PAHA's 76th Annual Meeting

PAHA’s 76th annual meeting will be held in Chicago as part of the 133rd yearly meeting of the American Historical Association from January 3–6, 2019.

The theme for the AHA conference is “Loyalties.” As explained in the general CFP “… loyalties function on multiple levels. Individually, or in groups, humans commit themselves to communities, loved ones, principles, a leader, a nation, a religion, an ideology, or an identity.”


PAHA Chair of the Program Committee: Anna Muller, Ph.D.;

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PAHA President Anna Mazurkiewicz at the 75th Annual Awards Gala

Program of PAHA's 75th Annual Meeting 

The 75th Annual Meeting was held on January 4-7, 2018 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The program included eleven sessions, Awards Ceremony and a Board Meeting.

[Session 1] Thursday, January 4, 2018, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Roundtable: Teaching Polish and Polish-American History. Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby) Chair: Anna Muller, University of Michigan–Dearborn.


1) "Surveying Polish History" - Patrice Dabrowski, independent scholar;

2) "Poland Is Europe, Poland Is the World" - Elizabeth Morrow Clark, West Texas A M University;

3) "Red, White, and Gray: Modern Polish History" - Nathaniel David Wood, University of Kansas;

4) “But My Babcia Says” - Michal Janusz Wilczewski, University of Illinois at Chicago

Comment: The Audience


Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

PAHA Board Meeting, Omni Shoreham Hotel


[Session 2] Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:30 am-10:00 am

Americans on Poland. (Governor's Boardroom, Omni Shoreham – all sessions held in the same room). Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk.


1) "Rupert Hughes’s Ode to Poland" - Jill Noel Walker Gonzalez, La Sierra University;

2) "US Third Army and the Displaced Persons: The G-5 Reports to the Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, 1945–47" - Wojciech Kruczkowski, University of Gdańsk;

3) "Philatelic Iconography of Poland and America" – John P. Dunn, Valdosta State University

4)  "The Myth of the Third: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki in California” – Maja Trochimczyk, Moonrise Press

Comment: The Audience


[Session 3] Friday, January 5, 2018, at 10:30 am-12:00 pm

National and Ethnic Identity Construction in Transatlantic Context

Chair: Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Papers: 1) "Race, Nation, and Self-Determination in Poland and Germany, 1918–39: The Case of Danzig" - Jesse  Kauffman, Eastern Michigan University;

2) "The Uncertainty of Empire: Polish, American, and Polish-American Responses to the Austrian Pavilion at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition" - Claire Orenduff- Bartos, Santa Fe College;

3) "Becoming Polish: Growing Nationalism of Polish Migrants in the United States, 1870–1940: - Pien Versteegh, Avans University of Applied Sciences;

4) "From 'Low Polish' to 'Proud Kashubian': The Case Study of David Shulist" - Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf, University of Gdańsk

Comment: The Audience


[Session 4] Friday, January 5, 2018, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Race and Ethnicity on the Battlefields of the Civil War.  Chair: Christian Keller, United States Army War College.


1) "The 'Springtime of Nations' Comes to America" - James Pula, Purdue University Northwest;

2) "The Shadow of Slavery and Racial Discrimination in the Experience of African American Soldiers" - Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University;

3) "'Brothers in Arms' or 'Beastly Set of Men': Poles on the US Colored Troops during the Civil War" - Piotr Derengowski, University of Gdańsk;

4) "In the Community but Not of It:” Polish Migrants, Urban Poverty, and American Nation after the Civil War -  Marta Cieślak, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Comment: The Audience


[Session 5] Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Ethnic Political Mobilization

Chair: Iwona Korga, Józef Piłsudski Institute of America.


1) "Call to Fight for Independence Recorded in the Artworks of Polish Artists Living and Working in the United States" - Anna Rudek-Śmiechowska, Polish Institute of World Art Studies;

2) "Military Mobilization Movements in Exile: From the Hungarian Legion to the Löveszek Movement, 1942–70" -  Katalin Kadar Lynn, Eotvos Lorand University

3) "Sixty-Eight Publishers: A Czechoslovak Exile Publishing House in Toronto" - Francis D. Raska, Charles University;

4) "Migrants Mobilizing for the Homeland: The Relation between Political Activism in Poland and the United States in the 1980s" - Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

Comment: The Audience


[Session 6] Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:30 am-10:00 am

Daily Lives in the Polish American Communities

Chair: Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University


1) "Difficult Beginnings in a New Land: Social and Ethnic Relations in the Americas in the Memoirs of Polish Immigrants" Marcin Szerle, independent scholar;

2) "Memories of Immigration: Rearticulation of Ethnoreligious Identity in the South Texas Polish Community" - Sarah Moxy Moczygemba, U. of Florida;

3) "Stills in the Hills: Moonshine Memories from Canada’s First Polish Community" - Joshua Blank, independent scholar;

4) "The Holler House: Beer, Bowling, and Bras on Milwaukee’s Polish South Side" - Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Comment: The Audience


[Session 7] Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Female Friendships: Emotions, Experiences, Memory, and Narratives. Chair: Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University.


1) "Female Friendship in Homosocial Context: Sociological and Historical Perspective" - Anna Muller, University of Michigan–Dearborn;

2) "Between Friends and Enemies: Women’s Same Gender Relationships in Recent Polish American Fiction" - Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College;

3) "Cloud Beauties and Flower Sisters: The Role of Female Friendship in the Emerging Identity of Chinese-American Women" - Patrycja Kordel, University of Gdańsk.

Comment: The Audience


[Session 8] Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Polish Immigrants in the United States since the 1970s. Chair: Karolina Łukasiewicz, New York University.


1) "Not All in the Family: American Polonia in the Decade of the 1970s" - Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University;
2) "Between Now and Then: Contemporary Processes of European Migration to the United States" - Anna Fiń, Pedagogical University of Kraków;

3) "Seeing Greenpoint Change: Polish Americans and Gentrification in Brooklyn" - Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College, City U. of New York;

4) "Polish Greenpoint and New York City: Gentrification, Ethnoracial Relations, and Immigrant Labor Market at the Turn of the 21st Century" - Anna Sosnowska, University of Warsaw. Comment: The Audience


[Session 9] Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Polish Immigrants in Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Exploring the Transformations of a Polish Ethnic  Enclave.  Chair: Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College, City University of New York


1) "Greenpoint, Brooklyn Then and Now: A View from the Street" - Judith DeSena, St. John’s University;

2) "'Living Is Simply Different Here': The American Dream in Greenpoint"- Ewa Dżurak, College of Staten Island, City University of New York;

3) "Aging in an Ethnic Enclave: Barriers and Opportunities for Older Polish Migrants in Greenpoint" - Karolina Łukasiewicz, New York University; Marta Pawlaczek, New York University;

4) "Tadeusz Chabrowski and Greenpoint: The History of Polish Neighborhood Seen through the Biography of Its Prominent Resident" - Izabela Barry, College of Staten Island, City University of New York; Ewa Maliga, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Comment: The Audience


Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

PAHA AWARDS CEREMONY, Residence of  Prof. Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland in Washington, D.C.


[Session 10] Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:00 am-10:30 am

The Wish to Be a Red Indian: The Native American Dream in East-Central Europe.

Chair: Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College


1) "The Figure of the Native American in East-Central European Literature" - Katarzyna Jerzak, Pomeranian University in Słupsk;

2) "The Poet Maurice Kenny in Prague" - Derek Maus, State University of New York, College at Potsdam;

3)”Building Relationships between Native American Communities and European Museums” – Annaick Keruzec, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C.

Comment: The Audience


[Session 11] Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm

New Books on the Transnational Political Activism of Poles: From World War II to the Fall of Communism

Chair: Katalin Kadar Lynn, Eotvos Lorand University


1) "Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and 'Revolution,' 1939–56" - Piotr H. Kosicki, University of Maryland, College Park;

2) "Third Europe: Polish Federalist Thought in the United States, 1940s–70s" - Sławomir Łukasiewicz, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and IPN;

3) "Political Exiles from East Central Europe in American Cold War Politics, 1948–54" - Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk

Comment: A. Ross Johnson, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Hoover Institution and Michael C. Kimmage, Catholic University of America