Adam Puchejda

Curriculum Vitae

Adam Puchejda is a Bronisław Geremek scholar at the Imre Kertész Kolleg. From October 2011 to March 2012, he was a visiting doctoral student at the Institut des sciences sociales du politique at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, where he worked with Professor Jean-Charles Szurek. At the same time, he also studied at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) under the supervision of Professor Nilufer Göle. From 2011 to 2013 he worked as a teaching assistant to Prof. Daniel Dayan at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po). Adam Puchejda holds an MA from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, where he completed a programme of interfaculty studies in the humanities (literature, philosophy, history) and studied sociology. He has been working on his PhD at the same university since 2010. His interests range from the sociology of intellectuals and the history of the intelligentsia to public sphere studies and political philosophy.

Project description

The Uncaptive Mind: Intellectuals of the Kraków Group of Critics (Jan Błoński, Andrzej Kijowski, Ludwik Flaszen, Konstanty Puzyna) and the Public Sphere in the People's Republic of Poland (1945-1989)
The goal of this project is to describe historical and cultural accounts of the role and position (prestige) of intellectuals in the relatively closed society of post-war Poland, and to trace, using the tools of modern research on the public sphere, the historical process of transforming the public sphere under Polish communism. In analysing the works and biographies of the members of the Kraków Group of Critics, four eminent Polish intellectuals, I assess the role of intellectuals and literature (media in more general terms) in the new communicative geography of a public sphere constrained by censorship and permeated by propaganda. I also describe the mechanisms of change in the Polish public sphere, which were informed by literary discourse before the Second World War and extended into new media (TV and radio) after the war.

Ongoing Research Projects

  • The Warsaw School of the History of Ideas (Bronisław Baczko, Leszek Kołakowski, Andrzej Walicki, Jerzy Szacki, Krzysztof Pomian) (Research Grant)
  • Genealogy of the Polish History of Ideas 1815-1939 (Research Grant)
  • Intelligentsia of the Yiddishland Research Group, Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw)

Main Areas of Research

  • Sociology and the history of intellectuals and the intelligentsia
  • Public opinion and the transformation of the public sphere
  • Intellectual history, history of ideas and political philosophy
  • History of democracy

Positions/memberships (selected)

  • Since 2012: American Political Science Association
  • Since 2012: Polish Society of Oral History
  • Since 2013: Columnist and permanent collaborator at Kultura Liberalna (
  • 2010 -2013: Editor of  the journal Znak (
  • Since 2010: Editor of the journal Cwiszn (
  • 2007-2008: Editor, translator and member of the editorial board of the journal Res Publica Nowa (