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prof. Elżbieta Matynia


Sociology, sociology of culture, political sociology


Public memory, democratic transitions, Central Europe, South Africa, political violence, gender, art


Monographs and edited volumes:

2014 An Uncanny Era. Conversations between Václav Havel and Adam Michnik, Yale University Press
2009 Perfomative Democracy (Yale Cultural Sociology Series), Paradigm Publishers
1989 and Beyond: The Future of Democratic Politics, (two edited volumes of the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Springer
The Social Science in Transition: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe, Mapping Human Capital Needs Globally, Social Science Research Council, vol.7
Civil Society, guest editor of the special volume of Social Research, International Quarterly of the Social Sciences, vol. 68, no.4
Grappling with Democracy: Deliberations on Post-Communist Societies, 1990-1995, ed. ,SLON, Prague

Selected Articles and book chapters:

2016 The Theatre of Public Life – a Crucible of our Humanity? (Re-reading Arendt), Polish Theater Journal, # 2, 2016
2016 People to People, Social Research (The Fear of Art  issue), VOL 83
The Logics of Performative Democracy in Art in Times of Gray Democracy, J. Kurz, J. Warsza, F. Zólyom (eds), Spector Books, Leipzig, 2015,(German/English)
2014 Public Happiness in  Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People): A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, Maria Hlavajova, Ranjit Hoskote, eds, BAK, Utrecht
Against Dogma: Europe between Solidarity and Sovereignty. Reflections on Joschka Fischer’s talks on the Future of Europe, in  Rethinking Europe – Fritz Stern Professorship of Wroclaw, E. Stadtmuller, ed., Wroclaw, 2014
2012 Obietnica Pogranicza,  in a festschrift volume for Jerzy Szacki, Przegląd Filozoficzno-Literacki  (Jerzy Szacki , 4 (35) / 2012)
2012 W Obronie Amerykanskiego Marzenia –OWS (In defense of American Dream – OWS), Res Publica Nowa, (Warsaw), No 209/2012
2012Performative Democracy”, entry essay in Alternativa Dictionary, an international art project
desi­gned to explore new possi­bi­li­ties for arts’role in society
An Old Bridge and a new Agora, A Handbook of Dialogue: Trust and Identity, Brussels-Sejny 2011
2011 Between the Local and the Global, A Handbook of Dialogue: Trust and Identity, Brussels-Sejny
2011 The Promise of Borderlands, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
2010 Feminism between the Local and the Global: a Task of Translation, Women’s Movements in Global Era: The Power of Local Feminisms, Amrita Basu (ed.), Boulder: Westview Press
2010 Between the Local and the Global: or, What Wrocław Has Given Us, Polish Theatre Perspectives: International Theater Journal, No. 1
2009 1989 and the Theater of Politics, in Transformations of Public Sphere, a Social Science Research Council special feature on Public Sphere Formation,
2009 1989 and the Politics of Democratic Performativity, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Springer
2009 Negocjujmy Rewolucje: Uwagi o Demokracji Performatywnej, Kultura i Edukacja, vol. 3
2008 Stany Zjednoczone Rodzinnej Europy, Pytanie o szkołę wyższą, W trosce o Człowieczeństwo, Wydawnictwo Naukowe DSW
2006 Wypisy z Michnika, an essay for the book Nasz Przyjaciel Adam, K.M-G Krakow
2006 Poland Provoked: How Women Artists En-Gendered Democracy, Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs
2006 Liberalizm na Nasze Czasy, Ira Katznelson, Krzywe koło liberalizmu: Listy do Adama Michnika, Wydawnictwo naukowe DSWE TWP
2005 Feminist Art And Democratic Culture, Performance Art Journal, vol. 79
2004 O zjednoczeniu Stanów ‘Rodzinnej Europy’, Rocznik MCK, Kraków
2003 Provincializing Global Feminism, Social Research
2002 Armando la democracia a finales de siglo. La Mesa polaca y otras mesas,Encuentro, vol. 25, Madrid
2001 Furnishing Democracy at the End of the Century: Negotiating Transition at the Polish Round Table &Others, Eastern European Politics and Society, vol. 15, no. 2
2001 The Lost Treasure of Solidarity, Social Research, 68, no. 4
2000 A democracia szazadgvegi berendezkedese, avagy a lengyel kerakasztal (Negotiating Democracy in Poland), A Rendszervaltas Forgatokonyve 1989 (The Scenarios of the Regime Changes of 1989), ed. Hetedik Kotet, Uj Mandatum Konyvkiado, Budapest
1995 From Assistance and Mutual Learning to Partnership, The Future of Humanities and Social Sciences, DAAK, Halle
1995 Finding a Voice: Women in Post-Communist Societies of Central Europe, chapter in The Challenge of Local Feminisms: Women`s Movements in Global Perspective, ed. Amrita Basu, Westview Press
1994 Women After Communism: A Bitter Freedom, Social Research, (Vol.61, No.2)
1990 Poetics of the Revolution: Some Notes from Poland, Performing Arts Journal, #35/36, Special Issue on The New Europe
1983 Theater as a Way of Life, Polish Art Studies, vol. IV
1983 Poland: Living Through Theater, Alternative Ways of Life in Contemporary Europe, ed. By A. Sicinski and M. Wemegah, United Nations University
1982 Polish Political Theater, 1918-1939, in: Oggi del Teatro, Casa Usher, Florence
1980 Miasto jako Teatr: Kraków przełomu wieków, Kultura i Społeczeństwo, No.2
1979 Leon Schiller i jego Zeittheater, Dialog



2015- Member of the Board, Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations Center, Sejny Poland
2009 – member of the Fritz Stern Professorship of Wroclaw Award Committee
2008 – 2013: Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
2007- present: Member of the Advisory Board of The Research Network 1989, Berlin.

present: Member of the Editorial Board of the Social Research quarterly.
2006- present : Member of the editorial board  of Forum Oswiatowe, (Educational Forum) an academic quarterly published in Poland
2003 – present: Member of the Board, Inter
national Institute for the Study of Culture and Education, University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland.
2002 – present Member of the Century Association, NYC, 7 West 43rd 
2002 – 2009, Member of the Academic Advisory Board of IDEA (International Debate Education Association), NYC.
2001- present Board Member of Location One a multifaceted Art Center and Gallery in SOHO.

1999- 2004 Member of the Editorial Board of the East European Constitutional Review.
1999- Kosovo Crisis, consultant to the Ford Foundation.

1997- 2002: member Human Capital Committee, Social Science Research Council.
1997- 2002: member Board of Directors, the Polish Institute of Arts and Science

1995-Present: member, International Board of Advisors, Network of East-West Women
1994 - Present: member, Committee for the Study of Democracy, New School

1992 “The Status of Women in East and Central Europe” - extensive research/consultancy on the legal, political, and socio-economic situation of women in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, for the Ford Foundation.
1990 - Present: editor, quarterly Bulletin of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies/East and Central Europe Program, New School for Social Research

1993 - April, Director of Film Festival, Cinema in Transition: Recent Films from Eastern Europe, at the New School for Social Research.
1987 -1995: member, Democracy Seminars, and liaison between New York coordinating office at G.F., New School, and 14 branches of the Democracy Seminars branches. Since 1990-1996, organized annual international conferences of the Democracy Seminars in Budapest -Hungary, Warsaw-Poland, Sofia-Bulgaria, Prague --The Czech Republic, Bratislava --Slovakia, and Mala Wies - Poland

1982 - 2000: Film Consultant: on the film Far From Poland by Jill Godmilow; 
on PBS documentary, Citizens, by R. W. Adams;  and on Helen Whitney's John Paul II: The Millennial Pope, a Frontline documentary. 


American Sociological Association (ASA)
The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA)
Human Capital Committee, Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Member of the Committee for the Study of Democracy Network of East-West Women (NEWW)


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