Director of the Institute of Intercultural Studies:

Monika BanaśProfessor 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.


Deputy Head for Educational Affairs:

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.

Erasmus+ Programme Coordinator:

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.

Student Internship Representative:

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.

Supervisor of Students’ Science Club:

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.