Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Silesia, founded in 2000, functions within institutional structures of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures. The official launching of the Canadian Studies Programme took place on October 27, 2000, with an inaugural lecture by Prof. Nancy Burke and speeches by representatives of the Canadian Embassy (Michael Wooff) and the Head of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies. Prof. Anna Reczynska. The Centre is chaired by Dr Eugenia Sojka. Faculty members of the Institute interested in Canadian Studies are actively engaged in the activities of the Centre.
- The Centre is involved in the promotion of Canadian Studies via research, cultural activities, conferences, workshops and teaching of Canadian Studies courses.
- It hosts specialists in Canadian Studies and Canadian writers, critics and artists who give lectures, readings and participate in cultural events and conferences.
Two agreements of co-operation with Canadian universities: Vancouver Island University (earlier Malaspina University College), Nanaimo, BC., and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON., have been signed and developed (e.g. Student Mobility grant for a project entitled: “Transcultural dialogues between Canada and Poland. Educating for ethics of diversity” to be completed with the co-operation of Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC in March 2010). An earlier co-operation agreement of the University of Silesia with the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, has been still active.
Academic co-operation was established with Canadianists from the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. It entails an exchange of lecturers which helps to make both Canadian Studies programs interdisciplinary (literature, history, sociology).
Our library boast a growing collection of Canadiana thanks to grants from the Canadian Embassy and donations from various Canadian publishing houses.