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Chair in Contemporary Migrations and Ethnic Relations

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Chair in Contemporary Migrations and Ethnic Relations was established in 2013 as a continuation of the Chair of National Sociology and Ethnic Relations, headed since the 1970s by Professor Grzegorz Babiński, as a part of the then Institute of Polish Diaspora Studies (later renamed Institute of Polish Diaspora and Ethnic Studies).
Scholarly interests of the employees are focused on the issues of continental and overseas migrations, creating and sustaining immigrant communities, ethnic and national minorities as well as the identity processes existing within them and the role of religion in the public sphere and the American religious right.
The activities of the Chair is closely associated with the first cycle studies in the field of International Migrations, offered since the academic year 2014/2015.

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Main research areas

 

  • streams of contemporary economic and political migrations in the historical context (historical sociology), mainly in the area of the EU and North America
  • immigration to Italy and the Italian migration policy
  • selected ethnic groups in America, their history and ethnic relations: the Polish, German, Italian, and Jewish groups
  • transformations of immigration centres: old and new institutional forms
  • women’s migrations
  • religion and migrations
  • state-church relations in the US; the role of religion in the American public sphere; American religious right and “culture wars”; Black churches
  • ethnic identity and the identity politics of the Eastern and Central European national minorities and ethnic groups without their own country
  • social problems in the US

Current research projects

Faces of America. Essays on the Society, Culture, and Politics of the United States of America

Description: The aim of the project is to publish a collection of papers written by young researchers affiliated with the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora. These papers are focused on various aspects of the American life, including: ethnic studies, music, popular culture, church-state relations, electoral politics, and rhetoric.

Effect of the project: Publication of a collection of papers.

Source of financing: Donation for young scholars (U-35) from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University.
Head of the project: Dr Rafał Kuś, dr Paulina Napierała.
Members of the project team: Dr Maciej Turek, mgr Magdalena Matłoka, mgr Dawid Przywalny, mgr Maciej Smółka.
Duration of the project: 2015-2016.

Migration Policy of Italy

Description: The main aim of this project is to prepare and publish a monograph about the transformations of the Italian migration policy from the Risorgimento to the 1970s, with a special emphasis on the authorities’ approach to mass economic migration and the attempts to control it as well as the policy towards Diaspora.

Effect of the project: Publication of a monograph about the Italian migration policy.

Source of financing: Faculty of International and Political Studies, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, and “Bratniak” Foundation
Members of the project team: Dr Agnieszka Małek
Duration of the project: 2015-2016.

Completed research projects

The Kingdom of Italy’s Policy Towards Diaspora

Description: Policy towards Diaspora (described also as policy towards emigration and emigrants or policy of Diaspora’s involvement) becomes an important area of research in migration studies. The aim of the research project was to analyze the evolution of Italy’s policy towards its own Diaspora from Risorgimento to 1939.

Effect of the project: The collection of materials for the publication of a scholarly monograph and academic papers as well as their use for academic courses (Italian Diaspora in the New World).

Source of financing: The Lanckoronski Foundation
Members of the project team: Dr Agnieszka Małek
Duration of the project: May-June 2016

Visegrad Studies on the Americas. Past and Present

Description: The main goal of the project is to publish a collection of papers on the broadly defined American studies, carried out in scholarly centers of the Visegrad Group countries. The specificity of defining, understanding, and conducting American studies in each of the Visegrad Group countries (regarding both the issues of North and South America) is presented in the project.

Effect of the project: The publication will be the first work that will present the achievements of American studies centers in the Visegrad perspective. It is supposed to give readers knowledge and information concerning selected political, social, and cultural issues, as well as to provide guidelines and inspirations for further studies and research. This joint publication will result in the integration of scientific community and development of cooperation between the American studies scholars of the Visegrad Group. It will also contribute to enrichment of curriculums with new topics and information.

Source of financing: Jagiellonian University, “Bratniak” Foundation
Members of the project team: Dr Anna Bartnik, dr Agnieszka Małek
Duration of the project: 2016-2017

In God We Trust. Religion in the US Public Sphere

Description: The aim of the project was to publish a monograph on the role of religion in the United States. The United States is a diverse, multicultural country, adhering to the principles of religious pluralism and the separation between church and state. The American public sphere is however filled with a wide variety of religious motifs. To find out why it is so, it is necessary to analyze to history of the development of religious institutions in the area of the modern United States.

Effect of the project: Publication of the monograph by Paulina Napierała In God We Trust. Religia w sferze publicznej USA (Księgarnia Akademicka 2015).
Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35)

Head of the project: Dr Paulina Napierała
Duration of the project: 2014-2015

Religion and Politics in the USA and in Poland – a Comparative Perspective

Description: The aim of the project was to conduct research on the interactions between religion and politics in the US and the presence of religion in the American public sphere and to compare them to the situation in Poland.

Effect of the project: The collection of materials for the publication of the scholarly monograph by Paulina Napierała In God We Trust. Religia w sferze publicznej USA (Księgarnia Akademicka 2015) as well as the presentation of lectures in Boston, Buffalo, among other locations.

Source of financing: Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship
Members of the project team: Dr Paulina Napierała
Duration of the project: February 2015 – June 2015

Religious Mosaic of the US

Description: The aim of the project was to conduct a library query in the library of the J. F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin, gaining access to the vast database of sources and studies about the religious mosaic of the United States.

Effect of the project: The collection of materials, critical analysis of sources and their use in future publications and in academic courses.

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35) and “Bratniak” Foundation
Head of the project: Dr Paulina Napierała
Duration of the project: August 2014

United States Yesterday and Today. Selected Socio-Political Problems

Description: The United States continues to attract the interest of the public, scholars, and commentators, as a global power, an important actor in the international political arena, and a multicultural and diverse country. It can be argued that the myth of America is not dying but is merely taking a new shape. The publication is a wide-ranging discussion of the selected issues of American studies, such as: the role of religion and the separation of church and state, the party and election system, the welfare system, ethnic relations, the myth of war, and the history and development of the media.

Effect of the project: The publication of Stany Zjednoczone wczoraj i dziś. Wybrane zagadnienia społeczno-polityczne (Księgarnia Akademicka 2013).

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35)
Head of the project: Dr Agnieszka Małek, dr Paulina Napierała
Members of the project team: Dr Rafał Kuś, dr Maciej Turek, mgr Joanna Kulpińska, mgr Magdalena Matłoka, mgr Monika Różalska
Duration of the project: 2012-2013

Polish Education System in the United Kingdom: Tradition and Modernity

Description: The study was designed to diagnose the current state of the Polish education system in the United Kingdom. The analysis focused mainly on schools in England. The field studies involved 16 schools, 195 in-depth interviews were conducted with teachers, school principals, parents, graduates, and representatives of the Polish Diaspora organizations. Two editions of the Summer Academy of Intercultural Communication were also organized as a part of the project.

Effect of the project: Report from the field studies, including the description of the state of the Polish-language education system in England, the list of the problems of Polish education in England, and recommendations for the forms of support for educational institutions.

Source of financing: Grant from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, acquired in cooperation with the Polish Academy of Learning: program “Cooperation with the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad in 2012”
Head of the project: Prof. dr hab. Dorota Praszałowicz
Members of the project team: Dr Agnieszka Małek, Dr Paulina Napierała (inter alia)
Duration of the project: May-December 2012

American Culture Wars

Description: The project involved a query in the libraries of the Stanford University, associated with research on American “culture wars”. The project was also aided by formal consultation with Professor Morris Fiorina of Stanford University.

Effect of the project: The collection of materials, conducting scholarly consultations, critical analysis of sources, and their use in future publications as well as academic courses.

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35), “Bratniak” Foundation
Head of the project: Dr Paulina Napierała
Duration of the project: August 2013

Religion and Politics in the US Faith-Based Initiatives during the Presidency of George W. Bush

Description: The aim of the project was to publish a monograph on the faith-based initiatives policy introduced by President George W. Bush. The primary goal of this program was to increase the role of religious organizations in the American welfare system. This policy not only became a part of the complicated state-church relations in the US, but also an important element in the functioning of the American welfare system.

Effect of the project: Publication of the monograph by Paulina Napierała: Religia i polityka w USA. „Faith-based initiatives” w okresie prezydentury G. W. Busha, (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego 2013).

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35)
Head of the project: Dr Paulina Napierała
Duration of the project: 2012-2013

The Role of Religion in the US

Description: The aim of the project was to conduct a library query in the University of Michigan and to examine the most recent works concerning religious diversification in the US, development of new forms of religiosity, new religious movements as well as the impact of religion on politics and in the public life of the US.

Effect of the project: The collection of materials, their analysis and use in publication in future years, as well as in academic courses.

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35)
Head of the project: Dr Paulina Napierała
Duration of the project: July 2012

Polish Migrants in Italy

Description: The aim of the project was to conduct a library query in Centro Studi Emigrazione, the National Library, and the State Archive in Rome and to collect materials on the political and economic migrations of Poles in the 1980s in addition to more contemporary migrations.

Effect of the project: The use of the collected and analyzed materials in scholarly publications and academic courses.

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35)
Head of the project: Dr Agnieszka Małek
Duration of the project: February 2012

Migrants-Caregivers. Migration Experiences of Female Poles Working in Rome

Description: The project involved the publication of a monograph showing the phenomenon of migration from the perspective of women and taking into consideration their experiences in various spheres of the migrant life; from the initial decision to migrate and their early expectations, through building and sustaining migrant networks, negotiations with employers, to the role of the Roman Catholic church in the migrant communities.

Effect of the project: Publication of the monograph by Agnieszka Małek: Migrantki-opiekunki. Doświadczenia migracyjne Polek pracujących w Rzymie (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego 2011).

Source of financing: Donation from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for young scholars (U-35)
Head of the project: Dr Agnieszka Małek
Duration of the project: 2010-2011

Academic activities

Organized conferences and workshops:

Organization of biannual international conferences on the topic of American Ethnicity. The conferences have taken place every two years since 2004 and have become an important aspect of the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora and the Polish Academy of Learning. The meetings have been attended by distinguished scholars from leading institutions from around the world, such as Columbia University, New York University, University of Leipzig, University of Vienna, Jagiellonian University, and University of Warsaw. Thus far, seven editions of the conference have taken place; the most recent are:

  • 2012 – American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions
  • 2014 – American Ethnicity and East European Immigration  
  • 2016 – American Ethnicity and Ethnic Community Building
  • Co-organization of the Symposium of the Section of Social Anthropology of the Polish Sociological Society Mobilnośc i osiadłość. Antropologiczne badania społeczno-kulturowej aktywności wobec przestrzeni, Zakopane (September 24-26, 2015).
  • Organization (in cooperation with the Polish Academy of Learning and with the benefit of a generous grant of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of the conference Młoda polska emigracja w UE jako przedmiot badań psychologicznych, socjologicznych i kulturowych: EuroEmigranci.PL (September 23-24, 2013).
  • Organization (in cooperation with the Polish Academy of Learning and the Kraków division of the Society Wspólnota Polska) of the Congresses of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands:
  • “Strumienie migracyjne ze współczesnej Polski: od tradycji wychodźstwa do trans-narodowości”, academic sessions as a part of the 2nd Congress of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands, Kraków (September 5, 2008).
  • 3rd Congress of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands, “Młodzież polska na obczyźnie – zadania edukacyjne”, Kraków (September 7-11, 2011).
  • 4th Congress of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands, „Nowoczesne nauczanie tradycji ojczystych – sybiracy i młodzież”, Kraków (September 4-7, 2014).

 
Also:

  • Participation in scholarly conferences organized by members of the Academic Circle of American Studies – moderation of conference panels and presentation of papers.
  • Participation in discussions with students, including the “Fireside Chats” and the “Kawa z wykładowcą” (“Coffee with a Professor”) meetings organized by the Academic Circle of International Migrations.