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Dr hab. Bożena Gierek

Dr hab. Bożena Gierek


Graduated from the Jagiellonian University (Institute for the Study of Religions) in Kraków as well as from the Academy of Economy in Kraków (specialisation – Economics of Tourism). She wrote and defended her doctoral thesis at the Institute for the Study of Religions. In 2019 she recievd her Habilitation degree in cultural studies from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Since 1995 she has lectured, first in the Institute for the Study of Religions, and from 2004 in the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations. She is the author of four books, numerous articles published in national and international journals and books, as well as over hundred items that have appeared in lexicons and encyclopaedias.

Academic interests

  • the comparative studies of religious systems and cultures in a broad sense, including contemporary religious phenomena, with an emphasis on rituals and ceremonies; special interest in the death in various cultures;
  • Celtic culture, including Celtic Christianity;
  • sociolinguistics;
  • nonverbal communication.

Selected publications

  • 2022, Nonverbal Communication in Rituals on Irish Pilgrimage Routes, „Religions”, vol. 13 (12), 1219.
  • 2021, Irlandzka architektura jako wyraz wartości kulturowych [Irish Architecture as an Expression of Cultural Values], „Academic Journal of Modern Philology”, vol. 14, pp. 153–172.
  • 2020, “Introduction: Feast as a Mirror of Social and Cultural Changes” [in:] Feast as a Mirror of Social and Cultural Changes, eds. Bożena Gierek, Wojciech Kosior, San Diego, CA: Æ Academic Publishing, pp. 1–16.
  • 2020, “Lajkonik (Hobby Horse) as Theatrum of the Period of Corpus Christi in Kraków (Poland)” [in:] Feast as a Mirror of Social and Cultural Changes, eds. Bożena Gierek, Wojciech Kosior, San Diego, CA: Æ Academic Publishing, pp. 116–136.
  • 2018, Język irlandzki jako element tożsamości kulturowej Irlandczyków w Republice Irlandii w XX i XXI wieku [The Irish language as an element of cultural identity of Irish people in the Republic of Ireland in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries], Kraków.
  • 2014, “Interference of Politics in Celebrating Dożynki – the Festival of Harvest in Poland in 1950s” [in:] Politics, Feasts, Festivals, eds. Gábor Barna, István Povedák, Szeged: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Szeged, pp. 171–192.
  • 2013, Religie Celtów [Religions of the Celts], Kraków.
  • 2011, “Celebrating Christmas in contemporary Poland” [in:] The Ritual Year 6. The Inner and the Outer, eds. Mare Kõive, Tartu: ELM Department of Folkloristics, EKM Teaduskirjastus/ ELM Scholarly Press, pp. 219–248.
  • 2011, “Das Motiv des Gottesschutzes in «St. Patrick’s Breastplate» im Vergleich zu ähnlichen Motiven in jüdisch-christlichen, gnostischen und finnischen Traditionen, "Anthropos", no 106 (2), pp. 611–617.
  • 2011, “«Celtic Spirituality» in Contemporary Ireland” [in:] Ireland’s New Religious Movements, eds. Olivia Cosgrove, Laurence Cox, Carmen Kuhling and Peter Mulholland, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 300–316.

Research projects

  • 2009-2010 – participated in the project The Thin End of the Wedge, coordinated from Northern Ireland; the aim of the project was to challenge racism and sectarianism at its roots in Northern Ireland;
  • 1996 – participated in the project Inventory of the religious heritage on the ‘holy' islands off the Irish coast and development of a care-taking strategy for the monuments during the International European Heritage Campus on Clare Island in Ireland, organised by the European Union General Directorate of Cultural Affairs.

Other achievements

  • TEMPUS scholarship holder (University College Cork in Ireland, University College Dublin in Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway);
  • DAAD scholarship holder (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg in Germany);
  • scholarship holder in the inter-university exchange Programme (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen in Germany).
  • Participated in numerous national and international conferences;
  • Participated in many international courses and workshops in Germany, Ireland and Latvia.