PIASA World Congress. Second Call for Papers

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The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) is pleased to invite proposals for its 9th World Congress, which will be hosted by Collegium Civitas in Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science from June 7-9, 2024. Proposals are solicited for complete in-person sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, or business/economics. The general theme of the conference is “Poland in the World,” for which Warsaw, the Polish capital and major European financial, commercial, political, and cultural center is a most appropriate setting. At the same time, Collegium Civitas, a non-public higher education institution with an international student body and strong academic traditions in diplomacy, international relations, sociology, media, and security studies, is well positioned to host the congress at its location in the iconic Palace of Culture in Warsaw’s city center. The Congress also coincides with various anniversaries of international significance, the 35th anniversary of Poland’s political transformation, the 25th anniversary of Poland’s accession to NATO, and the 20th anniversary of Poland’s joining the European Union.

Therefore, we particularly welcome panel and paper proposals which address the continental and global interactions that have affected Poland and the multinational peoples that have inhabited its various territories over time, their cultural impacts, and Poland’s current and past roles in world affairs. In line with the international emphasis of the Congress, sessions including presenters from more than one country are also encouraged. Since we value comparative sessions that place the Polish and East Central European experience in context, papers need not focus specifically on Poland or Polish themes. Finally, papers do not necessarily have to address the main conference theme and are welcome for consideration in separate and cohesive panels.

Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three papers or about 20 minutes per paper, with suitable time left for discussion. As the conference language is English, all panel and paper submissions are expected to be in that language. All conference rooms will be equipped with AV for PowerPoint presentations. Presenters are invited to submit their final conference papers to be considered for possible publication in The Polish Review after the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, tentative paper title and brief one-paragraph abstract for each presenter to program organizers Patrice Dabrowski at pmd639@g.harvard.edu and Neal Pease at pease@uwm.edu. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2024, though earlier submissions are welcome since capacity is limited.  All participants are encouraged to pay the conference pre-registration fee of $100, discounted to $50 for students by May 10, 2024, as the conference fees will increase after that date.

The Saturday evening awards banquet will be held at the recently opened Museum of Polish History at the Warsaw Citadel. Dr. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Solidarity spokesperson in the 1980s, Minister of Defense in two Polish cabinets, and former Vice President of the European Parliament, will deliver the banquet keynote address.

Blocs of rooms near the Palace of Culture are available to conference participants at the following hotels at discounted rates:

Novotel Centrum – Discounted rates available only by phone or email:

T: +48 22 596 01 25  /  +48 22 596 01 50


Password: 2024 PIASA Annual Meetings

Marriott Centrum

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Hotel Gromada

Guests can make reservations on the hotel’s website, www.gromada.pl, using the code “PIASA” using the code ‘PIASA’ or by following this link: https://booking.profitroom.com/pl/hotelgromadadomchlopa/details/offer/479577?code=PIASA&no-cache=&currency=PLN.

Pre-conference tours, keynote plenary speakers, and the location for the Friday evening reception will be announced later.