International Week

The University of Opole invites you to participate in the 2 nd Central European International Week by the University of Opole held on 8th – 12th April 2019.

This is the second time we undertake the initiative of making our colleagues connected and creating common grounds for further cooperation.

The organizers can help arrange accommodation at the university facilities or in the town. There will be a cultural programme and a possibility to arrange weekend trips before or after the International Week to the nearby Polish cities of Wroclaw or Krakow and to other European cities. The chance to explore Central Europe will definitely broaden the experience of our international colleagues coming from all over the world.

We would like to invite all our partners to join the event and take part in any of the following modules:

*Participation in the International Week is free of charge for the University of Opole students and staff.

Guest lectures by visiting professors

Training sessions and contact seminars

International Conference

Guest lectures by visiting professors

The University of Opole runs several study programmes in English (hello.uni.opole.pl/study) in the disciplines ranging from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences. It will be our pleasure to invite you, your faculty members to visit us and share your knowledge by giving our students lectures, workshops, or seminars. 

Guest lectures will be scheduled upon registration (excluding the conference panels and workshops if participating).

Training sessions and contact seminars

Located in the very centre of Europe, connected to many universities on the continent and beyond, the University of Opole strives to establish itself as a meeting point for prospective collaborators to exchange experiences, discuss good practices, and make academic connections.

The list of sessions will be announced soon.

Shortage Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Deficiencies in Social, Cultural, and Natural Contexts

International Conference - April 9, 2019

Students and PhD candidates who would like to share their research projects and discuss them with experts are welcome to join the conference panel for students held on 10 April 2019

To take part please register through an online form and include the topic of your proposed presentation with a short abstract  by 20 March 2019.

Papers accepted for the conference should be 15 minutes long.

Important dates

  • Registration and abstract submission: before 20 March 2019
  • Acceptance: 25 March 2019
  • Fee payment: 9 April 2019
  • Conference: 9 April 2019
  • Student panel: 10 April 2019
  • Central European International Week at the University of Opole:
    8 – 12 April 2019

    Click here to find more information.

After the age of extremes (Hobsbawm, 1994) and the prosperity of the Core at the cost of the Peripheries (Wallerstein, 2004), the world is probably drifting inevitably towards the times of deficiencies. The anthropocene accelerates towards a severe intervention into the biodiversity, ecology and climate. Also the human societies and cultures, together with spaces and spheres of communication seem to undergo a similar dynamic. The saturation and acceleration leads to acute limitation. We introduce the perspective of deficiencies to talk about the problems of contemporary world. Shortage studies are interdisciplinary and inclusive, although we seek papers devoted to the consequences of human activity.

This interdisciplinary conference is devoted but not limited to the following topics:

  • shrinking public sphere (democracy)
  • truth/information (as opposed to fake news, misinformation, manipulation)
  • attention (as opposed to streams of content and information overload)
  • ethnocentrism (as opposed to human universalism, European identity, human rights, interculturalism)
  • science-public gap or evidence based policy (as opposed to emotion and political marketing driven policies)
  • privacy (as opposed to surveillance, skewed life-work balance)
  • work (as opposed to unemployment, automation and AI)
  • equality in class, gender, race and ethnicity (as opposed to solidarity and equality)
  • ecological sustainability and biodiversity (as opposed to pollution, warming, and exploitation)
  • urban public spaces (as opposed to gentrification and commercialization of space)
  • academic freedom (as opposed to predatory publishing, neoliberal ranking, and academic bureaucracy)

Conference Programme

Conference papers will be published in Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies“, an interdisciplinary on-line academic journal founded and published by the Institute of Political Sciences, University of Opole.

The Journal publishes articles (in the Polish and English languages). The articles will be published in an open access.

The participation is free of charge

The Central European Week by The University of Opole is organized under the auspices of the Vice-Rector for Research and Finance prof. dr hab. Janusz Słodczyk Organizing committee: prof. dr hab. Robert Geisler/Institute of Sociology, Dr. Michał Wanke, Office for International Study Programmes/Institute of Sociology, Halina Palmer-Piestrak, MA, Erasmus Office, Oksana Smolnikova, MA, Office for International Study Programmes.