The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall
 
 

Michal Mlynarz

PhD Program

Fields of Study Geographical Fields:

Europe

Fields of Study Thematic Fields:

Conflict, Violence and Genocide; Cultural and Intellectual; Migration/Diaspora; Social; State, Politics, and Law

Biography:

Supervisor: Piotr Wróbel

Dissertation topic: “Monuments and Memory Unmade: The Socio-Cultural Impact of the Post-World War II Mass Population Movements on Urban Space in the Contested Polish Borderlands”.

My dissertation project is a comparative review of major socio-cultural, demographic, and political change to two cities in the post-World War II period: Jelenia Góra, Poland, and Drohobych, Ukraine. In both case studies, a radical change can be witnessed: the renaming of areas of public space, the destruction and revision of monuments, and the destruction or conversion of places of worship. I will examine how changes to smaller towns in the Polish borderland areas, both in the immediate post-War and post-Soviet periods, reflect larger trends in the urban history and identity of East-Central Europe as a whole.

Main Research Interests: Modern Poland, Ukraine, & East-Central Europe; World War II; collective memory; forced population movements; urban history; material culture & museology

Major Field: East Central Europe, Late 18th Century – Present
Minor Fields: 20th Century Europe, Soviet Cultural History

Previous degrees: Master of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Anthropology, University of Alberta

M.A. thesis title: Totus Tuus Polonia: The Commemoration of Pope John Paul II in the Construction of Polish Identity and Collective Memory

Publications:

Review of “Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wrocław during the Century of Expulsions”, by Gregor Thum, trans. Tom Lampert, Allison Brown. Past Tense: Graduate Review of History, University of Toronto Department of History, Vol. 3, No 1 (2015), 2 pages.

“Five Original Photographs: Taken at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oświęcim, Poland, in May 2006”. In Židovská komunita v dejinách mesta Hlohovec (1938-1945). Príbeh, ktorý prešiel tmou “Jewish Community In The History of Hlohovec (1938 – 1945). The Story Through Darkness.”) Hlohovec, Slovakia: Občianske združenie Ex Libris Ad Personam Hlohovec (ELAP), 2009). Nina Paulovičová, Jozef Urminský, ed., 174-176.

Review of “The Seeds of Triumph: Church and State in Gomułka’s Poland”, by Hanna Diskin. Canadian Slavonic Papers, Volume 50, Numbers 3-4 (September-December 2008), 2 pages.

“Pilgrimage, Mourning, and Tradition: Commemorative Rituals and Material Responses to the Death of John Paul II in Poland”. Folklorica: Journal of the Slavic and East European Folklore Association, Volume XIII, 2008, 23 pages.

Co-author with B. Gregory Bailey, Meaghan E. Bernard, Gregory Carrier, Cherise L. Elliott, John Langdon, Natalie Leishman, and Oksana Mykhed, “Coming of Age and the Family in Medieval England”. Journal of Family History, Ottawa: Carleton University, Vol. 33: No. 1 (January 2008): 41– 60.

“‘It’s Our Patriotic Duty to Help Them’ – the Socio-Cultural and Economic Impact of the ‘Solidarity Wave’ on Canadian and Polish-Canadian Society in the Early 1980s”. Past Imperfect, Edmonton: University of Alberta, Department of History & Classics Graduate Students’ Association, Volume 13, 2007, 28 pages.

“Places of History and Memory: Photographic Impressions”. Spaces of Identity: Tradition/Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe, Toronto: York University, Volume 7, Issue 1: April 2007, Bazaar-Issue, 13 pages of original photographs.

“Legend, Veneration, and Nationalism: The History of Devotion to the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.” Axis Mundi, Edmonton: University of Alberta, Department of Religious Studies, 2006, 25 pages.

Major Research Projects:

  • “Slavic St. Albert” (February 2011 – May 2012): Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert, Alberta. Archival, oral history and museological research project on the social and cultural history of Slavic settlement to the St. Albert region. A research report and an original exhibit were prepared. The exhibit featured eighty-one photographs, documents and artifacts, prepared with Joanne White, curator, Musée Héritage Museum.
  • “Sanctuary: The Spiritual Heritage Documentation Project” (Seasonal Project, 2009 – 2013): The Research Program on Religion and Culture, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. Comprehensive team fieldwork project that documented historic Eastern Orthodox Church (primarily Ukrainian) buildings and cemeteries in rural Alberta & Saskatchewan. Work included documentary photography, oral history, archival work, and database processing.
  • “Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Enrichment Programme (2009 – 2010)”: Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society, Edmonton, Alberta. Inter-disciplinary field, oral history, and archival research project on the land use, structural, material and narrative history of two Ukrainian-Canadian farm buildings (c. 1915-1919) from the Smoky Lake, Alberta, area. Research results were presented in three Occasional papers, with the information utilized to restore, refurbish, and interpret the buildings in a historic environment for an open-air museum setting.

East-Central Europe, Poland, Ukraine, former Soviet Union, World War II, forced expulsions and resettlements, Western Canadian Slavic immigration history, collective memory, urban history, material culture, museology.  The Socio-Cultural Impact of the Post-World War II Mass Population Movements on Urban Space and Identity in the Polish Borderlands: A Comparative Analysis of Jelenia Góra and Drohobych. 

1. The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, L’viv, Ukraine: Research Residence Grant, September 2016.  2. The International Summer School of Belarusian Studies: The Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, July 2016. 3. German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C. Archival Summer Seminar in Germany, June 2016. 4. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Research Travel Grant, University of Toronto, 2015-16. 5. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Germany / Europe Fund (GEF), University of Toronto, 2015-16. 6. Department of History Pre-Dissertation Research Award, University of Toronto, 2015. 7. The Joseph Bazylewicz Fellowship, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

A. Refereed Articles  1.“Pilgrimage, Mourning, and Tradition: Commemorative Rituals and Material Responses to the Death of John Paul II in Poland”. Folklorica: Journal of the Slavic and East European Folklore Association, Volume XIII, 2008, pp. 51-73.   2. “Coming of Age and the Family in Medieval England”. Journal of Family History, Ottawa: Carleton University, Bailey, B. Gregory and Bernard, Meaghan E and Carrier, Gregory and Elliott, Cherise L and Langdon, John and Leishman, Natalie and Mlynarz, Michal and Mykhed, Oksana and Sidders, Lindsay C, January 2008, Volume 33, No. 1., pp. 41-60.  3. “‘It’s Our Patriotic Duty to Help Them’ – the Socio-Cultural and Economic Impact of the ‘Solidarity Wave’ on Canadian and Polish-Canadian Society in the Early 1980s”. Past Imperfect, Edmonton: University of Alberta, Department of History & Classics Graduate Students’ Association, Volume 13, 2007, pp. 56-83.  4. “Legend, Veneration, and Nationalism: The History of Devotion to the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa.” Axis Mundi, Edmonton: University of Alberta, Department of Religious Studies, 2006, pp. 1-25.  B. Book Reviews 1. “Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wrocław during the Century of Expulsions”, by Gregor Thum, trans. Tom Lampert, Allison Brown. Past Tense: Graduate Review of History, University of Toronto Department of History, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015), pp. 78-79. 2. “The Seeds of Triumph: Church and State in Gomułka’s Poland”, by Hanna Diskin. Canadian Slavonic Papers, Volume 50, Numbers 3-4 (September-December 2008), pp. 499-500. C. Unpublished Research Reports 1. “Polish, Ukrainian and Russian Immigration into St. Albert Research Project: Historical Summary Report”. Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert, Alberta, 2012, 247 pages.   2. “The Grekul Barn and Granary: Land Use and Structural History”. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) Research Programme, 2010, 155 pages.   3. “The Grekul Barn and Granary: Materials History”. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) Research Programme, 2010, 123 pages.   4. “The Grekul Barn and Granary: Narrative History”. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Research (UCHV) Programme, 2010, 97 pages.    C. Published Photographic Essays   1. “Five Original Photographs: Taken at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oświęcim, Poland, May 2006”. In Židovská komunita v dejinách mesta Hlohovec (1938-1945). Príbeh, ktorý prešiel tmou (Hlohovec, Slovakia: Občianske združenie Ex Libris Ad Personam Hlohovec (ELAP), 2009). Nina Paulovičová, Jozef Urminský, ed, pp. 174-176. “Jewish Community In The History of Hlohovec (1938 - 1945): The Story Through Darkness”.  2. “Places of History and Memory: Photographic Impressions”. Spaces of Identity: Tradition/Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe, Toronto: York University, Volume 7, Issue 1: April 2007, Bazaar-Issue, 13 pages of original photographs.  

Curated Exhibitions:  “Slavic St. Albert”. Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert, Alberta, February 23 – May 19, 2012. Researched and prepared with Joanne White, curator, Musée Héritage Museum. Eighty-one photographs, documents and artifacts interpreted and displayed.

Cohort:

  • 2013-2014