Poland, Slubice / Frankfurt (Oder)

Moving Borders. A Cultural History of Poland, 1772-2007

when 9 June 2014 - 18 July 2014
duration 6 weeks

Of all the countries in Europe, Poland’s borders have been the most volatile. Starting as the largest European country in the eighteenth century, it had all but vanished by the nineteenth. Inhabitants of the region witnessed all of the great European wars—the Napoleonic Wars, World War I and World War II. Frequently, mass migration or extermination followed the invading armies in Poland. Is it any wonder, then, that one of Poland’s major concerns in 1990 was German reunification? This seminar will focus on the cultural history of Poland’s moving borders. Designed as a six-week compact seminar, the course is part lecture and part seminar: in addition to the historiography of Poland’s moving borders, we will read diaries and newspaper articles, watch films and listen to music. Over the course of the six weeks, we will explore how the border has acted as an agent in Poland’s history and has impacted its society and culture.

Course leader

Mark Keck-Szajbel

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Fee info

EUR 0: The course is free of charge for participants of the Summer School and students of the European University Viadrina.


Restricted number of scholarships is available for the participants of the summer school. Scholarship application deadline: April 28, 2014. General application deadline: May 2, 2014.