RESEARCH GROUP: POLAND
Dr Tomasz Basiuk – Principal Investigator, University of Warsaw
Tomasz Basiuk is the Polish PI. He coordinates the efforts of the Crusev Polish team and conducts archival research and oral history interviews.
Tomasz Basiuk teaches at the University of Warsaw and heads its Institute for the Americas and Europe. He has published extensively in the field of queer studies. His 2013 monograph Exposures focused on American gay men’s life writing. He edited and co-edited several volumes of essays on queer studies and co-founded the queer studies journal InterAlia.
Dr Agnieszka Koscianska – Senior Researcher, University of Warsaw
Agnieszka Koscianska completed her PhD (2007) and her habilitation (2015) in cultural anthropology at the University of Warsaw. She is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. She is the author of Gender, Pleasure and Violence. The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland (in Polish, 2014) and The Power of Silence. Gender and Religious Conversion (in Polish, 2009). She is the (co-)editor of several volumes and journal special issues on gender and sexuality – the most recent being ‘The science of sex in a space of uncertainty: Naturalizing and modernizing Europe’s East, past and present’ Sexualities, no. 1-2 2016, with Hadley Renkin. She was a visiting scholar at Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (2016), Harvard University (2010-2011, Marie Curie fellowship), the New School for Social Research (2006, Kosciuszko Foundation grant) and the University of Copenhagen (2005, Danish Governmental scholarship). Her research interests include sexuality and gender in Poland, sexual violence, the history of sexuality, gender and religion. As a member of the Polish CRUSEV research team, she focuses on 1970s Polish expert discourses on homosexuality and transgenderism in professional and popular periodicals and books from the era. She will be interviewing professionals (sexologists, sex educators) who were active in the 1970s.
Krzysztof Zablocki – Researcher, University of Warsaw
Krzysztof Zablocki is Senior Lecturer at the University of Warsaw, where he teaches courses in British and American Culture. He is a translator of French, English and American literature, including works by Jean Genet, Emil Cioran, Georges Perec, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, and Joe Brainard; and poems by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis. Krzysztof is the author of literary essays on French, English and American writers, as well as cultural and LGBT topics. He is co-author of HomoWarszawa – a historical and cultural guide to LGBT Warsaw (published also in English as Queer Warsaw). An LGBT activist, he is a longtime Board Member of Lambda Warszawa – the oldest Polish LGBTQ organization. As a researcher in the CRUSEV project, he is conducting interviews with scholars, writers, journalists, actors and others; analyzing autobiographical writing, letters and literary diaries, as well as texts and commentaries in the press of the 1970s; and reflecting (drawing on a diversity of sources and personal experiences) on the climes and nuances of the period.
Dr Blazej Warkocki – Postdoctoral Research, Adam Mickiewixz University
Blazej Warkocki is an assistant professor in the Department of Polish Literary Studies at the University of Adam Mickiewicz, Pozna?, and a literary critic. He is co-editor of Homofobia po polsku [Polish Homophobia (Warsaw, 2004)] with Zbyszek Sypniewski and of Kalendarium zycia literackiego 1976 – 2000 [Calendar of Literary Life in Poland 1976 – 2000 (Cracow, 2003)] with Przemys?aw Czapli?ski, Maciej Lecinski, and Eliza Szybowicz. He is the author of two books about contemporary Polish literature in the context of queer studies: Homo niewiadomo. Polska proza wobec odmiennosci [A Queer. Polish Literature and Otherness (Warsaw, 2007)] and Ró?owy j?zyk. Literatura i polityka kultury na pocz?tku wieku [Pink Language. Literature and Cultural Politics at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Warsaw, 2013)]. His focus within CRUSEV is literature and film in Poland in the 1970s.
Dr. Wojciech Szymanski – Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wroclaw
Assistant professor at the Department of Modern Art History at the Institute of Art History of the University of Wroc?aw. An independent curator and art critic; member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA, author of the book Argonauci. Postminimalizm i sztuka po nowoczesnosci [The Argonauts. Postminimalism and Art After Modernism] (2015) and numerous academic and critical texts. A curator of group and solo shows and art projects. His current research focuses on visual memory of the Great War. His research project Images of/from the Great War. Modes of representation of the Great War (1914-1918) in Polish art is carried out within the framework of the post-doctoral programme awarded by the National Science Centre.
Karol Radziszewski – Independent Artist
Karol Radziszewski lives and works in Warsaw, where he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. He works with film, photography, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine. He is also the founder of the Queer Archives Institute. His work has been presented in institutions such as the National Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Cobra Museum, Amsterdam; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 7th Göteborg Biennial; 4th Prague Biennial and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale.
Karolina Morawska – Research Assistant, University of Warsaw
Karolina Morawska is a PhD student at the Department of History at the University of Warsaw and an MA student at the American Studies Center of University of Warsaw. Her research interests include sexuality in medieval Poland and family life in the 1950s America. She has published articles in the field of love and emotions in medieval Poland, the most recent being: “Did True Love Exist in Medieval Poland? A Study of Love in Medieval Poland as Portrayed in the Miracula”, International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 2016; and “Ut non diligat vir uxorem sicut adulteram – pogl?dy kaznodziejów na seksualno?? w ?redniowiecznej Polsce”, Forum Socjologiczne, no. 8, 2017 [Ut non diligat vir uxorem sicut adulteram – Sexuality in Medieval Poland as Portrayed in the Sermons].
As a member of the Polish CRUSEV research team, she conducts oral history interviews focused on personal memories of LGBTQ persons active in the 1970s, including identity issues, as well as daily life and functioning in 1970s Polish society. Her inquires encompass also popular discourses on homosexuality and transgenderism in magazines, letters and other documents from the era.
Jedrzej Burszta – Research Assistant, University of Warsaw
Jedrzej Burszta is a PhD student at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, where he is writing a dissertation examining queer American science fiction literature. He received a master’s degree in cultural studies and American studies at the University of Warsaw. He participated in several ethnographic and sociological research projects, investigating both contemporary issues of culture as well as historical accounts of Polish/Soviet relations in the communist period. His research interest include American popular culture, anthropology of memory, critical cultural studies and queer theory. As part of the Polish CRUSEV team, Jedrzej’s work focuses on conducting ethnographic interviews about the everyday life of non-normative people, searching for different emanations of how Polish queer cultures were expressed and experienced throughout the Seventies.
Magdalena Staroszczyk – Research Assistant, University of Warsaw
Magdalena Staroszczyk is a PhD student at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw. Her interests include the counterculture and its practices, and the situation of sexual minorities, particularly non-heteronormative women in Poland before and after 1989. She is a feminist and queer activist, a performer, and a member of the Black Rags art-activist collective. She has worked and collaborated with different cultural institutions, such as Zach?ta National Gallery of Art, Museum of Warsaw and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art.