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In Memoriam:

Nicolae Pavliuc

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Interested in studying Estonian language?

We are offering Estonian courses this year. Please see our undergraduate offerings, here.

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Ukrainian Film Night

Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die

2017, dir. Akhtem Seitablayev
In Ukrainian with English subtitles
Depicting the battle of Donetsk Airport in 2014

Wednesday, Oct 23. 2019
Rm. 404, Alumni Hall. 5:00 PM
Introduced by Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky


A Special 5-Part Lecture Series

Making and Remaking Central Europe: The Czech and Slovak Contribution?


Friday, October 25, 2019
108N, North house, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place


"Transformations of the Mind:
Technology and the Future of Creativity"

A conversation with
Jacek Dukaj

Wednesday, October 30
Father Madden Hall
Carr Hall, St. Michael's College
100 St. Joseph Street

To RSVP: email Prof. Aleksandra Swiecka.

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Big day for Polish literature!

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, postponed from last year, has been awarded to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, while the 2019 award was given to Austrian author Peter Handke.

Tokarczuk won “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." The Judges’ statement also reads that Tokarczuk is “a writer preoccupied with local life but at the same time inspired by maps and speculative thought, looking at life on Earth from above. Her work is full of wit and cunning.”  The committee also singled out for special commendation Tokarczuk’s 1,000-page historical novel, The Books of Jacob, about the 18th-century Jewish sectarian leader, Jacob Frank (Riverhead Books plans to publish the novel in English in 2021). Tokarczuk’s novel “Flights” (translated by Jennifer Croft) won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for translated fiction.

We hosted Olga Tokarczuk in the department on November 23, 2010. To read more about her, click here, or read a chapter on her writing in the recently published Being Poland. A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918 (UofT Press, 2018).

Polish Program Events: Fall 2019

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Professors Kate Holland and Leonid Livak were each awarded a prestigious SSHRC Insight grant for their research projects.

Alex Averbuch's new article "The Theurgy of Impurity: Fin-de-Race and Feminine Sin in Russian and Ukrainian Modernisms" has just been published in the latest issue of the Russian Review.

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Prof. Holland's project, "Digital Dostoevsky," which will create an open-access database of Dostoevsky’s works and then use methods of digital text analysis and mapping on those works. The project also includes a book co-authored by Prof. Holland and her co-applicant, Prof. Katherine Bowers (UBC) that shows how different techniques of digital reading can open up old questions about Dostoevsky’s novels in new ways. The grant runs from 2019-2025. Slavic Librarian Ksenya Kiebuzinski is a collaborator on the project.

In his project, "The Final Chapter of Russia Abroad," Prof. Livak, in collaboration with Prof. Siggy Frank of the University of Nottingham (UK), will research and write the cultural history of the disintegration of the anti-Soviet Russian emigre community in France during and after the Second World War.

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