I live on the Polish-German border region. I am a professor of Cultural Studies at the Polish-German Research Institute in Collegium Polonicum in Słubice, which is a joint facility of the Polish University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. I lectured in cultural history of East Central Europe at the EUV in Frankfurt (Oder) between 2006 and 2014. Recently I was a visiting professor at various universities: Calgary, Canada (2014), Chicago (2015) and El Paso, USA (2016 and 2017).

In my doctoral thesis (2001: University of Vechta, Germany, PhD equivalent) I focused on the reception of Polish literature in Germany after 1945. From 2001 to 2003 I was a lecturer at the College of German at the University in Zielona Góra, Poland, where I was also granted the university’s Science Award in 2002. Between 2005 and 2008 I was involved in a research project about the German-Polish border region “Odra-Oder – the past, present and future of a European cultural region”, which was headed by prof. Karl Schlögel at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

My Post-doc project [habilitation] was a study on forced migration and cultural appropriation of the Oder region 1945-1948. It was funded by the German-Polish Science Foundation and completed at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) in 2012. The project resulted in a publication of the book “Poland's Wild West”, which received the Identities Prize 2016 for the best historical book in Poland. My current research project id titled: „Changing borders / moving people. Constructions of identity by migrants from Eastern to Western Europe and to the USA in the 20th Century”.

I am the author of five books and numerous articles and the editor of many collective publications. My research interests are: cultural history of East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, nationalism und forced migrations in Europe, constructions of identities in border regions, German-Polish relations, issues relating to the culture and politics of remembrance.


Polsko-Niemiecki Instytut Badawczy Uniwersytetu Adama Mickiewicza
w Poznaniu Collegium Polonicum, ul. Kościuszki 1, Pl 69-100 Słubice

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