Katarzyna Bojarska

ORCID SWPS University of Social Science and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

Born 1981. Assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Studies of the SWPS University in Warsaw. In 2008-2012 worked as assistant and 2012-2019 as assistant professor in the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the Department of Late Modernity Literature and Culture. Author of articles and translations interested in the relations of art, literature, history and psychoanalysis. Translated among others Michael Rothberg's Multidirectional Memory. Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Warsaw 2016). Author of a book Wydarzenia po Wydarzeniu: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman [Events after the Event: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman] (Warsaw 2012). Editor and one of translators of Ernst van Alphen's book Criticism as Intervention: Art, Memory, Affect (Krakow 2019). Receipient of numerous research grants and awards. Currently involved in the international research project RePAST within Horizon2020.

Paweł Mościcki

Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland ORCID academia.edu

Born 1981. Adjunct in the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the Department of the Research on Literature and Culture of Late Modernity. Philosopher, essaist, translator. His main interests are: contemporary philosophy, theater, visual arts, literature and critical political thought. He has translated (and co-translated) books by Alain Badiou, Derek Attridge, Slavoj Zizek and Jacques Rancière. He is the editor of the book Maurice Blanchot. Literatura ekstremalna [Maurice Blanchot. The Extreme Literature] (Warsaw 2007) and the author of Polityka teatru. Eseje o sztuce angażującej [Politics of Theater. Essays on Engaging Art] (Warsaw 2008), Godard. Pasaże [Godard. Arcades Project] (2010) and Idea potencjalności. Możliwość filozofii według Giorgio Agambena [The Idea of Potentiality. The Possibility of Philosophy according to Giorgio Agamben] (2013), My też mamy już przeszłość. Guy Debord i historia jako pole bitwy [We Also Have Our Past. Guy Debord and History as a Battlefield] (2015), Foto-konstelacje. Wokół Marka Piaseckiego [Photo-Constellations. On Marek Piasecki] (2016), Migawki z tradycji uciśnionych [Snapshots From the Tradition of the Oppressed] (2017), Chaplin. Przewidywanie teraźniejszości [Chaplin. Prevision of the Present] (2017), Lekcje futbolu [Lessons of Football] (2019). He also writes a blog: pawelmoscicki.net

Krzysztof Pijarski

The Leon Schiller National Film School, Lodz, Poland ORCID http://pijarski.art.pl

Artist working mainly with photography, Assistant Professor at the Lodz Film School, art historian. Recipient of a Fulbright Junior Research Grant at Hohns Hopkins University (2009-2010), and grants, among others, from the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and the Shpilman Institute of Photography. Headed and partcipated in grants from the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, the National Science Centre, and the National Programme for the Development of Humanities.

Interested in developing convincing visual forms of thinking, as an artist he focuses primarily on the aesthetic – that is, sensual – dimension of the epistemological, political, and ethical, creating visual archeologies of institutions and discourses, biographies of people and things.

 Authored a monograph on modernism as seen through the the dual prism of the figure of Michael Fried and photography as a technology that changed our understanding of art (Archeologia modernizmu. Michael Fried i nowoczesne doświadczenie sztuki [An Archeology of Modernism. Michael Fried, Photography, and the Modern Experience of Art], 2017), as well as (Post)Modern Fate of Images: Allan Sekula / Thomas Struth (2013). Edited the volumes Object Lessons: Zofia Rydet’s „Sociological Record” (2017) and The Archive as Project (2011). A collection of his translations of essays by Allan Sekula was published by the Warsaw University Press in 2010.

Participant of PLAT(T)FORM 2012 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur. His project, Lives of the Unholy (2009-2012), was presented at C/O Berlin.

Dorota Sosnowska

ORCID Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland academia.edu

B. 1982. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Polish Culture (Department of Theater and Performance) at University of Warsaw. The author of the book about three actresses of the communist period in Poland entitled “Królowe PRL. Sceniczne wizerunki Ireny Eichlerówny, Niny Andrycz i Elżbiety Barszczewskiej jako modele kobiecości” (2014). She took part in the scientific projects devoted to the problem of performance documentation (ECLAP), theoretical status of sources, archives and documents in performance studies (Sources and Mediations) and performance and memory (Performing Memory). She published articles on the subject in Polish and international journals such as “Performance Research” or “Theatralia” and coedited a book devoted to the memory of worker’s theater (“Robotnik. Performanse pamięci”, 2017). Now she is working on conceptualizations of the body in the art and theater of the Polish long 1990s. She is a co-convener of the Historiography Working Group of International Federation fro Theater Research. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked in Dramatyczny Theater in Warsaw.

Magda Szcześniak

Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland researchgate.net ORCID

Born 1985. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, leader of the MA program in visual culture. Author of book "Normy widzialności. Tożsamość w czasach transformacji" [Norms of Visibility. Identity in Times of Transition, 2016] and co-author of the two-volume "Kultura wizualna w Polsce" [Visual Culture in Poland, 2017]. Recipient of the Fulbright Foundation Junior Advanced Research Grant (2010/11, University of Rochester, Graduate Program for Visual and Cultural Studies) and the Fulbright Foundation Senior Award (2019/20, Duke University, Institute for Critical Theory). She has also received stipends and grants from the National Science Center (Preludium grant, 2013-2015; Sonata grant, 2018-2021) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (stipend for outstanding young scholars, 2017-2020). In 2017, she won the prestigious award for young scholars granted by the "Polityka" weekly (Nagroda Naukowa Polityki). She has published articles in numerous academic journals, including „Journal of Visual Culture”, „Teksty Drugie”, „Dialog”, „Konteksty”, „Krytyka Polityczna”, „Kultura Współczesna”. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Feeling Moved. Repesentations of Upward and Downward Mobility in Socialist Poland.

Krzysztof Świrek

Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland ORCID academia.edu

B. 1985. Sociologist, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw, where he defended his PhD thesis in 2016. His scientific interests include theories of ideology, symbolic power and social classes. He lectures on classical sociological theories, and has conducted seminars on conceptions of modernity and psychoanalytical analysis of power. He is an author of the book Teorie ideologii na przecięciu marksizmu i psychoanalizy [Theories of ideology at the junction of Marxism and psychoanalysis] (2018). Świrek published in „European Journal of Social Theory”, „Studia Socjologiczne”, „Societas/Communitas”, „Przegląd Humanistyczny”, „Hybris”, and others. As a film critic he has collaborated with „Kino” monthly and „dwutygodnik.com”.

Agata Zborowska

ORCID Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland academia.edu

Born 1986. She defended her PhD, entitled Życie rzeczy w powojennej Polsce (1945-1949) (The Life of Things in Post-War Poland), at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw. Author of articles in numerous academic journals, including:, „Konteksty”, „Kultura Współczesna”, „Kultura Popularna”, „Kwartalnik Filmowy”, „Czas Kultury”, „Fashion Theory”, „Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty”. In 2020, she received a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship (2021). In 2019, she was a Post-doc Fellow at The University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology. Agata was a visiting scholar at Indiana University Bloomington (2016), at University College London (2014), and Carleton University in Ottawa (2011). She was the recipient of individual grants PRELUDIUM (2015–2019) and ETIUDA (2017–2018) from the National Science Centre in Poland. She was a member of the research team in the Horizon 2020 project: “Re-Past – Revisiting the Past, Anticipating the Future.” Her research interests lay in material culture, property relations, critical theory, and cultural history of the 20th century. She is currently working on the experience of ownership changes in socialist and post-socialist transitions in Poland.


Justyna Chmielewska

Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences

Anthropologist, turkologist, editor, cyclist. Author of articles, reviews and photo essays published, among others in Konteksty, Nowe Książki, Notes na 6 tygodni, Widok, Dziennik Opinii, (op.cit.,) and Kultura Liberalna.

Julia Odnous

Born 1985. Editor and photoeditor. Alumna of the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw.

Darren Durham

Native English proofreader, resident in Poland. Has worked with HBO, Ossolineum (inc. Muzeum Pana Tadeusza), BWA Wrocław, Dom Spotkań z Historią, Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa (inc. Fabryka Schindlera), Fundacja Kulik-KwieKulik, Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie, Małgorzata Rejmer, and Glissando, among others.