Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Research on Social Memory, Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Scientific Advisory Board Member, RECET
Joanna Wawrzyniak, sociologist and historian, specializes in East-Central European memory processes. Her current projects include research on memories of socialism, neoliberal transformation, and deindustrialization in Poland and contributions to collaborative research on cultural heritage and memory processes in Eastern Europe, Western Europe and East and South Asia. Joanna has long standing expertise in oral history and museum research. She has published, among others, in Heritage and Society; Memory Studies; Contemporary European History; East European Politics and Societies; and Polish Sociological Review. Her books in English include co-edited Memory and Change in Europe: Eastern Perspectives (2016); co-authored The Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European Museums (2015); and Veterans, Victims and Memory: The Politics of the Second World War in Communist Poland (2015). Her most recent co-authored book in Polish Cięcia. Mówiona historia transformacji (Cuts: Oral History of Post-Socialism, Wyd. Krytyka Polityczna 2020) won an award of POLITYKA weekly for the best historical book of 2020. Her work was supported by grants of the European Commission, national agencies, and fellowships at several European universities. Joanna has been the leader of Work Packages in Horizon 2020 projects, ECHOES and DisTerrMem; member of the Executive Committee of the Memory Studies Association (2019-2022); and the Chair of the Program Committee of the 5th Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association ‘Convergences’, July 5-9, 2021.