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Tomasz Soroka, Ph.D.

Tomasz Soroka, Ph.D.

Dr. Soroka holds a Ph.D. in political science (Jagiellonian University, 2010); an M.A. in cultural studies with a minor in American Studies (Jagiellonian University, 2003); and a 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 the Institute of Canadian Studies (University of Ottawa, 2005 and 2011). He is also the recipient of scholarships and grants from the International Council for Canadian Studies (research grant, Library and Archives Canada and the University of Ottawa, 2005), the Central European Association for Canadian Studies (Masaryk University, Brno, 2004), and the JU Faculty of International and Political Studies’ grants for young scholars (conference grants for travel to Istanbul, New Orleans, and Zagreb as well as a book project). In 2004-2010 and 2013-2016, he served on the executive board of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies as Secretary General.

Functions:

  • Dean's Representative for General Affairs
  • Head of the M.A. in TransAtlantic Studies program (2019-2020)
  • Faculty Team for Evaluation and Science
Academic interests:
  • Language policies, rights, and laws in Canada and the United States
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • The evolution of the monarchy in Canada
  • The history and evolution of Canada’s relations with Britain (the British Empire / Commonwealth)

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Publications

2018, Międzynarodowa pozycja Kanady 2006-2018 (“Canada’s International Position 2006-2018”), Lodz: 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, Krakow: Księgarnia Akademicka, pp. 331. (co-author: M. Gabryś).

2014, Rola Kanady w transformacji Imperium Brytyjskiego. Analiza stosunków kanadyjsko-brytyjskich w okresie międzywojennym (“The Role of Canada in the Transformation of the British Empire: An Analysis of Canadian-British Relations in the Interwar Period”), Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow, 254 pp. (in Polish).

2020, Feminism and Gender Equality in Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy, [in:] Canadian Political, Social and Historical (Re)visions in 20th and 21st Centuries, Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Marczuk-Karbownik, Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek (eds.), Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 45-70.

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 (“Canada-U.S. Economic Relations Under the Presidency of Donald Trump”) [in:] Amerykańskie wybory prezydenckie w erze postprawdy. Aktorzy, strategie, konteksty (“American Presidential Elections in the Post-Truth Era: Actors, Strategies, Contexts”), eds. Jan Misiuna, Małgorzata Molęda-Zdziech, Sabina Łubiarz. Warsaw: Oficyna Wydawnicza SGH, pp. 49-69.

2016, Polityka językowa Kanady a prawa językowe ludności rdzennej (“Canada’s Language Policy: Indigenous Language Rights”), [in:] Pani Anna w Kanadzie. Księga pamiątkowa dedykowana Pani Profesor Annie Reczyńskiej (“Anna in Canada: A Volume Dedicated to Prof. Anna Reczynska”), eds. Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek, Krakow: Księgarnia Akademicka, 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, Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, pp. 123-141.

2013, Polityka zagraniczna. Kanada w globalnym systemie relacji politycznych i wojskowych (“Foreign Policy: Canada in the Global System of Political and Military Relations”), [in:] Kanada na przełomie XX i XXI wieku. Polityka, społeczeństwo, edukacja (“Canada in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries: Policies, Society, Education”), ed. M. Kijewska-Trembecka, Krakow: Księgarnia Akademicka, pp. 97-160 (in Polish).

2013, Quebecka lekcja dla Szkocji. Prawne podstawy i polityczne organizacji referendów niepodległościowych w Szkocji i Quebecu (“Quebec’s Lesson for Scotland: The Legal and Political Aspects of Independence Referendums in Scotland and Quebec”), [in:] Konstytucjonalizm w państwach anglosaskich (“Constitutional Issues in English-Speaking Countries”), ed. A. Zięba, Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 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, Brno: Masaryk University, pp. 281-292.

2013, The Role of the 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, Brno: Masaryk University, 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, Brno: Central European Association for Canadian Studies, pp. 81-96.

2005, The 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, Krakow: Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, pp. 533-544.

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 Immigration to Canada in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries in the Context of 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 of Parliament 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, pp. 9-17 (co-author: Agnieszka Rzepa).

“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).

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

The Image of Canada in Poland, ed. Mirosława Buchholtz, "Ad Americam", 5/2004, pp. 115-122.

Content Editing / Proofreading: J. Gierak-Onoszko, 27 śmierci Toby’ego Obeda (“The Twenty-Seventh Deaths of Toby Obed”), Warsaw: 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).

2019, 25-27 September, “Feminism and Gender Equality in Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy.” Eighth Triennial Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, University of Lodz, Poland

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

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

2018, 9 March, “2008-2018: A Visa-Free Decade.” Twentieth 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 U.S.-Canadian Economic Relations”). Fourth Academic Conference of the Polish Association of International Relations, Lodz, Poland.

2017, 16 November, "Relacje gospodarcze pomiędzy Kanadą a USA za prezydentury Trumpa" (“Canada-U.S. Economic Relations Under the Trump Presidency”), Sixth Festival of Canadian Culture, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

2017, 11 May, “Donald Trump and Canada: The Impact of the Trump Presidency on Canada.” The Academic Conference: "Amerykańskie wybory prezydenckie w erze postprawdy – aktorzy, strategie, konteksty" (“American Presidential Elections in the Post-Truth Era: Actors, Strategies, Contexts”). 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 the International Arena Under Justin Trudeau: A Return to Tradition or a New Era in Canadian Foreign Policy?”). Sixth Congress of the Polish Association of International Relations, Lodz, Poland (in Polish).

2016, 19-21 May, “How and Why Did Canada Drop its UN Peacekeeping Role?”, Seventh Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Torun, Poland.

2015, 9-10 October, “Nunavut’s Language Policy: Unprecedented Protection of an Aboriginal Language.” Seventh 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." (“The 2014 Election in Quebec”), "Podsumowanie roku 2014 w Kanadzie" (“A Summary of 2014 in Canada”), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (in Polish).

2015, 14 April, “Interculturalism: Quebec's Distinct Model of Integration”, Third 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, United States.

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

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

2014, 8 April, "Skandal finansowy w kanadyjskim Senacie" (“A Financial Scandal in the Canadian Senate”), "Podsumowanie roku 2013 w Kanadzie" (“A Summary of 2013 in Canada”), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 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 the People’s Republic of China in Contemporary Canadian Foreign Policy: Canada-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century.” International Academic Conference on Social Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.

2013, 5 June, "Chris Hadfield i Luka Rocco Magnotta - Kanadyjczycy, których poznał świat" (“Chris Hadfield and Luka Rocco Magnotta: Canadians Who Became Famous the World Over”), "Podsumowanie roku 2012 w Kanadzie" (“A Summary of 2012 in Canada”), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (in Polish).

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

2012, 15-16 November, "Społeczne i kulturowe skutki migracji z Polski na przełomie wieków" (“The Social and Cultural Effects of Polish Immigration to Canada at the Turn of the Twentieth Twenty-First Centuries”), Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (co-author: A. Reczyńska; in Polish).

2012, 12-14 October, “The Monarchy in Canada: Should It Go or Remain?” Sixth 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: The Legal and Political Aspects of Independence Referendums in Scotland and Quebec”), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (in Polish).

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

2011, 23-25 March, "Polityka językowa Quebeku – założenia, ewolucja, współczesna dynamika" (“Quebec’s Language Policy: Its Premises and Evolution”), Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland (in Polish).

2010, 7-9 October, “English-Canadian Nationalism and Canadian Aspirations Towards Political Independence from Britain in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.” Fifth Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, Krakow, Poland.

2007, 26-28 April, “Evolution Versus Revolution: The Statute of Westminster (1931) as a Symbol of Canada’s Evolutionary Political Values.” Fourth 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.” Fourth 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 Declaration of Independence and Canadas’ Emancipation Efforts: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives”), Pultusk Academy of Humanities, Poland (in Polish).

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

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

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Research projects and media

  • 2019-2021, Polish National Science Center research grant: The Place and Role of the Inuit Language in Nunavut’s Law and Politics.
  • Language Policies and Laws in Canada: book project.
  • 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 – book co-author
  • 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: An 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 Republic
  • 2004, Polish Association for Canadian Studies – conference grant, Szeged, Hungary

  • 2014-2020 – interviews for TOK FM (Polish private radio broadcaster) on Canadian politics
  • 2020, 6 August – comments for "Polityka" (Polish weekly magazine) on the role of history in Canadian politics (in Polish)
  • 2020, 14 January – comments for the "Polish Press Agency" on Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle intentions to move to Canada (in Polish)
  • 2020, 14 January – comments for CBC News: “Canada as a Middle Power in an Upended World: Time for a Foreign Policy Reset?
  • 2019, 26 October – consultation and comments for "Polityka" (Polish weekly magazine) on the 2019 Canada federal election (author: J. Gierak-Onoszko)
  • 2019, 22 October – interviewed by TOK FM (Polish nationwide radio broadcaster) on federal election results in Canada (in Polish)
  • 2019, 4 October – consultation and comments for Onet.pl (Polish news portal) on Canada’s visa policies (author: K. Turecki)
  • 2019, 25 September – interviewed by "Holistic News" (Polish quarterly magazine) on Canada’s difficult past (author: K. Kapera)
  • 2017, 6 July – interview for Radio ZET (Polish nationwide radio broadcaster) on President Trump’s visit to Poland · 2017, 28 March – interview for Gazeta Wyborcza (Polish daily newspaper) on the legalization of marijuana in Canada (author: A. Gurgul)
  • 2017, 6 March and 23 January – “Interviews for Students” (Pierwsza Poprawka) radio UJOT FM on contemporary Canadian politics · 2016, 13 October – participation in the expert debate “CETA: Who Will Benefit and Who Will Lose?” (Jagiellonian University, Interia.pl; in Polish)
  • 2016, 13 October – interview for the Polish website Interia.pl on the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement – CETA (in Polish) · 2015, 17 June – interviews for Canadian public broadcaster’s CBC News channel, filmed by “CBC: The National” in the movie material on Canada’s image and foreign policy and Canadian studies in Poland.