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Bernatowicz Joanna

Period of stay: 1.10.2021-31.12.2021

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

  1. What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?

– opportunity to focus on the big and demanding translation project
– opportunity to meet interesting researchers and people working with Belarusian issues on an international scale
– opportunity to improve my language skills and to work in very inspirational, international environment

  1. Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?

Yes, it was very interesting for me. First of all, I appreciate the events around Belarus’ topics, like: Belarus: A Land that Rests on Three “Whales” (Andriej Moskwin), Symposium: Belarus in Contemporary Europe, and the discussion: The Future of Belarus in Europe. It helps me to establish cooperation with the Belarusian scholars, which could be a value in my future projects.

  1. Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
    Please include any suggestions for improvement.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?

I would like to emphasize that I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work in the institute on holidays and weekends – during a few months of intensive work it’s sometimes necessary to have opportunity to work not only in the office hours and to have unlimited access to the workplace. During the fellowship my life was generally centred on the project (In my “everyday life” I have no possibility to focus so strongly on constant translating.

Final Report sheet for departing Fellows

As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!

In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.

We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.


  1. Talks


20.12 talk Vasil Bykaŭ, A Long Way to Home – translation project presentation


  1. Translations (BY –> PL)



  1. Activities (as participant)


07.10 Literatur unter den Bögen. Writers in Prison über Belarus: Gedichte von Darya Bialkevich und Andrej Khadanovich, Österreichischen PEN Club, wienstation

11.10   Legacies of Silenced Atrocities: Lessons from Holodomor (Karolina Koziura), IWM

14.10 Delhi, Oxford, Moscow (Andrei Soldatov, Arundhati Virmani), IWM

18.10 Regional free movement of people law: A new field of research for migration studies (Diego Acosta, Ranabir Samaddar), IWM

05.11 Literarischer Abend „Belarussen in Wien“, PEN Club, wienstation

08.11 Ukraine and the Borders of Europe (Katherine Younger, Ludger Hagedorn, Volodymyr Yermolenko), IWM

15.11 Belarus: A Land that Rests on Three “Whales” (Andriej Moskwin, Clemena Antonova, Dessy Gavrilova), IWM

17.11 Symposium: Belarus in Contemporary Europe, IWM

18.11 The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict (Mark Leonard), IWM

19.11 Die Revolution hat ein weibliches Gesicht. Der Fall Belarus Lesung (auf Deutsch und Russisch) Olga Shparaga (Minsk), Diplomatische Akademie Wien

22.11 The Death and Rebirth of Democratic Internationalism: Controversies and Possibilitiies (Claus Offe, Ludger Hagedorn, Micheline Ishay), IWM

23.11 The Future of Belarus in Europe, IWM

03.12 Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conference (Winter 2021), IWM

07.12 Limits and Divisions of Human Histories (Andrzej Nowak, Ludger Hagedorn), IWM

06.12 The One That Got Away / Everyday Life During Armed Conflicts, IWM