation. Its goals are to correct Western European bias in British academia and public sphere, and to direct and coordinate study and discussion of modern Poland with research and academic exchanges, seminar series, invited lectures, conferences and academic publications. POMP's founders from Oxford include Professors Timothy Garton Ash, Norman Davies, Jan Zielonka and Margaret MacMillan (Warden of St Antony's College). The Director of the Programme is Dr Mikolaj Kunicki, historian of the 20th century Poland and Eastern Europe.
Curriculum and Goals
The curriculum will focus on modern Poland, i.e. changes occurring in the 1980s and the transformation post-1989. At the conceptual level the Programme is based on social sciences and humanities that cover political, economic, sociological, historic and cultural aspects along with analysis of regional relationships. POMP is an interdisciplinary initiative that highlights the merit of studying the country in the relationship to the continent, its neighbours in the region, and European and global institutions.
Goals of the Programme:
Organisation of conferences, seminar series and workshops
Becoming the centre for the study of Poland in the United Kingdom
Seeking scholarships for DPhil students and post-doctoral fellows who want to study modern Poland
Establishing a translation fund to help researchers — for example, those who are writing PhD dissertations about Poland— make materials about Poland available
Ensuring better access to archival material on the Polish transformation to students and researchers around the world
Establishing international networks of scholars and helping to educate the next generations of scholars of Modern Poland
Organising student exchanges between universities and academic institutions
ESC Tuesday Seminar on "Poland's relations with Ukraine in an integrated Europe: a difficult advocacy?" by Andrzej Podraza
ESC Tuesday Seminar on "The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 nad Its Impact on Postwar German-Polish Relations" by Bernd Martin
Professor Bronislaw Geremek (former Foreign Minister of Poland, currently Professor of European Civilisation, College d’Europe and Member of the European Parliament) lectured on ‘Britain and Poland: The Neglected Friendship’
Conference on "The New Democracies and the European Community", which compared the experiences of Spain and Portugal in moving from dictatorship to democracy, and examined the past and future significance of the European Community for those difficult transitions. Prof. Geremek was a leading figure in the Polish transition since the birth of Solidarity in 1980. The financial support for the conference came from PRISA of Spain and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in London.