prof. UAM dra hab. Izabella Main

Assistant Professor, Section of Social Anthropology

Room: 2.34
Phone: 61 829 13 86

Office hours:

Thursday 12:30-14:00


Dr Izabella Main received her Ph.D. in comparative studies in history in Central European University, in Budapest. Since 2003 she works in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Currently she is an assistant professor in the Section of European Studies and Cultural Criticism. She is a field researcher and anthropologist engaged in applied and educational projects.

Research Interests: anthropology of migration and mobility, Polish migration in Europe; medical anthropology; anthropology of communist and transitional Poland; memory, monuments and symbolic spaces.

Research Areas: Western Europe, Poland

Lepsze światy medyczne? Zdrowie, choroba i leczenie polskich migrantek w perspektywie antropologicznej [Better medical worlds? Health, illness and curing of Polish female migrants in anthropological perspective], Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe SCHOLAR, 2018, ss. 208. [link]

Post-accession female mobility between Poland and Norway. New trends and new ways of thinking about migration, “Sprawy Narodowościowe”. Seria Nowa 2017, nr 49, ss. 18 [with Izabela Czerniejewska]. [link]

Biomedical practices from a patient perspective. Experiences of Polish female migrants in Barcelona, Berlin and London, “Anthropology & Medicine” vol. 23, 2016, nr 2, p. 188-204. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2016.1180579

Motivations for mobility and settlement of Polish female migrants in Barcelona and Berlin, “Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture” vol. 22: 2016, nr 1, p. 62-79. DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2015.1110358

Giving birth in Berlin: Reproductive experiences of Polish migrant women, in: Rethinking ethnography in Central Europe, ed. Hana Cervinkova, Michał Buchowski, Zdenĕk Uherek, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 89-111. [link]

[ed.] Nie dość użyteczni. Zmagania imigrantów na lokalnym rynku pracy [Not Useful Enough. The Struggle of Immigrants in the Local Labour Market], Poznań: Centrum Badań Migracyjnych UAM, 2015, ss. 189. [with z Natalia Bloch, Karolina Sydow] [pdf]

High mobility of Polish women: The ethnographic inquiry of Barcelona, “International Migration” t. 52, 2014, nr 1, p. 130-145. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12119

Medical travels of Polish female migrants in Europe, “Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review” t. 50, 2014, nr 6, p. 897-918,

The memory of communism in Poland, in: Remembering communism. Private and public recollections of lived experience in Southeast Europe, ed. Maria Todorova, Augusta Dimou, Stefan Troebst, Leipzig Studies on the History and Culture of East-Central Europe t. I, Budapest-New York: Central European University Press, 2014, p. 97-117.

Mobile Lives, Immobile Realms? Female Mobility Beteen Poland and Norway (2015-2019), grant NCN. Konkurs Harmonia 6 (Principal Investigator). link

Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis (NOVAMIGRA) (2018-2021), grant Horyzont 2020 (researcher) link

Migration for welfare: nurses within three regimes of immigration and integration into the Norwegian welfare state (WELLMIG). 2017-2021, grant Norwegian Research Council (researcher) project webpage

Active MIGrAnts on the labour market – a German-Polish cooperation. 2013-2015, grant EFS, PO KL (researcher). link

Remembering Communism. Methodological and Practical Issues of Approaching the Recent Past in Eastern Europe, 2009-2010, grant Volkswagen Foundation (researcher)