Professor

Michal Buchowski Nafa


Head of Department
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Office hours:  Room 2.16

 



Research Interests: Anthropology of post-socialist societies and neoliberalism; migration, multiculturalism and tolerance; anthropological theories (world anthropologies); anthropology of sports

Research Areas: Central Europe, Poland, global issues

 



Publications:

 

Books in English:

 

1997
Reluctant Capitalists: Class and Culture in a Local Community in Western Poland, Berlin:
Centre Marc Bloch.

 

1997
The Rational Other, Poznań: Humaniora.

 

2001
Rethinking Transformation: An Anthropological Perspective on Postsocialism, Poznań: Humaniora.

 

Last book in Polish:

 

2012
Etnolgia polska: historie i powinowactwa (Polish Ethnology: Histories and Affinities), Poznań: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje

 

Edited Volumes in English

 

2001
(with B. Chołuj) Die Konstruktion des Anderen in Mitteleuropa/The construction of the Other in Central Europe, Frankfurt (Oder): Collegium Polonicum

 

2001
(with E. Conte and C. Nagengast), Poland Beyond Communism: “Transition”
in Critical Perspective, Fribourg: University Press.

 

2014
(with A. Bentkowski), Colloquia Anthropologica: Issues in contemporary
social anthropology, Poznań: Polski Instytut Antropologii & Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje.

 

2015

(with H. Cervinkova and Z. Uherek) (eds.) Rethinking Ethnogrpahy in Central Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

2016
(with A. Schwell, N. Szogs & M. Kowalska), New ethnographies of football in Europe: People, passions, politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Special issues:

2010
Ed., Pologne. Après le communisme, entre tradition et mondialisation, Ethnologie française
no.2 (March 2010) – special issue on Poland.

2012
Ed., (with V. Dominguez), Theme Section ‘Changing flows of anthropological knowledge’,
Focaal 63: 3-65.

 

Recent articles in English and German (last 5 years):


2011
Polish ethnology in the periods of “early” and “late” socialism: From non-Marxist orthodoxy to post-ethnographical pluralism, In: U. Brunnbauer, C. Kraft and M. Schulze Wessel (eds.), Sociology and ethnography in East-Central and South-East Europe: Self-Description in state socialist countries, pp. 147-172, München: Oldenbourg: Verlag.

 

2011
Commentary, to: Nigel Rapport, The liberal treatment of difference. An untimely meditation on culture and civilization, Current Anthropology 52(5), 2011: 696-697.

 

2011
Post-socialist change as an attempted transformation of people. ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ in a
neoliberal ideology in Poland, In: Stanislaw Latek (ed.), From totalitarianism to democracy: twisted and unfinished road. On the 20th Anniversary of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, pp. 67-83, Montreal: Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada.

 

2012
Das Gespenst des Orientalismus in Europa – Vom exotischen Anderen zum stigmatisierten
Bruder, w: Kulturelle Übersetzungen, red. Anika Keinz, Klaus Schönberger, pp. 161-182, Berlin: Reimer Verlag GmbH.

 

2012
Europe as a fortress: the end of multiculturalism and the rise of ‘cultural racism’, in: A. M.
Kusnetsov (ed.), Ethnic politics and non-military aspects of security, pp. 33-46, Valdivostok: Far Eastern University Press.

 

2012
(with K. Chlewińska), Poland, In: red. R. Zapata-Barrero, A. Triandafyllidou (eds.),
Addressing tolerance and diversity discourses in Europe. A comparative overview of 16 European countries, pp. 345-369, Barcelona: CIDOB, GRITIM-UPF.

 

2012
Intricate relations between Western anthropologists and Eastern ethnologists, Focaal. Journal
of Global and Historical Anthropology 63: 20-38.

 

2012
Anthropology in postsocialist Europe, in: U. Kockel, M. Nic Craith, J. Frykman (eds.), A
companion to the anthropology of Europe, pp. 68-87, Malden-Oxford-Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

2013
Sabina Stan: Interview with Prof. Michal Buchowski, April 2012, Irish Journal of
Anthropology 16(1[Spring/Summer]): 54-59.

 

2014
Twilight zone anthropologies: the case of Central Europe, “Cargo” 1-2 (2014): 7-18.

 

2014
(with A. Bentkowski), Anthropological Colloquiums – presentation of project, in: M.
Buchowski, A. Bentkowski (eds.), Colloquia Anthropologica: issues in contemporary social anthropology, pp. 11-14, Poznań: Polski Instytut Antropologii & Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje.

 

2015
Marx for Poles, “Dialectical Anthropology” 39 (2015): 219-223.

 

2015
(with M. Z. Kowalską), Doing ethnography and writing anthropology: a single-site-multiple-ethnography of a protest event against the 2012 UEFA Championship in Poznan, W: B. Alpan, A. Schwell and A. Sonntag (eds.), The European football championship: mega-event and vanity fair, pp. 150-172, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

2016
(with M. Kowalska, A. Schwell & N. Szogs), Introduction: People, passion, and much more: Anthropology of football, In: A. Schwell, N. Szogs, M. Kowalska & M. Buchowski (red.) New ethnographies of football in Europe: People, passions, politics, pp. 1-17, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

2016
Making Anthropology Matter in the Heyday of Islamophobia and the ‘Refugee Crisis’: The Case of Poland, Český lid 102(1): 51-67 (DOI:10.21104/CL.2016.1.03)

 

Teaching (2015/2016):

Multiculturalism and Tolerance (in English)
Nationalism in Europe (in English)
Graduate Seminar (in English)

 

Research Project/s:

Past:

 

1994-1995
“Propriété de la terre et devenirs de la paysannerie en Europe Centrale et Orientale”; 6
months fieldwork in a rural community on transformation of the Polish countryside (financed by the C.N.R.S. in Paris).

 

1995-1996
“Learning Capitalism: Practices and Discourses in Poland” (with C. Nagengast), carried in various communities: rural, small town and big city (research grant of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York)

 

1998-1999
Higher Education Support Program, Open Society Institute, Budapest: “Domesticating Capitalism” (International project leader)

 

2003-2006
Higher Education Support Program, Open Society Institute, Budapest: “Post-Colony and Post-Socialism Context in Social Scientific Writing and Teaching”

 

2004-2006
International Networks and Migration (Interreg European Union [EU] Program, AMU and European University Viadrina cooperation)

 

2004-2007
Kinship and Social Security (EU 6th Framework Program – Country Coordinator)

 

2009-2012
Foreigners in Poznań: Cultural Heterogeneity in Big Cities (Polish Ministry of Higher Education – Project Leader and Coordinator) [193 000 zlotys]

 

Jan-Jun 2010
Negative and positive factors playing role in the process of integration of foreign citizens on labor market, in a system of medical care and in education. Anthropological case study in Poznań (European Project Aimed at Integration of Non-EU countries Citizens and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – Project Leader).

 

2010-2013
Tolerance, Diversity and Social Cohesion. Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe (EU 7th Framework Program) – country coordinator

 

2012-2015
Title: Spatialization and Racialization of Social Exclusion. The social and cultural formation of "Gypsy ghettoes" in Romania in a European context (SPAREX)
Funded by:Unitatea Executivă pentru Finanţarea Învăţământului Superior, a Cercetării, Dezvoltării şi Inovării
Cooridnator: Eniko Magyari-Vincze
Function: Senior Researcher 2012-2015 [2012-2013]
Grant number: CNCS – UEFISCDI, PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0354, contract NR 194 /2011
Organization: Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca http://sparex-ro.eu

 

2012-2015
Football Research in Enlarged Europe (EU 7th Framework Program) – Country
Coordinator. Website: http://www.free-project.eu

 

2013-2016
Społeczno-kulturowa identyfikacja cudzoziemców [Socio-cultural characteristics of
foreigners]. (Financed by National Center for Research and Development, Poland, No. 0018/R/ID2/2013/03) – Researcher.

 

Current:


2016-2017
An Anthropological Study on Immigrants in the Kansai Region, Japan (Financed by National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka)

 


Major functions:

 

1998-
Professor & Chair for Central European Comparative Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

 

2001-
Member of the Committee of Ethnological Sciences at the Polish Academy of Science (systematically re-elected for consecutive terms)

 

2008-

Head of the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (re-elected in 2012 and in 2016)

 

2009-11
President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists

 

2009-14
Member of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale

 

2010-
European Research Council – member of SH (Social Sciences and Humanities) Panels


 
2011-
Schroubek Fonds, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich – Partner

 

2010-15
European Research Council FP7 and Horizon 2020 evaluator (several editions)

 

2012-14
Chair of World Council of Anthropological Associations

 

2012-2014
European Research Council Consolidator Grants, SH2 Panel member

 

2013-17
National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage – member (2012-17)

 

2013-
Detusch-Polnische Forschung Institute at Collegium Polonicum – Member of the Advisory Board

 

2014-16
Central Commission for Scientific Degrees and Tittles – member (field:
religious studies)

 

2014-
Antropologos sem Fronteiras / Anthropologists without Broders – Member of the Conselho Consultívo / Advisory Council

 

2015
European Research Council – Chair of SH5 Panel: Cultures and Cultural Productions

 

2015 and 2017
European Research Council – Chair of SH5 Panel: Cultures and Cultural Productions


2017-19
Central Commission for Scientific Degrees and Tittles - member (field:
ethnology and anthropology)


Membership in Editorial Boards

•    The Journal of Language and Politics (John Benjamins)
•    Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale  (Wiley-Blackwell) (2008-2014)
•    History and Anthropology (Tylor and Francis)
•    Socialni Studi (Masaryk University, Brno)
•    Cargo (Charles University, Prague)
•    Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology (Belgrade, Serbia)
•    Societas/Communitas (Warsaw, Poland)
•    Lud (Polish Ethnological Society-Committee of Ethnological Sciences of the PAS, Wroclaw)
•    Slovensky narodopis (Bratislava, Slovakia)
•    EASA Series (Berghahn Books)
•    Series Cultura – Jagiellonian University Press, Cracow
•    Series Poznańskie Studia Etnologiczne – Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Editor-in-Chief)
 


Visiting Professorships


Spring 1993    Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Spring 1997    Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin
2001-2002      Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2003-2004      Distinguished Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY
Spring 2011    Visiting Professor, Warsaw University (EU sponsored project ‘Human Capital’)
 


Scholarships/Fellowships:


Sept.-Oct.1985

Visiting Associate, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, England

May-June 1987

Visiting Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, England

Sep.1990- July 1991

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, University of California-Riverside

Sept.-Dec. 1992

Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change Postdoctoral Fellow, University of     Virginia, Charlottesville

Jan.-June 1993

Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Feb.-June 1996

Humboldt Foundation German Language Course, Goethe Institut, Berlin

July 1996-

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Scholar, Humboldt

Dec. 1997

University, Berlin

Oct.1997

Humboldt Foundation European Scholarship, Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, England

Feb-March 2006

Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Salle, Germany

July-Aug. 2009

Research Scholar Visit (exchange between Polish Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences –  Kunming, Yunnan Province, China)

Jan-May 2010

Collegium Budapest – Institute for Advanced Studies; Senior Research Fellow

 Dec. 2016-Sept.2017

      Overseas Visiting Fellow, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka,
      Japan

 

Honours and distinctions:

The President’s of the Republic of Poland  (Lech Wałęsa) – Bronze Cross of Merit

Several AMU Rector's and AMU Senate's Awards for Excellence in Research
and Scientific Achievements

Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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