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Międzynarodowa Sieć Nauczania i Uczenia się Krzyżowa-Fellows Instytutu Georga Bella

Projekt „Międzynarodowa Sieć Nauczania i Uczenia się” powstał we współpracy Fundacji "Krzyżowa" dla Porozumienia Europejskiego i Instytutu Georga Bella (Chichester, UK), dzięki wsparciu Fundacji im. Roberta Boscha.
Ośrodek w Krzyżowej tworzy dla stypendystów Instytutu Bella z Europy Środkowej, Południowej i Wschodniej forum twórczego i politycznie odpowiedzialnego myślenia, miejsce pracy artystycznej i naukowej, gdzie organizują oni swoje pobyty studyjne i kolokwia naukowe, a z drugiej strony angażują się w projekty Fundacji "Krzyżowa", głosząc wykłady czy organizując warsztaty dla przebywających tu studentów.

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  • Promotion of scholars, writers and artists from Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, both materially through scholarships and morally through cooperation with renowned academic community of the George Bell Institute. Therefore they do not have to emigrate to achieve their own professional goals and to participate on the international scientific discourse and cultural exchange. One common maxim for Robert Bosch, Helmuth James von Moltke as George Bell to promote the individual as a force for the development of civil society, is for this Fellowships indicative.
  • Coordination of research and work trips, library and archival research of Fellows;
  • Edition of joint publications in which the fellows present their research results;
  • Cooperation with other networks and alumni associations of the fellows of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in order to create new joint projects.

The George Bell Institute was founded in 1996 in commemoration of his patron, bishop of Chichester and ecumenist. George Bell belonged during the World War II to the confidants of “the Kreisau Circle” and friends of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. According to his tradition the George Bell Institute in Britain promotes and connects today 35 fellows in 9 countries, working in academic fields as diverse as baroque musicology, environmental law, biblical studies and modern philosophy. As individuals with distinctive, creative vision of their own, they feel responsible for their own societies and the international relationships.

The innovative model of the Institute is based on its "virtuality," which is often called the "flying university" or "university without walls". The Institute exists thanks to dedicated people and not because of the structures and bureaucracy. The Fellows stay and work in their home countries and then make their contribution to science, society and culture – and at the same time the George Bell Institute facilitates them to enjoy full access to international resources and companionship, such as libraries, archives, foreign research or creative journeys. The Fellows of the Institute publish in the journal "Humanitas", meet at regular colloquia and lead an interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue on the contemporary topics.

Kreisau-Fellows of the George Bell Institute:

Tatiana Shabalina (St. Petersburg) is a musicologist who teaches at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and specializes in the study of the work of J.S. Bach. She has published a succession of important studies of Bach's work. She is currently preparing a range of new critical editions of his chamber music. In 2004 she authenticated an uncatalogued manuscript of Bach's cantata BWV199 discovered in the library of Pushkin House, in St. Petersburg. This led to the creation of a new edition of the cantata, which was first performed in Köthen in 2005.

Elżbieta Opiłowska (Wrocław) - Residential Fellow in Kreisau – was educated in German Studies in Lublin, Mainz and Kassel and European Studies in Leipzig. In her Dissertation she dealt with German and Polish historical memory and conducted her case study in the border town of Görlitz/Zgorzelec. In 2002-2003 she worked as a tutor for Polish Language and Culture at the University of Leipzig and at the Polish Institute Leipzig. In 2003-2004 she became a Co-moderator of the discussion cycle " Görlitzer Wednesday Extra. Tell your life story, remember history” of the Theater Görlitz and the co-author of the book "Görlitz/Zgorzelec. Two sides of a city." She was a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. She used to teach at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

Sylwia Siedlecka (Warsaw) is a literature historian, writer, Slavicist specializing in the Bulgarian and Czech cultures. Her PhD Pagans and intellectuals about Bulgarian elites in the period of Communism, is conducted to works by Blaga Dimitrova – poet, writer and vice-president of Bulgaria in the 1992-93. She translated Slovak prose and poetry. Author and lecturer of the project about Central European cinema in The History Meeting House in Warsaw. Her debut collection of short stories The Puppies has been published in WAB Publishing House.(

Anton Shekhovtsov (Sevastopol) received his PhD in Political Science in 2010. His academic interests include but are not limited to radical right-wing parties, the European New Right, interwar European fascisms, sacralization of politics, far right music. Shekhovtsov has published in these areas for Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Patterns of Prejudice, Europe-Asia Studies, The Russian Review, Religion Compass, Ab Imperio, and other journals. He is also co-author the Russian language book Radical Russian Nationalism: Structures, Ideas, Persons (2009) that surveys contemporary Russian ultranationalist parties, organisations, and groupuscules. Shekhovtsov is also general editor of the Explorations of the Far Right book series which is being launched at ibidem-Verlag (Stuttgart).

Elena Alexieva (Sofia) was born in 1975 in Sofia. She majored in International Economic Relations at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, and continued her studies in the Doctoral Program in Semiotics at New Bulgarian University (Sofia). She is the author of two poetry books, Ladder on the Heart (1994) and The Face of a Killer Angel (1996), three collections of short stories, Readers’ Group 31 (2005), Who (2006, published in Spain by Nocturna Editiones in 2010) and Pets Syndicated (2010), and the novels The Blue Stairway (2000), Knight, Death and the Devil (2007, rights sold in France), and She Is Here (2009). Elena Alexieva is winner of the 2006 Helikon Prize for new Bulgarian fiction for Readers’ Group 31. Her works have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies in Bulgaria and abroad. Elena Alexieva lives in Sofia where she works as freelance interpreter and writer.

Andriy Portnov (Kyiv) - historian, graduated from Dnipropetrovsk (Master of History) and Warsaw (Master of Cultural Studies) Universities, PhD in History obtained from Ivan Krypiakevych Institute for Ukrainian Studies, L`viv. Since 2006 - "Ukraina Moderna" international journal Editor-in-Chief. Fields of interest: genocide studies, memory and politics of memory, historiography. Invited researcher and lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Trier University, Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Amsterdam) and other institutions. The author of 3 books and more than 100 publications in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German, English, French, Belarusian, Hungarian, Japanese. 

Liliana Corobca (Bucharest) was born 1975 in Săseni-Călăraşi/Moldova, writer, researcher. She studied from 1992 to 1997 at the faculty for philology at the State University of Moldova in Chişinău. From 1997 to 2001 she did her doctorate in humanistic sciences (Philology) at the University of Bucharest. Since 2002, she has worked at the George Calinescu Institute for literary history and theory in Bucharest. Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, Germany (2009/2010). Author of two novels: “Negrissimo”, 2003 (awarded in Moldova and Romania), “A year in paradise”, 2005 (translated into Italian, 2009 and German, 2011). She edited volumes dedicated to Romanian interwar novel, anticommunist Romanian exile, Bucovina People deported in Siberia. In 2010 she published “The epuration of books in Romania”, a volume of documents about the activity of communist censorship during the first period (1944-1964).

Sergey Kachkin (Perm) is a film director who works as the independent filmmaker. He was educated in Moscow in Documentary Film School, Higher School of Journalism. Since 2006 he produced several documentaries as a producer, film director and a cinematographer. Some films were shown and awarded both in homeland and abroad. For example “The river flowing into the sky”, 2006 and “Being Berezovskiy, the director”, 2007 were shown in the USA in 2008 as a part of Open World Program “Cultural Leaders Program, Filmmakers”. In a field of his interests are eminent persons, human stories or just a surrounding life. From the outset he has been strongly directed at an international collaboration in a film industry. In 2008 he took part in Aristoteles Workshop, Romania (supported by TV Arte, France-Germany). He spent a month in Romanian village filming gypsies as the cinematographer. Since that time he has moved on further in an international co-production. This year he has finished his next feature-length documentary “On the way home” (Russia-Germany). The film tells a story about a long-distance truck-driver, his home wife and her beloved pet. At present he is working on his next documentary “Perm-36, a territory of freedom”. It has to be a reflection on a theme of political repressions in Soviet times.

Tatsiana Astrouskaya (Glubokoje, Belarus) is a social philosopher and analyst, educated in Belarusian state university (Minsk) and European humanities university (Vilnius). At the time she is writing her PhD thesis “National identity as the concept of theory and practice of education” and lectures at Polotsk state university (Belarus). In 2010 as a fellow of Belarusian institute for strategic studies she conducted research on historic memory of Belarusians presented in history textbooks, which provoked high interest and discussion in media and civic society. She has published a number of articles devoted to the topics of national identity and education.

Milena Migut (Lublin, Poland, born 1984) is a youth worker, Polish teacher (for foreigners) and PhD student. Running a research on youth projects about the “Righteous among the Nations” in Poland, Germany and Israel. As a free lancer she gives youth workshops about the “Righteous among the Nations”, Jewish heritage and organizes Polish-Israeli and German-Polish youth encounters . She has been working for international NGOs in Israel (Rabbis for Human Rights in Jerusalem), Germany (Jugendbildungsstätte Burg Ludwigstein in Witzenhausen) and Poland (“Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre in Lublin). Co-author of publications for youth workers.

2011, 4 – 7 February  - Fourth Colloquium of the Kreisau-Fellows

Fourth Colloquium of the Kreisau-Fellows took place in the George Bell House in Chichester, which is located in the historic Cathedral grounds. The scientific lectures were accompanied by visiting of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, which was founded in 1075 and the Cathedral Library.
The Fellows got to know better life and work of George Bell, who was Bishop of Chichester from 1929 till 1958 and is a patron of the Fellowship-Programme.


2010, 12 – 15 November -  Third Colloquium of the Kreisau-Fellows aimed to evaluate of the Fellowship programme and develop of agenda for 2011 (colloquia, sabbaticals, publications).

On Saturday evening in House on the Hill Elena Alexieva and Sylwia Siedlecka organized an evening of Bulgarian literature. Elena Alexieva read one of her short stories inspired by the biblical motifs. Afterwards we discussed tendencies in the current Bulgarian literature.

2010, 23 July – 2 August  - 1. International Summer Academy „Images – Music – Film. Experiencing History through Art“

Summeracademy 2010

2010, 16 - 18 April - Second Colloquium of the Kreisau-Fellows was intended to prepare the summer academy

2009, 30 June – 2 July
- Official opening of the program Kreisau-Fellows

  • June, 30 2009 takes place the official opening of the program "International Network of Teaching and Learning. Kreisau-Fellows of the George Bell Institute” with Prof. Joachim Rogall from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Dr. Andrew Chandler from the George Bell Institute.
  • First Colloquium of the Kreisau-Fellows held on “Collective Memory and History. Commemoration acts in modern societies”. Participants are Krzyżowa-Fellows, Fellows of the George Bell Institute and Members of the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association

The project could get started thanks to the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. For further development of the project and for research costs for individual Fellows across Eastern and Central Europe, so that they may acquire books and materials and afford travel and research abroad we now seek financial support.

If you would like to support us, please contact coordinator of the project, Dr Elżbieta Opiłowska

Dr. Elżbieta Opiłowska


Kreisau-Fellows of the George Bell Institute