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Dr Elżbieta Olzacka

Dr Elżbieta Olzacka

e-mail: elzbieta.olzacka@uj.edu.pl
www: https://jagiellonian.academia.edu/El%C5%BCbietaOlzacka

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). Both my MA thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on the analysis of the phenomenon of war, from both a sociological and cultural studies perspective. My main areas of interest also include the culture and society of Russian and the former Soviet region (especially Eastern Europe and Central Asia). In the  Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations I teach methodology of social research as well as research methods for cultural studies.

 

Academic interests

  • war, peace and conflict studies; 
  • cultural conflicts in the contemporary world; 
  • the culture and history of Russia and Ukraine; 
  • conflicts in the post-Soviet area.

Selected publications

  • 2017, Understanding the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine: The Role of Cultural Context, „Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne”, no. 4, pp. 23-38.
  • 2017, Wojna na Facebooku. Rola przedstawień wizualnych w "militaryzacji" mediów społecznościowych na przykładzie konfliktu na wschodniej Ukrainie, in: A. Kampka, A. Kiryjow, K. Sobczak (eds.), Czy obrazy rządzą ludźmi?, Warszawa, pp. 62-75.
  • 2017, Wojna w erze nuklearnej. Rozważania cywilów i wojskowych na temat bomby atomowej i skutków jej użycia, „Przegląd Humanistyczny”, no. 1 (456), pp. 21-31.
  • 2016, Wojna a kultura. Nowożytna rewolucja militarna w Europie Zachodniej i Rosji,  Kraków. 
  • 2016, Od Homo sapiens do Homo immortalis : idea nieśmiertelności w rosyjskich projektach filozoficznych i społeczno-politycznych, in: D.Gałuszka, G.Ptaszek, D. Żuchowska-Skiba (eds.), Technokultura : transhumanizm i sztuka cyfrowa, Kraków.
  • 2015, The Press in Constructing the Cultural Strategies of War. An Example from the Conflict in the Republic of Tajikistan, „Securitologia" no. 22 (2), 2015, in. 83-93 (with Paulina Niechciał). 
  • 2015, Antropolog – badacz, żołnierz czy aktywista?, „Fragile" no. 2 (28), pp. 105-110. 
  • 2013, Ład aksjonormatywny a sposoby prowadzenia wojen. Kultura wojenna jako regulator wojennej praktyki, „The Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture" no. 8 (5), pp. 157–176. 
  • 2013, Globalizacja a nowe wojny – perspektywa kulturowa, „Kultura -  Historia -Globalizacja", no. 13. 
  • 2012, Kulturowy zwrot w badaniu i prowadzeniu wojen – nowa perspektywa analityczna, „Zeszyty Naukowe AON", no. 4 (89), pp. 305-320. 
  • 2011, Kulturowy wymiar zjawiska wojny – zakres badań i doniosłość, „Kultura i Historia", no. 22.

Research projects

  • 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

  • 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);
  • Field research – Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan (April-June 2014; July-September 2015); Biskhek, Kyrgyzstan (May 2016);
  • 48th Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex, Great Britain, July 2015 (Internships for young scholars "Society – Technologies – Environment").