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Dr Elżbieta Olzacka

Dr Elżbieta Olzacka


Graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków: MA in Sociology (2007) and Cultural Studies, with a specialisation in Russian Studies (2011); PhD in Sociology (2014). My MA thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on analyzing the phenomenon of war from a sociological and cultural studies perspective. My current research includes the dynamics of Ukrainian cultural mobilisation in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations I teach the methodology of social research as well as research methods for cultural studies.

Academic interests

  • war, peace and conflict studies
  • cultural mobilization and wartime cultural politics
  • culture and history of Russia 
  • contemporary Ukrainian culture and cinema
  • conflicts in the post-Soviet space

Selected publications

Research projects

  • Estetyczne i etyczne wyzwania w tworzeniu wystaw muzealnych o trwającym konflikcie – minigrant POB Heritage, 2021-2022.
  • The Cultural Context of the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine – granted by the National Science Centre in Poland (Miniatura 1), 2017-2018;
  • Narratives and Commemorations of the Revolution of Dignity and the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine in the Public Space of Ukrainian Cities  (2017/2018; 2018/2019);
  • The Cultural Strategies of War and Reconciliation: Analysis on the Example of the Civil War in the Republic of Tajikistan (1992-1997) – granted by the National Science Centre in Poland (Sonata 5), co-investigator, 2014-2016.

Other achievements

  • PROM Programme (Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange) – short-time sholarschip, University of Sarajevo, Bosna and Hercegovina (September 2022).
  • Visiting scholar in the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine (August 2019).
  • Visiting scholar in the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, USA (April – May 2018).
  • Staff Mobility Programme Erasmus+ Mobility for Teaching (teaching classes at  National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 2017).
  • Library research and academic consultation – Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (June 2013);  Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus, The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (February 2017); Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, University of Kent, Canterbury (February 2017); Center for Transcultural Asian Studies (CETRAS), Center for Security and Society, University of Freiburg, Freiburg (March 2017); Imperial War Museum, London (April 2022).