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CFP: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004

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Conference: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April 2015

University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Ten years since Poland’s EU accession, it seems appropriate to take stock of the current state of knowledge about Polish migration to the UK.  Public discourse in the UK has focused largely on the impact of Polish migration on the British economy and public services. By contrast, scholarly research has tended to explore the perspectives of Poles themselves. The aim of the conference is to draw together some threads from this research, asking:

  • How does living in the UK affect migrants’ perceptions of Poland, Poles and Polishness? How do UK Poles perform their Polish and transnational identities?

  • Can one generalise about ‘the UK’? What is specific about Polish migrants’ experiences in different locations?

  • How comparable are the experiences of Poles and other East Europeans?

  •  How does recent Polish migration research contribute to migration theory and research methodology?

Papers are invited on any aspect of Poles’ life in the UK since 2004.

Please provide a brief description of your research project (including its start and end dates) as well as an abstract of up to 400 words. The abstract should summarise the proposed content of your paper, indicating which of the above questions you intend to address.

Deadline for paper proposals: 31 July 2014

A draft programme and further details about the conference will be made available in September 2014. Participants should expect to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.  A registration fee of £50 will be charged, to include lunches and refreshments.

Please send your project description and abstract to:

Anne White

Senior Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies, University of Bath