Tomasz Kamusella

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

Tomasz Kamusella FRHistS (born in 1967, in Kędzierzyn, Upper Silesia, Poland) is a European scholar pursuing interdisciplinary research in language politics, nationalism and ethnicity.[1]


He was educated at the University of Silesia, Sosnowiec Campus, Poland; Potchefstroom University (now part of the North-West University), Potchefstroom, South Africa;[2] and the Central European University (co-accredited then by the Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom), Prague Campus,[3] Czech Republic. He obtained his doctorate in Political Science from the Institute of Western Affairs (Instytut Zachodni), Poznań, Poland and habilitation in Cultural Studies from the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland.[4]

Academic career[edit]

In 1994/95, he taught in the Language Teachers’ Training College (Nauczycielskie Kolegium Języków Obcych), Opole, Poland, and between 1995 and 2007 at the University of Opole, Opole, Poland.[5] From 2002-2006, he did postdoctoral research in the European University Institute, Florence, Italy; the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., United States;[6] the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM)), Vienna, Austria;[7] and the Herder-Institut de:Herder-Institut (Marburg), Marburg, Germany. As visiting professor, in 2007-10, he taught Central and Eastern European History and Polish History and Politics in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland,[8] in 2010/11 at the Cracow University of Economics, Cracow, Poland;[9] and in 2011 did research in the Slavic Research Center,[10] Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.[11] Currently, he teaches in the School of History (Centre for Transnational and Spatial History[12]) at the University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.[13] He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[14]

Thanks to the support of the Centre international de formation européenne, Nice, France he founded, and between 1999 and 2002, co-organized the International Summer School (Międzynarodowa Szkoła Letnia, Opole, Poland) on European integration and minorities in the Opole Voivodeship. Uniquely, then this school was co-financed by NATO,[15] and today it continues to be organized on the annual basis by the Dom Europejski (European House).[16] In 2008, he founded and co-edits the book series, Nationalisms Across the Globe, published by Peter Lang Ireland.

In 2005-07, he provided academic expertise for Andrzej Roczniok (pl) and Grzegorz Kozubek’s application for an ISO 639-3 code for the Silesian language, which was granted in 1997: szl. Likewise, in 2008 he wrote an opinion on the incubator Silesian Wikipedia, which led to its launching, as Ślůnsko Wikipedyjo, in the same year.[17]

Career in Civil Service[edit]

In 1996, he was employed as the, first-ever in Poland, regional Plenipotentiary on European Integration to the Regional Governor (Pełnomocnik Wojewody ds. Integracji Europejskiej)[18] in the Regional Authority (Urząd Wojewódzki), Opole. Later, from 1999–2002, he acted as Advisor on International Affairs to the Regional President (Doradca Marszałka ds. Współpracy z Zagranicą), Self-Governmental Regional Authority (Urząd Marszałkowski), Opole. In cooperation with the University of Opole, between 1997 and 2001, he managed the application in the Council of Europe, and financing that led to the establishment of the European Documentation Center in Opole [1]. This center makes acquis communautaire available to the inhabitants of the Voivodeship of Opole and constituted a basis for founding a Department of Law at the University of Opole. In 1998, in the framework of the European Visitors Program of the European Union, he also visited the Spanish Autonomous Community of Galicia, which, in the following year, led to the signing of the cooperation agreement between this Spanish region and the Opole Voivodeship.[19]

Books in English[edit]

  • Creating Languages in Central Europe During the Last Millennium. 2015. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot, 168 pp.; ISBN 9781137507839.[20]
  • The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe. 2012. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Silesia and Central European Nationalisms: The Emergence of National and Ethnic Groups in Prussian Silesia and Austrian Silesia, 1848-1918. 2007. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 386 pp. ISBN 978-1-55753-371-5.

Books in Polish[edit]

  • W bżuhu vieloryba [In a Whale's Belly, a collection of essays on nationalism and language politics in Asia, the Balkans and Central Europe. Introduction by Prof Wojciech J Burszta]. 2006. Toruń, Poland: Wydawnictwo A Marszałek, 305 pp. ISBN 978-83-7441-383-1.


  1. ^ Entry on T Kamusella and his research (p 90), in: I V Il'in, I I Mazur and A N Chumakov, eds. 2012. Globalistika entsiklopedicheskii spravochnik. Personalii, Organizatsii, Izdaniia / Global Studies Encyclopedic Directory: Persons, Organizations, Editions. Moscow: Alfa-M.
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