The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America and the Polish Studies Association are pleased to invite proposals for a joint conference to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, June 12-14, 2020.
Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. The general theme of the conference is “Migrations,” for which Chicago, the destination of generations of Polish and other migrants from East-Central Europe, is a most appropriate setting. Therefore, we particularly welcome panel and paper proposals which discuss the determinants, processes, and outcomes of human migration in all of its manifestations and from various disciplinary perspectives, including the migration of ideas and material culture. However, papers do not necessarily have to address the conference theme. Since we value comparative sessions that place the Polish and East Central European experience in context, papers need not focus specifically on Poland or the Polish diaspora but could revolve around a central theme of a panel. Similarly, sessions including presenters from more than one country are encouraged.
Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three papers or about 20 minutes per paper, with suitable time left for discussion. The conference language is English. All conference rooms will be equipped with AV for PowerPoint presentations. Presenters are invited to submit their conference papers to be considered for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to 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 chair Patrice Dabrowski at pmdabrow[at]fas.harvard.edu. The deadline for proposals is February 1, though earlier submissions are welcome since capacity is limited. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee of $80, discounted to $40 for graduate students.
The conference banquet will be held on June 13 at the Tuscany restaurant on 1014 West Taylor, Chicago IL 60607. The speaker will be Professor Dariusz Stola of the Polish Academy of Sciences, author of the award-winning book Kraj bez wyjścia? (A Country with No Way Out?) about migrations from Poland during the communist era.
A pre-conference tour featuring Polish historical and cultural sites in Chicago will be offered on June 11 and guided by Professor Dominic Pacyga, acclaimed author of American Warsaw: Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Polish Chicago (2019). Professor Pacyga will also serve as the conference keynote speaker.
We have secured blocs for a limited number of rooms from two hotels within moderate walking distance (20-25 minutes) to the UIC campus: 1) The Hotel Chicago West Loop (Promo Code: PIASACHICAGO) and 2) The Crowne Plaza West Loop (Booking Link: PIASA Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences; Group Code: NMD). We encourage participants to book their reservations early and in any case before May 13, 2020.