Until 31st December, one can vote for a word or expression which, in their opinion, has great resonance for the year 2019. Słowo Roku 2019 (Word of the Year 2019) will be announced at the beginning of January by the UW linguists who organise the event.

What Polish word has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months? Everyone is invited to either choose a word or expression from the list posted on the website http://sloworoku.uw.edu.pl/ or submit own proposals.

The candidates for the Word of the Year might be nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. However, organisers will not accept surnames, proper names of people, places and institutions.

The poll is organised for the 9th time. The winner of the last edition is “konstytucja” (constitution).

This year proposals include, e.g. “klimat” (climate), “nauczyciel” (teacher), and “strajk” (strike), “wybory” (elections), “nienawiść (hatered), “hulajnoga” (scooter), and “równość” (equality).

Other countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Czech Republic also choose their word of the year. Recently, the editors of “Oxford English Dictionary” have named “climate emergency” as its 2019 Word of the Year. Collins Dictionary, for example, picked “climate strike” as its word.

UW linguists are among a panel of experts who choose the word. The panel includes: Prof. Jerzy Bartmiński (Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin), Prof. Jerzy Bralczyk (the University of Warsaw), Prof. Katarzyna Kłosińska (the University of Warsaw), Prof. Ewa Kołodziejek (the University of Szczecin), Prof. Marek Łaziński (the University of Warsaw), Prof. Andrzej Markowski (the University of Warsaw), Prof. Jan Miodek (the University of Wrocław), Prof. Renata Przybylska (the Jagiellonian University, Cracow) and Prof. Halina Zgółkowa (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań).


Changes in the mode of operation of the ASC Library, Students’ Office, and Financial Office related to the COVID-19 outbreak

March 30, 2020

The ASC Library will be closed to readers from March 12 to April 14, 2020. No penalties will be charged from March 12 to April 14.


2020 Emerging Scholar Award

March 29, 2020

It is our pleasure to inform the ASC community that Filip Boratyn, our doctoral student and – at the same time – USOS office assistant, is a recipient of the 2020 David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.


We would like to invite you to take part in the Multicultural Volunteering Online!

March 28, 2020

This is a great possibility to learn a new language, improve Polish (or another language that you know and would like to practise), learn about different cultures and meet students, with whom friendship may last beyond the not-leaving-home-times 🙂


US National Emergency Library

March 26, 2020

During this unprecedented time in history, access to printed books is becoming difficult or impossible. COVID-19 is forcing students, educators, and everyday readers to rely on digital books more than ever before.

Flying Couch (2016)

American Studies Colloquium Series

April 02, 2020 at 4pm, ONLINE ED; Networks of Holocaust Memory in Third Generation Graphic Narratives

March 25, 2020

During the online streamed lecture, Dana Mihăilescu will present the Amy Kurzweil’s debut graphic memoir, Flying Couch (2016), in order to consider how the Holocaust narrative at the core of this graphic narrative is negotiated by the three generations of Kurweil’s family. Hence, she will highlight an ethical, future-oriented use of mediating forms of Holocaust memories for third generation artists.