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Module Leader

Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Mach

Zdzisław Mach is a professor of sociology, social anthropology and European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies. Founder of the Institute for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, and one of the main authors of the European Studies curriculum in Poland. He also holds the UNESCO Chair for Education about the Holocaust. His research interests cover issues such as nationalism, minorities and ethnicity, the development of European citizenship, migration, cultural construction of identities, collective memory and cultural heritage as well as the development of the idea of Europe. Professor Mach has been leading teams of researchers in the Polish National Science Centre and EU supported projects, including 6th Framework  Programme and a Horizon 2020.


Symbols, Conflict and Identity. Essays in Political Anthropology. Albany: State University of New York Press 1993,

Between old Fears and New Challenges. The Polish Debate on Europe [in:] K. Nicolaidis, and J. Lacroix (eds.), European Stories. How National Intellectuals Debate Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010: 221-240 (with M. Góra),

 “Situating the demos of a European democracy” [w:] E.O.Eriksen and J.E.Fossum (eds.), Rethinking Democracy and the European Union, London and New York: Routledge, 2012: 159-178. (with M.Gora and H-J. Trenz),

Democtarization and the Struggle for the Recognition of Memory and Heritage in the European Frame of Reference, in: K. Kowalski i B. Tornquist-Plewa (red.) The Europeanization of Heritage and Memories in Poland and Sweden. Kraków, Jagiellonian University Press, 2016: 265-271

Local Community, Power and European Integration (ed.), Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien: Peter Lang 2017.

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Module Coordinator

Dr Natasza Styczyńska

Natasza Styczyńska holds a PhD in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University and since 2007 she is teaching at Institute of European Studies. Her doctoral thesis tackled the issues of European discourse of Polish political parties and Euroscepticism. Her academic interests include transformation processes in Central and Eastern Europe, party politics, nationalism, populism and euroscepticism in the CEE region and the Balkans, as well as identity issues on the borderlands and Austro-Hungarian heritage in Central and Southern Europe.

She was involved in teaching and organising numerous workshops (some in cooperation with UACES, Europaeum or Coimbra Group) and summer schools (financed by LLP Erasmus Programme, CEEPUS and Visegrad Fund). Dr Styczynska has a degree from a Pedagogical  University, where she studied how to teach politics to school and university students. She has experience in conducting traditional form of teaching such as lectures and seminars but also with the ones that involve students to work in a groups (Oxford debate, role playing, problem based learning). So far she has been a visiting professor at:

University of Vienna (Austria), Deusto University w Bilbao (Spain), Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest (Hungary), Kliment Ochridski University w Sofii (Bulgaria), University of Pecs (Hungary), Matej Bel University (Slovakia), University of Montenegro, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku and UNAM in Mexico City. Dr Styczyńska is also researcher in the project entitled "Democratic control and legitimisation in European Foreign Policy. The case study of EU Enlargement Policy and European Neighbourhood Policy" that is funded by the National Research Centre, Poland and in EUROMEC European Identity, Culture, Exchanges and Multilingualism (Jean Monnet Erasmus+).

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Project Team

Joanna Orzechowska-Wacławska is a sociologist and an economist. She earned her degree in economics from Cracow University of Economics (MA in 2005) and received her PhD in sociology from Jagiellonian University (2012). Currently she holds the position of an Assistant Professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

Joanna has broad international experience. In 2008 she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Deusto in Bilbao (HUMCRICON Network: Humanitarian Action and Conflict Studies: 2008). In 2005 as the first recipient of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's scholarship she studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC (Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Economic and Political Systems) and fulfilled her internship programme at Senator Chuck Hagel's office. She also studied at the Charles University in Prague (2002), Corvinus University in Budapest (2002) and University of Navarra in Pamplona (2004). She conducted her research at the University of Basque Country in Bilbao (Leioa, 2009). In 2014 she lectured at the Complutense University of Madrid.

In 2005 she received the George Viksnins award for Excellence in Economics from the Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

In 2015 she became a member of Team Europe Poland.

Her scientific interests lie at the intersection of economics and sociology. In her research she focuses on the problems of social consequences of economic changes, especially the influence of economic factors on the formation and development of national movements in Europe.Currently she is focusing on the problem of the transformation of national identity, nationalism and patriotism in Poland and Spain. He is an expert in the area of Basque Studies.

Maciej Stępka, Ph.D., received his Master degrees in European Studies (2009 - Jagiellonian University) and Political Science (2011 - University of Amsterdam) and he earned his PhD in Security Studies (2019 - University of Warsaw) defending a dissertation on securitization of the “migration crisis” at the EU institutional level. Maciej has participated in various international exchange programmes conducting research and teaching at such universities as Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since 2011 he has been working as a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University, primarily focusing on interpretative and critical security studies investigating migration-security nexus in the EU; EU discourses and frames of security; practices and technologies of security; and externalization of Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Maciej’s research interests revolve around: critical security and policy studies, EU policies and politics, and migration.

Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University

Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University

is a PhD candidate (PhD defence scheduled for May 2018) and a young researcher working on EU Foreign and Security policies, currently involved in a research project on contestation and legitimisation of the EU Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. His doctoral research focuses on the contestation of EU and national security policies in the regions, where a violent conflicts break out. So far he has been a visiting scholar in Zagreb University and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica. He has also designed curricula for two international summer schools on peace and security in Europe organised in Kraków and financed by the Polish Ministry of Defence.