Tomasz Kamusella

Tomasz D. Kamusella
Śląsko godka - konferencja 30.06.2008 4p.jpg
Kamusella speaking at the First Codification Conference of the Silesian Language in June 2008
Tomasz Dominik Kamuzela

(1967-12-24) 24 December 1967 (age 51)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Silesia in Katowice
Academic work
Sub-disciplineLanguage Politics, Nationalism Studies, History of Central and Eastern Europe
InstitutionsUniversity of St Andrews

Tomasz Kamusella FRHistS (born 1967) is a Polish scholar pursuing interdisciplinary research in language politics, nationalism and ethnicity.[1]


Kamusella was educated at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Philology in Sosnowiec Campus (English language), 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 doctor degree 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

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 to 2006, 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 Opole Voivodeship politicians opposed his publication of "Regional Glossary of the Opolskie Voivodeship" which included the interpretation that "Silesia was part of the eastern German lands under the temporary administration of Poland and the USSR 1945-1991". The politicians lodged a criminal complaint with the Polish prosecution who declined to take the case as there was no premise for the crime.[17] The board of the University of Opole's Faculty of Philology formally distanced itself from the theories propagated by Kamusella in a press release published in the local Opole insert of Gazeta Wyborcza, alleging methodological inadequacies, tendentious conclusions and "polonophobia", among others, in his historical research.[18][19][20] According to Kamusella, these accusations were unsubstantiated.[21][22] In the Glossary he presented the official doctrine adopted in West Germany before 1992.[23] This West German view was shared by Britain, France and the United States during the Cold War.[24]

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[25]—was praised in leading academic journals,[26][27][28][29] including by Yale's Timothy D. Snyder and Cambridge's Peter Burke.[30] The 2020 Times Higher Education World University Ranking singles out Kamusella as one of the three famous alumni of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities.[31]

Career in civil service

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.[32] Later, from 1999 to 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 co-operation 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.[33] This centre 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 co-operation agreement between this Spanish region and the Opole Voivodeship.[34]

Books in English

  • Ethnic Cleansing During the Cold War: The Forgotten 1989 Expulsion of Turks from Communist Bulgaria (Ser: Routledge Studies in Modern European History). 2018. London: Routledge, 328pp. ISBN 9781138480520.
  • The Un-Polish Poland, 1989 and the Illusion of Regained Historical Continuity. 2017. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot, 162 pp.; ISBN 9783319600352.[35]
  • Creating Languages in Central Europe During the Last Millennium. 2015. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot, 168 pp.; ISBN 9781137507839.[36]
  • The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe. 2009. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 1168 pp. ISBN 9780230583474.
  • 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

  • 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). WorldCat.org. 9 April 2015. OCLC 62288972.
  3. ^ North-West University Library /All Locations (Thesis). Millennium.nwu.ac.za. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Central European University to Leave Prague – The Prague Post". Praguepost.cz. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Bazy danych – Nauka Polska". Nauka-polska.pl. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ "PUBLIKACJE – Instytut Slawistyki". Ifw.uni.opole.pl. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Tomasz Kamusella – Studenci, pracownicy – USOSWeb – Uniwersytet Opolski". Usosweb.uni.opole.pl. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Enewsletter : Message from the Director" (PDF). Loc.gov. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Tomasz Kamusella – IWM". Iwm.at. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Trinity College, Dublin : Undergraduate Courses 2011" (PDF). Tcd.ie. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Trinity Long Room Hub : Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland". Tcd.ie. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Katedra Studiów Europejskich UEK". Kse.uek.krakow.pl. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Slavic-Eurasian Research Center". Src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Src Fvfp List". Src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  15. ^ "People | ITSH – Institute for Transnational & Spatial History". Standrewstransnational.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Fellows – K" (PDF). Royalhistsoc.org. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  17. ^ https://opole.wyborcza.pl/opole/1,35086,2498609.html
  18. ^ 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 (Opole insert) (in Polish). Warsaw. Dr Tomasz Kamusella nie jest reprezentantem środowiska filologicznego Uniwersytetu Opolskiego – uznała w czwartek rada Wydziału Filologicznego. Retrieved 30 August 2015 – via Wyborcza.pl 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.
  19. ^ "Pracom T. Kamuselli zarzucano braki metodologiczne, nieznajomosc literatury przedmiotu, formulowanie tendencyjnych wnioskow, polonofobie." Stanowisko Rady Wydzialu Filologicznego Uniwersytetu Opolskiego w sprawie pogladow zawartych w pracach dra Tomasza Kamuselli, May 13, 2004
  20. ^ pl:Bogusław Wyderka, pl:Wojciech Chlebda and Stanislawa Sochacka: "Pracom T. Kamuselli zarzucano braki metodologiczne, nieznajomosc literatury przedmiotu, formulowanie tendencyjnych wnioskow, polonofobie." In: Przyjecie uchwaly Rady Wydzialu w sprawie publikacji Glosariusz regionalny dr. T. Kamuselli. 13 May 2004
  21. ^ See: T Kamusella’s reply: "W uchwale Rady Wydzialu padaja obrazliwe epitety oraz nieuzasadnione twierdzenia i szkalujace oskarzenia" in Oct 11, 2004: Odwolanie od oszczerczej i upolitycznionej uchawaly n/t mej osoby wydanej przez Rade Wydzialu Filologicznego UO 13 maja 2004 r.
  22. ^ Tomasz Kamusella. 2019. Hanging Portraits of ‘Traitors:’ The Radicalization of the Polish Ethnolinguistic Nationalism. Wachtyrz. 25 Oct.
  23. ^ https://opole.wyborcza.pl/opole/1,35086,2498609.html
  24. ^ See quotes, at pp 129-130 in: Tomasz Kamusella. 2010. The Twentieth Anniversary of the German-Polish Border Treaty of 1990: International Treaties and the Imagining of Poland’s Post-1945 Western Order (pp. 120–146). 2010. Journal of Borderlands Studies. No 3-4
  25. ^ This is taken, by necessity, to be Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.
  26. ^ 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. doi:10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.91.4.0870. 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.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Spolsky, Bernard (2010). "Book Review: The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe by Tomasz Kamusella". 9 (4): 375–377. doi:10.1007/s10993-010-9168-1. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ Tim Snyder, "European Romance," Times Literary Supplement, (26 February 2010): 10–11; for Burke, see the book's foreword.
  31. ^ "Famous alumni include journalist and novelist Zanna Sloniowska, historian Tomasz Kamusella and chess master Agnieszka Brustman" SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. 2019. 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rakings
  32. ^ Integracja europejska a Śląsk Opolski [European Integration and Opole Silesia] (pp 6–12). 1997. Region Śląsk Opolski. No 1. Opole, Poland: Ośrodek Informatyki WBD UW.
  33. ^ "Centrum Dokumentacji Europejskiej". Edc.uni.opole.pl. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  34. ^ "Porozumienie o współpracy pomiędzy : Autonomiczną Wspólnotą Galicja w Królestwie Hiszpanii" (PDF). Umwo.opole.pl. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  35. ^ Дзевяць прычын, чаму Польшча не «дачка» Рэчы Паспалітай
  36. ^ "eBook Product". Palgraveconnect.com. Retrieved 19 June 2015.

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