Professor Dr Agnieszka Kościańska

Curriculum Vitae

Agnieszka Kościańska received her PhD in 2007 and habilitation in 2015 in ethnology/cultural anthropology from the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is an Associate Professor and Vice-Director in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. She also teaches cultural anthropology at the Postgraduate Gender Studies Program, Institute for Literary Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the past, Agnieszka Kościańska was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2010-2011, Marie Curie fellowship), the New School for Social Research (2006, Kosciuszko Foundation grant) and the University of Copenhagen (2005, Danish Governmental scholarship).

Research project at the Kolleg

The History of Sexuality in Socialist and Post-Socialist Poland This research focuses on understanding the history of sexuality in Poland in a global context following the Second World War through today. Drawing on ethnographic and archival materials from Poland as well as secondary sources relating to sexuality from Central Europe, Western Europe and the United States, I present a counter history of sexuality that challenges assumptions about constant liberalization and the relationship between a 'backward' East and the 'developed' West. Specifically, I focus on expert discourses that inform the construction of sexuality, including medical (sexological), psychological, educational, legal and religious.

Main areas of research

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Religion
  • History of science
  • History of sexuality
  • Poland
  • Central Europe

Positions and memberships

  • Member, European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • Member, Polskie Towarzystwo Ludoznawcze (Polish Ethnological Association)
  • Member, Polish Studies Association