Life Stories of Incredible Women, or How to Tell the History of Poland in a Different Way

A lecture by Dr. Monika Browarczyk

Date: 3 February 2017
Time: 2 pm
Venue: Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies; 1st Floor Tutorial Building, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007

A devout Christian princess of Bohemia who baptised the barbarians; a countess who seduced a great emperor in an attempt to safe her motherland; a scientist who won the Nobel price twice and in two different categories; a megastar of early cinema who romanced Charlie Chaplin; and a humanitarian who during the dark times of the Holocaust saved more lives than any other individual. Dr. Monika Browarczyk will take a look at the unique and inspiring life stories of five prodigious Polish women – Doubravka, Maria Countess Walewska, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Pola Negri and Irena Sendler which reflect the complicated and rich history of Poland.
This lecture will also be presented at Manipal University on 7 February 2017.

Dr. Monika Browarczyk has been working as associate professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland since 2000. She received a doctorate in Hindi literature in 2005 and from 2005 to 2008 she was on deputation at the University of Delhi. On merit of her academic work on Hindi literature she was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2012-2013. Together with Maria Puri she translated into Hindi a selection of poems by Adam Zagajewski (published in 2011 by Sahitya Akademi in a bilingual edition) and Andrzej Stasiuk’s Tales of Galicia (published in 2014 by Rajkamal Prakashan). In 2013 she edited and co-translated into Polish a selection of poems by Harivansh Rai Bachchan (published by Namas). Her research interests include Hindi literature, autobiographical writings, socio-political aspects of modern India, and translation studies.

The lecture will also be presented at the Manipal University on 7 February 2017.