Conference “Migrating Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Experience and Contribution of Emigrant Intellectuals from Central and Eastern Europe”

Main Organizer: Institute of Political Studies PAN

16:00 – 16:10       Welcome Addresses:

  • Tomasz Stryjek, Professor, ISP PAN
  • Ernest Wyciszkiewicz, Director, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding
  • Piotr Osęka, Deputy Director, ISP PAN

16:15 – 17:30    Session I   Chair: Joanna Wawrzyniak, University of Warsaw

16:15 – 16:30   Sergey Ryazantsev,Institute for Demographic Research FCTAS, Russian Academy of Sciences (in person) “Emigration and reemigration of scientists and highly qualified specialists to Russia”

16:15 – 16:30  Tomasz Zarycki,University of Warsaw “The triumph of the intelligentsia over the academic elite:  In search for sources of the post-1968 crisis of Polish social sciences and humanities at home and in exile” (in person)

16:30 – 16:45  Peter Tibor Nagy,Eötvös University/John Wesley College “The place of birth and place of death of academic elites in 1800-2000 – reputational approach” (online mode)

16:45 – 17:00  Discussion

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee

17:30 – 18:45  Session II     Chair: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Institute of Literary  Research, Polish Academy of Sciences (online mode)

18:30 – 18:45   Izabela Wagner, Collegium Civitas/Institute Convergence Migration “Turning defects into assets Zygmunt Bauman – a successful career of an Outsider” (in person)

18:45 – 19:00   Jack Palmer, University of Leeds “On the Positioning of the Intellectual in Exile: The Case of Zygmunt Bauman” (online mode)

19:00 – 19:15   Dariusz Brzeziński, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences “Migrating Knowledge in Translation: Pre-exile Works of Zygmunt Bauman and Their Contemporary English-Language Publications” (in person);            

19:15 – 19:30  Discussion

Saturday, October 16 – Room 268

10:00 – 11:00    Session III   Chair: Jakub Wódka, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (in person)

10:00 – 10:15    Jamil Hasanli, University of London “Azerbaijani intelligentsia in emigration in the interwar period” (online mode)

10:15 – 10:30    Agata Domachowska, Nicolaus Copernicus University “‘Migrating knowledge’ and the Albanian intellectuals in the United States” (online mode)

10:30 – 10:45    Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, University of Warsaw “Elites of the political emigration from Central and Eastern Europe in Spain in the years 1940-1989. Poles against a background of other representatives of the region” (in person)

10:45 – 11:00 Discussion;

11:00 – 11:15   Coffee

11:15 – 12:30  Session IV  Chair: Nina Gładziuk, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (in person)

11:15 – 11:30   Bartosz Kaliski, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences “A Three Laborious Years – Czech Journalist Jiří Lederer in Exile” (in person)

11:30 – 11:45  Alexandr Sautkin/Elena Philippova, Murmansk Arctic State University “The Position of ‘Outsidedness’: The Case of Aurel Kolnai’s transborder motion” (online mode)

11:45 – 12:00  László Gergely Szűcs, Research Center for the Humanities “Meeting of Eastern and Western Critical Thinking at the Korcula Summer School. Jürgen Habermas and Agnes Heller’s ,critical theory’” (online mode)

12:00 – 12:15   Jan Farfał, University of Oxford “Defying the Iron Curtain: Emigre journals and their attempts to confront the post-war reality” (online mode)

12:15 – 12:30 Discussion;

12:30 – 13:30       Lunch

13:30 – 14:15     Session V   Chair: Mirosław Filipowicz, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (in person);

13:30 – 13:45   Andrzej Nowak, Jagiellonian University/Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences “What is Nation? Andrzej Walicki’s and Roman Szporluk’s debates with ‘Gellnerism-Andersionism’” (online mode)

13:45 – 14:00   Oleksandr Zaytsev, Ukrainian Catholic University “Dmytro Dontsov and Nikolai Berdyaev on the origins and meaning of Russian communism (online mode)”

14:00 – 14:15   Oleksandr Avramchuk, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences “The Ukrainian Island in the Eurasian Sea. George Vernadsky and the beginnings of Ukrainian Studies in the United States” (in person)

14:15 – 14:30 Discussion

14:30 –14:45 Coffee

14:45 – 15:45 Session VI  Chair: Bartłomiej Krzysztan, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (in person)

14:45 – 15:00 Małgorzata Abassy, Jagiellonian University; “Russian Intelligentsia in the USA towards Polish History and Culture – the Cold War Period. Dialogue as a Tool for Intellectual Heritage Preservation” (in person)

15:00 – 15:15   Sławomir Łukasiewicz, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin/Institute of National Remembrance.Visiting scholar at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University “”Polish Kruzhok” of experts in Soviet Studies at Harvard University during the Cold War” (in person)

15:15 – 15:30 Mirosław Filipowicz, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin “Russian intellectual at Harvard: The unique case of Alexander Gerschenkron” (in person)

15:30 – 15:45 Discussion

End of the conference


Funding for the event comes from the (Polish) Ministry of Education and Science [Dialog, project no. 0032/2019, Laboratorium im. Richarda Pipesa. The project is realized by ISP PAN together with the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding]. The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, NAWA ( PROM project (PPI/PRO/2019/1/00043/U/00001) contributed funding to the participation of an international scholar.

Please ensure that you meet one of the conditions specified below to access Staszic Palace:

  • Participants present a valid certificate confirming that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Participants present a negative test on Covid-19 that is valid at the time of their arrival to the Inaugural Event.
  • Participants present a valid certificate that they have recovered from Covid-19
  • Participants present valid notification from a medical doctor that they have a special health condition that does not allow them to undergo Covid-19 vaccination or testing. Covid-19 regulations regarding public meetings restrict the availability of physical places in the conference venue.

To confirm your participation in person, please contact Natalia Skipietrow via email ( by Tuesday, October 12 at 5 PM. If you plan to virtualy participate in the event, you will receive a link.

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