Simon Target's documentary, Masha and Valentyna, at the Parliament House in Canberra, 31 July 2023.

Dear friends, I flew to Canberra for a very special event at the Parliament building - the screening of Simon Target's documentary "Masha and Valentyna".

The event was introduced by the member for Bean, Mr David Smith, MP. and attended by prominent members of the Ukrainian, Polish and Australian communities, including Ms Agata Utnicka, Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra, Mr Stefan Romaniw, Co-Chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations. Unfortunately, His Excellency Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, could not attend due to an urgent meeting in Ukraine. His wife, Liana spoke on his behalf.

It was an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face again with some of the AIPA members in Canberra, particularly with the film creator Simon Target and Beata Zatorska, an impressive couple and outstanding film-making associates (Beata has produced this film), as well as AIPA Board member, Dr Kasia Williams from ANU.

It was a very moving experience and a reminder of how wartime tragedy can shatter our lives anytime.

Please see this film and promote it through friendship groups, social media, and other channels.

Best regards,

Dr Alexandra Dunwill

AIPA President

Meeting with Polish Sociologists

AIPA members in Melbourne had the pleasure of meeting with Polish sociologists who came to Australia to participate in the XX ISA Congress of Sociology. Our guests were Professor Piotr Kulas and Professor Tomasz Zarycki from the University of Warsaw, Dr Tomasz Zając from the University of Queensland, Mr Marek Rohr-Garztecki from the Collegium Civitas, and Mr Michal Nawrocki from the University of Warsaw. The conference theme was Resurgent Authoritarianism; Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies. We all enjoyed the exciting presentations and took part in fascinating discussions. All in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

A Pandemic of Populists - recording of the webinar with Professor Sadurski.

Dear AIPA Members and Friends,

You are invited to the AIPA webinar, A Pandemic of Populists: On the Populist Threat to Constitutional Democracy, with the prominent and, to some, controversial expert on constitutional law, Professor Wojciech Sadurski. 

The recording of the webinar that took place on Thursday, 6th October is now available on the AIPA YouTube chanel.

Following our successful seminar with Professor Martin Krygier, we would like to explore further the rise, and the dangers, of populism. This lecture by Wojciech Sadurski will examine the nature of the populist challenge to liberal constitutional democracy, focusing on Poland.

Best wishes,

Dr Alexandra Margaret Dunwill

AIPA President

Webinar with Professor Martin Krygier: Populism and the Rule of Law – in the world and in Warsaw.

Dear Friends,

The recording of the AIPA webinar with the prominent expert on constitutional law, Professor Martin Krygier, "Populism and the Rule of Law – in the world and in Warsaw" is now available.

Please see the details on the attached flyer - the link to the recording of the webinar is here.

Zaproszenie na seminarium "Elitarne szkoły w Polsce po 1989 roku

AIPA President, Dr Alexandra Margaret Dunwill, has been invited to present her research findings at the webinar organised by the Laboratory of Analysis of the Transformation of Elites and Intelligentsia, #Elitylab UW, operating at the Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw.

Please see the invitation below for more details.

Szanowni Państwo, 

Laboratorium Analiz Transformacji Elit i Inteligencji, #Elitylab UW działające przy Wydziale „Artes Liberales” zaprasza na otwarte seminarium Elitarne szkoły w Polsce po 1989 roku.

Podczas seminarium wyniki swoich badań zaprezentuje dr Alexandra Dunwill (Prezes Australijskiego Instytutu Spraw Polskich). Skomentuje je prof. UW. dr Grażyna Czetwertyńska (Wydział „Artes Liberales”, Uniwersytet Warszawski). Po prezentacji zapraszamy na wspólną dyskusję. 

Jednym z punktów wyjścia do rozmowy będzie tekst European, national or global? Elite schools in postcommunist Poland (Alexandra Dunwill, "Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies", Vol 13 (1), 2021). Zachęcamy do lektury, tekst dostępny jest pod poniższym linkiem:

Spotkanie odbędzie się 23 czerwca 2022 o godzinie 13:00 (9.00 pm w Australii) w formacie online.

Link do spotkania:

Z wyrazami szacunku

Piotr Kulas, Karolina Filipczak