The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) will hold its annual meeting June 13-14, 2009, in Jersey City, NJ. The theme of this year’s meeting is “1989: Annus Mirabilis—The 20th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence.” Even though PIASA usually holds its conference in June, the timing this time is especially apt: Poland’s Przełom, or turning-point, happened in June 1989. But most of the commemorative events around 1989 taking place in this country—the New York Public Library, for one, has a whole program in the works—will happen in November, around the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. As for PIASA:
It is expected that more than one hundred scholars and scientists from all regions of the U.S. will make their presentation at panels/sessions in various disciplines including history, political science, literature, economics, music, history of science, etc. Participation in the conference is not limited to members of PIASA. Persons interested in the academic and cultural issues dealing with Poland and the Polish-American community are also invited.
The deadline for proposals and individual papers is March 31, 2009. More information about the event, along with downloadable proposal forms, can be found on the PIASA website: http://www.piasa.org/news.html.