Friday, November 29th, 2013 Russification through Education: Warsaw Imperial University and its Mission in Polish Society

Friday, November 29, 201312:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place


As the Warsaw University is preparing to celebrate its 200 anniversary in several years, many scholars are researching the past of this academic institution. In her talk Hanna Bazhenova will to discuss one of the most unknown and controversial pages of the university’s history: the Russian period of its existence (1869–1915). The talk will demonstrate why Warsaw Imperial University was established, what was its main mission in Polish society and why it was forced to leave the city in 1915, after 46 years of existence. Special attention will be devoted to the analysis of the faculty members of the History and Philology Department (many of whom were the graduates of Saint Vladimir University in Kyiv). Hanna Bazhenova chose to focus on historians because their work was closely connected to the language and ideology of power.

Dr. Anna Bazhenova (Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar) is a doctoral candidate in John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and a research fellow of the Institute of East-Central Europe (Poland). The areas of her scientific interests include the history of the European universities of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of Ukrainian humanities and arts, international contacts of historians and modern European historiography.


Anna Bazhenova
The Institute of East-Central Europe, Poland

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