9 April 2013 Stefan Chwin with a professorial nomination from the President

Stefan Chwin – Polish novelist, literary critic, essayist, literary historian, graphic designer, PhD, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philologies of the University of Gdańsk – received a professorial nomination from President Bronisław Komorowski. Along with Stefan Chwin, 54 university lecturers in various fields and specialisations also received professorial nominations in the Presidential Palace on the 14th of March. As you may remember, Chwin was a guest of the Conrad Festival, and he will be a guest of the Miłosz Festival next month.

Granting professorial nominations, Bronisław Komorowski said that the need to shape the imagination is of extreme importance: ‘to shape, on the one hand, the belief that the world can be learnt, examined and measured, and, on the other hand, the belief that this world will always be a sort of mystery’. The President also said that a human being needs to reinforce his own enchantment with the world and pointed out that the common trait of all professors of various fields of science is the need to be a good guide. ‘It is an opportunity to be a good master towards those who want to fulfil their ambitions in a certain field and need role models to follow,’ he stressed.

Stefan Chwin is an award-winning writer who also works at the University of Gdańsk, where he does research in Romanticism and Romantic inspirations in modern literature.

He publishes his articles in international magazines: German, Swedish, and English-language ones, as well as in the Polish press. Winner of numerous awards, including the Kościelscy Foundation Award, the Andreas Gryphius Award and the award of the Polish PEN Club. He received Polityka’s Passport for his novel Hanemann. Apart from that, he was honoured with the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

To read more about the ceremony, visit: prezydent.pl