The Social Memory Laboratory

Recent News

National History and Collective Memory Project (Interdisciplinary Research on the Function of National Histories and Collective Memories for the Democracy in the Globalized Society) – Japanese-Korean-German-Polish scientific and educational project, 2017-2020, web site of the project:

Project „Genealogies of Memory”, 2017, Call for Papers: Image, History and Memory:

Memory Studies Association, 2017 Conference, Call for papers:

Conference “March’68. Fifty Years Later”, 2018, Call for papers:

About Us

The Social Memory Laboratory was established in 2010. The aim of the Laboratory is to coordinate research and teaching on social memory at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, as well as to collaborate with partners from Poland and abroad. The Laboratory subscribes to the tradition of studies on historical consciousness/collective memory which have been conducted at our Institute since the 1960s, founded by an article of Nina Assorodobraj-Kula („Żywa Historia,” Studia Socjologiczne 1963, no. 2), continued by Barbara Szacka, and her collaborators and students.

Laboratory’s team is interested in contemporary theories of social memory as well as in the optimization of research methods and techniques of analyzing individual and collective representations of the past. We organize lively, interdisciplinary seminars with Polish and international speakers who present the results of the latest memory research.

Laboratory’s most important project from the year 2011 is the co-organization of an international conference “Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe: Theories and Methods” in collaboration with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity; Institute of Sociology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities; Osteuropa-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin; National Center for Culture; Bundesinstitut für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa.

Research projects

Project sponsored by the Polish National Science Centre, no 2013/09/D/HS6/02630 (2014-2017): Milieux de mémoire in Central and Eastern Europe – a Polish case. Details here

Project sponsored by the Polish National Science Centre, no N116 696040 (2011-2016): Novomuchenichestvo – the Orthodox Interpretation of the experience of soviet repressions. Details here

Contact Information

The Social Memory Laboratory
The Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Karowa 18, room 301
00-324 Warsaw
Tel. +48 22 55 20 711
E-mail wawrzyniakj[at]

The Team

Honorary Patronage

Professor Barbara Szacka

Professor Emerita in sociology at the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. From the beginning of her academic career she collaborated with Nina Assorodobraj-Kula who introduced the studies of collective memory into Polish sociology. Professor Szacka was an active participant of quantitative research projects initiated by Professor Assorodobraj-Kula, and she prepared the research results of a survey conducted among rural population: Przeszłość w świadomości ludności wiejskiej. Raport z badań. OBOP i SP 69 (1967), and population with higher education. Due to censorship restrictions the study was published ten years later (Przeszłość w świadomości inteligencji polskiej, 1983).

In 1977 she researched the attitudes towards national tradition of Warsaw University students (“Stosunek do tradycji narodowej jako odzwierciedlenie systemu wartości studentów uczelni warszawskich,” Studia Socjologiczne (2/81) 1981) and in 1988 again among population with higher education (Czas przeszły i pamięć społeczna, 1990. Co-author Anna Sawisz). From 2002 to 2005 she participated in a research project of the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Science “Współczesne społeczeństwo polskie wobec przeszłości” and in 2009 in a study of the memory of the Second World War in the contemporary Polish society for the Museum of the Second World War. She is the author of Czas przeszły, pamięć, mit (2006), which was translated into Ukrainian and published in 2011, and a co-author of Między codziennością a wielką historią. II wojna światowa w pamięci zbiorowej społeczeństwa polskiego (2010).

She edited a joint publication Polska dziecięca (1987) which was republished in a book series Socjologia niezapomniana (2005), where she included two additional articles based on content analysis of school textbooks: “Społeczny wymiar obrazu Polski w podręcznikach szkolnych dla klas I-V szkoły podstawowej,” and “Przestrzeń i czas – dwa wymiary obrazu Polski.” She is the autor of a sociology textbook Wprowadzenie do socjologii (2003, 2008), as well as books on Stanisław Staszic: Portret mieszczanina (1962), Teoria i utopia Stanisława Staszica (1965), Stanisław Staszic (1966). Together with Jakub Szacki, she published an anthology of essays in sociobiology Człowiek, zwierzę społeczne (1991).

Head of the Social Memory Laboratory

Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak

Dr Joanna Wawrzyniak works at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. She holds MAs in history (University of Warsaw) and political science (Central European University) and a doctorate in sociology (University of Warsaw).
Her empirical research to date has concerned memory politics and memory agents, historical city museums, as well as oral history of democratic opposition and privatization processes in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also interested in the relations between history and memory, as well as in the history of memory studies in Poland.

Together with Małgorzata Pakier she leads the Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe programme at the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

Her recent publications include two books: Buntownicy. Polskie lata 70. i 80. Warsaw: Świat Książki, 2011 (oral history documentary book, co-authored with Anka Grupińska) and ZBoWiD i pamięć drugiej wojny światowej: 1949-1969. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Trio, 2009 (revised PhD dissertation on memory and organizations of veterans and war victims in the People’s Republic of Poland), as well as articles: “Polskie badania pamięcioznawcze: tradycje, koncepcje, (nie)ciagłości” (“Polish Memory Studies: Traditions, Concepts, (Dis)continuities,” co-authored with Kornelia Kończal), Kultura i Społeczeństwo 4 (2011); “History and Memory: The Social Frames of Contemporary Polish Historiography,” Acta Poloniae Historica 103 (2011); “Narracje zniszczenia. Trauma wojenna w muzeach miejskich Petersburga, Warszawy i Drezna” (“Narratives of Destruction: War Trauma in City Museums in Petersburg, Warsaw, and Dresden,” co-authored with Zuzanna Bogumił), Kultura i Społeczeństwo 4 (2010). She also contributed to several collected volumes on social aspects of memory in postwar Europe.
E-mail: wawrzyniakj[at]

Members from the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw

Dr Małgorzata Grajper-Głowacka

Dr Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper is a sociologist and social anthropologist who works at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.

Her main academic interests include: ethnic minority groups and theirs activities focused on cultural surviving, contemporary developments in ethnic and national identity, as well as issues of social memory and tradition.

She conducted two research projects on “the politics of culture re-birth in Siberia” in the year 2000 and 2006. She also carried out two research projects, sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education: “Roma People about Themselves and for Themselves” (2000-2003), and “Young Polish Intelligentsia from Belorussia, Lithuania and Ukraine” (2001-2004).

She published books and articles on ethnic minority schools in Poland, Poles from the former Soviet Union coming to Poland, and the problems of ethnic minorities, based on fieldwork done in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, and in the Siberian part of Russia.

Abstract of current research: for two years she has carried out a project sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education: “Western Buryats – between ‘politics of cultural re-birth’ and assimilation” and at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw a project on the social memory of the former Polish Kresy, shaped by different socio-cultural environments in Poland and Lithuania.
E-mail: glowackam[at]

Dr Michał Łuczewski

Dr Michał Łuczewski is a sociologist and psychologist who works as an assistant professor at the Section of Methodology of Social Sciences, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.

He specializes in historical sociology, sociology of nation and nationalism, sociotheology, social memory, Polish-German relations, and methodology of social sciences.

He is the editor-in-chief of a sociological journal Stan Rzeczy (The State of Things).

He recently published Erinnerungskultur des 20ten Jahrhunderts in Polen und Deutschland. Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang Verlag, 2011 and Wartość krajobrazu (Landscape Value). Warszawa: PWN, 2011.
His book Eternal Nation. Pole and Catholic in Żmiąca since Time Immemorial will be published in Polish by the Foundation for Polish Science (2012).
E-mail: luczewski[at], luczewskim[at]

Dr Lech M. Nijakowski

Dr Karolina Wigura

Dr Karolina Wigura is a historian of ideas and an assistant professor (adiunkt) at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. She studied political science, sociology and philosophy at the University of Warsaw and Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Her research to date has dealt with problems of ethics, memory and identity in social and political theory.

From 2003 to 2009, she carried out a project entitled Declarations of Forgiveness and Repentance in Politics. Examples of Poland, Germany and Ukraine 1945–2006. Theories and Practice.

In 2011 she published Wina narodów. Przebaczenie jako strategia prowadzenia polityki (Guilt of Nations. Forgiveness as a Political Strategy. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar) and Forgiveness: Promise, Possibility and Failure (ed. with Geoffrey Karabin).

She co-organizes international annual conferences “Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries” under the scheme of an international scholarly non-profit organization She is the laureate of the Grand Press Prize 2008 for the interview “Europe in Death Paralysis” with Jürgen Habermas.

She is also a member of the editorial board of an internet-weekly

Abstract of current research: in 2010, I started a post-doc project: “Declarations of Forgiveness and Repentance in Politics and Collective Consciousness.” The project assumes the description of negative stereotypes rooted in everyday speech in Germany and Poland, concerning, respectively, Poles and Germans. In particular, the project aims to define the deeply rooted causes of functioning of the stereotypes despite the long-term reconciliation policy between the two countries, and to analyse the hidden stereotypical content of jokes and comments on Internet forums.
E-mail: karolina.wigura[at]

Dr Robert Wyszyński

Dr Robert Wyszyński is a sociologist and social anthropologist who works at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.

From as early as 1993, when he was a student, he has been engaged in field research in Siberia (Buryatia, Yakutia) and in Belorussia.
His main interest is the national renaissance, especially in the symbolic sphere (religion and the canon of national culture).

He published Birth or Death of the Nation? Nation-creating Actions of Belorussian and Buryat Elites after the Collapse of the Soviet Union (in Polish, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar 2010).

He is now working on a research project on the strategies of identity building among repatriates from Kazakhstan who come to live in Russia (so called „соотечественники”), the Kaliningrad region (2008-2009), Germany (so called „Spätaussiedler,” 2010), and Poland (2009-10), as well as on the identity of “Slavic” people living in the Northern Kazakhstan (2010).

He is also engaged in the studies on the identity of Russian diasporas in Poland and the Czech Republic (Prague, Karlove Vary) in connection with different stereotypes of Russians in these countries.
E-mail: rwyszynski[at]

Members from other institutions

Dr Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education)

Dr Zuzanna Bogumił is a sociologist and cultural anthropologist, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw.

Her research to date has dealt with religious conflicts in Ukraine, memory problems in Russia, as well as with the significances of historical exhibitions in Central and Eastern Europe. She is currently interested in the religious dimension of memory in Central and Eastern Europe, the problems of appropriation by religious and national groups of significant spaces, inventing new national heroes, in particular the cultural and political significances of the new martyrs of the twentieth century, as well as the cultural and political meanings of historical exhibitions telling the twentieth-century history of Central and Eastern Europe.

From 2006 to 2008, she carried out a project entitled Remembering Gulag – analysis of sites of memory located in the former soviet camps in the Russian Federation, which was sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In 2007–2008, Bogumił coordinated an international project, The image of the Second World War in St Petersburg, Warsaw and Dresden, which was sponsored by the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

In 2012 she published Pamięć Gułagu [Gulag Memory], Universitas, Kraków, she also published in Neprikosnovennyj Zapas, Kultura i Społeczeństwo, Polish Sociological Review.

Current projects:
Coordinator of the project sponsored by the Polish National Science Centre, no 2013/09/D/HS6/02630 (2014-2017): Milieux de mémoire in Central and Eastern Europe – a Polish case.
Coordinator of the project sponsored by the Polish National Science Centre, no N116 696040 (2011-2016): Novomuchenichestvo – the Orthodox Interpretation of the experience of soviet repressions.

E-mail: mitregaz[at]

Dr Piotr Filipkowski (The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Dr Piotr Filipkowski is an assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences.

His doctoral dissertation was dedicated to the problem of studying individual memory of the concentration camp survivors. It was published as a book Historia mówiona i wojna. Doświadczenie obozu koncentracyjnego w perspektywie narracji biograficznych in the book series „Monografie” by the Foundation for Polish Science. The book was awarded the Stanisław Ossowski Prize in 2011.

From 2002 to 2011, he worked at the KARTA Centre where he coordinated oral history programmes and participated in a number of national and international projects on documentation and research of oral history schemes. He is a co-founder and a permanent collaborator of the Oral History Archive, the largest Polish collection of biographical accounts – a collaborative project of the KARTA Centre and the History Meeting House. He is also the president of the Polish Oral History Association.

Abstract of current research: under the Mistrz Programme, coordinated by Professor Ewa Domańska (UAM, Stanford Univeristy), I investigate the epistemological and ethical dilemmas of recording, archiving and using accounts of “history witnesses” (or biographical-narrative interviews). Exploring the category of “testimony,” I search for the specificity of this type of sources and data, I analyze the problem of representation and study the relationship between experience and memory and their linguistic and non-linguistic forms of representation.

My current research project “Świadectwa (historii mówionej) w kontekście miejsca, czasu, sytuacji powstania” is an attempt at the specification and intensification of those research problems. I intend to analyse, within a comparative framework, interviews with history witnesses such as Holocaust survivors, survivors of the concentration and labour-camps, and former forced labourers.

Those comparisons include a variety of contexts those testimonies originated from and they are rooted in, as well as contexts we use now to interpret them. The contexts I am interested in consist of various communication, group and national memories, different cultures of memory and commemoration (as well as oblivion), different languages which were used to articulate and record the memory of the witnesses, different moments (historical, social, biographical), different methodologies of their formatting, processing and making them available to the public and, finally, “theories” and “schools” of their interpretation. Those contexts are multipliable – together they constitute a social framework of individual memory/memories and, more precisely, individual practices of remembering and forgetting. I am particularly interested in the relationship between historical experiences and those present practices.

At the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences I lead a project entitled “Badania ‘rozumiejące’ stylu życia: digitalizacja – archiwizacja – rewizyta metodologiczna,” conducted within the framework of the National Programme for the Development of Humanities. The project is about archiving, reinterpreting and making available to the public data which was collected in the second half of the 20th century, in a series of important studies conducted by Professor Andrzej Siciński and his collaborators. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a Qulitative Data Archive at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and initiate a debate on the problem of data archivization and re-interpretation of qualitative data in social sciences.
E-mail:pfilipkowski[at], p.filipkowski[at]

Dr Sławomir Kapralski (The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities)

Dr Slawomir Kapralski is a sociologist and social anthropologist.

His research interests focus on social and cultural theory, memory and identity, nationalism and ethnicity, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the problems of Roma communities.

He was teaching first at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, then for several years he was associated with the Central European University in Prague, Budapest and Warsaw.

From 1989 he has been involved in various research and educational projects in the field of Polish-Jewish relations, e.g. co-organizing summer programs for New York University and Brandeis University.

At present he is a lecturer in sociology at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities and at the Centre for Social Studies, jointly operated by the Lancaster University and the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Gypsy Lore Society, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, and the European Association for Holocaust Studies.
He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Studia Romologica, the first Polish academic journal in Romani Studies, and an expert evaluator of the European Commission.

The most important publications: A Nation from the Ashes? The Memory of the Holocaust and Romani Identities (forthcoming; in Polish); Roma in Auschwitz (co-author; in Polish); Memory, Space, Identity (ed.; in Polish) Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2010; The Jews in Poland (ed.; in English) Krakow: Judaica Foundation, 1999; Values and Sociological Knowledge (in Polish). Krakow: Nomos, 1995.

Current research projects: “Transformations of Contemporary Roma Identities;” “Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Identity;” “Memory of the Holocaust in Poland’s Public Space.”
E-mail: s_kapralski[at]

Dr Marta Karkowska (IFIS PAN)

Dr Marta Karkowska is a sociologist and historian, currently professionally connected with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of Polish Academy of Science (IFiS PAN). Her research interests focuse on collective memory and locality problems. In her research to date she has dealt with cultural memory changes in Olsztyn and the analysis of the Warsaw Uprising from a sociological perspective. She cooperates with the Educational Research Institute.

In the years 2002 – 2005 she participated in a research project “Borders in the ideas and actions of local communities of the Eastern Polish border on the eve of integration with the European Union”, conducted at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. She published in Kultura i Społeczeństwo and Polish Sociological Review.

Abstract of current research: In 2012 she is co-coordinator of the pilot project which aims to digital archiving of scientific legacy of the former Research Group at IFiS PAN lifestyles Sciences (research from the 70s and 80s). The title of the project is Research” understood” the way of life: digitizing – Archive – revisit methodological. A pilot project of qualitative data archive at IFiS PAN . She participates also in a project of the Warsaw Rising Museum “Synthesis of the Warsaw Uprising” and works on sociological portrait of the Warsaw Uprising participants.
Email: m-karkowska[at]

Professor Piotr Kwiatkowski (The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities)

Piotr Tadeusz Kwiatkowski: PhD in sociology, director at TNS Pentor, professor at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS). Interested in collective memory research, public opinion research, and social research methodology.

From 2002 to 2005 he participated in a research project at the Institute of Political Studies (at the Polish Academy of Sciences) entitled “Modern Polish Society and the Past” and in 2009 he headed a research project “World War II in the Memory of Present-day Polish Society” for the Museum of the Second World War.

Author of: Pamięć zbiorowa społeczeństwa polskiego w okresie transformacji (Collective Memory of Polish Society in the Period of Transformation). Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2008, and a co-author of: Między codziennością a wielką historią. II wojna światowa w pamięci zbiorowej społeczeństwa polskiego (Between the Everyday and Big History. World War II in the Collective Memory of Polish Society). Gdansk-Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2010.

E-mail: PKwiatkowski[at]

Dr Małgorzata Pakier (The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities)

Dr Małgorzata Pakier is an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) and core exhibition project manager at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

She received her doctorate degree from the European University Institute, Florence, for a thesis entitled: German and Polish Holocaust Cinema after 1989 and the Construction of European Memory (to be published by Peter Lang in 2012).
In 2010 she was a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

Together with Bo Stråth she co-edited the volume A European Memory? Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (Oxford-New York: Berghahn Books, 2010). Other publications include articles in English and Polish on Holocaust cinema, memory and mass media. She is the editor of the Peter Lang book series Warsaw Studies in Jewish History and Memory. Her academic interests include Europeanization of memory, Holocaust representation, social/cultural memory, museum studies, film.

Recent publications: “Prehistoria pamięci. Holocaust we wczesnym amerykańskim TV-show” (“Prehistory of Memory. Holocaust in an Early American TV Show”), Zagłada Żydów. Studia i Materiały, 7 (2011); “Pogranicza pamięci i postpamięci. O Zagładzie i kulturze masowej raz jeszcze” (“Between Memory and Postmemory. On the Holocaust and Mass Media One More Time”), in: Peryferie i pogranicza, B. Jałowiecki, S. Kapralski (ed.), Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2011; “Scripting the Jew. German and Polish Holocaust Melodrama,” in: Der Holocaust in der polnischen Erinnerungskultur, A. Wolff-Powęska, P. Forecki (ed.), Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang, 2012.
E-mail: malgorzata.pakier[at]

Dr Anna Wylegała (IFiS PAN)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASociologist, graduate of College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Field of Humanities (Warsaw University) and Graduate School for Social Research. Assistant professor in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and member of a project team of Archive of Qualitative Data.

In 2007-2012 she worked for the „Oral history” program of the KARTA Center (, where she coordinated and participated in numerous documentary oral history projects. She was awarded fellowships by Toronto University (2009), Center for Holocaust Research (2010), Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena (2013) and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2014).

She is interested mainly in relations between biographical and social memory, and collective identities. Her most recent publication is a book „Przesiedlenia a pamięć. Studium (nie)pamięci społecznej na przykładzie ukraińskiej Galicji i polskich „ziem odzyskanych” [Resettlement and memory. Case study of social memory and forgetness in Ukainian Galicia and Polish „recovered lands”], published in 2014 in a „Monography of the FNP” series. She published also in „Kultura i Społeczeństwo”, „Studia Socjologiczne”, „Nationalities Papers”, „Holokost i suchasnist’”, „Zagłada Żydów”, „Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej”, „BIOS. Zeitschrift für Biographieforschung, Oral History und Lebensverlaufsanalysen”.

She is currently wokring on the issues of the agricultural reform in Poland after 1944 and its long-lasting socio-cultural results, as well as on the broader project about the postwar transformation in the social structure of the small communities of Polish and Ukrainian Galicia.

Doctoral Candidates

Łukasz Krzyżanowski, MA (thesis supervisor: Professor Marcin Kula)

Łukasz Krzyżanowski holds a double MA in sociology from the Jagiellonian University and European Studies from the University of Exeter, UK.
He worked as an assistant-researcher for a historian and journalist, Anne Applebaum.

He was awarded Saul Kagan Claims Conference Academic Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies for 2011-2012 academic year and received a renewal of the fellowship for 2012-2013.

Abstract of current research: he is writing his PhD dissertation under the supervision of Professor Marcin Kula at the University of Warsaw. His main field of interest is social history. His dissertation project is an inquiry into the material and social consequences of the Holocaust in Polish mid-sized cities.
E-mail: lukasz.krzyzanowski[at]

Agnieszka Nowakowska, MA (thesis supervisor: Professor Marta Zahorska)

Agnieszka Nowakowska is a sociologist and historian.

She is writing her PhD dissertation at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.

She is interested in memory studies in Central Europe, national minorities, and teaching history in schools analyzed from the perspective of shaping national identity.

Her MA theses dealt with everyday aspects of school life in Vilnius in the seventies of the 20th century, and were published in a book Etniczna polityka komunistów. Dwa casusy (together with Zofia Wóycicka, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Trio, 2010).

Abstract of current research: Since 2010 I have been working on my PhD project entitled “Jogaila vs. Vytautas. History teaching at schools with Polish and Lithuanian languages of instruction in Lithuania.” It is a comparative study of narratives of the common past, transmitted at schools in Poland and in Lithuania.

In particular, I am interested in how collective memory is transmitted by educational institutions which contribute to the policy of identity of ethnic and national groups, and what vision of the past corresponds with the present needs of the state. The most important questions I would like to address in my dissertation are as following: how history narration is created in schools? How history lessons shape students’ social memory and identity? To what extend do teachers’ ethnic or national background influence their narrations of the Polish-Lithuanian past? I focus my attention on history narrations contained in textbooks and teaching aids (source texts, films, maps and school décor) and, last but not least, history teachers’ narrations.
I interview teachers and students about their vision and interpretations of the past. The project is sponsored by a research grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland.
E-mail: nowakowska.agni[at]

Monika Żychlińska, MA (thesis supervisor: Professor Elżbieta Hałas)

Monika Żychlińska graduated with a double MA in sociology and American Studies from the University of Warsaw.

Her thesis in sociology discussed the process of institutionalization of the memory of the Warsaw Uprising activated due to its Museum opened in 2004.
In her thesis The Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a Living Organism Epitomizing the Changing Times of American Society, she analyzed the cultural reception of the Vietnam War in the US through controversies created by the commemoration of the Vietnam War.

She translated into Polish J. Lofland’s Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis (Analiza Układów Społecznych: Przewodnik Metodologiczny po Badaniach Społecznych. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2009, together with A. Kordasiewicz i S. Urbańska).

She published: „Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego jako wehikuł polskiej pamięci zbiorowej,” Kultura i Społeczeństwo 3 (2009) and “The Black Gash of Shame’: The Struggle between the Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in the Process of the Vietnam War Commemoration,” The Americanist: Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States 26 (2011).

Her scholarly interests include sociology and anthropology of war and violence, politics of memory and commemoration, gender studies, and American culture and society.

Abstract of current research: I’m preparing my PhD dissertation in which I analyze the process of forming a public image of female veterans of the Vietnam war by women’s veteran organizations. The establishment of the women’s sections in veteran organizations was a reaction to the widespread conviction, that the Vietnam War was fought exclusively by men. Although a majority of the women veterans were not involved in direct combat, and among the total number of 59 000 of casualties only 8 were women, at a certain historical moment they started articulating their claim of significance with great strength. The women veteran organizations defend the opinion, that while women’s experience of the war was different from that of men, it was no less traumatic and no less significant.

I am interested what new ideas and values have the women organizations introduced into the world of veterans? What ideals do they call upon in their policy of identity? Defining their public image, do they reach for a different vocabulary of emotions than men or men veterans organizations? The basis for the empirical analysis is the data currently available from veterans organizations: art: icles and program documents, press releases, and websites of the organizations. The material will also include interviews with leaders of the organizations and participant observation of their meetings. The theoretical framework for he analysis is based on the theories of identity, social stigmatization and cultural trauma.
E-mail: monika.zychlinska[at]

Staże w pracowni

dr Vaiva Narušienė

Dr Vaiva Narušienė ukończyła studia filologii litewskiej na Uniwersytecie Witolda Wielkiego (Kowno), w roku 2006 doktoryzowała się na Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim w zakresie literaturoznawstwa. Jest pracownikiem naukowym w Centrum Slawistyki im. Czesława Miłosza na Uniwersytecie Witolda Wielkiego (Kowno), obecnie odbywa także staż podoktorski w Instytucie Historii Litwy (Wilno).

Zainteresowania skupiają się wokół pamięci historycznej w literaturze polskiej i litewskiej XIX i pierwszej połowy XX wieku, wokół kwestii tożsamości stanowej i narodowej w literaturze tegoż okresu, a także wokół stosunków literatury i kultury litewskiej a polskiej.

Autorka książki Józef Albin Herbaczewski – pisarz polsko-litewski, Kraków 2007.

mgr Katarzyna Korycka

Katarzyna Korycka is researching toward her doctoral thesis in political science at the University of Toronto. She works on politics of memory and law. Her dissertation compares how property restitution and political repression compensation laws legitimate and delegitimate certain ways of remembering and therefore belonging.

Katarzyna reached ABD status in 2012. She specializes in comparative politics, politics of development, and political theory (in that order). She has an MA in Comparative Politics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2006).

She is a visiting scholar at the Międzyzakładowa Pracownia Pamięci Społecznej na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim.

She lectured at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Munk Shool of Global Affairs (University of Toronto). She regularly guest lectures at the Politics of European Enlargement (University of Toronto) on the topics of EU citizenship and immigration policy and multiculturalism. She thought Politics of Development (University of Toronto), Global Networks (University of Toronto), International Organization (McGill) and Canadian Policy (McGill).
Her book chapter (coauthored with Abouzar Nasirzadeh, UofT) “Homophobia as a tool of Statecraft: Iran and its Queers” is scheduled to be released by University of Illinois Press in 2012 in Homophobia Goes Global: States, Movements, and the Diffusion of Oppression.
Her paper (coauthored with Abouzar Nasirzadeh, UofT) “Desire Recast: Production of Iranian Gay Identity” was awarded Best Section Paper at the 2011 American Political Science Association conference and submitted for publication (Journal of Gender Studies).
Her paper “Racisms As Discourse” was submitted for publication (Ethnic and Racial Studies).
Kontakt: kate.korycki[at]
Telefon w Polsce: 519-859-455