International cooperation

The beginnings of the Institute’s international cooperation date back to 1946-1947, when Prof. Juliusz Krzyżanowski, then head of Department, published his poems in Edinburgh magazine The Scotsman. Thirty years later the first foreigner – Jack R. Cohn from the United States – was employed. In the years 1975-1980 several employees of the Institute completed programmes in prestigious foreign academic centres such as University College London, University of Leicester and State University of New York. In the academic year 1982-1983 the Institute reached a cooperation agreement with the prestigious University of Warwick. The 1970s and 1980s was also the time of a political exodus during which many employees decided to continue their scientific careers abroad. That group included among others: Nina Witoszek (University in Oslo), Dr Ewa Stachniak (Sheridan College, Ontario) and Dr Ewa Karpinski (York University, Toronto).
Since 2000 most international initiatives were conducted within the following European programmes: COTEPRA, CEEPUS and Socrates Erasmus. The international research and teaching programme COTEPRA enabled the fulfilment of projects coordinated by the University in Bologna, which were concerned with the relations between literary theory and modernism, and to teaching colonial and post-colonial literature. The CEEPUS programme made possible the exchange of students and employees from academic centres in Bern and Szeged.
Since the late 1980s the Institute has been actively cooperating with the Fulbright Association, thanks to which in the years 1987-2015 it received 13 visiting professors from the United States, including, most recently, Elizabeth Frost, Dan Hade and Junko Yokota. In the same period nine employees of the Institute received Fulbright scholarships and completed one- or two-semester scientific programmes at American universities.
At present, Erasmus Plus is the most popular international programme among both students and employees. The Institute currently has cooperation agreements with 25 universities from 13 countries, among which are University of Central Lancashire, University of South Wales, Freie Universität Berlin, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Universitat de Barcelona, Universita degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” and Universitetet i Tromsø in Norway.