Professor and vice-Dean of the Faculty of „Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Specialized in French literature, and particularly interested in the relationship between medieval mentality and literary forms. His most recent projects pertain to the inscription of the chivalric ethos into medieval narratives. Professor Abramowicz’s other specializations are the culture and the literature of francophone countries, especially in North America, as well as ethnolinguistic (especially the relationship between lexical and ethical choices that are specific for a given linguistic and cultural community). Most recent books: Le Québec au cœur de la francophonie (1999); «Dire vrai» dans les narrations françaises du Moyen Age (XIIe–XIIIe siècle) (2007); and in Polish : Linguistic and Cultural Values in the Worldview of Slavic Peoples and their Neighbors (with Jerzy Bartmiński, Iwona Bielińska-Gardziel, 2012).
Classical philologist, founder of the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition in Poland and East-Central Europe (OBTA) at the University of Warsaw, now part of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of which Jerzy Axer was the first Dean. Jerzy Axer founded and directed for many years the International School of Humanities (MSH), and the Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISH). Elected member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU). His fields of interest include Cicero, Neo-Latin studies, textual criticism, theatre, and the reception of Classical Antiquity as well as issues from the field of Animal Studies. He is the author of more than 500 publications: books, editions of source texts, and academic papers. Professor Axer will be happy to work with PhD students interested in the reception of Ancient tradition throughout history, up to the 21st century. Provided that the candidate has clearly articulated scholarly interests, Professor Axer will welcome projects focused on non-conventional readings of classical texts (Ancient and Polish), the theory and practice of Ancient rhetoric, the interactions between literature and history of any historical era, textual criticism and the history of theater.
Since 2016 Assistant Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History and Head of the Centre for the Study of the Reformation, Faculty of “Artes Liberales.” His research interests include early modern rhetoric and dialectic; cultural history of science and scholarship; history of the book and readers, and history of the Reformation. He has edited a volume of Johannes Hevelius’s correspondence with Peter Crüger (Brepols, forthcoming in 2018), co-edited volumes of studies on Antitrinitarianism, Protestant majorities and minorities and history of rhetoric, and published several articles on history of science, early modern rhetoric, calendrical controversies, scholarly libraries and reading practices. He serves as co-Principal Investigator in two Horizon 2020 projects: Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies (coordinated by FSCIRE Bologna) and Religious Toleration and Peace (coordinated by KU Leuven), and runs a National Science Centre SONATA 12 individual grant on chronological controversies in early modern Silesia and Upper Lusatia.
Ewa Domańska is a Professor of Human Sciences at the Department of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a recurrent visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. She is a President of the „International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography” (CISH); a member of the Committee of the Cultural Sciences as well as an expert of the Committee of Historical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Science. Domanska is the author and editor of 20 books and numerus articles published in Poland and abroad. Her teaching and research interests include comparative theory of the humanities and social sciences, history and theory of historiography, ecological humanities, ecocide and genocide studies. Recently she published: Nekros. Wprowadzenie do ontologii martwego ciała [Necros: An Introduction to the Ontology of Human Dead Body and Remains] (2017, in Polish).
Andrzej Elżanowski is a vertebrate zoologist and full professor at the University of Warsaw where he teaches anthro(po)zoology, ethics, and animal welfare science. Formerly Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), and Senior Research Associate of the (US) National Research Council. While his main research has been in the evolution of birds, he increasingly explores the ethical implications of biology and psychology, with a study titled True Darwin’s Ethics (2010) being one of his major contributions in this area. His current interest is in the evolution of human morality and its impact on non-humans. Prof. Elżanowski has been instrumental in shaping Poland’s animal welfare legislation especially after his appointment for the first term of National Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation (1999-2003). He continues his activity for the betterment of animals’ lives on the Board of Directors of Polish Ethics Society.
He received his PhD in 1999 (University of Warsaw and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in France). After post-docs in France and the USA (Emory University, Atlanta), he started working as a professor of genetics and evolution at the Faculty of Biology in Warsaw. His research is focused on the evolution of mitochondrial gene expression, but he also worked on the genetic history of human populations. In a transdisciplinary setting he helps students in exploring the impact of modern biology on our society, while making sure that such interdisciplinary inquires have a sound scientific background. Dr Golik is also interested in the cooperation between artists and researchers in bio-art.
Cleveland Hicks’ primary research interest is in the distribution and behavior of unstudied populations of great apes across Africa’s Congo Basin, in particular of chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes. At every new site where chimpanzees have been studied, they have been found to possess site-specific suites of behavioral traits, argued to represent cultural diversity. Large tracts of forests, particularly in the Northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, remain unexplored, and it is unknown whether or not they are inhabited by apes, or if so, how many apes. By conducting systematic surveys using line transects as well as recces and presence / absence data, we can develop a clearer picture of the distribution of African great apes in these hitherto unexplored forests. In addition, Dr. Hicks seeks to understand the distribution of ape traditions, how they map onto genetic diversity, and how they are affected by proposed ape barriers such as rivers. Understanding where the apes live and how their behaviors are similar to or different from those of other populations is a crucial tool in assuring their survival, and also has much to tell us about our own biological and cultural evolution.
Ewa Róża Janion
Ewa Róża Janion is a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of „Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Her doctoral thesis, concerning interactions between the Philhellenic movement and the 19th century Greek identity discourses, touched upon the questions of nationalism and gender representations. Now her research focuses mainly on the Modernist literature, specifically the poetry of C.P. Cavafy and its most recent queer interpretations. Her other fields of interest are digital humanities and minority cultures. With a team of experts, she develops a textological conception for a digital edition of Juliusz Słowacki’s travel notebook, which will be launched in the Web in the autumn of 2018. This summer of 2018 she starts a new intellectual enterprise: the research on the Calabrian Greek language and literature. In her spare time, she practices biking and martial arts.
Professor at Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, is a renowned specialist of Polish literature, with a particular interest in the “great Polish Romantic poets” (Mickiewicz, Słowacki, Norwid). She has conducted research into Romantic drama and its theatrical performances, textual criticism of Romantic literature (especially Słowacki), and into Romantic reception of classical antiquity, their Hellenism and relationship with ancient and modern Greece. Head of the program „ Philhellenism in Poland”. Author of books on Romantic literature, among which are: Mowa i milczenie – romantyczne antynomie samotności (1989) [Speech and Silence: Romantic Antinomies of Solitude]; Grecja romantyków. Studia nad obrazem Grecji w literaturze romantycznej (1994) [Greece of the Romantics: Studies on the Perception of Greece in Romantic Literature]; Juliusza Słowackiego „Podróż do Ziemi Świętej z Neapolu”. Glosy (2011) [Juliusz Słowacki’s „Journey to the Holy Land from Naples”. Voices]; (co-ed.) Filhellenizm w Polsce [Philhellenism in Poland] vol. I, II, 2007, 2012; (co-ed.) Sparta w kulturze polskiej [Sparta in Polish Culture] vol. I, II, 2014, 2015.
Historian. Professor at the University of Warsaw. Director of Iberian Studies 1975-1981, Deputy Director of Institute of History 1981-1988, since 1996 Professor at Faculty of “Artes Liberales.” Areas of interest: Modern and Contemporary World History, European expansion, colonialism and post-colonialism, civilizations of East and West, theory of social systems and eco-systemic approach. Publications on history of India, Spain, Poland and Europe. Author of 600 publications i.a. (in Polish): History of India (1980, 1985, 2003), From Expansion to Domination. A Theory of Colonialism (1986), Encounters with the East (1999), Introduction to the Civilization of East and West (2003), Expansion, Colonialism, Civilization (2008), “A word on lips forgotten…” Polish Intelligentsia and its Difficult Love of the Motherland (2012), Postcolonial Perspectives in Poland, Poland from Postcolonial Perspective [ed] (2016), as well as, in Spanish, Historia de Polonia (2001) Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Spain 1990-1994, since 1998 President of the Board of the Institute “Artes Liberales” Foundation.
Professor Konarzewski received undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology at the University of Bialystok (formerly University of Warsaw, Bialystok branch). He pursued PhD and D.Sc. degrees at the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Ecology, and then returned to the University of Bialystok, after postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of Bialystok’s Institute of Biology, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts of University of Warsaw (for full list of publications see Google Scholar). His main research interests are in the field of physiological ecology and the emerging field of evolutionary physiology. At the Faculty of “Liberal Arts” Professor. Konarzewski mainly pursues the crossroads of human (and non-human) nature and culture from a Darwinian perspective.
Dr. Kordos graduated from Warsaw University, having obtained MA diplomas in sociology and ethnology, both theses on contemporary Greece. He completed a postgraduate course on Modern Greece at the University of Warsaw and then began a PhD program under the supervision of prof. Małgorzata Borowska. He defended his doctoral thesis 20th century Greece in Polish Travel Texts and started teaching Greek topography, ethnology and 20th/21st century literature. Since then he has been involved in the several research programs: "Philhellenism in Poland," " Cyprus: history, culture, literature," "Sparta in Polish culture and literature," and "Object in traditional Greek dance," this last one in cooperation with the Greek Dances Theatre „Dora Stratou.” He published articles on travelling to Greece, Greek diglossia, Mani Peninsula, Cypriot geography, society and folk culture and on Modern Greek writers: E. Roidis, N. Kazantzakis, Ch. Chomenidis, V. Alexakis and others. He translated into Polish books by Nikos Dimou and Petros Markaris and now he is working on the text by a Cypriot, Antonis Georgiou.
Piotr Kulas, sociologist, historian of ideas, Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. He received his PhD in Sociology form University of Silesia, and Habilitation (post-doctoral degree) in Sociology from the University of Warsaw. He is the author of Intelligentsia denied. Ethos and identity of young Polish intellectuals’ elites. Warszawa: WN Scholar 2017 (in Polish); Conversations about intelligentsia, Warszawa: WN Scholar 2016 (in Polish); A Tournament of Hunchbacks. Problems of identity in the works of Witold Gombrowicz and Czesław Miłosz (Katowice 2009, in Polish). He co-edited with Paweł Śpiewak the book From intelligentsia to postinteligentsia. Doubtful hegemony. (Warszawa 2018) and the monographic numer „Kultura Współczesna”: Postinteligentsia. Contemporary forms of intelligentsia. He published in „Studia Socjologiczne, ”„ Kultur i Społeczeństwo,” „Przegląd Polityczny,” „Przegląd Filozoficzny. Seria Nowa,” „Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej”. In 2010, he received an individual award of the second degree of the Minister of Science for distinguished doctoral dissertation.
Professor Lambert received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with Emphasis in Critical Theory from University of California at Irvine in 1995, finishing his dissertation under the direction of the late-French philosopher Jacques Derrida and German literary theorist Gabriele Schwab.
In 1996, Professor Lambert joined the Department of English at Syracuse University, N.Y., and was later appointed as Chair between 2005 and 2008. He currently holds a research appointment as Dean's Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he also served as Founding Director of The Syracuse University Humanities Center and Principal Investigator of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University of Rochester funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Professor Lambert is internationally renowned for his scholarly writings on critical theory and film, the contemporary university, Baroque and Neo-Baroque cultural history, and especially for his work on the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. He has lectured internationally and in 2010 was appointed as the BK21 Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, and; currently, he serves as International Scholar at Kyung-Hee University, South Korea, and as a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, Australia.
Dr Lewandowska is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" at the University of Warsaw. Between 2010-2015 she was a National Science Centre-funded doctoral fellow; between 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 she has held research scholarships at the Centre for Women's History (ADHUC) at the Universitat de Barcelona and at the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid. Her primary field of scholarly specialization is women’s cultural and literary history in early modern Spain and colonial Latin Americas with a focus on sociocultural notions of religiosity, authority, and gender. Areas of teaching and research interest include: feminist theology, literary authority and authorship in early modern culture; history of emotions in religious discourses. She has published in scientific journals, such as: Itinerarios, Terminus, Teksty Drugie, and publishing houses such as: Iberoamericana, Renacimiento, Cambridge Scholar Publishing. She is a fellow member of PRO RHETORICA Interdisciplinary Centre of Applied Rhetoric (IBL PAN); Female Spirituality Project (Women´s Archive Association, IBL PAN), and the European Society for Women in Theological Research (ESWTR).
Katarzyna Marciniak, is an Associate Professor of Classical and Italian studies, Director of the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), Vice Dean for International Cooperation at the Faculty “Artes Liberales.” She is a laureate of the Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives, and holds the position of Ambassador Scientist of the Foundation in Poland. She has been awarded the European Research Council Consolidator Grant for the project Our Mythical Childhood... The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges (2016–2021). For more information see the project’s website: http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/.
Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire. She published over twenty monographs and edited collections on film and popular music. They include Contemporary Cinema and Neoliberal Ideology (Routledge, 2018), with Lar Kristensen, Poland Daily: Economy, Work, Consumption and Social Class in Polish Cinema (Berghahn, 2017), Popular Music in Eastern Europe: Breaking the Cold War Paradigm (Palgrave, 2016), Marxism and Film Activism (Berghahn, 2015), with Lars Kristensen, Relocating Popular Music (Palgrave, 2015), with Georgina Gregory, From Self- Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present (Berghahn, 2015) and European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (Palgrave, 2011). Mazierska’s work was translated into many languages, including French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Estonian and Serbian. She is principal editor of a Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.
Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw. Jan Miernowski’s research and teaching interests focus on the aesthetic response of literature to the diverse discourses of early modern philosophy, theology, science and politics, as well as the relationship between humanism, antihumanism and posthumanism. His doctoral thesis was devoted to the poetic expression of Renaissance logic. The subsequent books comprise a wide-ranging study of the impact of negative theology on French 16th-century poetry, on Medieval and Renaissance philosophy, as well as specifically on the poetics of Montaigne’s skepticism. Miernowski’s most recent books include a monograph on the aesthetics of hatred in French and Francophone literature from the 16th to the 21st century; an edited volume on the interplay between the grotesque and the sublime; and an edited collection of essays on the dialogue between Renaissance humanism and 20th-century antihumanism. His current project tests the conditions of possibility of a humanism for our posthuman times.
Associate Professor in the Section for Logic and Cognitive Science at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He published Explaining the Computational Mind (MIT Press 2013), awarded with the Tadeusz Kotarbiński Prize of the Section I of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the National Science Center Award for outstanding young scholars in social sciences and humanities in 2014. He was presented with Herbert A. Simon by Association for Computers in Philosophy (IACAP) for his significant contributions in the foundations of computational neuroscience (2015). Elected expert of the Committee for Philosophical Sciences (2013-2016, 2016-) of the Polish Academy of Sciences. With R. Poczobut, he edited the volume Analytic Metaphysics of Mind (in Polish, Warszawa 2008) and Companion to the Philosophy of Mind (in Polish, Kraków 2012); with K. Talmont-Kamiński Beyond Description. Naturalism and Normativity (London 2010) and Regarding the Mind, Naturally: Naturalist Approaches to the Sciences of the Mental (Newcastle upon Tyne 2013). He is now Principal Investigator of NCN SONATA BIS 5 grant “Cognitive Science in Search of Unity” (2015-2020). Scientific interests of Prof. Miłkowski focus on philosophy of science, including philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of mind and information. He is also interested in computational linguistics.
Professor at University of Warsaw specializing in Polish and Comparative Literature of the 15th-18th centuries. Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and several other learned societies. Director of several research centers: “Polish Humanism. Legacy and Contemporaneity,” “The Culture of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth,” “Humanism. Hermeneutics of Values.” Author and editor of 350 publications, among which are several monographs and collective volumes, among others, in Polish: Early Modern Polish Madrigals; Songs of Time of Death; Sarmatians and Death; Polish Baroque between Europe and Sarmatia; Encounters in the Labyrinth with Jan Kochanowski’s Poetry; and in Italian: Morsztyn e Marino. Un dialogo dei poeti; Kochanowski. Dieci saggi.
Associate Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw; director of the Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity; she obtained a doctoral degree in the humanities in 2005 at the UW’s Faculty of History and habilitation in ethnology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in 2016. She specializes in the ethnohistory, anthropology and linguistics of pre-Hispanic and colonial Mesoamerica, with a special focus on Nahua language and culture, Nahuatl linguistics, and issues of European-indigenous communication in a broad sense. She is also involved in a program for revitalizing the Nahuatl language and works with researchers and activists committed to revitalizing dying languages of ethnic minorities in Poland. Author of several books, including Turquoise Diadems and Staffs of Office. Insignia of Power in Aztec and Early Colonial Mexico (University of Warsaw, 2005), Meksyk przed konkwistą [Mexico before the Conquest] (PIW, 2010, Klio Prize 2010) and Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World (University Press of Colorado, 2014); editor and co-author of Dialogue with Europe, Dialogue with the Past. Colonial Nahua and Quechua Elites in Their Own Words (University Press of Colorado & University of Utah, 2018), co-editor of the monolingual series in Nahuatl Totlahtol [“Our Speech”]. She has received fellowships to conduct research at Dumbarton Oaks, the John Carter Brown Library and Yale University as well as grants from the European Research Council (Starting Grant 2012), the Foundation for Polish Science, the National Science Centre and the European Commission (Twinning Program, Horizon 2020, 1016) and the Team grant (Foundation for Polish Science, 2017). She has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2013) and a Burgen Fellowship by Academia Europaea (2013).
More information at www.jolko.al.uw.edu.pl
Professor of biological anthropology also interested in evolutionary psychology. Prof. Pawłowski is the Head of the Dept. of Human Biology at the University of Wroclaw and the President of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE). Scientific interests: evolutionary basis of human behavior, preferences and physical attractiveness as potential signal of an individual’s biological quality. He published more than 80 papers, for instance, in Nature, Current Anthropology, Scientific Reports, PNAS, Evolution & Human Behavior, Biological Psychology or Poetics, and several book chapters with world widely recognized publishers. He has published in Polish The Biology of Human Attractiveness and co-authored a popular science book entitled Naked Mind (in Polish). He was recognized for his efforts to popularize science: “ Popularyzator Nauki 2016” – main award in the competition organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland and Polish Press Agency in 2016.
Professor of biology, former dean of the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw. Specialized in evolutionary and behavioral ecology, mostly in interspecific interactions and evolution of anti-predator strategies in aquatic prey. Teaching ecology and limnology both in the lab and in the field, evolutionary and behavioral ecology, conservation biology and environmental protection and related topics. Engaged in different extra mural activities dedicated to nature conservation. Since a few years involved in interdisciplinary teaching programs at the crossroads between nature and culture at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales.”
Current position: professor at Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw. Art historian „in expanded field”, art critic, essayist, close to the visual and cultural studies. Author of several books and articles concerning art and art criticism of 19th-21st centuries. Specially interested in the history of art theory, the long duration of images, the migration of visual motives and stereotypes, the survival of artistic topics and traditions in today mass-culture.
Visiting Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales,” Chair of the Department of Ecumenical Research and Jean Monnet Chair at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Opole: Ecumenical ways of reconciliation in Europe (program built around unresolved conflicts in contemporary Europe, for example: Russian-Ukrainian, Serbo-Croat, Catalan-Spanish). Visiting Professor at Charles University in Prague (2001-2004), member of the Committee of Theological Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2015-2019). He specializes in theological anthropology, ecumenism and sociology of religion. Author of over 160 publications. Among them: Unity of Europe and Division of Christianity: 1950-2000 [Jedność Europy a podział chrześcijan: 1950-2000]; The Man as the route of Europe [Człowiek drogą Europy - Člověk cestou Evropy]; National and Ethnic Minorities in the Integration Process of Europe [Poszerzona Unia Europejska – szanse i zagrożenia dla mniejszości narodowo-etnicznych]; Chemins de réconciliation en Europe I-III; Judaica of Opole; Jewish cemetery in Opole.
Tomasz Rakowski PhD, MD is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. His research interests include social art, phenomenological anthropology, postsocialist transformation, anthropology of poverty, medical anthropology, and bottom-up development. He is also a medical doctor, a specialist in Accident & Emergency medicine. Recently he published Hunters, Gatherers, and Practitioners of Powerlessness: An Ethnography of the Degraded in Postsocialist Poland (Berghahn Books, 2016). He is also the editor, with Helena Patzer, of Pretextual Ethnographies: Challenging the Phenomenological Level of Anthropological Knowledge-Making (Sean Kingston Publishing, 2018, forthcoming).
Writer and translator, Professor of the Faculty of „Artes Liberales” University of Warsaw. He published the following books in Polish: Against (in) literature. An essay on active poetry of Miron Białoszewski and Edward Stachura (1987); Brotherhood or death. Killing Mickiewicz (1989); A pile for Adam or heretics and priests (1994); Parisian arcades. A tale of secret passages (1994); Drama Master. The Spectacle (1996); The End of the century report (1996); Death in water (1998); Prince of the Homeless (1999); Princess. Place of Xawera Deybel in the Mickiewicz family (1999); Church of Saint Roch (2000); Requiem for my streets (2003); Stendhal in love. A travel journal to name (2006); Last passage (2006); Wokulski in Paris (2009); Gift of the Angel. Predictions (2012); Artes liberales. About masters and followers (2014). He translated from French, among other books, Pascal Quignard's: Sex and Fear; Terrace in Rome; Sexual Night, Secret life; Butes.
Katarzyna Sadkowska obtained her MA and PhD (2004) degrees at the Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw. She was responsible (2003 -2007) for the cooperation between the Faculty of “Artes Liberales,” the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. In September 2015 she received a habilitation at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Research areas: Lviv between East and West - the Polish-Ukrainian-German cultural center before World War 2 and later: Myth and Reality; Polish Armenians; Vienna Modernism; Polish – German literary relations of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.
Classical scholar, editor of medieval and Renaissance correspondence: Korespondencja żupnika krakowskiego Mikołaja Serafina [Correspondence of Cracow salt mine administrator Mikołaj Serafin], the series Corpus Epistularum Ioannis Dantisci, the internet publication Corpus of Ioannes Dantiscus Texts & Correspondence. Anna Skolimowska leads the Laboratory for Source Editing and Digital Humanities of the Faculty “Artes Liberales,” University of Warsaw. She specializes in Latin paleography, source studies, critical editing; her research interests also include Spanish Erasmianism in the light of Dantiscus’ correspondence, the language and literary apparatus of Latin letters during the Renaissance, and the history of old books and collections. She is a member of the Polish Historical Society (PTH), the Polish Philological Society (PTF), and of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS). Non-academic interests: choral singing, Chinese martial arts.
Krzysztof Skonieczny is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. In 2011/2012 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY at Buffalo, and in 2012/2013 he spent six months as a researcher at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. In 2014, he received his PhD in Philosophy from the Polish Academy of Sciences, having completed the International PhD Program “The Traditions of Mediterranean Humanism and the Challenges of Our Times: the Frontiers of Humanity” at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales." His interests include political philosophy, psychoanalysis, posthumanities, animal studies and contemporary American literature, which he occasionally translates. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Immanent Animal. An Essay in Philosophical Zoology.
Paweł Stępień is a Professor of literary studies at the Faculty of „Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw. In his books he reveals the secrets of works of old Polish literature, captured as a microcosm of the culture of the times in which they arose. He focuses primarily on medieval religious literature and its ties with theology, spirituality and the theory of beauty. Moreover he investigates inter alia Platonic inspirations of Polish literature in the 16th–17th centuries and libertinism in Polish poetry of the 17th century. He interprets also Polish poetry of the twentieth century, showing how it relates to the cultural tradition of Poland and Europe. At the Faculty of „Artes Liberales” Pawel Stepien is responsible for a double degree master’s program “Cultural and Intellectual History between East and West.” The program is implemented in cooperation with University of Cologne and Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw. Academic Interests: identity issues in the Balkans and Jewish biography; history of ideas in the Balkans in the European cultural context; literatures of Slavia Orthodoxa in the Balkans from 18th to the 20th century; question of “controversial tradition“ and sites of memory in the Balkans (between Bulgaria and Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia). Editor-in-Chief of Colloquia Humanistica as well as of the book series “Colloquia Balkanica”. Chair of the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History, affiliated with the Association Internationale d‘Etudes du Sud-Est Européen and with the International Committee of Slavists. Founding member of the Network for South Eastern European Jewish Studies, member of the European Association for Jewish Studies, member of the Board of Warsaw Scientific Society (Societas Scientiarum Varsaviensis). Author and editor of 10 books, among others: Macedonia: Land, Region, Borderland (2013), The Image of Russia in the Balkans (2016, with Krzysztof Usakiewicz), in Polish: The Image of Great Change in Bulgarian Poetry 1918-1925 (1996), The Icon of the Fatherland (2001), Introduction into Balkanology (2015, with Irena Sawicka).
For more information see: http://al.uw.edu.pl/kadra/jolanta-sujecka/
Robert A. Sucharski
Professor and Dean of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Classical philologist, linguist - in his research he studies mainly the language and the culture of Ancient Greece (with the special focus on the Mycenaean epoch) as well as the reception of the Classical antiquity in later periods (mainly the Renaissance).
Professor Marek Trippenbach is a theoretical physicist working at the Department of Physics of University of Warsaw. With around 150 scientific publications (including article in Nature) he is an expert in the field of light – matter interactions, specialized in particular in quantum and nonlinear optics and cold atom physics. He was a co-founder of the Chair of Complex Systems Modelling and is interested in the studies on the border of Natural Sciences and Humanities. He worked with few Noble Prize winners in National Institute for Standard and Technology in Colorado and Gaithersburg and spend 5 years working at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva in Israel. He served for 8 years as a vice-Dean for Scientific Research at the Department of Physics of the University of Warsaw. He was a coordinator of several International and Polish scientific grants and received The Wojciech Rubinowicz Scientific Award in 2006 and Fulbright Fellowship in 2010/2011.
Fabian Welc is an archeologist and geologist (geology of tertiary and climate geology), working in a broad area of geo-archeological studies, particularly on the effect of climate change on human culture and civilizations. He is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Archeology of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University and Faculty of Geology of University of Warsaw. Dr Welc carries out research projects in Poland, Italy, Croatia, Egypt, and other countries.
Kamil Wielecki is a broadly trained anthropologist and social philosopher affiliated as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of “Liberal Arts” at the University of Warsaw. He has undertaken long-term ethnographic fieldwork research in Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He received studentships at the Kyrgyz National University in Bishek (2005) and the University of Vienna (2005-2006). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2011-2012) and at the Central European University in Budapest (2013). In 2017-18, within a scholarship of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, he served as a Visiting Professor at Wagner College (New York City). He is the author of a monograph and over a twenty of scholar and public-interest articles published in Polish, Russian and English. His scholar interests cover postsocialist studies, the political economy of capitalism, studies of Eastern and Western civilizations, and economic and philosophical anthropology.
In 2011 Kalina Wojciechowska was elected a member of the Theological Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the term 2015-2018 she became the deputy chairman of the Committee. Since 2012, she is a member of the Religious Language Team of the Polish Language Council at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She specializes in the analysis of the New Testament narrative books. She is the organizer of theological and musicological symposia. She cooperates with religia.tv television, where she is an expert in the field of biblical studies in the Biblical Religion Lesson programs.
Paweł Wojtas is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. He completed his MLitt degree in English Studies at The University of Stirling (2008), and PhD at the University of Warsaw (2012). He has published on contemporary English literature and international modernisms. His current research is centered on disability issues in the works of J.M. Coetzee. Executive editor of the scholarly journal Language and Literary Studies of Warsaw.
Szymon Wróbel is a professor of philosophy at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw and at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He graduated in psychology (specialization: clinical psychology) at the Institute of Psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. For many years associated with the Pedagogical and Artistic Faculty of Adam Mickiewicz University in Kalisz. He is the author of numerous books and articles scattered in various scientific journals. His latest books include Deferring the Self and Grammar and Glamour of Cooperation. Lectures on the Philosophy of Mind, Language and Action, published in 2013 and 2014 by Peter Lang. In Polish: Exercises in Friendship, Retroactive Reading. Pedigrees of Contemporary Philosophical Thought and Polish Depressive Position. From Gombrowicz to Mrożek and Back published by the Krakow Publishing House Universitas in 2012, 2014 and 2015. His last book, also in Polish, Philosopher and Territory. The Policy of Ideas in the Thoughts of Leszek Kołakowski, Bronisław Baczko, Krzysztof Pomian and Marek J. Siemek was published by the IFiS PAN Institute in 2016. Currently he leads the experimental Laboratory of Techno-Humanities at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales.” His current interests focus on "ontologies of failure" and "humanities of looting" based on the tactics of studying the remains of other discourses, shreds of incomprehensible languages, obsolete thoughts, abandoned sentences, interrupted gestures, unfinished intentions, dead poses, enigmatic images.
Agata Zalewska is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. In December 2016 she received a habilitation of literary studies at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Author of 3 books and 40 articles concerning literary and literary criticism of the second half of the 19th century and 20th century. Specially interested in Polish and European literature in the wider context of cultural, philosophical, and artistic changes; drama and theatre from the second half of the 19th and early 20th century; work of art in literature. She participates in the implementation of the research and development project: "Henryk Sienkiewicz. Presence in Polish Culture of the 20th century. Polish Identity and Modernity. Reception and New Readings." In 2012-2015 she was one of the main contributors to the project "Strategy for Introducing and Assessing Inter-Area Studies and Research in Universities in the Context of Educational Reforms in Poland."
Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY-Buffalo, Professor Ziarek teaches 20th and 21st-century comparative literature, especially contemporary poetry and poetics, as well as aesthetics, philosophy and literature, and literary theory. He is the author of Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness (SUNY Press), The Historicity of Experience: Modernity, the Avant-Garde, and the Event (Northwestern), The Force of Art (Stanford) and Language After Heidegger (Indiana). He has also published numerous essays on Coolidge, Stein, Stevens, Howe, Myung Mi Kim, Miron Białoszewski, Heidegger, Benjamin, Irigaray, and Levinas, and co-edited two collection of essays, Future Crossings: Literature Between Philosophy and Cultural Studies (Northwestern) and Adorno and Heidegger: Philosophical Questions. He also published two volumes of poetry in Polish, Zaimejlowane z Polski and Sąd dostateczny. He has won NEH and ACLS fellowships. He was named as one of the 100 “most daring cross-disciplinary thinkers in the world” in a 2015 book “!00 Global Minds.” His current work focuses on questions of technology, power, and singularity, most notably in the work of Martin Heidegger.