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Project Iskra: Winnipeg Edition

Hi, my name’s Martyna. I’m a linguistics student and freelance journalist living in Winnipeg, the land of brutal winters and sweet prairie summers. I love independent media, outlaw country and music festivals. I’m a big believer in promoting local culture. This year, I’m going to be spearheading Project Iskra in Winnipeg, and documenting it as […]

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Diasporic Dating

The other night I was enjoying a drink with a girlfriend, who also happens to be Polish. We were going over over a recent project we had just wrapped up. It was Halloween and we were both dressed up. After not too long, a guy saunters up to us and asks us where our boyfriends […]

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A few weeks ago, I was assigned what would ordinarily be a drab paper for my linguistics class on sociolinguistics, or where language and human interaction intersect. The topic quickly turned interesting as I realized it was a perfect chance to study something readily apparent in our Polonia here in Winnipeg: the rather unique language […]

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Watch Your Mouth: Why “Slut” Has to Go

At one point or another, I’m sure most of us have used the word “slut”. Slut is a pejorative word used to describe women who are considered to have loose moral standards or who are perceived as promiscuous. Lately, the topic of “slut-shaming” has become more and more mainstream. The use of this word has […]

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How I Fell in Love… with Krakow!

Last summer, I was lucky enough to participate in the Polish Summer School for Foreigners at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Founded in 1364 by Casimir the Great, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Among its alumni are well-known Poles like Nobel Prize winner, Wisława Szymborska, Pope John Paul […]

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