European Civilization Chair

European Civilization Chair

Thanks to the support of the European Union, and in particular the European Parliament, the Natolin campus of the College of Europe in Warsaw created the European Civilization Chair in memory of Professor Bronisław Geremek †.


The mission of the Chair is to teach and encourage reflection on recent European history within the wider context of European Civilization, in the conviction that understanding Europe's past helps us to imagine and shape Europe's future. In particular, there is a focus on twentieth-century Europe's division and reunification. This is in keeping both with Professor Geremek's achievements as a medieval historian and the role he played in Poland and in Europe both before and after the fall of Communism.

The Chair is at the heart of the new major in European History and Civilization, shaped by the Chairholder Professor Richard BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, who is teaching numerous courses throughout the academic year and supervising Master’s theses. Under the auspices of the Chair, about ten scholarships are offered each academic year to students of history or related disciplines interested in taking part in the MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies. Learn how to apply for a scholarship. Geremek scholars are at the heart of the community of historians at the College.

The Chair's research activity is grouped under three themes. The flagship research project is the ‘3R’ oral history project on the three Ukrainian revolutions of 1990, 2004-05 and 2013-14, led by Dr Paweł KOWAL and Prof. Georges MINK, in cooperation with distinguished international partner institutions. The second theme is ‘Breaking empires, making nations’, initiated by the conference held in 2015, which has borne fruit in the recently published volume Breaking Empires, Making Nations: The First World War and the Making of Europe. A series of special lectures intended to facilitate reflection of centenaries of the First World War and its aftermath began in January 2018. The third theme is ‘The fate of freedom’, initiated by the conference held in 2016 and continued by the conference ‘Rousseau, Poland and Europe: Federalism – Sovereignty – Prosperity – Patriotism’. It is in this field that the Chairholder's own research is conducted.

The Chair continues to organize varied academic and topical events with important visiting speakers. The Chair also acquires books and other documents concerning recent European history and European civilization; they form part of the extensive collections of the Natolin campus library. The Chair has hosted several post-doctoral research fellows, each for a period of either six or twelve months. In cooperation with the Bronisław Geremek Foundation, the European Civilization Chair awards the Bronisław Geremek Prize. The main prize is given to the author of a scholarly work of outstanding quality which has contributed to better knowledge and understanding of European Civilization in all its rich diversity. There is also a second award, for an outstanding first academic book in the field of European Civilization. The Chair also cooperates with the Arenberg Foundation in the award of the College of Europe-Arenberg Prize for outstanding historical and/or comparative work by a postgraduate on federal solutions.

For the latest news and activities, visit the Chair's official Facebook page.



Prof. Richard BUTTERWICK-

richard.butterwick [at]
+48 22 54 59 404
Rectorate, room 5

Administrative Assistant

anna.banach [at]
+48 22 54 59 480
Rectorate, room 6/7

Chair Assistant
Mr Przemysław PAZIK

przemyslaw.pazik [at]
+48 22 54 59 430
Rectorate, room 2

Postdoc Research Fellow
Dr Paweł KOWAL

pawel.kowal [at]
+48 22 54 59 465
Manor House, room D7

Project Assistant

mariusz.marszalkowski [at]
+48 22 54 59 448
Manor House, room D7