Welcome to the "Salon"!

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Dear Pol-Int Users!

Welcome to the "Salon"! We are happy to present you with our new academic blog that will provide space for thematic discussions regarding Polish Studies. With this, we fulfill a long-held wish of the academic community to discuss themes beyond disciplinary, linguistic, generational and national borders.

Join Us!

Only with your help can we get multiple perspectives, discussions and impulses that we strive for – the Salon flourishes with your commitment. Get involved! Engage in virtual discussions with other scholars all over the world. You have ideas, links, and articles you wish to publish? You would like to comment or voice feedback or critique? Just use the comment button at the end of each contribution or contact us at salon@pol-int.org. We are looking forward to your participation.

What is the ”Salon“?

In the future, we plan to present different important subjects at irregular intervals, shedding light on currently important topics and approaching them from different angles. The goal is to collect relevant contributions and bundle information, incite discussions and develop fresh and unusual perspectives. We would like to support the migration and democratization of knowledge in the sense of Open Science. But our most important goal is to get you – the Pol-Int community – talking! The Pol-Int-Salon is meant to bridge the gap between the analogue and the digital academic world. Consequently, it includes both the analogue and digital component.

The Digital Component

In April 2016, we are starting the Salon with a focus on topics within the title of "Interdisciplinary Dimensions of Energy and the Environment in Central Europe". A group of young scholars in collaboration with the Pol-Int editing team prepares and moderates the blog. The following aspects are featured: energy security, climate politics, energy markets, cooperation in the energy sector, civil society activities in the fields of energy and environment as well as urban shrinkage, protection of nature and animals, nature and tourism, Animal Studies, and much more.

The short articles in our Salon are meant to provide an overview and give new impulses. Interviews with experts go deeper into certain aspects of the topic. The following links give you a selection of relevant current literature in English, Polish and German, reviews of recent publications, descriptions of projects, invitations to events as well as conference reports. The provided pictures, maps and videos as well as linked statistics, surveys, blogs, projects and other initiatives are meant to complete the picture. If you would like to contribute, contact us at salon@pol-int.org.

The Analogous Component

Several events related to the topic are organized in various places in Poland and Germany over the next few months. You are invited to join us.

12.05.2016 at 7.00 pm: Opening Discussion on "Polish Climate Politics" in the Polish-German book shop BuchBund, Sanderstrasse 8, 12047 Berlin.

24.06.2016 at 7.00 pm: Expert Discussion on "25 Years of Polish-German Cooperation in the Energy Sector: Between Energy Transition and Energy Security" in Berlin.

20.10.2016: Expert Discussion on "Energy Union and Other Future Perspectives" at the University of Łódź.

09.-10.03.2017: Study trip to the former mining region around Wałbrzych in Lower Silesia.

How can I participate?

We would be very happy to find more authors from the "Energy and Environment" field who would like to contribute with a short article, a review, a conference report or something similar. New topics, innovative formats as well as republications are very welcome! You can find our Call for Articles and further information here. At the same time, everyone – expert or not – is invited to comment and discuss in a scholarly manner. We would like you to think outside the box and develop new ideas.

Where to go from here?

In the future, other subject areas will be introduced here. Among others, we would like to deal with the Polish language around the world, migration, gender, faith, memory studies, security and many more. Again, it is you who matters – the Salon prospers through the commitment of the Pol-Int community! So, if you have an idea for a topic, if you would like to implement a project in cooperation with us or if you would like to engage actively, write us an e-mail at salon@pol-int.org.