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Dr. Joanna Wawrzyniak

Universität Warschau

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
D-79104 Freiburg im Breisgau


Born 1975; 1999 MA in History at University of Warsaw; 2000 MA in Political Science at Central European University (Budapest); 2007 doctorate in Sociology at University of Warsaw; 2001 New School for Social Research visiting fellowship; since 2006 – collaborator of KARTA Center in Warsaw; 2010-2012 initiator and the head of Social Memory Laboratory at Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw; since 2011 – leader of Genealogies of Memory project at European Network Remembrance and Solidarity; 2012-2013 FRIAS Fellowship.



  • (with Anka Grupińska) Buntownicy. Polskie lata 70. i 80. (Warszawa 2011).
  • (ed., with Marta Bucholc et altera) Polska po 20 latach wolności (Warszawa 2011).
  • ZBoWiD i pamięć drugiej wojny światowej: 1949-1969 (Warszawa 2009).
  • Związek Młodzieży Polskiej w terenie. Stalinowska próba modernizacji opornej rzeczywistości (Warszawa 2000).
  • (with Kornelia Kończal), Erinnerungsforschung in Polen: Traditionen, Konzepte, (Dis)-Kontinuitäten, Osteuropa 2012, no. 5: 19-46. (Polish version in Kultura i Społeczeństwo 2011, no 4: 11-63).
  • History and Memory: The Social Frames of Contemporary Polish Historiography, Acta Poloniae Historica 2011,  vol. 103: 127-146.
  • (with Zuzanna Bogumił), Narracje zniszczenia. Trauma wojenna w muzeach miejskich Petersburga, Warszawy i Drezna, Kultura i Społeczeństwo 2010, no. 4: 3-23.
  • (with Zuzanna Bogumił), Das Bild 'des Deutschen'. Die Visualisierung der NS-Besatzung in ausgewählten Warschauer Museeen. (trans. from Polish by Peter O. Loew).  In: Dieter Bingen, Peter O. Loew, Dietmar Popp (eds.), Visuelle Erinnerungskulturen und Geschichtskonstruktionen in Deutschland und Polen seit 1939 (Warszawa 2009: 189-204).
  • On the Making of WWII Myths: War Veterans, Victims and the Communist State in Poland, 1949-1969. In:  Natali Stegmann (ed.), Die Weltkriege als symbolische Bezugspunkte: Polen, die Tschechoslowakei und Deutschland nach dem Ersten und Zweiten Weltkriegs (Prague 2009: 189-208).
  • Kriegsgeschichten. Juden als Deutsche in Polen, 1967–1968 (trans. from Polish by Rainer Mende). In: Dieter Bingen, Peter O. Loew, Kazimierz Wóycicki (eds.): Die Destruktion des Dialogs, Harrassowitz (Wiesbaden 2007: 162-175).




"Theorizing Memory in the Suburb of Europe. Polish Intellectuals' Western Encounters"

Even a quick glance at recently published international readers on theoretical aspects of social memory shows that they are built on an omission. While canonizing some concepts from Western studies since the beginning of the twentieth century until today, they leave almost no room for the ideas born east of Germany. The slow opening of Westerners' eyes on the peculiarities of 'bloodlands' experience should also lead to (re)discovering memory categories coined in this context. The purpose of the project is to explore and (re)construct the field of Polish memory studies with the respect to its early antecedents in both sociology and history, as well as to its recent interdisciplinary developments. The main questions fall into the field of inquiry of intellectual history. They concern originality and specificity of the categories used by memory theorists and researchers in Poland, as well as the scope of their dependence on French, British/American and German influences. They try to bring together macro-historical circumstances in which the 'memory' ideas were formulated (as stateless nation-building process in the nineteenth century, consequences of ruptures of two world wars, communist seizure and loss of power, and finally, the recently accelerating process of academic integration with the global market of ideas) with micro-stories of intellectual lives of selected scholars who worked on the themes of tradition/historical consciousness/memory. To paraphrase Aleida Assmann’s metaphor on the 'canon' and the 'archive' of the cultural memory: the humanities of Eastern Europe are still in the archive of the European intellectual identity. They are 'stored and potentially available, but not interpreted'. It is the task of academic researchers 'to examine the contents of the archive and to reclaim the information by framing it within a new context'.