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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 1, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Eva Plach

Associate Professor
Modern Europe; Interwar Poland; Animals and Animal Welfare

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.3770

Office Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-136

Academic Background

BA, Toronto
MA, Carleton
PhD, Toronto

Academic Interests

Modern east European history; Interwar Poland; Polish-Jewish history; Animals and Animal Welfare

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes:



In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the various ways that animals have shaped human identities and experiences. Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on human-animal interactions, broadly conceived, in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, the Soviet Union, andthe former Soviet Union. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the place of animals in the history, culture, and socio-political life of the region during any time period.

Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): animals in war; animal welfare movements; hunting; zoos; pets and pet-keeping; animal celebrities; animal biographies; wildlife and wildlife management; animals and the environment; animals and food production; religion and animals; circus animals; taxidermy; the use of animals in scientific research; animals and disease; animals and animal symbolism in literature and art; animals and the law (including European Union legislation); working animals; and animals under Communism. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

Manuscripts may be in English or French. The normal peer-review process will apply.

Please consult the journal's website for our submission and style guidelines:

Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS).


Expression of intent to submit: June 30, 2016

Send e-mail to: Guest Editor, Prof. Eva Plach, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University

Final Paper with abstract: June 10, 2017

Submit manuscript (maximum 30 pages) by e-mail to: Guest Editor, Prof. Eva Plach, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University

Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes, founded in 1956, is a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal of the Canadian Association of Slavists, publishing in English and French. It is devoted to problems of Central and Eastern Europe. It is a forum for scholars from a range of disciplines: language and linguistics, literature, history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, philosophy, and the arts.

Recent Publications


The Clash of Moral Nations:Cultural Politics in Pilsudski's Poland, 1926-1935 (Ohio University Press,Polish and Polish-American Studies Series, 2006; rpt. 2014)


"Ritual Slaughter and Animal Welfare in Interwar Poland", East European Jewish Affairs 45: 1 (April 2015): 1-25.

"Mad Dogs and Animal Protectionists: Rabies in Interwar Poland", Canadian Slavonic Papers LV: 3-4 (Sept.-Dec. 2013): 391-416.

"The Animal Welfare Movement in Interwar Poland", The Polish Review 57: 2 (June 2012): 21-43.

"Introducing Miss Judaea 1929: The Politics of Beauty, Race and Zionism in Inter-War Poland", Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 20 (2008): 368-391.

"Feminism and Nationalismon the Pages of Ewa: Tygodnik, 1928-1933", Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 18 (2005): 241-262.

"`Botticelli Woman': Rachel Singer and the Jewish Theme in Stanislaw Wyspianski's The Wedding (1901)", The Polish Review XLI: 3 (Fall 1996): 309-327.

Recent Book Reviews

Review of Kate Lebow, Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism and Polish Society, 1949-56 (Cornell University Press, 2012), in The Journal of Modern History 87: 2 (2015): 494-5.

Review of Winson Chu, The German Minority in Interwar Poland (Cambridge University Press, 2012), in Slavic Review 73: 1 (2014): 166-167.

Review of Halik Kochanski, The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War (Harvard 2012), in The Journal of Modern History 86: 1 (2014): 220-221.

Review of Mikolaj Stanislaw Kunicki, Between the Brown and the Red: Nationalism, Catholicism and Communism in Twentieth-Century Poland. The Politics of Boleslaw Piasecki (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, Polish & Polish-American Studies Series, 2012), in American Historical Review 118: 4 (2013): 1280-1281.