The Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies (formerly the ASEEES Orbis Book Prize), sponsored by the Kulczycki family, former owners of the Orbis Books Ltd. of London, England, is awarded annually for the best book in any discipline, on any aspect of Polish affairs, published in the previous calendar year.
The Kulczycki Book Prize carries a cash award. The award is presented at the ASEEES Annual Convention.
Beth Holmgren, Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America (Indiana University Press).
2014 Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies Committee
The winner of the Kulczycki Books Prize in Polish Studies will be chosen by the following scholars:
- Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Commitee Chair, 2012-2014
4118 N Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211-2058
Tomasz Kamusella, University of St Andrews (UK); PSA Representative*, 2014-2016
Centre for Transnational History
School of History
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s Lodge, The Scores
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AR
- Tamara Trojanowska, University of Toronto (Canada); 2013-2015
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto
121 St. Joseph Str.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4
- *The PSA representative is nominated by the Polish Studies Association President.
Rules of eligibility
Rules of eligibility for the Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies competition are as follows:
- The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2013 to be eligible for the 2014 competition).
- Only works originally published in English, outside of Poland, are eligible
- The book must be a monograph predominantly on Polish studies, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
- Strong preference will be given to works by first-time authors.
- The competition is open to works in any discipline, dealing with any aspect of Polish affairs.
- Textbooks, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
- Previous winners of the Kulczycki/Orbis Prize are ineligible.
Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses above) AND to the ASEEES main office (address in the footnote). Nominations must be received no later than May 7.
Submissions should be clearly marked “ASEEES Kulczycki Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received please enclose with the copy mailed to the ASEEES main office a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope or a postcard.
Winners of the Kulczycki (Orbis) Books Prize in Polish Studies
The following scholars received the Kulczycki (Orbis) Book Prize in the past (The Prize was known as the Orbis Prize until 2011.):
- 2012 -Brian Porter-Szűcs, Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland (Oxford University Press).
- 2011-Antony Polonsky for The Jews in Poland and Russia, vol. I, 1350-1881 and vol. II, 1881-1914 (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization).
Honorable Mention: Bożena Shallcross for The Holocaust Object in Polish and Polish-Jewish Culture (Indiana University Press).
- 2010 -co-winners: Clare Cavanagh for Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West (Yale University Press); Neal Pease for Rome's Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland 1914-1939 (Ohio University Press & Swallow Press)
- 2009 - co-winners: Tomasz Inglot for Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004 (Cambridge University Press) and Roman Koropeckyj received the prize for Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic (Cornell University Press)
- 2008 - Samuel D. Kassow for Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (Indiana University Press)
- 2007 - Marci Shore for Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 (Yale University Press); and Geneviève Zubrzycki for The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press)
- 2006 - Timothy J. Cooley for Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians (Indiana University Press)
- 2005 - Elizabeth C. Dunn for Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business and the Remaking of Labor (Cornell University Press)
- 2004 - Jonathan Huener, Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979 (Ohio University Press)
- 2003 - Ezra Mendelsohn, Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art (Brandeis University Press and University Press of New England); Jolanta T. Pekacz, Music in the Culture of Polish Galicia, 1772-1914 (University of Rochester Press)
- 2002 - Roman Koropeckyj, The Poetics of Revitalization: Adam Mickiewicz between Forefathers' Eve, Part 3, and Pan Tadeusz (Columbia University Press); Keely Stauter-Halsted, The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Cornell University Press)
- 2001 - Karin Friedrich, The Other Prussia: Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772 (Cambridge University Press); Johannes Remy, Higher Education and National Identity: Polish Student Activism in Russia 1832-1862 (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Finland)
- 2000 - Grzegorz Ekiert and Jan Kubik, Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993 (University of Michigan Press)
- 1999 - Daniel H. Cole, Instituting Environmental Protection: From Red to Green in Poland (St. Martin's Press)
- 1998 - Padraic Kenney, Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950 (Cornell University Press)
- 1997 - Kathleen M. Cioffi, Alternative Theatre in Poland (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers)
- 1996 - Richard Noyce, Contemporary Painting in Poland (Roseville East, Australia: Craftsman House, dist. in US by Gordon and Breach Publishing Group)