Phone: +48 61 829 13 80
Email: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript.
Office hours: On sabbatical utill June 30, 2018 


Research interests:

Sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of ethics and morality, medical anthropology (esp. anthropology of biomedicine, bioethics, medicine and religion, genetics, rare diseases), anthropology of religion (esp. Christianity); Europe (Finland, Germany, Poland).


Małgorzata Rajtar received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 2006. She held post-doctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany (2006-2009) and as the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany (2011-2013). She also served as assistant professor in the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology at the University of Gdańsk, Poland (2010-2013). She is a research associate with the Department of Religious Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences and an occasional researcher for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw. 


Current research projects:
Socio-cultural dimensions of rare diseases: The case of LCHAD deficiency. A comparative study of Poland and Finland.
Funding: Polish National Science Centre (Grant No. 2015/17/B/HS3/00107)
Role: Principal Investigator
Researchers: Dr hab. Anna Kwaśniewska (University of Gdańsk) & Anna Chowaniec-Rylke, MA
Short abstract:


Turner Syndrome: Socialization patterns and the management of embodiment in chronic disease. An interdisciplinary approach.
Funding: Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education/ National Program for the Development of Humanities
PI: Dr hab. Magdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz (University of Warsaw)
Role: Main Investigator



Selected publications:
Edited volumes / edited journal issues

2016 Penkala-Gawęcka, D. & M. Rajtar, eds. Medical Pluralism and Beyond. Special Issue of Anthropology & Medicine 23(2).

 Radkowska-Walkowicz, M. & M. Rajtar, eds. Kultura i medycyna [Culture & Medicine]. Special Issue of Etnografia Polska 58(1-2).

2012 M. Rajtar & J. Straczuk, eds. Emocje w kulturze [Emotions in culture]. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.

 E. Peperkamp & M. Rajtar, eds. Religion and the Secular in Eastern Germany, 1945 to the Present. Leiden-Boston: Brill.


Selected journal articles / book chapters

 In press  Rajtar, M. O (nie)naturalności jedzenia. Pokarmy i technologie biomedyczne w chorobach metabolicznych [On the (Un)Naturalness of Eating: Foods and Biomedical Technologies in Metabolic Disorders.] LUD [The People]
 In press

 Rajtar, M. Christians in the Biomedical Embrace: A Case of “No Blood Transfusion” Policy in Germany. InTwilight Zone Anthropology. A Voice from Poland, M. Buchowski, ed. Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing. 


Rajtar, M. 2018. Relational Autonomy, care, and Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany. Bioethics (00): 1-9 (early view). DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12424.

Rajtar, M. Religion und Geschlecht bei den Zeugen Jehovas in (Ost-) Deutschland. In Religionen und Geschlechterordnungen. K. Sammet, F. Benthaus-Apel, & Ch. Gärtner, eds. 179-195. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.


Rajtar, M. Health care reform and Diagnosis Related Groups in Germany: The mediating role of Hospital Liaison Committees for Jehovah's Witnesses. Social Science & Medicine 166: 57-65.


 Rajtar, M. Jehovah’s Witness patients within the German medical landscape. Anthropology & Medicine 23(2): 172-187.


 Penkala-Gawęcka, D. & M. Rajtar. Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Medical Pluralism and beyond.’ Anthropology & Medicine 23(2): 129-134.


Rajtar, M. Krew jako ciało „obce” i „indywidualne”. Krew i biotożsamość na przykładzie świadków Jehowy w Niemczech [Blood as an ‘Alien’ and ‘Individual’ Body: Blood and Bioidentity and Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany]. Etnografia Polska 58(1-2): 101-116.


Radkowska-Walkowicz, M. & M. Rajtar. Wprowadzenie do bloku tematycznego „Kultura i medycyna” [Introduction to the thematic issue “Culture & Medicine”]. Etnografia Polska 58(1-2): 95-99.


Rajtar, M. Serce i krew. Rodziny świadków Jehowy wobec zespołu Downa [Blood and the Heart. Jehovah’s Witness Families and Down Syndrome]. In: Etnografie biomedycyny [Ethnographies of biomedicine], M. Radkowska-Walkowicz and H. Wierciński, eds. 259-275. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.


Rajtar, M. Zwrot etyczny i nowa antropologia moralności [An Ethical Turn and the New Anthropology of Morality]. LUD 98: 137-155.


Rajtar, M. Bioethics and religious bodies. Refusal of blood transfusions in Germany. Social Science & Medicine 98: 271-277.


Rajtar, M. & J. Straczuk. Wprowadzenie [Introduction]. In Emocje w kulturze [Emotions in Culture], M. Rajtar & J. Straczuk, eds. 7-25. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.


Rajtar, M. Gender in the Discursive Practices of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the Former East Germany. Social Compass 58(2): 260-270.


Rajtar, M. Jehovah’s Witnesses in East Germany: ‘Reconfigurations’ of Identity. Religion, State and Society 38(4): 401-416.


Peperkamp, E. & M. Rajtar. Introduction. In Religion and the Secular in Eastern Germany, 1945 to the Present, E. Peperkamp & M. Rajtar, eds. 1-18. Leiden-Boston: Brill.


Rajtar, M. Religious Socialization in a Secular Environment: Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eastern Germany. In Religion and the Secular in Eastern Germany, 1945 to the Present, E. Peperkamp & M. Rajtar, eds. 125-145. Leiden-Boston: Brill.


Courses previously taught at Adam Mickiewicz University:

  • In English: Anthropology of Christianity; Religion and healing; Ethnographic research; Anthropology and ethics; From blood to biogenetics: Mapping an anthropological territory; New anthropology of moralit(ies).
  • In Polish: Biopower and biopolitics; Religion in post-socialist countries; “This house stood in a different country before.” Selected issues in post-socialist countries - example of the former East Germany; Undergraduate Thesis Seminar.




Dlaczego warto studiowac etnologie prawaCreole logobanneretnowiki logoPlanSeminariow