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Jean Ward

Jean Ward, photography by Beata Demska
 

Jean Mary Ward was born on 10th June 1956 in a small place in King's Lynn, east part of the UK. She is English but her family originated from Scotland. She has two siblings: a sister living in the US and a brother who emigrated with his family to Australia. When she was a child, professor Ward’s family moved several times which had an impact on her later life. Jean Ward’s parents worked in education, they were both school teachers.Since her early childhood, Jean was interested in literature and that was the main reason why she chose English literature at Oxford University as her major.

After graduation she became a teacher. At school, where she worked, she befriended a Polish Englishman whose parents left Poland and settled in the UK. That was her first contact with Polishness. She came to Poland for the first time in 1980s to participate in a language camp. During her short stay she made many friends, and she still is in touch with some of them. This very positive experience made Jean Ward return to Poland several times and her stays became longer. For one year she had been living in Warsaw, teaching English. After that she moved to Gdańsk where she has been living since.

She is an associate professor at the University of Gdańsk where she defended her doctoral thesis and was granted a postdoctoral degree. She works at the Faculty of Languages, at the Institute of English and American Studies. Her passion, apart from literature, is classical music. Jean plays the cello.


Interview by Iwona Demska on 12th December 2014 in Gdańsk.

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Two conversations about Poland
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Fighting out my place
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“I’m not an observer anymore”
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Conditional citizenship
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Defending both sides
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“This is the place”
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Between languages
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