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 Dr. Ewa Tak-Ignaczak


Ewa Ignaczak is a literary scholar, and a native of Poland. Her current interests include anthropological contexts of literature, literary fiction as part of national cultural canon, and the agency of literature in cultural transfer.

Apart from the field of literature, she also did research into cultural and political aspects of migration and post-communist transformation in Poland. Between 2003 and 2006 she was affiliated with the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam as a post-doc researcher and was involved in a project sponsored by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) which focused on nationalism as a factor in labor focused on nationalism as a factor in labor emigration in the Netherlands.




Education and Degrees

  • 2000 Ph.D. in Philosophy (‘New Historicism in Literary Studies and the Problem of Theory’), Institute of English Studies, Wroclaw University, Poland
  • 1989 M.A. in English Language and Literature; Wroclaw University
  • 1982-1989 Studies in the Institute of English Studies; Wroclaw University, Poland

Previous Experience and Positions Held

  • 2005 University lecturer at University College Roosevelt, Middelburg (Great Literary Works)
  • 2003-March 2006 Post-doc researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam; NWO research project Social Cohesion --Caught Between Scylla and Charybdis? hanging Orientations of Migrant Organisations in the Era of National States, 1880-2000.
  • 2003 University lecturer at Utrecht University, Anthropology: Cultural Trauma, Violence and Reconciliation (3rd year)
  • 1989-2001University lecturer and researcher at the Institute of English Studies, Wroclaw University

Main Publications

  • 1996 New Historicism - Some Programmatic Assumptions, Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich, Lódz/Wroclaw, Poland
  • 1997 Meaning and Its Context, Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich, Lódz/Wroclaw, Poland
  • 1999 "Corporate Look", Focaal 33, Nijmegen
  • 2000 "Coping with Transitions", Focaal 36, Nijmegen
  • 2000 New Historicism in Literary Study and the Problem of Theory. Wroclaw: Wroclaw University (Ph.D.)
  • 2001 "Against Portable Worlds", Focaal 37, Nijmegen
  • 2002 "On the Periphery of Workers’ Protest", Focaal 39, Nijmegen
  • 2003 "Pity that ‘Our Polish Foreigners’ Are Gone …", Focaal 41, Nijmegen
  • 2004 "The Cognitive Cure of Writing Anthropology of Exile", Focaal 44, Berghahn Books
  • 2005 "On the Good and Bad of Telling about and on Others We Know …", Focaal 45, Berghahn Books
  • 2006 In a Kingdom between the Wars, or: between the Republic and the Church. Polish Emigrant Organisations in the Netherlands 1914-1945 (forthcoming)


Literary Studies

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Tel. 0118-655500 / 0118-655508