Agnieszka Pasieka

Agnieszka Pasieka

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Martin Luther University, Halle/Saale. In the period 2007-2011 she was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale

Bronislaw Geremek Junior Visiting Fellow
(October 2011 – July 2012)


Seven Ways to God.
The Dynamics of Religious Pluralism in Rural Southern Poland

My research primarily addresses the relation between religion and politics, and investigates the situation of minorities in the context of church-state relations in Poland. In 2008/09 I conducted ethnological fieldwork in a multireligious and multiethnic rural community. This study provides the basis for my doctoral dissertation, in which I combine ethnographic enquiry with historical analysis.


Dressed-up Nationalism

Present-day Polish nationalist discourse intersects with and is sustained by the “elite” discourse: it is dressed up in elegant and stylish clothes, it is propagated with eloquence and diligence, and it is supported with scholarly evidence and academic titles. It draws on the noble past and uses as a weapon unresolved historical traumas and past grandeur.
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Being Normal in Poland

Photo: Tatiana Zhurzhenko 2010
What makes the bond between Polishness and Catholicism an expected norm, and how does this lead to the symbolic exclusion of non-ethnic Poles and non-Catholics from the national community? In her study of a multi-religious and multi-ethnic community in rural Poland, Agnieszka Pasieka argues that there are multiple ways in which local people challenge the “Pole-Catholic” norm, demonstrating the arbitrariness of the “taken-for-granted” and their own ways of “being a Pole”.
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Comparative Methodologies:
An Interdisciplinary Discussion

After the lunch break, the conference reconvened for a panel discussion on methodology that aimed at exploring and to crossing disciplinary boundaries. As an institute bringing together Junior Fellows from a diverse set of fields in the humanities and social sciences, the IWM offered a particularly promising forum for frank discussions about the promises and …
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‘Re-thinking European Politics and History’

A likely reaction to the title of this collection of essays might be an exasperated: ‘Again?’. Recent decades have seen perhaps unprecedented interest in issues of European politics and history, resulting from a variety of socio-political processes: the end of the Cold War and the 1989 transformation, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the …
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