Best Article Award - Polish Memory Studies

The Polish Memory Studies Group, a regional group of the Memory Studies Association, invites nominations for an award for the best scholarly article in memory studies published in 2019 or 2020.

The Polish Memory Studies Group first recognized an award in 2019. The prize for best monograph was awarded to Małgorzata Praczyk for her book Pamięć środowiskowa we wspomnieniach osadników Ziem Odzyskanych ("Environmental Memory in the Recovered Territories", 2018). The 2020 edition of the competition saw an honorable mention for Patrycja Trzeszczyńska for her book Diaspora-pamięć-miejsca. Ukraińcy z Polski z lat 80. XX wieku w Kanadzie. Studium Etnograficzne ("Diaspora-Memory-Place. Ukrainian Émigrés from Poland in the 1980s in Canada. An Ethnographic Study", 2019). From this year onwards, the prize will alternate annually between monographs and scholarly articles.

In this year's edition we would like to recognize scholarly articles in Polish memory studies that were published in 2019 or 2020 in a peer-reviewed journal. Eligible themes include, but are not limited to:

-Polish collective memory (e.g. state, regional, local, vernacular) and historical policy

-autobiographical memory, oral history;

-memories of ethnic, national and religious minorities in Poland or the historical Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth;

-memories of Polish diasporas; remembrance of Poland and/or the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth among other émigré groups.

Submitted articles may be theoretical in nature or present the results of empirical studies, or both.

Memory Studies is multidisciplinary enterprise, thus competition entries can be articles in any scientific discipline and/or subdiscipline (e.g. anthropology, ethnology, psychology, cultural studies, sociology, literature, psychology, history, media, law and others) that deal with any aspect(s) of memory.

Conditions of participation in the competition:

1. The text of the article must be submitted by email by 31 July 2021 in PDF format. The file should contain information identifying the article, including the DOI or ISSN number of the journal along with the page numbers. Entries may only be submitted by the author(s) of the article. In case of texts with multiple authors, a statement of consent to participate in the competition is required from all co-authors. A form for this purpose can be obtained from the competition secretary Dr. Małgorzata Łukianow by emailing her at; this should be signed, scanned and sent with the submission.

2. Eligible articles must have been published in Polish or English in 2019 or 2020 in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The date of first publication of the text can be no earlier than 1 January 2019 and no later than 31 December 2020. For texts published "online first", the date of the first (online) publication shall be considered binding.

3. The submitted article deals with selected issues in the field of memory studies and concerns the memory or memories of or about persons and/or communities, territories, material or intangible culture, or other matters related to Poland or the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in any historical period.

4. The text submitted must be an original scholarly article and must not be a review, polemic or essay.

The winning entry (or, potentially, entries) will be the basis for an online public discussion, which will take place during the 3rd Polish Memory Studies Conference (7-10 December 2021) in which the author or authors of the winning article(s) will participate.

Entries of nominated articles in PDF format, along with any additional information, should be sent by email to the competition secretary Dr. Małgorzata Łukianow at no later than July 31, 2021.

The results of the competition will be announced by 1 December 2021 at the latest.


Dr Kamilla Biskupska, University of Opole

Prof. Dr. Simon Lewis, University of Bremen

Dr. Małgorzata Łukianow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Competition Secretary


Dr. Małgorzata Łukianow