The year 2015 was fundamental to my academic career. Although due to the editorial process, major publications were postponed until 2016 and 2017, in April 2015 I received habilitation in Political Science from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw, for a thematically-related series of publications entitled “Political Parties at European Level – Toward the Politicization of the European Union”. In Poland and some other countries, habilitation opens up a way toward professorship and generally gives a better status both academically and organizationally, so this was quite a big thing for me.
I spent this year on preparing a collection of papers by my late PhD supervisor, Peter Mair, which should be published in 2016, and on usual academic activities (including conferences, research projects and teaching).
From 18-20 September the first-ever Nationwide Congress for European Studies took place in Warsaw. Its theme was somewhat obvious: the 10th anniversary of Poland’s EU Membership.
I organized two panels. The first one entitled Party positioning on the example of the elections to the European Parliament aimed to analyze the potential of Voting Advice Applications (VAA) in carrying out party research. Among the panelists were researchers who participated in building up some of the most well-known VAAs for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament – euandi and EU VOX. These were Patrycja Rozbicka from the Ruhr University in Bochum, Katarzyna Grzybowska-Walecka from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and myself for euandi, and Katarzyna Sobolewska-Myślik and Dominika Kasprowicz for EU Vox. I hope to publish a book in the Polish language which will, among others, report some of the discussions that we held during the panel.
The second panel was entitled European Democracy in Times of Crisis. Its goal was to launch the latest issue of Yearbook of Polish European Studies (YPES), a peer-reviewed English language annual on European Integration published by the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. Among panel’s participants were some of the authors who contributed to the issue (Marta Witkowska from the University of Warsaw, Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka from the University of Wrocław, and Paweł Kaleta from the European Parliament), Anna Sroka from the University of Warsaw, and last but not least, our colleagues from abroad: Steven Van Hecke from the University of Leuven, David Bailey from Birmingham University, Michael Holmes from Hope University in Liverpool and Erol Külahci from Free University in Brussels (ULB). The photo below shows Steven Van Hecke during his presentation.
Finally, I gave a presentation on Teaching Interpersonal Skills on EU Studies Degree a panel entitled Good practices in European Studies education.
The year 2014 has been quite prolific in bringing out various publications (details can be found here). Among the most important ones in the English language are a paper on European political foundations and their development published in Acta Politica (together with Steven Van Hecke, details here). Additionally, I published a paper on attitudes of Polish political parties toward European integration (in a book edited by Nicolo Conti, details here), and co-authored a report commissioned by Consitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (full version can be downloaded here). Among the Polish-language publications are three book chapters devoted to theories of European integration, transnational lists for elections to the European Parliament and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching practices.
This website has been running for some time only in the Polish language. Therefore it is high time that I run it simoultaneously in English, particularly because a large part of my research and publications is in fact in English. For now you can find it here an up-to-date list of my publications, and periodic news about the latest developments.