Centre for European and International Studies Research

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Ms Sylwia Bobryk

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) European Studies (First Class Honours) (Portsmouth University), International Master’s Degree Programme in European Studies (Distinction) (Portsmouth University & Jagiellonian University)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Email: sylwia.bobryk@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently working towards a PhD. My research project is a study of how narratives of the past were constructed in history textbooks by powerful groups in Polish society in the period 1989-2009. In order to identify shifts in the narratives of the past and the portrayals of the nation and Europe I carry out a comparative study of history textbooks that were in use during the years 1989, 1999 and 2009. I aim to situate the changes of the narratives within the prevailing political and societal dynamics and identify how the changes are linked to the wider competition between the networks of powerful societal groups over textbooks perceived as a tool for constructing collective identity. The project will inquire whether and how Polish textbooks are increasingly moving beyond a narrow national focus and narrative drawing upon European tropes. Thus, the issue of transnationalisation of Polish history narratives in textbooks used in schools will be analysed as a part of larger processes of societal transformation in the post-Cold War period.


Research Clusters

  • Transnational Europe
  • Social and Cultural History

Discipline Areas

  • History
  • Area Studies
  • Politics

Current Research Projects

  • Narrating the past? Changing images of a nation and Europe in Polish history textbooks since 1989