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Master of Arts
in European Studies

Chair holder in the summer semester 2021

Łukasz Mikołajewski

In the summer semester of 2021, Łukasz Mikołajewski will hold the Polish Visiting Lectureship of the Meyer-Struckmann Foundation at the European University Viadrina.

About the Person​

Łukasz Mikołajewski is an assistant professor at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw, a sociologist and historian. He specialises in the history of ideas and anthropology of politics.

Mikolajewski photo 3 ©Mikolajewski privat

He is co-founder of the Research Centre for LGBT+ History and Identities at the University of Warsaw. In 2012, he defended his doctoral thesis at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2015, he was a Visiting Fellow and at the Remarque Institute, New York University.


His research interests and teaching experience are in the fields of European history, anthropology of prejudice, autobiographical writings, narrative structures, history of anti-Semitism, sociology of identity and sociology of silence.

At the European University Viadrina, Łukasz Mikołajewski would like to deepen his teaching experience in the interdisciplinary and cross-faculty programme of the Master European Studies (MES) and exchange ideas with researchers at the European University Viadrina.

Selected publications:

Mikołajewski, Ł. (2018), Europe, West and East, and the Polish Émigré Writers from ‘Kultura’. Five Stories about Asymmetry in: Jalava M., Nygård S., Strang J. (eds.), Decentring European Intellectual Space, Leiden: Brill, 243-268.

Mikołajewski, Ł. (2015), The Pitfalls of Loyalism. Aleksander Wielopolski in Polish Political Thought, in: Błesznowski B., Król M., Puchejda A. (eds.), Genealogy of Contemporaneity. A History of Ideas in Poland 1815-1939, Warsaw, Vienna: Warsaw University Press, Institute for Human Sciences, 32-46.

Mikołajewski Ł. (2012), From Centre to Province. Changing Images of Europe in the Writings of Jerzy Stempowski, Hewitson M., D’Auria M. (eds.), New York, Oxford: Berghahn, 183-197.

Mikołajewski Ł. (2011), Pamięć fabularyzowana. Powojenne poprawki w ‘Szkicach piórkiem’ Andrzeja Bobkowskiego, Res Publica Nowa, 15, 110-131.

Mikołajewski, Ł., Wojnarowski, M. (2006), Nekrologi a procesy indywidualizacyjne w Polsce. Analiza przemian, Kultura i Społeczeństwo, 1-2, 231-270.

Vortrag Mikolajewski ©Marcin Wierzbowski
In 2020 – the year of the presidential election in Poland – the Research Center for LGBT+ Histories and Identities at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences (University of Warsaw), in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, organized a sociological competition for memoirs written by non-heteronormative people in Poland. This lecture will present the outcome of this competition and explore the collection of nearly 180 autobiographies from a particular angle: what do these memoirs say about the experience of being an LGBT+ teenager in today’s Poland? How do public institutions, such as schools, universities and hospitals, appear? What kind of conclusions could we draw from these personal accounts to contribute to contemporary understandings of human rights, adulthood, relations between parents and their teenage children, public education, and the relationship of religion and the state?