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Polish Diasporas in Context

November 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location:201D (ICSLAC Seminar Room) St. Patrick's Building

Featuring recent scholarship by Ottawa-based writer Joshua Blank, this session will examine two different experiences of the Polish diaspora: the historic experiences of the first diaspora of 1858 and more recent issues affecting those who migrated in the 1980s and 1990s. We will explore entanglements between the Polish diaspora at large (those who consider themselves to be Poles) and the Kashubians, a micro diasporic population that wishes to be (culturally) independent from Poland.

Joshua Blank is an Ottawa-based writer and teacher in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. His recent book, Creating Kashubia: History, Memory, and Identity in Canada’s First Polish Community (2016) covers around 500 years of history, tracing pre-conditions in Prussian and Austrian-occupied Poland and analyzing transatlantic migrations, as well as socializing influences faced by Kashubian settlers in Canada.

This session is part of The Friday Table, a series of weekly Friday afternoon events organized by ICSLAC and the Graduate Steering Committee for the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA) at Carleton University. We aim to bolster the Centre’s mandate to bring together scholars and students working with transnational approaches to studies in the humanities through regular, informal workshops, roundtables, film screenings, and discussion groups. The Friday Table seeks to foster collegiality and promote student-led research. Events are free and open to all.