Dr Agnieszka Zajączkowska-Drożdż
Head of the Centre for Holocaust Studies
Assistant Dean for the Centre for Holocaust Studies JU, assistant lecturer at the Centre for Holocaust Studies JU, doctor of social science in the field of political science. Holds a PhD from the Institute of European Studies JU and master’s degree from the Institute of Jewish Studies JU. In the academic year of 2012-2013 received a scholarship from the Israeli government at Tel Aviv University. Participated in the following programmes, among others: Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program, Tel Aviv University (2012), The Summer Institute on Holocaust and Jewish Civilisation Royal Holloway, University of London (2014), The Holocaust in Eastern Europe in the Records of the International Tracing Service Digital Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide (2014).
Most important publications: Leadership in the Jewish Councils as a Social Process. The example of Cracow with Andrea Loew, in: “The Holocaust and European Societies: Social Processes and Social Dynamics”, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, Krakowski Judenrat, in: “Studia nad Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem”, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, 2016, Deportacje Żydów z getta krakowskiego do obozów zagłady w Bełżcu i Auschwitz-Birkenau w relacjach ofiar, in: “Studia nad Faszyzmem i Zbrodniami Hitlerowskimi”, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, 2012.
Research interests: history of the Holocaust, Jewish history and culture, the ideology and policy of the Third Reich.
Prof. dr hab. Adam Wacław Jelonek
Professor, university teacher at the Jagiellonian University, diplomat, sociologist, political scientist.
Graduated from A. Witkowski General Secondary School no. 5 in Kraków (1988). A graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. Since 1986 an activist of the underground Federation of Fighting Youth. In 1997 received PhD in humanities from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw (UW). Habilitation at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology in 2005. In 2012 awarded the title of Professor of Humanities. From 1993 to 2006 worked at the Institute of Sociology UW and in the years 1999-2005 at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since its commencement in 2002, has been a member of the editorial board of a quarterly magazine Krytyka Polityczna. Since 2007 has been the Head of the Chair in the Middle and Far East at the Faculty of International and Political Studies JU, which was transformed into the Institute during his time in the office. From 2007 to 2009 the Chairman of the Scientific Council at the Institute of Regional Studies at the Jagiellonian University. A member of the programme council for the Kraków Confucius Institute. From 2010 to 2014 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines. Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Kuala Lumpur. Since 2016 the Head of the Institute of the Middle and Far East JU, and since 2017 Rector's Representative for International Affairs at the University. Author of a few dozen articles and books on the theory of social change and political and social issues, as well as ethnic relations in the region of South-East Asia.
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Żbikowski
A historian, researcher at the Jewish Historical Institute, professor at the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw, co-founder of the Polish Centre for Holocaust Research. Professor at the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw, the head of a research group studying recent history of Polish Jews at the Jewish Historical Institute. In 1993 received a PhD in humanities in the field of history at the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw with a dissertation titled Żydzi krakowscy i ich gmina 1869-1919 . In 2006 awarded the degree of a habilitated doctor at the Faculty of History UW with the book U genezy Jedwabnego. Żydzi na Kresach Północno-Wschodnich II Rzeczypospolitej, wrzesień 1939 - lipiec 1941. In 2014 awarded the title of Professor of History by the president. Dr hab. Żbikowski was a research fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig and at the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah in Paris.
Since 1985 has been a researcher at the Jewish Historical Institute, where in the years of 2007-2008 he held the position of a deputy-director for science, education and publications. Worked as a professor at the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities and a main specialist at the Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).
Dr hab. Dariusz Libionka, Prof. IFiS PAN
A historian, professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), the head of the research department of the State Museum at Majdanek, editor-in-chief of the academic yearbook „Zagłada Żydów. Studia i Materiały”. The list of his publications includes: Bohaterowie, hochsztaplerzy, opisywacze. Wokół Żydowskiego Związku Wojskowego (2011, co-authored with L. Weinbaum); Obóz zagłady w Bełżcu w relacjach ocalonych i zeznaniach polskich świadków (2013, editor); Klucze i kasa. O mieniu żydowskim w Polsce pod okupacją niemiecką i we wczesnych latach powojennych (2014, co-editor with J. Grabowski); Zagłada Żydów w Generalnym Gubernatorstwie. Zarys problematyki (2017).
Dr hab. Joanna Sondel-Cedarmas
Habilitated doctor of social science in the field of political science, the head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies of Mediterranean Countries at the Institute of European Studies JU. Specialises in the field of anti-democratic political systems and doctrines of the 20th century, with particular emphasis on the ideology and legal and political system of Italian Fascism. She has written two monographs on this topic: (Gabriele D`Annunzio u źródeł ideologicznych włoskiego faszyzmu, Universitas, Kraków 2008 and Nacjonalizm włoski. Geneza i ewolucja doktryny politycznej (1896-1923), Księgarnia Akademicka, Kraków 2013) and a number of articles published in Polish, Italian and English in journals such as “Studia nad Faszyzmem i Zbrodniami Hitlerowskimi”, “Studia nad Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem” and also in joint publications in Poland and abroad. Currently, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Padua, is conducting a research project on the memory of totalitarian systems in Poland and Italy against the backdrop of EU remembrance policy.
Dr Wojciech Burek
Assistant professor at the Institute of European Studies, the Faculty of International and Political Studies of Jagiellonian University (JU). A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration (WPiA) JU (2004); also studied at the Institute of Sociology JU (2000-2005). Holds a PhD in Law from the Faculty of Law and Administration JU, (2008). Honoured with Stanisław Kutrzeba Award for the protection of human rights in Europe - and granted a one-year-long research scholarship at the Max-Planck Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (the Mark-Planck Institute) in Heidelberg, Germany (2007-2008). Received the Minister of Science and Higher Education Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists (2014-2017). Editor-in-chief of a law journal “Problemy Współczesnego Prawa Międzynarodowego, Europejskiego i Porównawczego”.
Main areas of interest and research: human rights law, anti-discrimination law, the law of treaties, diplomatic and consular law.
More information and the list of publication available at: http://www.europeistyka.uj.edu.pl/instytut/pracownicy/burek
Dr Bartosz Kwieciński
Assistant professor at the Centre for Holocaust Studies JU. A film historian, media scientist, specialises in anti-Semitic propaganda. The author of the monograph Obrazy i klisze. Między biegunami wizualnej pamięci Zagłady (FIPRESCI Prize recommendation as part of the project “Best book on film”). The author of articles on the formation, deformation and devaluation of the memory of the Holocaust. Participated in national and international conferences devoted to the image of the Holocaust in mass culture and Polish cinema. A reviewer at “Didaskalia”, "Przestrzenie Teorii” and the Majer Bałaban Contest, organiser of seminars at the Jewish Historical Institute. A researcher for national and international grants: „Pogromy Żydów na ziemiach polskich w XIX i XX wieku”, „Reprezentacje Zagłady w kulturze polskiej /1939-2015/” (Narodowy Program Rozwoju Humanistyki). A long-standing coordinator at the specialty: Studies in the Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems. Honoured with JU Rector’s award for the best teaching performance. Currently Dr Kwieciński is working on a monograph devoted to the image of a survivor in Polish cinema. A researcher for the Centre for Holocaust Research at ŻIH, and a member of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH). At the Centre for Holocaust Studies teaches classes on the image of the Holocaust and the history of genocide.
Dr Piotr Weiser
Assistant professor at the Institute of the Middle and Far East of the Jagiellonian University, former scientific secretary for the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (Żydowski Instytut Historyczny im. Emanuela Ringelbluma - ŻIH), and Holocaust Literature Research Team, ŻIH. A member of the editorial board of the journal “Narracje o Zagładzie” published by the University of Silesia. Recently published the book „To nie ja wymyśliłem ten kraj…” Izrael Hłaski (Kraków 2015) and a volume of verse „Poeci mają straszną pamięć…” with a selection of poems by Stanisław (Jehoszua) Wygodzki (Lublin 2016). His monograph „Dobrze, nazwijmy to życiem…” Ocalenie z Zagłady w literaturze popiołów. has been prepared for publication.Writes mainly about the Holocaust and Israel.