Sometimes hidden somewhere in the shadows of the “Centre” is its staff. This talented group of excellent full/part-time lecturers and guest lecturers, as well as the highly professional administration staff, makes every effort for each of the Centre’s projects to culminate in success. Put simply, the Centre’s staff is the most important reason for its success!
At the start of the Centre’s activity in 1990, the governing body of the University of Warsaw appointed Prof. Tadeusz Majda, a distinguished Turkologist from the Institute of Oriental Studies, as director of the Centre for East European Studies. Jan Malicki and Andrzej Ananicz were responsible for all organizational, academic and publishing work. After the latter left the Centre government work, Jan Malicki was left in sole charge of these responsibilities, later officially taking over the directorship of the Centre. Sometime later the staff was augmented with the arrival of Dariusz Maciak, Inga Kotańska and Marek Śliwiński, arriving from Geneva to give lectures.
Gradually the Centre’s staff expanded. An important milestone was the addition of the first East European Summer School in 1992, but of even more significance was the start of regular M.A. Eastern Studies in 1998. Altogether, there have been 154 Eastern Studies lecturers during the period from 1998-2014. A number of them became full or part time lecturers leading regular courses. At present this group contains over 30 individuals. Their profiles can be found in the bookmark LECTURERS.
A large portion of lecturers have been visiting professors, mostly from abroad, who have come to the Centre to present monographic lectures. Among them, there have been such distinguished figures as: Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravicius (Kovno), Prof. Daniel Beauvois (Paris), Prof. Norman Davies (Oxford), Prof. Mirosław Hroch (Prague), Prof. Aleksiej Miller (Budapest-St. Petersburg), Prof. Bohdan Osadczuk (Berlin), Prof. Emil Pain (Moscow), Prof. Rudolf Pichoja (Moscow), Prof. Richard Pipes (Harvard), Prof. Mykoła Riabchuk (Kiev), Prof. Jerzy Pomianowski (Kraków), Prof. Michael Rywkin (New York), Prof. Andrzej Sulima-Kamiński (Washington, D.C.), Prof. Tadeusz Świętochowski (New York), Prof. Stanisław Szuszkiewicz (Minsk), Prof. Arif Yunusov (Baku), Prof. Alexander Rondeli (Tbilisi), Prof. Stepan Grigorjan (Yerevan), Prof. Ihor Tsependa (Ivano-Frankivsk), Prof. Zbigniew Kruszewski (El Paso).
The Centre’s many projects and daily activity require an enormous amount of administrational and organizational work. This heavy load falls on the shoulders of the Centre’s very able administration team. The team has grown from 2-3 people at the beginning of the Centre’s activity, to over 20 full-time and part-time workers. You can find more information about them in the bookmark ADMINISTRATION.