The Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań consists of the following sections:

1. Section of Polish and Regional Studies.
2. Section of European Studies and Cultural Criticism
3. Section of Contemporary Cultural Studies
4. Section of Non-European Studies


Head: Dr hab. Jacek Schmidt
Dr Anna Weronika Brzezińska
Dr Agnieszka Chwieduk
Dr hab. Katarzyna Marciniak
Dr Kacper Pobłocki
Prof. Emeritus Andrzej Brencz
Prof Emerita Anna Szyfer
Agata Agnieszka Konczal, MA

The Section of Polish and Regional Studies focuses on  contemporary issues in folk culture, with a particular interest given to the phenomenon of regionalism, as well as identity formation processes. Research concerned with local, regional and ethnic identity has been conducted in chosen regions of Poland (e.g.. in Great Poland and Western parts of country), as well as in the borderland regions of Poland, as well as Western and Eastern Europe (e.g. in the Polish-Czech, Polish-German and French-German borderlands).
As far as the research on folk culture and the construction of contemporary forms of regional identity are concerned, two phenomena implying continuity of cultural heritage and the undergoing changes are of particular interest to the section team, namely: traditionalism and modernization. Accordingly, the areas of staff’s research interests can be divided into two main groups:
a) research on traditional culture with a particular stress being put on the village culture, the issues of contemporary folk religiosity (including places of worship and pilgrimages), and folk art;
b) research on modern culture encompassing: the issues of contemporary cultural heritage management and the related strategies such as regional education and cultural animation.
Undergraduate Program offers an experience of fieldwork research based in Poland.


Head: Professor Michał Buchowski
Dr Jacek Bednarski
Dr hab. Wojciech Dohnal
Dr Piotr Fabiś
Dr Mariusz Filip
Dr Aleksandra Lis
Dr hab. Bartosz Korzeniewski
Dr Izabella Main
Dr Anna Witeska-Młynarczyk
Dr Maria Galbraith
Kamil Lipiński, MA
Robert Rydzewski, MA
Tomasz Wojczak, MA


The Section of European Studies and Cultural Criticism explores problems of socio-cultural change in European countries, with a particular focus on the region of Central and Eastern Europe. It posits various general questions about culture understood as a historical and political category. From the cultural critique perspective our researchers engage with issues of identity formation (locality, ethnicity, nationalism, subjectivity and embodiment), history and memory, power relations, domination and hierarchies as approached by political anthropology, migration, the notions of health, illness and healing as operating in transnational, national and local contexts, relations between nature, society and technologies within an interdisciplinary field of STS, contemporary culture, as well as self-reflective critique of anthropology. Our members carry out a number of individual and collective projects financed by various national and international grant schemes.
Research areas:

•    Politics & policy (all Faculty members)
•    History and theory of anthropology (Buchowski, Dohnal, Fabiś)
•    Postsocialism (Buchowski)
•    Identity (Bednarski, Buchowski, Filip, Witeska-Młynarczyk)
•    History and memory (Filip, Korzeniewski, Main, Witeska-Młynarczyk)
•    Religion (Buchowski, Filip, Main)
•    Migration and urban studies (Buchowski, Dohnal, Main)
•    Medical anthropology (Main, Witeska-Młynarczyk)
•    Science, technology, society (STS) (Lis)
•    Climate change and energy transformation (Lis)
•    Market studies (Lis)
•    Contemporary culture (Fabiś)


Head: Dr hab. Waldemar Kuligowski
Dr hab. Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka
Dr hab. Adam Pomieciński
Dr Małgorzata Rajtar
Dr Agata Stanisz
Marta Machowska, MA
Karolina Pawłowska, MA
Anna Pospieszna, MA
Małgorzata Rećko, MA

The research carried out within the Section of Contemporary Cultural Studies focuses on emerging phenomena and processes which create and (re)configure diverse aspects of contemporary culture. Our Faculty describes, analyses and interprets new identities, values, practices and ideas. It attends to issues of contemporary family and kinship, new social movements, festivals and rituals as well as those of medical anthropology, popular culture and an anthropology of the highway.

Our faculty members are committed to participating in public anthropology and engaging in public debates. In addition to writing articles on current cultural and social issues, they write commentaries and blogs and occasionally host TV programmes.

Research areas:

•  Anthropology of the highway, mobility and movement (W. Kuligowski, A. Stanisz)
•  Audiovisual anthropology (A. Stanisz)
•  Digital anthropology (A. Stanisz)
•  New social movements (W. Kuligowski, A. Pomieciński)
•  Gender and kinship ( D. Penkala-Gawęcka, A. Stanisz)
•  Medical anthropology (D. Penkala-Gawęcka, M. Rajtar)
•  Ethnology and anthropology of Central Asia (D. Penkala-Gawęcka)
•  Anthropology of religion (M. Rajtar)
•  Anthropology of ethics and morality (M. Rajtar)


Head: Professor Ryszard Vorbrich
Members: Professor Aleksander Posern-Zieliński
Dr Natalia Bloch
Dr Agata Hummel
Dr Łukasz Kaczmarek
Dr Zbigniew Szmyt
Professor Emeritus: Zbigniew Jasiewicz
Anna Przytomska, MA

The beginnings of the research work in non-European countries by the section staff date back to the eighties of the twentieth century. The opening up of new financing opportunities in the nineties has strengthened the position of the section in terms of broadening the area of research to almost all continents, as well as allowing for the fostering of international cooperation. So far, members of the Institute (including Ph.D. candidates and students) have carried out their fieldwork in the following parts of the world: Africa (Morocco, Sudan, Cameroon, Mali, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania), Latin America (Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico), Asia (Central Asia, India, Myanmar, Japan) and Oceania.
Within the range of research interests of the section one can find: a theory and pragmatics of cultural change, the theory of primitive societies, ethnic studies (e.g. issues of ethnodevelopment, ethnic destruction, multiculturalism, interculturalism, migration, globalization), ethnohistory, political and economic anthropology, anthropology of development, anthropology of childhood and education. Additionally, the section is occupied with the history and the methodology of ethnology.
It is worth mentioning that in recent years the researchers have been engaged in a few research and development projects aimed at social and economic activation among local communities under investigation. For example Water and Reforestation Project for Sahel (Cameroon 2001-2007) or the project implemented in cooperation with the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest - AIDESEP (Peru 2002-2007).

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