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Kazimierz Bujakowski

Kazimierz Bujakowski

Mr. Bujakowski completed a Masters in Geodesy and Cartography, while he also holds a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences. During the period between 1997-2001 he finished Postgraduate studies in Business Administration at the Business and Management School of the Economic Academy in Krakow. Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow since 2004, he is currently in charge of spatial development of the city.

Václav Burian

Václav Burian

Poet, translator and publicist. He works for the Tygodnik Powszechny weekly. He teaches Polish Studies at the University of Olomouc. Burian translated the poetry of Czesław Miłosz into Czech.

Juraj Buzalka

Juraj Buzalka

Associate professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava. He researches on social and political movements. He is collaborator of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA), editor-in-chief of the journal OS – Občianska spoločnosť and regular feuilletonist of the Czech bimonthly Listy. He is an author of Nation and Religion: The Politics of Commemoration in South-east Poland (Münster: Lit 2007). Currently he is preparing his monograph on workers and tolerance in Eastern Europe. Among his recent works are ‘Tasting Wine in Slovakia: Post-socialist Elite Consumption of Cultural Particularities’ (in Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass. Rachel E. Black and Robert C. Ulin eds, Bloomsbury Publishing 2013) and a book of essays Slovenská ideológia a kríza. Eseje z antropológie politiky (Slovak Ideology and Crisis. Essays in Anthropology of Politics, Bratislava: Kalligram 2012).

Josef Byrtus

Josef Byrtus

Served as the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Katowice until 2007. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Charles University and the University of Economics in Prague. He worked for the Ministry of Economy and Development (advisor on international cooperation, director of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, director of the board, advisor to the Prime Minister), Chief Director of the Office of the Ministry of International Relations. Subsequently, he begun his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Director of the Office).

Bogdana Carpenter

Bogdana Carpenter

 Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Poetic Avant-Garde in Poland and 1918–1939 and Monumenta Polonica: The First Four Centuries of Polish Poetry.She translates the contemporary Polish poetry. She was also theeditor and translator (with Madeline G. Levine) of Czesław Miłosz’s selected essays To Begin Where I Am.

Jerzy Chmielewski

Deputy director in the Department of Europe in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. National coordinator for the Visegrad Group. Former Polish Ambassador in Zagreb, Croatia.

Łukasz Cioch

Łukasz Cioch

Head of the Management Faculty at Tischner European University and General Director at TEUCES (Centre for Energy Studies; www.teuces.eu). A graduate of the Jagiellonian University and UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication, he joined Tischner European University in May 2011. Prior to his current employment, Łukasz held four successive functions at ArcelorMittal Poland S.A. (last title: Director Corporate Responsibility & Communications, in charge of the company’s CSR policy management, internal and external communications, company spokesperson and editor-in-chief of the monthly bulletin). His experience covers CSR management, stakeholder relations, project management and investments in education (infrastructure projects for schools and universities), health (projects in hospitals), culture (events, infrastructure), sports and sustainable development. In February 2011, Mr. Cioch completed a comprehensive news-coverage training exercise at TVN24. In April 2011, he provided live event-commentary for TVP1, during the royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. His other hobbies and interests include psychology, creative writing, photography, motor-sports and travelling.

Renata Czekalska

Renata Czekalska

Indologist, specialised in modern Hindi literature; lectures at the Department of Indian Studies at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Oriental Philology. She translated a number of works of Polish and Hindi literature; co-edited four bilingual (Polish/Hindi) volumes of selected poems by Wisława Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert, Czesław Miłosz and Tadeusz Różewicz.  

Karolina Czerska

Karolina Czerska

 

PhD researcher at the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her PhD research focus is on integration policies of (im)migrants in the EU countries, and specifically the issue of cultural and language testing of immigrants. She has a strong interest in the policies of multiculturalism (Canada & particular EU states), as well as national identity and citizenship. She finished her BA degree in International Relations in Calgary, Canada and went on to do a joint MA in Poland and Italy in the area of European Cultural Studies. She helps to coordinate an Erasmus Mundus Masters course, MA in Euroculture, which brings together 8 European universities and third-country students. She has studied and lived in Canada, France, Poland and Italy.

 

Krzysztof Czyżewski

Krzysztof Czyżewski

An essayist, a translator and cultural manager; Initiator and Director of the Borderland of Art, Culture and Nations Centre in Sejny, Poland. Author and coordinator of numerous European projects focusing on multiculturalism in Central-Eastern Europe, regional diversity and cultural heritage. Former Member of, inter alia, the President’s Council for Culture, Council for Culture at UNESCO-Poland, the Council of the Polish-Lithuanian Adam Mickiewicz Foundation and the Board of the Czesław Miłosz Foundation in Lithuania. Winner of numerous cultural and artistic awards, recently (2004) the Aleksander Langer International Award. Contributed significantly to the promotion of Poland in the world (Diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2000) and to the development of cooperation between Poland and Lithuania (Grand Prince Giedymin Order in 2001). 

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