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Magdalena Baran-Szołtys holds a PhD in literature and cultural studies and is postdoctoral Hertha-Firnberg-Fellow of the FWF. Her postdoctoral project "Stories Of/In Transformation - Narratives of Transformation and Inequality in Post-Socialist Poland" examines the narrative shifts of inequality in transformation processes based on their appearance in literature and public debates.
She studied German and Slavic studies at the University of Vienna, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the University of Wroclaw. At the end of 2018, she completed her PhD on travel to post-Galicia at the FWF-funded interdisciplinary doctoral program "Austrian Galicia and its Multicultural Heritage" at the University of Vienna. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and taught German language and literature at the University of Sydney. She was also awarded the University of Vienna's Graduation Fellowship (2018) and the Literar-Mechana-Research Fellowship (2019).
At the Institute of 20th and 21st Century Literature at the University of Warsaw, she is collaborating on the National Science Centre Poland (NCN)-funded project "(Multi)national Eastern Galicia in the Interwar Polish Discourse (and its Selected Counter-Discourses)" (2019-2021). She is a member of the Research Platform Transformations and Eastern Europe and Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies.
In early 2021, her monograph "Galizien als Archiv. Reisen nach (Post-)Galizien in der Gegenwartsliteratur" was published.