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Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity

Central European University, 22 July-2 August 2002

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WITAM WSZYSTKICH!
Name

Justyna STRACZUK

Country POLAND
Residence Warsaw
Nationality Polish
Sex Female
Age 33
Zodiac sign Leo (sun), Capricorn (moon) and Virgo (ascendent) Sorry, my physics teacher in secondary school was an astrologist. That's why I'm more willing to belive in quarks than in zodiac signs.
Educational background M.A. in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from Warsaw University (1997).
B.A. in Polish Philology (1993).
Present position PhD student
Employer Graduate school for Social Research, University of Warsaw
Research interests For over 10 years I have been studying the specificity of the Polish-Lituanian-Belarusian multicultural borderland in its many aspects  both theoretically and practically, during fieldwork. Du to my educational background (Polish and Lithuanian study in parallel with ethnology and cultural anthropology) I try to employ an interdisciplinary approach in my research which, I think, is essential in any studies of multiculturalism and ethnicity".
Current research Peasant families in muticultural borderland Polish-Lituanian-Belarusan. (PhD dissertation in progress)

At present I also participate in prof. Kurczewska's research project on "The role of internal and external neighborhood in creating and integrating local communities.

Conferences, competitions...
  • 2001 July  Cracow, Poland  Democracy and Diversity Institute, (organized by TCDS New School NY).
  • 1998 Nov.  Bialystok, Poland  Language and Identity on Multicultural Borderland.
Professional affiliation  
Publications
  • Language and Identity in Multilingual Communities on the Polish-Belarusian-Lituanian Borderland, Warsaw University Publishing House, 1999
  • Belarus  an unimagined community?, article written for Democracy & Diversity Institute TCDS New School NY, 2001.
  • "Reading Borderline Cemeteries: Peasant Families' Memory in Multicultural Setting", in From a Family to a Nation, ed. Joanna Kurczewska (forthcoming).
  • "Who is what  a Lituanian? Report from the field research in Pielasa parish in Belarus", Conteksty, no. 3-4, 1996.
Excerpts from publications Belarus  an unimagined community? (abstract)

In this article, I analyse the problem of Belarusian national revival. It is peculiar, because only a narrow group of intelligentsia seems to justify and promote the existence of the independent Belarusian state. For the vast majority of Belarusians, their political unity proved to be insufficient background for strengthening, evoking or recovering their national feelings. Most Belarusians do not seem to be unified as an imagined community, They are still rather uncertain about their national indentification and remain apathetic and dispassionate toward their national independence.

[...] Thus, Belarusian culture severely suffers the lack of its unquestionably own great tradition. In fact, everything that could have been enrolled into its canon is already regarded as a property of neighboring cultures [...]. The lack of proper cultural and educational policy caused failure in nationalization of the Belarusian nation  it is not a completed project of national ideology still in the making.

Case study for the summer course  
Statement of interest
This course seems very interesting for me, because it offers wider perspective of analyzing ethnicity and multiculturalism in the context of Western democracies and colonial countries, which I am still not very well familiarized with. Comparative case studies would help me to extrapolate the conclusions of my work and to specify what is universal and what peculiar for only the area researched by me. I also appreciate the wide spectrum of the lecturers' educational and national background, which ensures various approaches of studying these complex phenomena.
Personal message  
Plans for the future To prepare a course on The problems of the Polish-Lithuanian-Belarusan Multicultural Borderland and Quantitative research methods.
Likes Anything that is connected with travelling, motion and leisure, especially high mountains, canoeing, biking, skiing (cross-country more than downhill), swimming, visiting new places (looking forward to Budapest) and... singing with shared voices. .
Dislikes Heat (which I suffer now in Warsaw) and sunbathe. .
Hobbies I am also a photographer and I have organized together with my ethnographer colleagues two photographic exhibitions, which were presented all over Poland and Belarus, entitled : "Po prostu in Belarusian villages" in 1995 and respectively "Today's people of Polesie: 60 years after Jozef Obrebski's expedition" in 1997-98.
FoodFest PIEROGI.
Thanks for visiting my webpage! DZIEKUJE ZA ODWIEDZENIE MOJEJ STRONY !
See you soon in Budapest! DO ZOBACZENIA W BUDAPESZCIE !
Contact E-mail to: justie@poczta.gazeta.pl (web-based) or s123@staszic.sns.waw.pl

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