International Conference in celebration of the centenary of William Thomas and Florian Znaniecki’s The Polish Peasant in Europe and America
Location: University of Lower Silesia, Wrocław (Poland)
Ever since its publication in 1918, William Thomas and Florian Znaniecki’s classic, interdisciplinary work has inspired social scientists, psychologists, educators, anthropologists and culture scholars across the world.
Commemorating the centenary of The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, the University of Lower Silesia (Wrocław, Poland) will host a conference to emphasise the book’s relevance to the development of multiple disciplines and their varied research.
Founded in 1997, University of Lower Silesia (ULS),located in Wroclaw, Poland, has established a distinct identity as a private institution of higher learning that promotes novel approaches to learning and forges research links on the national and international level. In addition to high-quality students, the school has attracted accomplished academic researchers and professors of education and the social sciences who have helped build the first-rate academic reputation of the school. In the fifteen years of the school’s existence, the student body has grown from 368 to almost 8,000 students who are served by a full-time academic staff of over 200 scholars. ULS currently offers degree programs in education, special-needs education, international relations, journalism, national security, philosophy, cultural studies and cultural anthropology or technical science.
ULs students benefit from the historic city of Wroclaw, a magical urban space and Poland’s fourth largest city (640,000 inhabitants). This intellectual hub, where every sixth resident is a student, offers an inspiring learning context where ULS students can investigate the past and its impact on the present dynamics of a 21st century Central European metropolis in transition. Once a vibrant German metropolis almost totally annihilated during WWII, Wroclaw was later nearly entirely re-populated and rebuilt by Poles in the post-war era and today embodies a complex and multi-layered European identity.