Spotlight on Tomasz Kamusella

TomaszKamusellaDr Tomasz Kamusella joined the School of History in September 2011 as a Lecturer in Modern History. Together with Dr Bernhard Struck he heads the Centre for Transnational History. Previously Dr Kamusella taught and researched in Trinity College Dublin; the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University in Japan; Cracow University of Economics; the Herder-Institut in Marburg; the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna; the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress; the European University Institute in Florence; and Opole University in Poland. He has received degrees in European Studies, Philology and Literature from universities in the Czech Republic, Poland and South Africa.

In 2011 the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities awarded him with a Habilitated degree (a kind of second PhD required in continental universities) in Cultural Studies. Ten years earlier he had received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institute of Western Affairs in Poznań, which is a think tank of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1996 and 2002, working in the Polish civil service, he was responsible for preparing the Polish region of Opole for European integration, and for cooperation with foreign partners.

Dr Kamusella coordinates the M.Litt. programme in Central and East European Studies, and teaches and contributes to modules at all levels, including MO3332 From Commonwealth to Nations and Nation-States: Poland-Lithuania in the Long Nineteenth Century, MO3333 Language and Nationalism in Central Europe, MO4965 Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in 20th-Century Europe, MO5503 Central and Eastern Europe since 1945, MO5710 Crossing Borders: European History in Transnational Perspectives, and MO5602 Directed Reading in Modern Central and Eastern European History.

Dr Kamusella speaking at the First Codification Conference of the Silesian Language in June 2008

Click Tartu Ülikooli Televisioon to see Dr Kamusella delivering a lecture [at 01:05:02-01:55:02] on ‘Scripts and Politics in Modern Central Europe’ at the symposium Language and Identity, Coimbra Group of Universities, held at the University of Tartu in Estonia, 2011.

Since 1995 he has published widely, in English and Polish, on language politics, ethnicity and nationalism, the continuing importance of the non-national in European history, European integration and the history of Central Europe. His English-language monographs include Silesia and Central European Nationalisms: The Emergence of National and Ethnic Groups in Prussian Silesia and Austrian Silesia, 1848-1918 (Purdue University Press 2007), The Politics of Language and Nationalisms in Modern Central Europe (Palgrave 2008 and 2012), and The Szlonzoks and Their Language: Between Germany, Poland and Szlonzokian Nationalism (2009 Zabrze). He co-edited the two-volume collection Nationalisms Across the Globe (2005-2006 Poznań) and Nationalisms Today (Peter Lang 2009).

Tomek mapMap: ‘Dialect Continua in Central Europe, 1910’ from the Atlas of Language Politics in Central Europe

He is currently working on new projects, including: The Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe and The Triple Division of the Slavic Languages: A Linguistic Finding, a Product of Politics, or an Accident?

Dr Kamusella founded and co-edits Peter Lang’s book series Nationalisms Across the Globe; serves as a senior non-resident research associate in the European Center for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany; and as a member of the editorial board for Anthem Press’s book series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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