The Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies, founded in 2012, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary research of both historical and present-day developments in Polish politics, society, language, and culture. It is a cooperative project of Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, and Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, with the support of the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, the German-Polish Research Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The Polish studies at the Center are devised as area studies on common subjects from the perspective of a variety of disciplines, and are designed to methodically foster a dialogue with other programs of area studies. The two professorships for history and Slavic studies make it possible to combine the wealth and variety of expertise on the region within an international network. The Aleksander Brückner Center pursues an intensive exchange with numerous research institutes in Poland and in other countries that have been closely connected with Poland in the past and today. This serves to provide a foundation for the development of a multiperspective view of Poland linked into its European and international contexts.
Two new Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Master's programs have been on offer in Halle and Jena since autumn 2013, providing knowledge of the language and land to students of a variety of academic subjects. The Center also has much to offer the broader public in terms of its academic and cultural program.