Department of Canada

The first lectures on Canadian issues were offered at the Jagiellonian University in the academic year of 1997-1998 and they were gradually extended as a part of the American studies program, functioning within the Interfaculty Department of American Studies. In October 2001, the Department of Canada was established as a part of the structure of the Institute of Regional Studies of the Jagiellonian University. After the reorganization of the Institute, in January 2005, the Department of Canada was incorporated to the newly founded Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University. Since autumn 2002, the Department benefited from the private donation of Mr. Henry Slaby of Toronto, allotted for the support of the program of Canadian studies. Thanks to this, about 2200 books (mostly in English) on Canadian issues were bought and provided to the American studies library of the Institute as a separate collection.

Academic Staff

Prof dr hab. Anna Reczyńska (kierownik Zakładu)

Dr hab. Marta Kijewska-Trembecka 

Dr hab. Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek

Dr Marcin Gabryś

» Main research areas

  • history and the contemporary issues of Canada
  • Canadian foreign policy and the role and status of Canada in the international arena
  • cultural transformations of the Canadian society, Quebec, and Montreal
  • constitutional system of Canada
  • ethnic mosaic, immigrants, and the immigration policy of Canada
  • processes of construction of the multiethnic Canadian society and interethnic relations
  • indigenous population of Canada and the new forms of self-government of the inhabitants of the Canadian North
  • the past and the present of the Polish Diaspora in Canada
  • Canadian Arctic and its geopolitical status
  • problems of Canadian veterans
  • evolution of women’s position in North America
  • the wave of Polish emigration in the 1980s
  • structural and cultural transformations of the Polish society

» Realized research projects

Canada as a Selective Power. The Role and International Position of Canada after 1989

Description: The aim of the project is to determine the actual place and role of Canada in the international relations after the Cold War. Its most important goal is to ascertain whether the international position of Canada meets the criteria of the definition of a selective/specialized/elective power – building its position as a power based on energy, technology, or non-material factors.
Effect of the project: Creating tools and methodologies for determining the new indicators of the power status in contemporary international relations. A tangible effect of the project will be the publication of an English-language monograph.
Source of financing: Research grant from the National Science Centre (SONATA, No. UMO-2011/03/D/HS5/01123)
Head of the project: Dr Marcin Gabryś.
Members of the project team: Dr Tomasz Soroka, dr Wojciech Michnik.
Duration of the project: 2012-2017.

» Completed research projects

Documentation of Activities Undertaken by the Polish Diaspora in Toronto for the Benefit of Poland and Polish Immigrants in the 80s and 90s of the 20th Century

Description: The aim of the project is to create and make available on the Internet website of the Canadian Polish Research Institute and the interested libraries in Poland a repository of materials showing the achievements and diverse activities undertaken by the Polish ethnic group living in the Toronto agglomeration (Greater Toronto Area) after the martial law was declared in Poland.
Effect of the project: Organization and digitalization of the most valuable collections of the Canadian Polish Research Institute and other materials that may be found and are associated with the activities of the Polish Diaspora in Toronto in the 80s and 90s of the 20th century.
Source of financing: Grant from the Senate of Republic of Poland for a public task of cooperation with the Polish Diaspora and Poles abroad in 2016.
Head of the project: Prof. dr hab. Anna Reczyńska.
Members of the project team: Dr Tomasz Soroka, dr Marcin Gabryś, dr Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek, mgr Karolina Pietrzok.
Duration of the project: 2016-2017.

Canadian System of Veteran Care

Description: The aim of the project was to publish a monograph on the issues of the development of the state-run systems of veteran care. It depicts the evolution of the system of veteran care that took place in Canada in the last 100 years – from the creation of a pioneering system of medical care, benefits, pensions, and vocational trainings for the veterans of both world wars to the contemporary programs of support offered to the Canadian participants of peace and stabilization missions carried out in the second half of the 20th century and in the beginning of the 21st century.
Effect of the project: Publication of the monograph Szacunek i wsparcie – kanadyjski system opieki nad weteranami (Księgarnia Akademicka 2015).
Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
Head of the project: Dr Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek
Duration of the project: 2014-2015

Peace, Order, and Good Government. The Most Important Issues of Contemporary Canadian Politics

Description: The aim of the project was to analyze the key problems shaping both the domestic and foreign politics of Canada from the post-war times to the beginning of the 21st century. The goal of the project was also to show to what extent the eponymous formula of “peace, order, and good government”, derived from the first Canadian constitution – the British North America Act of 1867 – is still relevant and realized in the politics of contemporary Canada. The project was also designed to determine the effectiveness of decisions taken by Canadian politicians.
Effect of the project: The publication: M. Kijewska-Trembecka (ed.), “Canada at the Turn of the 20th and 21th Century. Politics, Society, Education” (Księgarnia Akademicka  2013).
Source of financing: Research grant issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (No. 4593/B/H03/2011/40).
Head of the project: Dr hab. Marta Kijewska-Trembecka.
Members of the project team: Dr hab. Radosław Rybkowski, dr Tomasz Soroka, dr Marcin Gabryś.
Duration of the project: 2011-2013.

» Academic activities

Organized conferences:
5th Congress of Polish Canadianists: Towards Critical Multiculturalism: Dialogues Between / Among Canadian Diaspora (together with centers of Canadian studies of the Silesian University), Kraków (October 7-9, 2010).
Canada & Poland: Diaspora and Diversity (together with the Canadian Association for Canadian Studies), Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (March 3, 2008).
Place and Memory in Canada: Global Perspectives, Polish Academy of Learning, Kraków (April 30-May 3, 2004).


  • Since 2011, the annual seminars on the most important events in Canada have been organized.
  • On October 25th, 2014, the scholars of the Department participated in the meeting of the authorities of the Jagiellonian University with the General Governor of Canada, His Excellency Professor David Johnson, who was joined during his visit to the Jagiellonian University by Canada’s Ambassador to Poland, Ms. Alexandra Bugailiskis and several Canadian Members of Parliament
  • On June 17th, 2015, the Canadian public television CBC broadcast a show with the participation of the scholar of the Department, Dr. Marcin Gabryś. It focused on the changes in the Canadian foreign policy; Canadian studies at the Institute of American Studies and the Polish Diaspora and the activities of the Polish Society of Canadian Studies were also presented.
  • Participation in academic conferences organized by the students of the Institute of American Studies and the Polish Diaspora, including moderation of the conference panels during the Canadian Culture Festival.
  • Participation in discussions with students (including the regularly organized “Fireside Chats”, focused on the current socio-political problems of Canada).
  • Organization of guest lectures for the students and scholars of the Institute of American Studies and the Polish Diaspora (including lectures of: Professor Jan Grabowski and Professor Peter Bischoff of the University of Ottawa; writers Tompson Highway and Janice Kiluk-Keefer; Senator Raynell Andreychuk; Canadian Ambassadors to Poland: Ralph Lysyszyn, Daniel Costello, David Preston, Alexandra Bugailiskis, and Stephen de Boer; Canadian Armed Forces attaché Col. Daniel Geleyn; Canadian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Pamela Isfeld; and the political counsellor of the Canadian Embassy in Poland Jeremy Wallace.

» Didactic activities

Research conducted by the scholars of the Department form the foundation for teaching courses on all programs of studies offered at the Institute. The Department of Canada is responsible for the following courses:

  • Academic Writing
  • Canadian Arctic
  • Canadian-American Relations
  • Geographical Environment of the Americas
  • History of Canada
  • History of Women in the USA and Canada
  • Introduction to the Canadian Studies  
  • Modern Electronic Research Methods
  • Poles and the Polish Diaspora in the World
  • Prominent Canadians
  • Quebec: Four Centuries of the Struggle to Sustain Identity
  • Indigenous Population of the Americas
  • Selected Contemporary Political Problems of Canada
  • Seminar on Canadian issues
  • Master of Arts Seminars
  • Sociology
  • Canadian Society
  • Geographical Environment of the Americas
  • Canadian-American Relations
  • Political System of Canada
  • Selected Contemporary Problems of Canada