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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 aggression on Ukraine. 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 policy,
  • culture and history of Russia,
  • contemporary Ukrainian culture and cinema,
  • conflicts in the post-Soviet space.

Selected publications

Research projects

  • Challenges and opportunities for EU heritage diplomacy in Ukraine (HER-UKR) - leader of the national module in the project conducted from 2023 to 2026 under Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Policy Debate;
  • Estetyczne i etyczne wyzwania w tworzeniu wystaw muzealnych o trwającym konflikcie – a research project conducted from 2021 to 2022 under the POB Heritage mini-grant with funding from the Strategic Program Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian University.
  • 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).