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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology

Professional Appointments

2022-2023Visiting Professor - University of Bayreuth
2018-presentElise Richter Research Fellow - Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna
2021Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer - Yale University
2019Visiting Lecturer - Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College
2018Visiting Professor - Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University
2015-2018Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow - Institute for East European History, University of Vienna
2012-2015Assistant Professor - Polish Academy of Sciences


2012Ph.D. Anthropology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg / Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany
2007M.Sc. Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology

My research, situated mainly in the field of political anthropology and anthropology of religion, explores the questions of inequality, discrimination, and social hierarchies, and the ways different social actors address them. More specifically, I investigate why religion and nationalism provide people with a language that enable them to address such concerns and mobilize for action.

Both my previous and current empirical investigations have combined long-term ethnographic work with insights from sociology and history. I have published extensively on religious pluralism, national and ethnic minorities, multiculturalism, postsocialism, and, most recently, far-right politics and far-right movements. I have recently completed a book project on transnational activism of radical nationalist movements in Europe, and I am currently working on developing a new research agenda on race and religion.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology



Pasieka, Agnieszka
Certainty, doubt and ethnographic knowledge production
in Comparative Studies in Society and History (2023)
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/cssh/2023/02/06/certai ...


Rethinking modern Polish identities : transnational encounters
publ: Pasieka, Agnieszka; Rodak, Paweł
Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2023. - 372 page . - (Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe; 30)


Anthropology of transformation : from Europe to Asia and back ; Essays in honour of Professor C ...
publ: Buzalka, Juraj; Pasieka, Agnieszka
Cambridge, UK : Open Book Publishers, 2022
doi:10.11647/OBP.0282 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Are we all extremists now?
Extremism, society, and the state
New York ; Oxford : Berghahn, 2022. - page 35-51 . - (Critical Interventions; 20)

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Theft of Gramsci? On the radical right, radical left, and common sense
in Dialectical Anthropology volume 46 (2022) . - page 417-436
doi:10.1007/s10624-022-09681-6 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
"Tomorrow belongs to us" : Pathways to Activism in Italian Far-Right Youth Communities
in Comparative Studies in Society and History volume 64 (2022) issue 1. - page 150-178
doi:10.1017/S0010417521000426 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Buchowski, Michał (Ed.): Twilight Zone Anthropology : Voices from Poland. Canon Pyon, 2019
in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures volume 30 (2021) issue 1. - page 171-174
doi:10.3167/ajec.2021.300113 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Introduction to the Special Section: National, European, Transnational : Far-Right Activism in ...
in East European Politics and Societies volume 35 (2021) issue 4. - page 863-875
doi:10.1177/08883254211004013 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Making an Ethnic Group : Lemko-Rusyns and the Minority Question in the Second Polish Republic
in European History Quarterly volume 51 (2021) issue 3. - page 386-410
doi:10.1177/02656914211027121 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Postsocialist and Postcapitalist Questions? Far-Right Historical Narratives and the Making of a ...
in East European Politics and Societies volume 35 (2021) issue 4. - page 975-995
doi:10.1177/0888325420977628 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Special Section: National, European, Transnational : Far-Right Activism in the 20th and 21st Ce ...
East European Politics and Societies


Pasieka, Agnieszka
In search of a cure? Far-right youth activism and the making of a new Europe
Europe's malaise : the long view
Bingley, UK : Emerald Publishing, 2020. - page 85-102 . - (Research in Political Sociology; 27)
doi:10.1108/S0895-993520200000027009 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Anthropology of the far right : What if we like the 'unlikeable' others?
in Anthropology Today volume 35 (2019) issue 1. - page 3-6
doi:10.1111/1467-8322.12480 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Mishtal, Joanna: The Politics of Morality : The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in P ...
in Journal of Church and State volume 60 (2018) issue 1. - page 139-141
doi:10.1093/jcs/csx098 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Halemba, Agnieszka: Negotiating Marian Apparitions : The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathia ...
in Journal of Religion in Europe volume 10 (2017) issue 4. - page 487-489

Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Schäuble, Michaela: Narrating Victimhood : Gender, Religion and the Making of Place in Post-War ...
in Sociologus volume 67 (2017) issue 1. - page 116-118

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Taking far-right claims seriously and literally : anthropology and the study of right-wing radi ...
in Slavic Review volume 76 (2017) issue S1. - page S19-S29
doi:10.1017/slr.2017.154 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Jak uratować pogranicze? O teoretycznych modach i metodologicznych pułapkach
in Wielogłos (2016) issue 28. - page 125-144
doi:10.4467/2084395XWI.16.013.5903 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Anna D.: Letters from Readers in the Polish American Press, 1902–1969 : ...
in The Polish Review volume 61 (2016) issue 3. - page 112-114
doi:10.5406/polishreview.61.3.0112 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Reenacting ethnic cleansing : people's history and elitist nationalism in contemporary Poland
in Nations and Nationalism volume 22 (2016) issue 1. - page 63-83
doi:10.1111/nana.12113 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Weapons of the weak or weak weapons? Women, priests, and power negotiations in roman catholic p ...
in Studia Humanistyczne AGH volume 15 (2016) issue 3. - page 35-49
doi:10.7494/human.2016.15.3.35 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Beyond Black and White : Communism, Fascism and Catholicism in 20th Century Poland
in H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online (2015)
reviewed: Kunicki, Mikołaj Stanisław: Between the Brown and the Red : Nationalism, Catholicism, and Communism in Twentieth-Century Poland ; the Politics of Bolesław Piasecki. Athens, 2012

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Conflict and Coexistence of Church and State Authorities in (Post)Communist Poland
Atheist Secularism and its Discontents : A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eurasia
Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - page 70-91


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Hierarchy and pluralism : living religious difference in Catholic Poland
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - xix, 261 page . - (Contemporary Anthropology of Religion)

rev.: Galbraith, Marysia H., In: American Ethnologist, 2016
rev.: Halemba, Agnieszka, In: Religion, State and Society, 2015
rev.: Barker, Eileen, In: Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, 2015
rev.: Mishtal, Joanna, In: American Anthropologist, 2016
rev.: Ostling, Michael, In: Slavic Review, 2017
rev.: Porter-Szucs, Brian, In: H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online, 2016
rev.: Niedźwiedź, Anna, In: The Polish Review, 2017
rev.: In: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 2019
rev.: Zynek, Justyna Marianna, In: Lud, 2017

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Multireligious and Multiethnic Public Schooling in the Polish-Ukrainian Borderland
Crossings and Crosses : Borders, Educations, and Religions in Northern Europe
Berlin ; Boston : de Gruyter, 2015. - page 47-62 . - (Religion and Society; 63)


Opór i dominacja : antologia tekstów
publ: Pasieka, Agnieszka; Zielińska, Katarzyna
Kraków : Nomos, 2015. - 422, [1] page


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Postindustrial Urban Landscapes
Laboratorium : Russian Review of Social Research
https://www.soclabo.org/index.php/laboratorium/iss ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Religious Pluralism and Lived Religion : an Anthropological Perspective
Religious Pluralism : a Resource Book
Florence : European University Institute, 2015. - page 40-45


Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Aitamurto, Kaarina ; Simpson, Scott (Eds.): Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central ...
in Politics and Religion volume 7 (2014) issue 3. - page 643-645
doi:10.1017/S1755048314000273 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Krzyże w Auschwitz i stosunki polsko-polskie
in Krytyka Polityczna (2014)
https://krytykapolityczna.pl/kultura/czytaj-dalej/ ...
reviewed: Zubrzycki, Genevieve: Krzyże w Auschwitz : tożsamość narodowa, nacjonalizm i religia w postkomunistycznej Polsce. Kraków, 2014

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Local Scholars, Global Experts : from a Native’s Point of View
in Cargo : časopis pro kulturní-sociální antropologii volume 12 (2014) issue 1/2. - page 51-62

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Neighbors : About the Multiculturalization of the Polish Past
in East European Politics and Societies volume 28 (2014) issue 1. - page 225-251
doi:10.1177/0888325413502222 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Niebiali, niemężczyźni i inni nieprawdziwi obywatele : O reprodukcji społecznych nierówności w ...
in Studia Litteraria et Historica volume 2 (2014) . - page 555-562
doi:10.11649/slh.2013.022 ...
reviewed: Brodkin, Karen: How Jews became white folks and what that says about race in America. New Brunswick, 1998


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Between Past and Present : Dealing with Transformation in Rural Poland
in Laboratorium : Russian Review of Social Research volume 5 (2013) issue 1. - page 98-117

Pasieka, Agnieszka
"A good life depends on details" : Female activists in rural Poland
in Etnološka tribina volume 43 (2013) issue 36. - page 110-125

Pasieka, Agnieszka
How pluralism becomes hierarchical? Debating pluralism in contemporary Poland
in Sprawy Narodowościowe (2013) issue 43. - page 53-73
doi:10.11649/sn.2013.018 ...

Sekerdej, Kinga; Pasieka, Agnieszka
Researching the Dominant Religion : Anthropology at Home and Methodological Catholicism
in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion volume 25 (2013) issue 1. - page 53-77
doi:10.1163/15700682-12341252 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Wielokulturowość po polsku o polityce wielokulturowości jako mechanizmie umacniania polskości ...
in Kultura i Społeczeństwo volume 57 (2013) issue 3. - page 129-155
doi:10.2478/kultura-2013-0026 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Czy Łemkowie chodzą w dżinsach? Wielokulturowość w Polsce jako kapitał i jako obciążenie ...
in Pogranicze : Studia Społeczne volume 20 (2012) . - page 35-52

Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Kubica, Grażyna: Śląskość i protestantyzm : antropologiczne studia o Śląsku Cieszyńskim, proza, ...
in Lud volume 96 (2012) . - page 322-324

Pasieka, Agnieszka
reviewed by: Mayblin, Maya: Gender, Catholicism, and Morality in Brazil : Virtuous Husbands, Powerful Wives. ...
in Women's Studies volume 41 (2012) issue 6. - page 764-768
doi:10.1080/00497878.2012.692605 ...

Pasieka, Agnieszka
Resurrected pigs, dyed foxes and beloved cows : Religious diversity and nostalgia for socialism ...
in Journal of Rural Studies volume 28 (2012) issue 2. - page 72-80
doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.01.021 ...


Pasieka, Agnieszka
Historie kuchenne : czyli o religijności mieszkanek polskiej wsi
Kobiety w społeczeństwie polskim
Kraków : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2011. - page 349-371


Sekerdej, Kinga; Pasieka, Agnieszka
„Bogu, co boskie, cesarzowi, co cesarskie. A co ludziom?” : Negocjowanie przestrzeni w Licheniu ...
Społeczne tworzenie miejsc : globalizacja, etniczność, władza
Kraków : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2010. - page 119-132


Sekerdej, Kinga; Pasieka, Agnieszka; Warat, Marta
Popular Religion and Postsocialist Nostalgia : Licheń as a Polysemic Pilgrimage Centre in Polan ...
in Polish Sociological Review volume 160 (2007) issue 4. - page 431-444


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology

Agnieszka Pasieka
represented the Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology in absence of Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm

Universität Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30
​D-95447 Bayreuth

E-mail: agnieszka.pasieka@uni-bayreuth.de

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