MA Creole Program in Anthropology

Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes

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


Application for academic year 2021/22 will be open in May at earliest.

In 2017, the Department of Anthropology and Ethnology 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 one or two of partner institutions in 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. It offers an opportunity to conduct ethnographic research, especially in Poland and CEE region as well as in other EU countries within CREOLE network. 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 Malgorzata Kowalska, 
      2. Next, the candidates are required to register via the AMU online recruitment portal
    • If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please email Dr Malgorzata Kowalska,
    • If you are a foreigner, please study the general information on application procedure at AMU webpage

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


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 in 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.

Meet the Faculty here.

CREOLE general schedule of courses can be found here.

Current timetable can be found here.