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Chair for Migration and Ethnic Studies

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Chair for Migration and Ethnic Studies was established in 2013 as a continuation of the Chair of National Sociology and Ethnic Relations, which has been headed by Professor Grzegorz Babiński since the 1970s as a part of the then-Institute of Polish Diaspora Studies (which was later renamed the Institute of Polish Diaspora and Ethnic Studies).
The scholarly interests of our employees are focused on issues pertaining to continental and overseas migrations, the creation and sustenance of immigrant communities, ethnic and national minorities, and the identity processes functioning within them as well as the role of religion in the public sphere and the American religious right.
The activities of the chair are closely associated with first-cycle studies in the field of International Migrations, which have been offered since the 2014-2015 academic year.

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

prof. Dorota Praszałowicz (supervisor)

  • 2021 "Emigré Europe. Civil Engagement Transfers Between Eastern Europe and the Low Countries, 1933-1989", CELSA grant for the implementation of a two-year project (2021-23).
  • 2021 “Poles in the Pacific Northwest: An Overlooked Phenomenon,” the Kosciuszko Foundation Exchange Program to the United States, in cooperation with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington, Seattle (March-May 2022).
  • 2020 “Poles in Seattle, 1880-2020: An Un-Imagined Community,” OPUS 19, National Science Centre (NCN).
  • 2013 “Euroemigranci.pl:” a project of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and Polish University in Exile (London), financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 2012 “Polish Language Schools in Great Britain: Tradition and Changes,” a project of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 2007-2009 “Poles in Berlin: Old and New Immigration Streams – The Integration Process and Internal Diversity;” a project at the Jagiellonian University financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Prof. Jan Lencznarowicz

  • Monograph on the rise of modern nationalism in colonial Australia.
  • Monograph on the myth of Yalta betrayal as the foundation myth of Polish post-World War II political emigration.

prof. Ewa Michna

  • Personal project: "Strategies in the Struggle for the Recognition of Stateless Groups: The Case of the Silesians and the Carpatho-Rusyns."
  • "The Identity Strategies of Stateless Ethnic Groups in Poland" - a book for Springer publishing house – coedited with Katarzyna Warmińska.
  • Personal project: "The Lemkos: An Ethnic Group or a Nation?" (book).
  • KBN supervisor’s research grant: "The Rusyn Movement in Slovakia, Ukraine, and Poland" (book).

Agnieszka Małek, Ph.D.

  • 2020-2023: Between Canada and Poland: transnational practices, political remittances, and civic engagement, research project under OPUS-18 founding scheme, National Science Centre.
  • Migration and Arts - „Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny”, vol. 3, 2020; co-editor of the volume.
  • Polityka migracyjna Włoch (“Italy's Migration Policy”) – research at Centro Studi Emigrazione, Biblioteca Nazionale, Rome; Lanckoronski Foundation grant 2016.
  • EUROEMIGRANCI - Młoda polska emigracja w UE jako przedmiot badań psychologicznych, socjologicznych i kulturowych ["New Migrations from Poland: psychological. Sociologican and cultural perspectives"]; project financially supported from the funds granted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the competition for the public task “Cooperation with Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad in 2013; Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences – participant in the project.
  • Polish Schools in Great Britain: Tradition and changes; project financially supported from funds granted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the competition for the public task: “Cooperation with the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad in 2012;” Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences – main researcher in the project.
  • (“The Athletic Capital of Poles”) –Social Capital 2012 Project, University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University 2009 – researcher and Krakow team leader, 2009.
  • FeMiPol: Integration of Female Immigrants in Labour Market and Society. Policy Assessment and Policy Recommendations - 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission; Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University (2006-2008) – researcher in the project.
  • New Neighbours – the inclusion of young people with a minority background, Youth Integration Programme, Oslo, Norway (September 2007).
  • The History of Social Work in Eastern Europe 1900-1960 – Volkswagen Foundation, International Research Project coordinated by K. Schilde and D. Schulte (University of Siegen), 2003-2005 - researcher.
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Paulina Napierała, Ph.D.

  • The Social and political role of the Black Churches.
  • The National Science Center (NCN): MINIATURA 2 grant 2018/02/X/HS5/02381: "Polityczno-społeczna rola Kościołów afroamerykańskich na Południu USA" (“The Political and Social Role of African American Churches in the American South”) – research at Valdosta State University, Georgia, United States, January-March 2019.
  • Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship - research and consultations at: the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College; Harvard Divinity School, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, February-June 2015.
  • “American Religious Pluralism” – research at John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Jagiellonian University grant, August 2014.
  • “The American Culture Wars” – library research and consultations at Stanford University, Jagiellonian University grant, August 2013.
  • ICPSR Summer Program and research at University of Michigan, SET Scholarship and Jagiellonian University grant, July 2012.
  • “Polish Schools in Great Britain: Tradition and Changes,” Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' grant for Prof. Dorota Praszałowicz, Dr. Agnieszka Małek, Dr. Paulina Napierała, Małgorzata Irek, Joanna Pylat, Paulina Pustułka, May-December 2012.
  • “George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives Policy 2001-2008,” Polish Ministry of Higher Education's grant, Paulina Napierała, Dorota Praszałowicz, 2009-2011.
  • The City of Krakow Grant for Talented Students and Ph.D. Candidates, July 14th, 2010.
  • IWM Summer School on Religion in Public Life, Fritz Thyssen Foundation Grant for seminars with Professors Jose Casanova, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, Nilufer Gole, Marcin Król, Krzysztof Michalski, Dipesh Chakrabarty and Sudipta Kaviraj; Cortona, July 4-17, 2010.
  • Józef Tischner's Fellowship, Institute for Human Sciences IWM, Vienna, Austria, July-December 2009.
  • Fulbright Junior Fellowship – research and consultations at: Boston College, Harvard University, August 2007 - June 2008.
  • “Religious Fundamentalism”: seminars with Professors Clyde Wilcox, Jamal Malik and Enzo Pace, Tischner European University, Krakow, December 4-6th, 2008.
  • JFK Library Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin, Germany, April-May 2006.

Joanna Kulpińska, Ph.D.

  • POB Anthropocene Young Lab Competition, project title: "The new norm(ality) – (changes in) immigrants' adaptation strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic".
  • The "Society Now!" Competition, Excellence Initiative JU, project title: Wpływ zmian polityki imigracyjnej Polski wywołanych przez COVID-19 na rynek pracy (“The Impact of COVID-19-Related Changes to Poland’s Migration Policy on the Nation’s Labor Market”).

Organized conferences and workshops:

Dr. Kulpinska is responsible for the organization of biannual international conferences on the topic of "American ethnicity" which have been held every two years since 2004 and are an important aspect of the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora and the Polish Academy of Learning. These meetings have been attended by distinguished scholars from leading institutions from around the world, including Columbia University, New York University, the University of Leipzig, the University of Vienna, the Jagiellonian University, and the University of Warsaw. Thus far, seven editions of the conference have taken place; the most recent being:

  • 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 a Symposium of the Section of Social Anthropology of the Polish Sociological Society: "Mobilnośc i osiadłość. Antropologiczne badania społeczno-kulturowej aktywności wobec przestrzeni", (“Mobility and Rootedness: Anthropological Research on Socio-Cultural Activity"), 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" (“(“New Migrations from Poland to the EU: Psychological, Sociological and Cultural Perspectives;” September 23-24, 2013).

The organization  of the Congresses of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands in cooperation with the Polish Academy of Learning and the Krakow division of the Wspólnota Polska Society:

  • "Strumienie migracyjne ze współczesnej Polski: od tradycji wychodźstwa do trans-narodowości" (“Migration Streams from Contemporary Poland: From the Tradition of Exile to Trans-Nationality”), academic sessions as a part of the Second Congress of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands, Krakow (September 5, 2008).
  • Third Congress of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands, “Młodzież polska na obczyźnie – zadania edukacyjne”, Kraków (September 7-11, 2011).
  • Fourth Congress of Polish Scholarly Societies in Foreign Lands, "Nowoczesne nauczanie tradycji ojczystych – sybiracy i młodzież" (“Modern Teaching of Ancestral Traditions: Siberian Exiles and the Youth”), Krakow (September 4-7, 2014).

Also:

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