UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 5.00pm, Room 433

Debate on contemporary Europeans, new ideas about borders and ‘New Europeans?’: Grażyna Plebanek and A.M. Bakalar

Since the post-communist transformations of the late 1980s and the 1990s in Eastern and Central Europe and the ensuing EU enlargement of 2004, migration has become a significant trait within contemporary Europe and an increasingly important factor in social conflict affecting various parts of the continent. Contemporary migration and/or emigration has brought a new political rhetoric, resulting in social turmoil as well as new cultural, literary and artistic production. In the seminar series in 2013, these problems will be scrutinized based on the discussion on particular literary and cultural events within Polish culture.

Events is free, but registration is required. Follow this link to register.

Grażyna Plebanek is a bestselling, highly acclaimed author in her native Poland. Plebanek's latest novel Illegal Liaisons (translated by Danusia Stok) was published in October 2012 and was voted Best Book of 2012. In 2011 Plebanek was awarded the Literary Prize Zlote Sowy for her contribution to promoting Poland abroad. She lives in Brussels, Belgium.


A.M. Bakalar was born and raised in Poland. She lived in Germany, France, Sicily and Canada before she moved to the UK in 2004. Madame Mephisto, published in April 2012, is her first novel and was among readers recommendations to the Guardian First Book Award. She is the first Polish woman to publish a novel in English since Poland joined EU in 2004. A.M. Bakalar lives with her partner, a drum and bass musician, in London.


photo by Stephan Vanfleteren