Jagna's suggestion of a conference seems to have prompted some interest in
the group - fantastic!
It is important to leverage any such expenditure of global energy to
maximise the effect on furthering our goals of:
I would suggest that at this point, we should consider an event that creates
synergy and some critical mass for us - perhaps it should combine the
academic researchers Helen suggests with members of survivor organisations
(Zwiazek Sybiraków, SPK, Ognisko Rodzin Osadników, etc.) and any other
active champions of the cause (such as members of this group!). It would be
good to have link up as well between the Polonia in the West and the Zwiazek
Sybiraków in Poland, as well as Polish academics such as Professor Stanislaw
Scattered as we are around the globe, any location is far for many (London
has the Sikorski Institute, Manchester/Birmingham lots of individual
survivors, San Francisco the Hoover Archives, Warszawa the Zwiazek
Sybiraków, etc.). So it will be important to be clear on the objective of
the meeting and on who the participants need to be.
It is possible that we should start small, and build up to something bigger
in 2003 recognising required lead times. Perhaps an initial meeting of
people interested in organising such a conference could be held over the
internet (I am not into all the technology, but could an IRC or ICQ session
serve as a conference call? can anybody propose a technology solution for a
small core group discussion?)
> Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 08:37:35 -0500
> From: "H. MacDonald" <hel.mac@...>
> If a conference was organized, would it be the kind that would draw
> academics, who could share their research, with the hope that proceedings
> would be published, or would it be a popular conference? I'm interested in
> this... Helen.
> p.s. does anyone else know of academics/students/researchers
> conducting research on the wide theme of Sybiraki, relocated globally?