Data from QDA used in the book ‘Dziki Wschód. Transformacja po polsku 1986-1993’ by Michał Przeperski

In May 2024, Dr. Michał Przeperski published the book  Dziki Wschód. Transformacja po polsku 1986-1993 [Wild East. Transformation in Polish 1986-1993] (Wydawnictwo Literackie Publishers, Cracow 2024). Among other sources, the book uses interviews from the dataset ‘Narratives of political and economic transition, 1995’ – a collection of interviews conducted by Dr. Denise V. Powers, available at QDA.

Oral History Seminar: Interviews from the Project ‘Poles in the East’

The last Oral History Seminar of the 2023/2024 academic year took place on May 22, 2024, with an introduction by Dominik Czapigo (KARTA Center). Participants analyzed two accounts recorded as part of the documentary project ‘Poles in the East,’ carried out from 2006 to 2011 by the KARTA Center and the History Meeting House, which jointly run the Oral History Archive. During the project, numerous trips were organized to seven countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Romania, and Ukraine), during which the stories of 1,075 interviewees were recorded and nearly 4,300 archival materials were scanned. These materials were then—thanks to a grant from the National Program for the Development of the Humanities—compiled and prepared for release. One of the results of the project was the publication Polacy na Wschodzie. Historie mówione [Poles in the East. Oral Histories]. More information can be found on the project website:

The Oral History Seminars are co-organized by the Faculty of Culture and Arts at the University of Warsaw, the Qualitative Data Archive at IFiS PAN, and the Polish Oral History Association. The initiative is under the patronage of the ‘Wrocławski Rocznik Historii Mówionej (Wrocław Yearbook of Oral History)’. If you would like to participate in future meetings or receive more information, please contact us at: