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




Books in English:


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


The Rational Other, Poznań: Humaniora.


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


Last book in Polish:


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


Edited Volumes in English


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


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


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



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


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


Special issues:

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

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


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

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


(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.


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


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.


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


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


(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.


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


(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.


(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.


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:



“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).


“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)


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


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


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


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


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).


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


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


Football Research in Enlarged Europe (EU 7th Framework Program) – Country
Coordinator. Website:


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.



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


Major functions:


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


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



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


President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists


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


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

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


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


Chair of World Council of Anthropological Associations


European Research Council Consolidator Grants, SH2 Panel member


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


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


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


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


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

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’)



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


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,


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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