Polish American Historical Association // Polsko-Amerykańskie Towarzystwo Historyczne

76th Annual Meeting, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

A review by Florence Vychytil-Baudoux (CEFRES/EHESS)

The 76th Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association // Polsko-Amerykańskie Towarzystwo Historyczne (PAHA) was held in Chicago on January 3-6, 2019 as part of the 133rd yearly meeting of the American Historical Association, of which PAHA is an affiliated society. Both the place (Chicago is often considered the largest Polish city outside Poland) and the theme (“Loyalties”) of AHA’s Annual Conference seemed particularly fitting for PAHA, an organization that has been promoting scholarship on Polish American history and culture as part of the greater Polish diaspora for the past 75 years. While the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Polish state has stimulated scholarship on state building and national membership, papers covered a much wider array of research questions and historical periods (see program), thus nurturing productive discussions on how loyalties “[conflict or change] across time, space, and human experience […] and how they have shaped trajectories of change”, as intended by the general CFP. This report focuses on three key transversal issues.

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Historical policy-making in Poland and the role of historians

Lecture by Valentin Behr (Warsaw University)

A review by Coline Perron.

On the 28th of March, Valentin Behr, postdoctoral Fellow at Warsaw University, gave a lecture at CEFRES about historical policy-making in Poland and the political role of historians.

Valentin Behr defended his PhD dissertation in 2017 at Strasbourg University under the joint supervision of Vincent Dubois and Yves Deloye (“Science du passé et politique du présent en Pologne. L’histoire du temps présent (1939-1989), de la genèse à l’Institut de la Mémoire Nationale »). His researches focus on historiography-making in Poland from 1945 to 2015 and particularly on the way historians deal with political constraints and historical policy or polityka historyczna (understood as state’s influence on history writing) in this country.

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