The Polish team is located in the Department of European Culture Studies, Institute of Sociology, University of Łódź. Established in 2005 with the aim of developing new educational programmes and research projects concerning European culture and European integration, this Department stems from and co-operates with the Chair of the Sociology of Culture, both of them being recognized in Poland as one of the centres of studies on culture and collective / national identity seen from a range of biographical, sociolinguistic and discourse analytical perspectives of the interpretive sociology. The team’s competence in the subject and the methods, grounded in the tradition of Polish modalities of culturalist / biographical approaches to social processes (J. Chałasiński, A. Kłoskowska), have been also shaped in a close co-operation with Fritz Schütze and his collaborators in the Universities of Kassel and Magdeburg.
Key scientific staff and expertise:
Professor Andrzej Piotrowski
Professor of Sociology at the University of Łódź, Head of the Department of European Culture Studies. Research interests: collective identity formation, biographical analysis, collective symbolism and collective identity work in public / political discourse, European cultural integration, European identity formation. In 1992-94 he was one of the coordinators of research project Biography and National Identity.
Dr. Kaja Kaźmierska
Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, University of Łódź. Board Member of the International Sociological Association, RC 38 “Biography & Society” and the European Sociological Association RN 3 “Biographical Perspectives on European Societies”. Research interests: collective / national identity, collective memory, biographical analysis, migration, borderland identity formation, European identity formation. She took part in Biography and National Identity project, and recently (2003-2005) in a project carried out by the Polish Academy of Sciences Frontiers and Borderlands.
Dr. Katarzyna Waniek
Graduated in sociology from the University of Łódź, where she was appointed a junior lecturer in the Department of Sociology of Culture. From 2000 to 2006 she was pursuing her Ph.D. studies under the supervision of Prof. Fritz Schütze at Otto-von-Guercike Univerität Magdeburg, Institut of Sociology. She defended her dissertation on "Biographies and Identities of Young Polish Immigrants in Germany after 1989" in October 2007. Since 1997 she has been engaged in multinational research on national identities in unifying Europe. Her main research interests are: interpretative sociology, biographical research – autobiographical narrative interview method, immigration, intercultural communication, marginality, cultural hybridity and strangeness, socio-cultural peripheries.
Professor Joanna Jabłkowska
Head of the Chair of Literature and Culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Faculty of Philology. Her interests in the culture of German-speaking societies include: collective / national identities; nationalism and transfer of cultural ideas; forms of discourse in the public sphere.
Prof. Andrzej PiotrowskiUniversity of Łódź Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Economy and Sociology 41/43 Rewolucji 1905 r. 90-214 Łódź, Poland