MA Creole Program in Anthropology

Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes

at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland


Application for academic year 2020/21 will be open in June.

In 2017, the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (AMU) became a part the CREOLE Network on „Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes” within which a new MA CREOLE program in Anthropology in English was launched.

The Program has a strong focus on changes and challenges that take place in Central and Eastern Europe but is also open to other issues of contemporary societies around the world. Participation in the CREOLE network makes it possible for our MA students to take part in an exchange between Institutes and Departments of Anthropology in Europe and spend up to two semesters in places, such as Maynooth, Ireland; Vienna, Austria; Lyon, France; Bern, Switzerland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Barcelona, Spain.

The MA Program in Anthropology, being focused on changes taking place in formerly socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, will be of particular interest to postgraduates with such regional interests. Our students will learn how to independently conduct ethnographic research, critically reflect on the pending issues of our time and intervene in them through academic research and public engagement. We will give our students an opportunity to develop their research skills and extend the range of the methods at their disposal, by offering also advanced training in visual media.

The Program is designed for students with BA diploma in social and cultural anthropology, and for graduates in social sciences and humanities who wish to learn ethnography and anthropology.

In the MA CREOLE Program you will:

    • Gain an understanding of anthropological approaches to urgent societal changes in CEE and beyond,
    • Learn ethnographic research methods and anthropological theories applicable to the study of international migration, populism, medicine, economic growth, environment, and energy,
    • Develop problem-solving skills and ability to provide policy and program recommendations,
    • Study anthropology abroad in one of the CREOLE network institutions.

The Program is research oriented. The program offers an opportunity to conduct ethnographic research, especially in Poland and other countries in the CEE region. The program will prepare students for doctoral studies as well as careers in public policy, civil society and community organizing, journalism and visual media, public administration, social work, and education. Getting a degree in Anthropology will equip students with data and practical skills to deal with the challenges and to embrace the opportunities of todays’ changing societies.


    • The application process has two stages: 
      1. Prospective applicants should send a CV, cover letter outlining research interests (up to 800 words), and a document certifying English language skills by email to Dr Jan Lorenz. Deadline for sending documents to our department: September 30, 2020. 
      2. Next, the candidates are required to register via the AMU online recruitment portal. Deadline for online registration: October 5, 2020. 
      3. The candidates will be informed of the results of the recruitment process shortly after October 7, 2020.
    • If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please email dr Jan Lorenz or dr Aleksandra Lis,
    • If you are a foreigner, please study the general information at AMU webpage and here

CREOLE main webpage – Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes (Master)


Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universität Wien

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Department of Social Anthropology, Université Lumière Lyon 2

Department of Anthropology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Univerza v Ljubljani

Institute of Social Anthropology, Universität Bern



Academic staff of the MA program in anthropology at AMU in Poznan has an international educational and scholarly background. They graduated at well-known and established universities, such as CEU, MU and EUV, won postdoctoral fellowships (Humboldt, Fulbright, Kosciuszko, Max Planck, Collegium Budapest, National Institutes for the Humanities in Japan) and/or taught as Visiting Professors abroad (Berlin, Utrecht, Columbia University, Rutgers University). They are involved in a number of national and international research projects winning grants offered by the European Commission, Polish-German Science Foundation, National Program for the Advancement of the Humanities, and the National Science Centre.

Prof. Michał Buchowski is concurrently a Professor at European University Viadrina. He held several prestigious scholarships, such as British Council, Fulbright, Kosciuszko and Humboldt at the Universities of Cambridge, California, Virginia, Kansas, HU in Berlin and at Collegium Budapest. He was a Visiting Professor at Universities of Rutgers, Columbia, Warsaw and National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka. Founder and director of Center for Migration Studies at AMU. Former President of European Association of Social Anthropologist, and chair of World Council of Anthropological Associations. European Research Council expert and currently Panel Chair (SH-„Culture and Cultural Productions”). Published several books and articles in international journals on modes of thought, postocialism, migration and multiculturalism.

Nations and Nationalism in Europe

Migration, Multiculturalism, Xenophobia and Racism in Europe

Prof. Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka received her Ph.D. and doctor habil. degrees in ethnology and cultural anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She works as Associate Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the same university. She specialises in medical anthropology and is one of the founders of this sub-discipline in Poland. Her fieldwork focuses in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and Poland. Among her research interests there are: medical pluralism; biomedicine and its connections with complementary and alternative medicine; perceptions of health and illness; health-seeking strategies and practices; shamanism and spiritual healing; relations between healing and religion; kinship and medicine. Between 2007-2016 Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka was editor-in-chief of the oldest Polish journal of ethnology and socio-cultural anthropology “Lud” (“People”) founded in 1895. Since 2016 she has been active as a member of the expert advisory group working on the “Cultural Contexts of Health” project, established by WHO, Regional Office for Europe. She has also organised the Medical Anthropology Research Group at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology.

Medical Anthropology

Prof. Wojciech Dohnal – anthropology of politics, history of anthropological thought, theory and methodology of anthropology, urban anthropology.

Politics and Power

Dr Łukasz Kaczmarek

Methods in Social Anthropology

Multiculturalism in Postcolonial Countries

Dr Małgorzata Kowalska holds a PhD degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from European University Viadrina. Before starting her doctoral research, she worked as a marketing professional in Ireland and Poland. Her PhD was funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission as part of the international project FREE, and aimed at analyzing post-socialist modernization discourses in Poland. She is interested in anthropological theory and critique, anthropology of sport, and alternative projects to modern political and economic systems.

Current Anthropological Theory

Dr Aleksandra Lis holds a PhD degree from the Central European University in Budapest and worked a research fellow at various research institutions and think tanks: Columbia University in NYC, Institute for Advanced Studies in Science Technology and Society at TU Graz, Agora Energiewende in Berlin and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne. She has led several research projects on climate and energy politics funded by the National Science Centre, European Commission and the Polish-German Science Foundation. In her work she incorporates problems of European integration.

Energy and Environment

Introduction to Social Studies in Science and Technology

Dr Jan Lorenz completed the PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media at the University of Manchester.  The anthropology of religion, anthropological theory, visual anthropology, philosophy, and art have long been and remain in the core of his work. Since 2007 he has done research on personal and collective projects of transformation, particularly in the context of Polish-Jewish experiences, exploring the questions of relatedness and belonging. Much of his research on revival and conversion explored the relationship between religion, ethics, and law. Dr Lorenz was also involved in a number of smaller projects, like a documentary film on the activism of migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe and research projects the creative potential of contemporary media art for anthropological research and representation.
More recently, he has been interested in the ethical and religious aspects of the developments in the fields of robotics and AI.

He made three ethnographic documentaries and worked on a number of other sensory media projects. 

Film in Anthropology

Anthropology of Religion

Dr Izabella Main – medical anthropology, migration, urban studies, communism in Poland.

Anthropology of Migration

Society and Culture in Communist Poland

Course offer 2019/2020 can be found here.