Anna Niedźwiedź

Anna Niedźwiedź
Jagiellonian University | UJ · Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

PhD
In my current project (WOMAC) I focus on African Christian women in the context of the Roman Catholic church in Ghana

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Introduction
Currently I am involved in two projects. The first one focusses on the position and positioning of African Christian women in the context of the Roman Catholic church in Ghana. This research is done within a framework of the grant “Between Marginalisation and Empowerment: Women in African Catholicism (the case of Ghana)” (WOMAC). Parallelly, I have been continuing the research launched in 2016 as a part of the international project dedicated to heritagization of religion in contemporary Europe.
Additional affiliations
March 2016 - present
Jagiellonian University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2011 - December 2011
University of Rochester
Position
  • Professor
September 2006 - June 2007

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Publications (46)
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The image of Our Lady of Czestochowa is the most famous and the most venerated holy image in Poland. In contemporary Poland the image is a kind of a cultural icon, instantly recognizable and connected with popular symbolic and mythological meanings. Presented in this book is an analysis of beliefs, narratives (great and small stories), myths, and r...
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In: Eade, John and Katić, Mario (eds.), Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe: Crossing the Borders. Farnham, Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 79-99. Shrines and sacred places occupy a very significant position within the religious imagery and practices of Polish Catholics. The officially recognized Catholic shrines in Poland number more...
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WOLNY DOSTĘP od maja 2020. Książka do pobrania w formacie PDF: http://libron.pl/katalog/czytaj/id/170
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Special Issue Call for Papers: Sacred Heritage: Religions and Material Culture RELIGIONS (an Open Access Journal by MDPI) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/sacred_heritage Following the material turn in the studies of religion, this Special Issue approaches religions as happening in and through a broad variety of material object...
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link to the full text: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2490 Abstract: This entry discusses the historical context of urban development in east central Europe before outlining the key issues studied by urban anthropologists in the region. It refers to ethnographic research in particular cities, emphasizing the most s...
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Artykuł wprowadzający do książki Kamila Basty pt. Łańcuch łączący ziemię z niebem. Całość książki jako PDF w otwartym dostępie pod linkiem: https://muzeum.sacz.pl/strony_wydawnictwa/lancuch-laczacy-ziemie-z-niebem/
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krótki tekst do programu przestawienia "Zimowla" w reżyserii Jakuba Roszkowskiego na podstawie powieści Dominiki Słowik. Premiera: Scena MOS Teatru im. J. Słowackiego w Krakowie, 12 marca 2021 r.
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This special issue explores the relationship between religious heritages and space. We will approach religious heritages as spatial phenomena to analyse how heritages are constructed, manifested, lived and experienced, celebrated and cherished but also neglected, disputed or contested through and in space(s). This introductory paper starts by untan...
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Where is the sacred located in Kraków today? What could be the city’s genius loci? What forms does it take? What does the word “heritage” mean in practice, and does linking a particular place to a vision of heritage make it sacred? Conversely, if the sacred is associated with a well-known monument, is it necessarily trivialised and turned into yet...
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After the publication of Hobsbawm and Ranger’s groundbreaking The Invention of Tradition and ten years after Noyes’ essay, Tradition: Three Traditions, what do we, as specialists of European cultures, have to say about “tradition”? This forum invites a selection of scholars coming from various thematic fields and countries to think about the concep...
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Paper presented during the 11th International Colloquium Compostela “Pilgrimages to Marian shrines: A European historical perspective” October 2018 Draft, please, do not quote without contacting the author.
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This paper analyzes the World Youth Day (WYD) – a cyclical Catholic global youth gathering – by focusing on the 2016 WYD in Kraków, Poland. The WYD is described as a multilayered event that generates and mirrors conflicting and conflating discourses operating at the global, national, and local levels of Catholicism and various perceptions of these...
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Introduction to the special section "The politics of heritages and Kraków’s cityscape"
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This short description published in OUTLOOK section of the “Material Religion” is dedicated to part of my recent research conducted within the HERILIGON project (2016-2019, founded by HERA). I discuss the complexity of discourses and practices related to the Wawel hill in the city of Kraków, southern Poland. The hill – known also as the Royal Hill...
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Full paper in Polish, Short abstract in English: Global Catholicism in Polish Scenery: The 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków In July 2016 World Youth Day (WYD) - a global mass event organized every two or three years by the Roman Catholic Church and dedicated to young people – brought thousands of pilgrims to the city of Kraków (Poland) for one week...
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The titular "glimmering map" serves as a metaphorical image illustrating contemporary anthropological studies dealing with pilgrimages as well as their ethnographic and theoretical foundation. Today, these once stable and lucid categories are depicted in anthropological studies as remaining in motion and not defined to the very end, as in the case...
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This article examines the development of two Catholic shrines recently constructed in the suburbs of Kraków in southern Poland. The Divine Mercy shrine, dominated by new immense basilica (2002), and the nearby St John Paul II shrine (2011-13) are described here through the eyes and experiences of those visiting this rapidly growing religious comple...
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This article analyses the problematic and debated terminology used specifically within Polish anthropology of religion and proposes new paths more relevant in current transnational and non-binary focused interpretative contexts. In the 1980s, when the anthropological turn in Polish ethnography/ethnology took place, «folk religiosity» was the most c...
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Cross-Cutting Itineraries: Anthropologists and Pilgrims. This paper presents selected discourses on pilgrimage which shaped both historical approaches and contemporary anthropological research. Th e relatively modest presence of studies on pilgrimages in the " traditional " anthropological domain is discussed and leads on to a discussion of Polish...
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From Folk Religiosity to Lived Religion (paper published in Polish) The terms and concepts, which scholars use to describe and interpret religious phenomena, are constructs created and shaped within certain academic traditions, influenced by political and ideological contexts. This article analyses the problematic and debated terminology used speci...
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S. ANN DUNHAM: SINGULAR AND ALONE. A BIOGRAPHY OF BARACK OBAMA’S MOTHER This article recalls a discussion about Barack Obama’s mother and her biography which emerged during the course of the American presidential elections in 2008. S. Ann Dunham was a cultural anthropologist holding a PhD from the University of Hawaii and specializing in Indonesi...
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Mother and Queen : Our Lady of Częstochowa This article presents the symbolical meanings connected with the most famous and the most worshipped image of Our Lady in Poland (image of Our Lady of Częstochowa). It discusses the structure of a religious experience connected with the “holy image” as well as private and national dimensions of the Polish...
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Projects (8)
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What does it mean to be a woman and an African and a Catholic at the same time in the contemporary world? Which elements of this complex identity bring empowerment and give voice to African Catholic women and which lead to their marginalization and lack of independence? How do African Catholic women situate themselves in relation to post-colonial re-invented African indigenous identities, post-missionary Catholicism, globalized institution and the patriarchal hierarchy and structure of the Roman Catholic Church?
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This project is directly linked to an exhibition which will be presented in the Ethnographic Museum in Kraków (18 Nov. 2017 – 18 Feb. 2018). During the last year a group of anthropologists have undertaken ethnographic fieldwork studying how the cityscape of Kraków becomes included into various concepts of heritage(s) and the sacred. City’s inhabitants, various religious bodies, tourists, pilgrims, national and regional institutions and other agents produce and cultivate images of the city as a “historical capital of Poland”, “magical city”, “cradle of sacredness”, “city of immense cultural and spiritual heritage”. The exhibition presents these various voices as well as the lived experiences of people using the urban space in the past and today. The title of the exhibition: “Maps of the City” metaphorically describes the multilayered and multivocal character of the urban space which is being co-created by various groups, people and agents. Exhibition is organized within the framework of the HERILIGION consortium founded by HERA (Programme “Uses of the Past” 2016-2019) Curator and concept of the exhibition: Anna Niedźwiedź Scenario: Anna Niedźwiedź, Monika Golonka-Czajkowska, Kaja Kajder, Magdalena Kwiecińska