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Postcolonial Studies in East Central Europe. An Ex-Centric Contribution with Professor Dorota Kołodziejczyk | Lecture

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Polish Studies Working Group (Oxford)






The Polish Studies Working Group (Oxford) invites you to join us for a special online event on Thursday 9 March 2023, 5:00-6:30 GMT.

Professor Dorota Kołodziejczyk (University of Wrocław) will present the main idea behind her forthcoming book East Central Europe Between the Colonial and the Postcolonial in the Twentieth Century, co-edited with Professor Siegfried Huigen (Stellenbosch University and University of Wrocław), which examines cultural and literary narratives from twentieth-century East Central Europe from a tentatively postcolonial perspective.

Professor Kołodziejczyk will talk about the advantages and pitfalls of transfering categories developed in one theoretical centre to another location without exoticising or erasing difference, and present postdependence studies as one example of such an ex-centric contribution to postcolonial studies. Prof Kołodziejczyk will demonstrate that, if postcolonial studies are to account for complex historical, political, and cultural processes, the field needs to be comparative, translational, and reciprocal. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A, in which Prof Kołodziejczyk will also touch upon her other projects, and an open discussion moderated by Ola Sidorkiewicz and Marianna Leszczyk.

To attend, please register via MS Forms. The deadline to register is midday, March 9. Teams invitations will be sent after the deadline has passed.

Dorota Kołodziejczyk is Associate Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław, Poland. She is Chair of the Olga Tokarczuk Ex-Centre. Academic Research Centre,  director of the Postcolonial Studies Centre, and board member of the Postdependence Studies Centre as well as the Palgrave Macmillan series “New Comparisons in World Literature.” She has published widely and co-edited multiple volumes on postcolonialism, comparative literature, and translation studies.

The Polish Studies Working Group is supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

More information about the event and the speaker can be found here:

For any queries, please contact Olga Grochowska (, Marianna Leszczyk ( or Ola Sidorkiewicz ( 

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Olga Grochowska
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