Dr Kamil Kijek

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Kamil Kijek received his MA in Sociology at the University of Wrocław in 2005. During his doctoral studies, he received fellowships at the Hebrew University, the University of Tel-Aviv, the University of Haifa and University City College of London. In 2014 he received his PhD in History from the Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Between September 2014 and June 2015, Kijek was a Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Jewish History and NYU Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department in New York. Between July and September 2015, he was a Sosland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Since October 2015, he has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław.

Research project at the Kolleg

My research project deals with the unique history of the Dzierżoniów post-Holocaust Jewish community in the years 1945-50. In the first years after the Second World War, Jews made up almost half of the inhabitants of the town (12 000 in the summer of 1946). Their visibility, paired with their social, economic and cultural activity, made Dzierżoniów a distinctive place in the landscape of post-war Poland. My research project aims to deal with the central problems of post-war Jewish history in Poland from a new micro-historical perspective. The project intends to enrich the existing explanations and to offer new ideas. Problems such as popular and official anti-Semitism, daily Polish-Jewish relations, emigration, assimilation, secularization, productivization, re-stratification and the communist seizure of power in the Jewish community will be studied from a diachronic and dynamic perspective for the years 1945-50. The problems discussed in the present proposal will be investigated from the perspective of the singular local community of Dzierżoniów.

Main areas of research

  • History of Jews in Poland
  • East-Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century
  • Modern Jewish political cultures
  • History of European political modernism from the end of the nineteeth century until 1945
  • Historical sociology

Positions and memberships

  • Assistant Professor at the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Wrocław
  • Member of the European Association of Jewish Studies
  • Member of the World Union of Jewish Studies