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The Polish Research Centre and the Institute of Political Science and International Relations would like to invite you to the international academic conference

UK: yesterday, today, tomorrow
International Conference on Contemporary British Politics

The conference will be organized in Krakow, Poland on 23 and 24 November 2023

Venue: Faculty of International and Political Studies, ul. Władysława Reymonta 4, Kraków



10:15 –10:45 Registration

11:00 –13:00

Opening of the Conference. Keynote Lecture (room 039)


Prof. dr hab. Paweł Laidler – Dean of the Faculty

Dr hab. Arkady Rzegocki, prof. JU - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Ireland

Rachel Launay, Director of the British Council Poland and Czech Republic

British Embassy Representative


Keynote Lecture

Professor Lee McGowan, Queen’s University Belfast, Orbiting Europeanisation? An analysis of the UK post Brexit

13:00 –14:00

Lunch break

14 :00 –15:30

Panel I. Contemporary British Conservatism (room 238)

Chair: dr Michał Dulak (Jagiellonian University)


Dr Alan Convery & Dr Benjamin Martill, University of Edinburgh, Conservative Party's internal debates about Europe

Dr Elżbieta Sadowska-Wieciech, University of the National Education Commission, Krakow, British Conservative Party and local government

Dr Marcin Galent, Jagiellonian University, Liz Truss’s premiership as the last stand of Thatcherite conservatism in Britain

15:30 –16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 18:00

Panel II. Devolution. Changes to the British political system (room 238)

Chair: dr Małgorzata Kułakowska (Jagiellonian University)


Dr hab. Robert Gawłowski, prof. WSB, WSB Merito University in Torun, Devolve and forget? Assessment of devolution reform in the UK after 25 years

Dr hab. Tomasz Czapiewski, prof. US, University of Szczecin, Legacy and impact of Nicola Sturgeon as Scotland's First Minister (2014-2023)

Dr hab. Aleksander Głogowski, prof. JU, Jagiellonian University, The Northern Ireland Protocol and Brexit as a potential threat for the peace process in Northern Ireland

Dr Łukasz Danel, Krakow University of Economics, The Impact of Brexit on Attempts to Find an Answer to the West Lothian Question



9:45 – 11:45

Panel III. Governance transformations in the United Kingdom (room 238)

Chair: dr hab. Tomasz Wieciech, prof. JU (Jagiellonian University)


Dr hab. Garry Robson, prof. JU, Jagiellonian University, UK governance, globalism and the emerging digital technocracy

Dr Maciej Olejnik, University of Wrocław, What makes grassroots lobbying effective? The effectiveness of the e-petitions at the national level in the United Kingdom

Dr Hector Calleros, University of Warsaw, Democratic Legitimacy and Constitutional Monarchy

Martyna Woźniak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Monarchy in the past and present. The reign of Queen Elizabeth II versus the reign of King Charles III

11:45 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 14:00

Panel IV. UK’s contemporary foreign policy (room 238)

Chair: dr hab. Aleksander Głogowski, prof. JU (Jagiellonian University)


Professor Natalia Yakovenko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, The United Kingdom Facing Russia-Ukraine War

Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Stadtmüller, University of Wrocław, United Kingdom's approach towards the global order in period of the Russian-Ukrainian war

Dr Przemysław Biskup, Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Global Britain Between Tilt to the Indo-Pacific and the War in Ukraine: Implications for Poland and EU

Dr Justyna Eska-Mikołajewska, Krakow University of Economics, A new role for the United Kingdom under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak - implications for the Pacific countries

14:00 – 15:00

Lunch break

15:00 - 17:00

Panel V. Changes and trends in contemporary British society (room 238)

Chair: dr Michał Dulak (Jagiellonian University)


Dr hab. Radosław Rybkowski, prof. JU, Jagiellonian University, What is the name? Polish-UK academic collaboration

Dr hab. Monika Banaś, prof. JU, Jagiellonian University, Shades of Populism. Anti-migrant rhetoric in political discourse in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden, 2020 – 2023

Dr Małgorzata Kułakowska, Jagiellonian University, Mapping social change. UK Censuses 1991-2022

Stephen Davies, University of Warsaw, Between the devil and the deep blue sea – politics as a factor in primary and onward migration for British citizens living long-term in Poland


Closing remarks


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