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ROMA SENDYKA -  Associate Professor (dr hab.), Center for Anthropology of Literature and Culture Studies at the Polish Studies Department,  Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Head of the Research Center for Memory Cultures.
Specializes in visual culture studies, criticism and theory (affective turn, memory studies, cultural analysis). Works on relations between images, sites and memory, currently developing a project on non-sites of memory in Central and Eastern Europe.

[phot. J. Smulski]

Research Grants:


Head of the research project Awkward objects of genocide. Vernacular art on the Holocaust and ethnographic museums, developed within  the project Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production (Horizon2020, Reflective Society, 2016-2019) 

Head of the research project Unmemorialized Genocide Sites and Their Impact on Collective Memory, Cultural Identity, Ethical Attitudes and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Poland (Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Programme for the Development of Humanities); 2016-2019




Visiting professor at the University of Chicago (2011 - Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Program), Kosciuszko Foundation Research Fellow (University of Chicago - 2011), awarded in the Patterns Program (Erste Stiftung, Vienna, 2010-12) for the project "(In)visible Loss. The Holocaust and the Everyday Visual Experience in Contemporary Poland and Central Europe"; European Holocaust Research Infrastructure fellow in NIOD - Instituut voor Oorlogs–, Holocaust– en Genocidestudies, Amsterdam (2013). Co-editor of the book series New Humanities (IBL PAN: Institute for Literary Studies, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw).

Received her doctorate in Polish Studies in 2004, in 2006 published a monograph Nowoczesny esej (The Modern Essay. Study of the 20th Century Critical Approach to the Genre) awarded by the Polish Academy of Science (Szaniawski’s Prize 2008) and by the President of Jagiellonian University (2007). In 2015 published a book Od kultury "ja" do kultury "siebie". O zwrotnych formach w projektach tożsamościowych [From the I-Culture to the Culture of the Self. On Reflexive Forms in Identity Projects].  

Co-edited Od pamięci biodziedzicznej do postpamięci [From Bio-Hereditary Memory to Post Memory] (Warsaw: IBL, 2013), Pamięć i afekty [Affects and Memory] (Warsaw: IBL , 2014), and Afektywne historie i polityki pamięci [Affective Histories and Politics of Memory] (Warsaw, IBL PAN, 2015); works on a volume Migracyjna pamięć, wspólnota, tożsamość [Migratory memory, community, identity] (Warsaw, IBL PAN, 2016)

Published articles in academic journals in Poland and abroad. 

Translated texts by Michael Riffaterre, Ernst van Alphen, W.J.T. Mitchell, Stephen Greenblatt and Ulrich Baer. Co-edited with Magda Heydel a volume of Virginia Woolf'a essays [Eseje, Karakter 2015].