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Polish – Turkish relations are longer than 600 years but in 2014 we have 600 anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries in 1414. The importance of this event was recognized by Polish minister of foreign affairs Mr. Radosław Sikorski and Turkish minister of foreign affairs Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu when they signal March 21, 2013 joint declaration to celebrate the 600 years of establishment of Polish -Turkish diplomatic relations.

The national program to celebrate the 600 years anniversary in Poland will be coordinated by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vistula University feels particularly obliged to celebrate this important anniversary. 600 years of establishment of diplomatic relations is an opportunity to underline not only the historical ties between Poland and Turkey but also to underline the common contemporary interests linking Poland and Turkey in many areas.

Vistula University as a higher learning institution feels that the best way to celebrate the 600 years anniversary will be scholarly conference on historical and contemporary Polish -Turkish relations. We plan to organize the conference in October 2014. The papers will cover besides history of the relations between our countries also contemporary political, security, economic, scientific and cultural relations. There will be a paper on Poles in Turkey and Turks in Poland. The final paper will be devoted to the perspectives of bilateral Polish -Turkish relations.

Polish and Turkish scholars will present their papers thus strengthening scholarly cooperation between two countries. The results of the conference will published in the form of a book in Polish, Turkish and possibly in English.

Besides the conference we plan to announce national competition with prizes for the best BA, MA and doctoral thesis from the years 2012-2014 on Turkey and Polish-Turkish relations.

Enclosed is the preliminary program of the scholarly conference ’’600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey. History and present”.

Following are the members of Organizational Committee:

Chancellor Vistula University – Chairman of Organizational Committee
Vice chancellor Vistula University Selçuk Mustafa Özcan – Vice chairman of Organizational Committee
Dr Janusz Mrowiec – Vistula University
Prof dr hab. Longin Pastusiak  – Director of Institute of Social Affairs and International Relations Vistula University
Dr Adam Szymański – Warsaw University


Program of scholarly conference on

”600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey (1414-2014). History and Present”.

October 22, 2014.


09:00 – 09:30

Opening of the conference


09:30 – 10:00

Rector AFiB Vistula dr hab. Krzysztof Rybiński, prof. AFiBV
Speeches by the representatives of Poland and Turkey


10:00 – 11:00
History I
Moderator – prof dr hab. Embrah Cengiz, Istambul University

Prof. Dr hab. İlber Ortaylı, Ankara University
Prof. dr hab. Dariusz Kołodziejczyk, University of Warsaw



11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break


11:30 – 13:00

History II
Moderator – dr hab. Przemysław  Osiewicz – Adam Mickiewicz University

Polish – Turkish relations 1919 -1945 – Dr Agnieszka Zastawna-Templin, University of Warsaw
Poland and Turkey in the years 1945 -1989 – Dr. Özgün Erler Bayir, Istambul University
Some notes and observation on Ottoman – Polish relations – Dr hab. Mehmet Alkan, Istambul University



13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break


14:00 – 15:15
Contemporary relations 1-st part

Moderator – dr Zdzisław Rapacki, Vistula University

Political relations – dr Adam Szymański, University of Warsaw
Economic cooperation – dr Jakub Wódka, Polish Academy of Sciences
Polish -Turkish security relations – prof. dr hab. Ryszard Zięba, University of Warsaw



15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break


15:30 – 17:00
Contemporary relations 2-nd part

Moderator – dr Janusz Mrowiec

Polish -Turkish scientific and cultural relations – prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Majda, University of Warsaw
Poles in Turkey – ks. Dariusz Wiśniewski
Turks in Poland – Dr Davut Han Aslan, Vistula University


Closing of the conference

Perspectives of Polish -Turkish relations – prof. dr hab. Longin Pastusiak

19:00 – 22:00
Dinner for the participants

– welcoming the guests, President Vistula University



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