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What are (interdisciplinary) Polish studies? (1/2)

Series: Podcast: Talking Interdisciplinary Polish Studies
Contribution by Anna Labentz
Editorial supervision by Pol-Int


In the first episode of our podcast Talking Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, a special feature of the academic Polish Studies Blog, we cover nothing less than our common denominator – Polish studies.

For a closer look at this only seemingly self-explanatory term, we invited some of the leading German-speaking Polish studies scholars:

  • Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast – Professor for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies and head of the Center of the same name at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Yvonne Kleinmann – Professor for Eastern European History and head of the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies at Martin Luther University in Halle
  • Peter Oliver Loew – Head of the German Institute for Polish Affairs in Darmstadt and honorary professor at the Technical University in Darmstadt
  • Ruprecht von Waldenfels – Professor for Slavic Philology at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and deputy head of the Aleksander Brückner Center

The conversation is hosted by Anna Labentz, editor-in-chief of Pol-Int. In its first part, we put the question What are (interdisciplinary) Polish studies? front and centre. The second part – out on 2 June – focuses on the rather practical facets of Polish studies – the cooperation with international scholars of Polish studies and with Polish colleagues; the respective plans and outlooks for the three institutions; as well as the participants’ expectations and hopes for early career Polish studies scholars.



Talking Interdisciplinary Polish Studies is a production of the academic Polish Studies blog at

Created by Anna Labentz

Produced by Adrian Piprek

Music by Podington Bear © Chad Crouch (FMA)

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Listen to the first part of the conversation here:


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