Professor Moniak Banaś ( graduated with a degree in management and Swedish philology from Jagiellonian University, where she was awarded a doctorate in the field of management in 2002 and a postdoctoral degree in political science in 2012. Her research focuses on Nordic cultures and deals with the relationships between culture, politics, and the economy. She is the author of the book Szwedzka polityka integracyjna wobec imigrantów [Swedish Integration Policy] (2010), among others. She gives lectures on Introduction to Intercultural Relations, Institutions in Intercultural Relations, and Nordic Culture. Professor Banaś is the director of the Institute of the Intercultural Studies.

mbfotoDr Magdalena Banaszkiewicz ( graduated with a degree in international cultural studies and Russian studies before receiving a doctorate in ethnology in 2010. Her research interests cover tourism and intercultural communication, as well as in the problems of Russia and the former countries of the Soviet Union. She has authored two books, Dialog międzynarodowy w turystyce: Przypadek polsko-rosyjski [International Dialogue in Tourism: The Polish-Russian Case] (2012) and Turystyka w miejscach kłopotliwego dziedzictwa [Tourism in Places of Comfortable Heritage] (2018). Her lectures include Regional Geography, Understanding Russia, and The Anthropology of Tourism.

FCzechDr Franciszek Czech ( graduated with a degree in sociology and political science from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań before receiving a doctorate in sociology from Jagiellonian University in 2009. His research interests include studies of public discourses, political culture (conspiracy theory, political myths), globalization, and the socio-political history of the Philippines and South-East Asia. He has published a monograph entitled Koszmarne scenariusze: Społeczne konstruowanie lęku w debacie o globalizacji [Nightmare Scenarios: Social Constructions of Fear in the Debate on Globalization] (2010). In the institute, he teaches Methodology of Social Research, Socio-Cultural Aspects of Globalization, and Intercultural Relations in Asia. He serves as the deputy director for educational affairs.

Dr Karolina Golemo ( graduated with a degree in sociology, as well as journalism and social communication, from Jagiellonian University. In 2009, she was awarded a doctorate in sociology. Her research interests are related to the sociology of culture, especially in Spanish and Italian societies. Her most important publication is Obraz Polski i Polaków we Włoszech: Poglądy, oceny, opinie [The Picture of Poland and Poles in Italy: Views, Judgements, and Opinions] (2010). In the institute, she teaches Sociology of Culture, Stereotypes and Images of Others in Media and Culture, and the Multiculturality of Spain.

Dr Renata Hołda ( graduated with a degree in ethnology before receiving a doctoral degree in history with a specialization in ethnology from Jagiellonian University in 2002. In her research, she focuses on contemporary culture and issues relating to history, memory, and politics from an anthropological perspective. Her most important publication is “Dobry władca”: studium antropologiczne o Franciszku Józefie I [“The Good Ruler”: An Anthropological Study of Franz Joseph I ] (2008). She gives lectures in Introduction to Anthropology, Anthropology of Popular Culture, and Introduction to Social Communication.

Professor Dariusz Juruś ( is a graduate of the Cracow University of Technology (architecture) and Jagiellonian University (philosophy). He has also obtained a doctorate and post-doctoral degree in philosophy. Professor Juruś’s research interests include the philosophy of politics with a special focus on issues related to liberty, the property, libertarianism. He is the president of the Polish-German Academic Society and a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation. He teaches Philosophy, Aesthetics, Values in Contemporary Societies, and Human Rights.

Dr Ewa Kamińska ( is a Japanese studies, art history, and Slavic studies graduate from the University of Hamburg. She also defended her doctorate in Hamburg at the Department of Japanese Studies. Dr. Kamińska has made many research trips to Japan and cooperated a with Fukui University, Ôsaka Shiritsu University, and Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. Her research interests include cultural contacts between Japan and Europe, transculturalism, Japanese art (with a particular emphasis on artistic craft), the process of shaping and changing the image of Japan in Europe, contemporary architecture of Japan, and aesthetics in everyday life of modern Japanese society. She is the author of the book Rezeption japanischer Kultur in Deutschland: Zeitgenössische Keramik als Fallstudie (2012). She teaches, among others, History of Art in the Far East, Culture of Japan, Cultural Exchange Between Japan and Europe, and The Role of Museums in Culture.

Dr Małgorzata Kołaczek ( graduated with a degree in international relations from Jagiellonian University and received a doctorate in political science in 2011 from the same university. In her research, she focuses on ethnic problems, especially the Roma community and its situation in Central-Eastern Europe, as well as the activities of its leaders and nongovernmental Roma organizations. She authored a book, Etniczna mobilizacja Romów a Unia Europejska: Polska, Słowacja, Węgry [The European Union and the Ethnic Mobilization of the Roma in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary] (2014) She gives lectures on Social Campaigns for Minorities, and Ethnic Mobilization of Minorities.

Professor Leszek Korporowicz ( is a sociologist who has been connected for many years with the Sociology of Culture Chair at Warsaw University, where he was awarded a doctorate in 1993 and a postdoctoral degree in 1996. In his research, he touches upon intercultural communication problems, changes in social values, cultural identity and evaluation research. Recently, he co-edited Mosty nadziei: Jagiellońskie inspiracje dialogu międzykulturowego [Briges of Hope: Jagiellonian Inspirations of Intercultural Dialogue] (2016). Professor Korporowicz is responsible for teaching Cultural Sociology and Intercultural Communication.

Dr Jakub Kościółek ( is a graduate of cultural studies, Middle Eastern studies, and Ukrainian studies at Jagiellonian University. He is the author of the book Conflict in Darfur (2010), co-editor of Problems of Modern Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future (2012), and editor of the report “Hate Speech in Public Space. Report on Press Research in 2014” (2015). As a Fulbright scholarship winner, he spent an academic year at George Washington University in Washington, DC (2013/2014). Dr. Kościółek is the president of the INTERKULTURALNI PL Association, which aims to support migrants in Poland. He teaches Contemporary Ethnic Relations, Interculturalism in Africa, Criminal Aspects of Intercultural Relations, and Contemporary Ethnic Conflicts in Africa and Asia. He is currently preparing a publication on the US policy on genocide in Africa and is researching sexuality in African cultures.


Dr Wojciech Mazur ( graduated with a degree in history from Jagiellonian University, where he was awarded a doctorate in 2002. He is interested in modern history with an emphasis on military history and colonial policies. Recently, he published Niebo rozwianych nadziei: Zachodni sojusznicy wobec wojny powietrznej w Polsce we wrześniu 1939 roku [Sky of Broken Hopes: Western Allies against the Air War in Poland in September 1939] (2018). In the institute, he teaches Modern History of Intercultural Relations, Contemporary Civilizations, and Cultural Aspects of Human Rights.

jtkDr  Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska ( graduated with a degree in ethnology from Jagiellonian University. In 2011, she was awarded a doctorate in cultural anthropology. In her research, she focuses on the history and contemporary situation of the Roma community in Poland and other countries, as well as the problem of discrimination and anti-discrimination education. She has published Wpływ aktywności finansowej Unii Europejskiej na położenie społeczne Romów w Polsce [The Influence of the Financial Activities of the European Union on the Situation of the Roma Community in Poland] (2013). She teaches the following courses at the institute: Anthropology of Culture, Cultural Diversity, Anti-discrimination Education, and Contemporary Roma Society.


palecznyProfessor Tadeusz Paleczny ( is a sociologist. For his entire scientific career, he has been connected with Jagiellonian University, the school where he obtained his doctorate in 1987 and postdoctoral degree in 1993. His research interests include multiculturalism, new social movements, and immigration in the United States and South America. He is the author of many books, the most recent of which is Relacje miedzykulturowe w dobie kryzysu ideologii i polityki wielokulturowości [Intercultural Relations in the Era of Multicultural Policy and Ideology Crisis] (2017). Professor Paleczny was the director of this institute for many years. Currently, he is the chairman of the council of the Institute of Intercultural Studies. He teaches Intercultural Relations Theory and New Social Movements.

Dr Paweł Plichta ( graduated with a degree in international cultural studies and received a doctorate in religious studies from Jagiellonian University in 2009. His research focuses on myth and biblical analysis from a cultural point of view, as well as pilgrimaging and religious tourism. He authored Estera w kulturach: Rzecz o biblijnych toposach [Estera in Cultures: A Thing about the Biblical Topoi] (2014). In the institute, he teaches Ancient and Medieval History of Intercultural Relations, Religions of the World, and Code of the Bible.


Professor Andrzej Porębski ( graduated with a degree in sociology from Jagiellonian University and completed a doctorate in ethnic minorities in Europe in 1989. In 2012, he obtained a postdoctoral degree. He is interested in the sociology of nations and ethnic relations, the problems of minorities, and social research methodology. Recently, he published Wielokulturowość Szwajcarii na rozdrożu [The Multiculturality of Switzerland at a Crossroads] (2010). He gives lectures on the Methodology of Social Research, Intercultural Relations in Europe, and Switzerland’s Multiculturality. Dr. Porębski serves as the vice-dean for financial affairs at the Faculty of International and Political Studies.

Dr Barbara Weżgowiec ( is a graduate of polish philology and cultural studies at the Jagiellonian University. In 2014, she defended her PhD thesis in the field of literary studies at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Artes Liberales. She is also a credentialed guide of Krakow. Her research interests on the border of cultural and literary studies primarily concern the literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (especially contemporary Polish prose and problems with the Polish-German border), issues related to geo-poetics, relations between literature and memory, and modern museology. She teaches classes in World Literature, Communication Theory, Travel Literature, and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Polish Literature.

wiecekDr Elżbieta Wiącek ( graduated with a degree in film studies from Jagiellonian University and was awarded a doctorate in art history in 2004. Her research focuses on the semiotics of audiovisual communication, film anthropology, and postmodernist aesthetics. Her most important book is Filmowe podróże Abbasa Kiarostamiego [The Filmic Journeys of Abbas Kiarostami] (2004). Recently, she edited the volume Semiotyczna mapa Małopolski [Semiotic Map of Little Poland] (2015). In the institute, she teaches Semiotics, History of Art, and Postmodernism. Dr. Wiącek is the coordinator of the Erasmus program in the institute.

Dr Adam Żaliński ( graduated with a degree in psychology from the Catholic University of Lublin and culture studies from Jagiellonian University. As part of various scholarships, he studied at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Economics in Prague, and the University of Erasmus in Rotterdam. He gained his research experience in projects financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Science Centre, and the European Social Foundation. His current scientific interests include broadly understood social psychology and quantitative research on culture. He teaches Intercultural Psychology, Psychology of Communication, Social Research Methodology.