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 1967, 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][3] and the Central European University (co-accredited then by the Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom), Prague Campus,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7] From 2002–06, he did postdoctoral research in the European University Institute, Florence, Italy; the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., United States;[8] the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM)), Vienna, Austria;[9] and the Herder-Institut (de), 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,[10][11] in 2010–11 at the Cracow University of Economics, Kraków, Poland;[12] and in 2011 did research in the Slavic Research Center,[13] Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.[14] Currently, he teaches in the School of History (Centre for Transnational and Spatial History[15]) at the University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.[16]

In 2004 the board of University of Opole Department of Philology formally distanced itself from the theories propagated by Kamusella in a press release published by Gazeta Wyborcza, alleging methodological inadequacies and tendentious conclusions among other controversies in his historical research.[17]

The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe (2008)—Kamusella's major synthesis of the intertwining histories, nationalisms, and languages of East Central Europe[18]—was praised in leading academic journals,[19][20][21][22] including by Yale's Tim Snyder and Cambridge's Peter Burke.[23]

Career in civil service[edit]

In 1996, he was employed as the regional Plenipotentiary on European Integration to the Regional Governor (Pełnomocnik Wojewody ds. Integracji Europejskiej) in the Regional Authority (Urząd Wojewódzki), Opole.[citation needed] 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.[24] 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.[25]

Books in English[edit]

  • Creating Languages in Central Europe During the Last Millennium. 2015. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot, 168 pp.; ISBN 9781137507839.[26]
  • The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe. 2009. 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.
  2. ^ ""Living in the borderland" : colonialism and the clash of cultures in the fiction of J.M. Coetzee (Book, 1991)". 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  3. ^ "North-West University Library /All Locations". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Central European University to Leave Prague - The Prague Post". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Bazy danych - Nauka Polska". 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  6. ^ "PUBLIKACJE - Instytut Slawistyki". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Tomasz Kamusella - Studenci, pracownicy - USOSWeb - Uniwersytet Opolski". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Enewsletter : Message from the Director" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Tomasz Kamusella - IWM". 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  10. ^ "Trinity College, Dublin : Undergraduate Courses 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  11. ^ "Trinity Long Room Hub : Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  12. ^ "Katedra Studiów Europejskich UEK". 2015-04-24. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Slavic-Eurasian Research Center". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  14. ^ "Src Fvfp List". 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  15. ^ "People | ITSH – Institute for Transnational & Spatial History". 2015-04-22. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  16. ^ "Fellows - K" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  17. ^ Łabutin, Beata (13 May 2004). "Uniwersytet dystansuje się od autora glosariusza" [The university distanced itself from the author of a glossary] (Press Release). Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). Warsaw. Dr Tomasz Kamusella nie jest reprezentantem środowiska filologicznego Uniwersytetu Opolskiego - uznała w czwartek rada Wydziału Filologicznego. Retrieved 30 August 2015 – via Wiadomości z Opola. Jak zapewnia dziekan Wydziału Filologicznego prof. Stanisław Kochman rada już wcześniej wytykała Kamuselli kontrowersyjne treści w jego publikacjach. Ostro krytykowano braki metodologiczne, nieznajomość literatury przedmiotu, formułowanie tendencyjnych wniosków, wreszcie polonofobię. 
  18. ^ This is taken, by necessity, to be Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.
  19. ^ Dickins, Tom (2013). "Review: The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe by Tomasz Kamusella". The Slavonic and East European Review. 91 (4): 870–872. JSTOR 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.91.4.0870. authoritative … comprehensive and pioneering … an indispensable source of empirical material … highly significant and is unlikely to be surpassed in its breadth and erudition for a long time to come. 
  20. ^ Judson, P. M. (2015). "The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe by Tomasz Kamusella". American Historical Review. 120 (2): 737–738. doi:10.1093/ahr/120.2.737. 
  21. ^ Spolsky, Bernard (2010). "Book Review: The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe by Tomasz Kamusella". Lang Policy. 9 (4): 375–377. doi:10.1007/s10993-01-9168-1. 
  22. ^ Nic Craith, Máiréad (2011). "The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe by Tomasz Kamusella". Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 20 (2): 138–141. JSTOR 43234449. 
  23. ^ Tim Snyder, "European Romance," Times Literary Supplement, (26 February 2010): 10–11; for Burke, see the book's foreword.
  24. ^ "Centrum Dokumentacji Europejskiej". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  25. ^ "Porozumienie o współpracy pomiędzy : Autonomiczną Wspólnotą Galicja w Królestwie Hiszpanii" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  26. ^ "eBook Product". Retrieved 2015-06-19. 

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