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dr Tomasz Soroka

dr Tomasz Soroka

Holds a Ph.D, in political science (Jagiellonian University, 2010); M.A. in cultural studies, minor in American Studies (Jagiellonian University, 2003); B.A. in English philology (University of Opole, Teachers’ Training College, Opole, 2001). He was a visiting scholar at McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, Montreal (2013) and at Institute of Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa (2005 and 2011). He has also been an awardee of scholarships and grants of the International Council for Canadian Studies (research grant, Library and Archives Canada & University of Ottawa, 2005), Central European Association for Canadian Studies (Masaryka University, Brno, 2004), JU Faculty of International and Political Studies grants for young scholars (conference grants – Istanbul, New Orleans, Zagreb; book project). In 2004-2010 and 2013-2016, he served on the executive of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies as Secretary General.

Functions:

Media:

Academic interests:

  • Language policies, rights and laws in Canada and the US
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • The evolution of monarchy in Canada
  • History and evolution of Canadian relations with Britain (the British Empire / Commonwealth)

Research projects & grants:

  • Language policies and laws in Canada – book project.

Past research projects & grants:

  • 2018, Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University – publication grant, Canada’s International Position: 2006-2018 - participant in the book project
  • 2012-2017, Polish National Science Center research grant: Canada as a Selective Power. Canada’s Role and International Position after 1989 ¬– participant in the book project
  • 2016-2017, Polish Senate grant: Documentation of the activities of the Polish diaspora in Toronto helping Poland and Polish immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s – participant in the project 
  • 2015, Grant of the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University for young researchers: Unprecedented Protection of an Aboriginal Language (2014-2015) – conference grant, Zagreb (9-10 Oct. 2015)
  • 2015, Grant of the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University for young researchers: Canada’s Selective Engagement in Contemporary Foreign Affairs (2014-2015) – conference grant, New Orleans (18-21 Feb. 2015)
  • 2011-2014, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education Grant: Peace, Order and Good Government. The Most Important Political Issues of Contemporary Canada – co-author of a book
  • 2013-2014, Grant of the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University for young researchers: The Role of Canada in the Transformation of the British Empire: The Analysis of Canadian-British Relations in the Interwar Period – book project. 
  • 2013 – Visiting researcher, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, Montreal
  • 2013, Grant of the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University for young researchers): The Role of People’s Republic of China in Contemporary Canadian Foreign Policy - conference grant, Istanbul (27-28 July 2013) 
  • 2011 – Visiting researcher, Institute of Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • 2005, International Council for Canadian Studies Graduate Student Scholarship – library research grant, University of Ottawa; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
  • 2005 – Visiting researcher, Institute of Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • 2005, International Council for Canadians Studies – conference grant, University of Ottawa / Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2005, Polish Association for Canadian Studies – library research grant, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • 2004, Central European Association for Canadian Studies – library research grant, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Rep.
  • 2004, Polish Association for Canadian Studies – conference grant, Szeged, Hungary

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Publications

Books

2018, Międzynarodowa pozycja Kanady 2006-2018, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego [Canada’s International Position 2006-2018, University of Lodz Press], 196 pp., (co-authors: M. Gabryś, M. Marczuk-Karbownik), 

2017, Canada as a Selective Power: Canada’s Role and International Position after 1989, Księgarnia Akademicka, Kraków, pp. 331. (co-author M. Gabryś)

2014, Rola Kanady w transformacji Imperium Brytyjskiego. Analiza stosunków kanadyjsko-brytyjskich w okresie międzywojennym, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków [The Role of Canada in the Transformation of the British Empire: The Analysis of Canadian-British Relations in the Interwar Period, Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow], 254 pp. [in Polish].

Chapters

2018, The Evolution of Francophone Language Rights in Canada’s Federal Law, [in:] Perspectives on Canada: International Canadian Studies despite Harper and Trudeau, eds. Barbara Butrymowska, Uwe Zaratzki. Verlag Dr. Kovac, Hamburg, pp. 119-145.

2018, Relacje gospodarcze Kanady z USA w obliczu prezydentury Donalda Trumpa, [in:] Amerykańskie wybory prezydenckie w erze postprawdy. Aktorzy, strategie, konteksty, [Canada-U.S. Economic Relations under the Presidency of Donald Trump, in: American Presidential Election in the Post-Truth Era. Actors, Strategies, Contexts], eds. Jan Misiuna, Małgorzata Molęda-Zdziech, Sabina Łubiarz. Oficyna Wydawnicza SGH, Warszawa, pp. 49-69.

2016, Polityka językowa Kanady a prawa językowe ludności rdzennej, [in:] Pani Anna w Kanadzie. Księga pamiątkowa dedykowana Pani Profesor Annie Reczyńskiej [Canada’s Language Policies: Indigineous Language Rights, in: Ms. Anne in Canada: Volume Dedicated to Prof. Anna Reczynska], eds. Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek, Księgarnia Akademicka, Kraków, pp. 287-324. [in Polish]

2015, Canada’s Great War: The Rise of Canadian Policy of Autonomism, [in:] Conflicting Discourses, Competing Memories: Commemorating the First World War, eds. A. Branach-Kallas, N. Sabiniarz, N. Strehlau, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika [Nicolaus Copernicus University Press], Toruń, pp. 123-141.

2013, Polityka zagraniczna. Kanada w globalnym systemie relacji politycznych i wojskowych [w:] Kanada na przełomie XX i XXI wieku. Polityka, społeczeństwo, edukacja,[Foreign Policy: Canada in the System of Global Political and Military Relations in: Canada at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Policies, Society, Education], ed. M. Kijewska-Trembecka, Księgarnia Akademicka, Kraków, pp. 97-160. [in Polish]

2013, Quebecka lekcja dla Szkocji. Prawne podstawy i polityczne organizacji referendów niepodległościowych w Szkocji i Quebecu, [w:] Konstytucjonalizm w państwach anglosaskich, [Quebec’s Lesson for Scotland: Legal and Political Aspects of Independence Referendums in Scotland and Quebec in: Constitutional Issues in English-speaking Countries], ed. A. Zięba, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego [Jagiellonian University Press], Kraków, ss. 203-228. [in Polish]

2013, Monarchy in Canada: Its Rise, Evolution and Future, [in:] Variations on Community: The Canadian Space, ed. L. Otrisalova, E. Martonyi, Masaryk University, Brno, pp. 281-292.

2013, The Role of People’s Republic of China in Contemporary Canadian Foreign Policy: Canada-China Relations in the 21st Century, [in:] Conference Proceedings: International Academic Conference on Social Sciences, 27-28 July 2013 – Istanbul, ed. M. Nakashidze, Istanbul, pp. 525-534.

2009, William Lyon Mackenzie King: A New Era of Canadian Relations with Europe, [in:] Imaginative Spaces: Canada in the European Mind, Europe in the Canadian Mind, ed. Judit Molnar, Masaryk University, Brno, pp. 237-245.

2006, Changes in Canada's Official Name as a Symbol of Canadian Liberation from British Influences, [in:] Re/Deconstructing Communities, ed. E. Szabo-Gillinger, K. Kurtosi, Central European Association for Canadian Studies, Brno, pp. 81-96.

2005, Canadian Orange Movement. The Concept of Political and Social Tradition [in:] Place and Memory in Canada: Global Perspectives, ed. M.Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek, A.Reczyńska, A.Śpiewak, Polska Akademia Umiejętności [Polish Academy of Arts ans Sciences], Kraków, pp. 533-544.

Articles

2015, Quebec’s Politics of Language: Uncommonly Restrictive Regime or Ill-Repute Undeserved?, “TransCanadiana: Polish Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue Polonaise d’Études Canadiennes” 7/2014-2015, pp. 151-174.

2013, Polska emigracja do Kanady na przełomie wieków XX i XXI w kontekście kanadyjskiej polityki imigracyjnej, [„Polish Emigration to Canada at uhe Turn hf the 20th and the 21st Century and Canadian Immigration Policy”], „Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny” 39 (3)/2013, pp. 5-18. [co-author: Anna Reczyńska]

2012, Rola i pozycja ustrojowa izb wyższych we współczesnych demokracjach. Casus brytyjskiej Izby Lordów, [The Role and Political Position of Upper Chambers in Modern Democratic States: The Case of The British House Of Lords], „Horyzonty Polityki” 3 (5)/2012, pp. 161-186. [in Polish]

2008, PACS and Canadian Studies in Poland, „TransCanadiana. Polish Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue Polonaise d’Études Canadiennes” 1/2008, ss. 9-17. [co-author: Agnieszka Rzepa]

Editions

“TransCanadiana: Polish Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue Polonaise d’Études Canadiennes”, vol. 7/2014-2015: Canadian Soft Power: Dimensions of Canada´s Influence on the Outside World / Pouvoir de contraindre et pouvoir de convaincre canadiens : de l´influence du Canada à travers le monde. [co-editor: Marcin Gabryś]

Reviews

2019, Leigh Oakes & Yael Peled. Normative Language Policy: Ethics, Politics, Principles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2018, rec. [w:] “Language Problems and Language Planning” 43:2 (2019) link: , pp. 230–234

The Image of Canada in Poland edited by Mirosława Buchholtz. A Book Review, “Ad Americam”, 5/2004, pp. 115-122

Miscellanea

Content editing / proofreading: J. Gierak-Onoszko, 27 śmierci Toby’ego Obeda [27 Deaths of Toby Obed], Warszawa: Dowody na Istnienie, 2019

PACS Newsletter / Bulletin de l’APEC (2014), “TransCanadiana: Polish Journal of Canadian Studies”, 7/2014-2015, pp. 249-297. [co-editor: E. Berek]

PACS Newsletter / Bulletin de l’APEC (2013), „TransCanadiana. Polish Journal of Canadian Studies”, 6/2013, pp. 357-420. [co-editor: E. Bujnowska]

PACS Newsletter / Bulletin de l’APEC (2010), „TransCanadiana. Polish Journal of Canadian Studies”, 3/2010, pp. 269-304. [co-editor: M. Gabryś]

PACS Newsletter / Bulletin de l’APEC (2009), „TransCanadiana. Polish Journal of Canadian Studies”, 2/2009, pp. 255-286. [co-editor: M. Gabryś]

Conference papers

2019, 25-27 September, „Feminism and Gender Equality in Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy”, 8th Triennal Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, University of Lodz, Poland

2018, 20-22 September, “Selflessness or Selectiveness?: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy”, 8th Triennial International Conference of the Central European Association for Canadian Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Rep.

2018, 23 April, “Canada as a Selective Power: Canada in International Relation in the 21st Century”, DSPS Research Seminar, University of Catania, Italy.

2018, 9 March, “2008-2018: A Visa-Free Decade”, 20th Anniversary of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Embassy of Canada, Warsaw, Poland.2017, 1 December, „Wpływ retoryki i polityki gospodarczej Donalda Trumpa na amerykańsko-kanadyjskie relacje ekonomiczne” [The Impact of Donald Trump's rhetoric and economic policy on the U.S.-Canadian economic relations], 4th Academic Conference of the Polish Association of International Relations, Łódź, Poland.

2017, 16 November, „Relacje gospodarcze pomiędzy Kanadą a USA za prezydentury Trumpa” [Canada-U.S. Economic Relations under the Trump Presidency], 6th Festival of Canadian Culture, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.

2017, 11 May, „Donald Trump and Canada: The Impact of the Trump Presidency on Canada”, Konferencja naukowa “Amerykańskie wybory prezydenckie w erze postprawdy – aktorzy, strategie, konteksty”, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.

2016, 9-10 November, „Kanada na arenie międzynarodowej za rządów Justina Trudeau. Powrót do tradycji czy nowa era w kanadyjskiej polityce zagranicznej?” [„Canada in International Relations under Justin Trudeau: A Return to Tradition or a New Era in Canadian Foreign Policy?”], 6th Congress of the Polish Association of International Relations, Łódź, Poland. [in Polish]

2016, 19-21 May, “How and why did Canada drop its UN peacekeeping role?”, 7th Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Toruń, Poland.

2015, 9-10 October, “Nunavut’s Language Policy: Unprecedented Protection of an Aboriginal Language”, 7th Triennial International Conference of CEACS, Zagreb, Croatia.

2015, 11 June, “Quebec ́s Language Policy: Unnecessary War on English or an Unavoidable Necessity?”, Szczecin University, Poland.

2015, 7 May, “Wybory w Quebecu w 2014 r.”, Podsumowanie roku 2014 w Kanadzie [„The 2014 Election in Quebec”, Summary of 2014 in Canada], Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. [in Polish]

2015, 14 April, “Interculturalism: Quebec's distinct model of integration”, III Anglosaskie Spotkania z Kulturą [3rd Meeting with Anglo-Saxon Cultures], Konin, Poland.

2015, 18-21 February, “Canada’s Selective Engagement in Contemporary Foreign Affairs: Still A Middle Power?”, International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA.

2015, 18-21 February, “Canadian and Polish Foreign Policy: A Comparative Perspective”, International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA. [co-author: W. Michnik]

2014, 25-26 September, “Canada’s Great War: The Rise of Independent Canada”, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland.

2014, 8 April, “Skandal finansowy w kanadyjskim Senacie”, Podsumowanie roku 2013 w Kanadzie [„Finance Scandal in the Canada’s Senate”, Summary of 2013 in Canada], Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. [in Polish]

2014, 25-29 March, „The concept of a selective power and the case of Canada’s role in contemporary international politics”, International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. [co-authors: M. Gabryś, W. Michnik]

2013, 27-28 July, “The Role of People’s Republic of China in Contemporary Canadian Foreign Policy: Canada-China Relations in the 21st Century”, International Academic Conference on Social Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.

2013, 5 June, “Chris Hadfield i Luka Rocco Magnotta - Kanadyjczycy, których poznał świat”, Podsumowanie roku 2012 w Kanadzie [“Chris Hadfield and Luka Rocco Magnotta: Canadians Whom the World Got to Know”, Summary of 2012 in Canada] , Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. [in Polish]

2013, 5-7 June, „Quebec’s Language Policy: Evolution, Legal Disputes, Recent Developments”, 6th Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Poznań, Poland.

2012, 15-16 November, “Społeczne i kulturowe skutki migracji z Polski na przełomie wieków” [“Social and Cultural Effects of Polish Emigration to Canada at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries”], Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. [co-author: A. Reczyńska] [in Polish]

2012, 12-14 October, „ Monarchy in Canada: Must It Go or Remain?”, 6th Triennial International Conference of CEACS, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2012, 24-25 May, “Quebecka lekcja dla Szkocji. Prawne podstawy organizacji referendów niepodległościowych w Szkocji i Quebecu” [„Quebec’s Lesson for Scotland: Legal and Political Aspects of Independence Referendums in Scotland and Quebec”], Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland [in Polish]

2012, 30 March, „Imigracja do Kanady – aktualne problemy i projekty zmian prawa imigracyjnego”, Podsumowanie roku 2011 w Kanadzie [„Immigration to Canada: Contemporary Problems and Changes in Canada’s Immigration Laws”, Summary of 2011 in Canada],  Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. [in Polish]

2011, 23-25 March, „Polityka językowa Quebeku – założenia, ewolucja, współczesna dynamika” [„Quebec’s Language Policies: Premises and Evolution], Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland. [in Polish]

2010, 7-9 October, “English-Canadian Nationalism and Canadian Aspirations to Political Independence from Britain at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries”, 5th Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Kraków, Poland.

2007, 26-28 April, “Evolution vs. Revolution. The Statute of Westminster (1931) as a Symbol of Canada’s Evolutionary Political Values”, 4th Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Puławy, Poland.

2006, 27-29 October, “William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Premiership. A New Era of Canadian Relations with Europe”, 4th International Conference of Central European Canadianists, Debrecen, Hungary.

2006, 23-25 April, “Amerykańska Deklaracja Niepodległości a dążenia emancypacyjne Kanady, z perspektywy historycznej i współcześnie” [„The American Delaration of Independence and Political Emancipation of Canada: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives”], Pultusk Academy of Humaties, Poland. [in Polish]

2004, 6-9 October, “Changes in Canada’s Official Name as a Symbol of Canadian Liberation from British Influences”, 13th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies, Szeged, Hungary.

2004, 30 April-3 May, “Canadian Orange Movement: Concept of Political and Social Tradition”, 3rd Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Kraków, Poland.