Head of the Project

Joanna Wawrzyniak

Sociologist and historian, researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Specialises in social history, intellectual history, the sociology of work, and memory studies. Among her publications are: Memory and Change in Europe: Eastern Perspectives (co-ed. with Małgorzata Pakier; 2016); Buntownicy. Polskie lata 70. i 80. (with Anka Grupińska; 2011); Veterans, Victims, and Memory: The Politics of the Second World War in Communist Poland (2015). Scholarship holder of the POLITYKA Foundation, visiting fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York, Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg, Imre Kertész Koleg in Jena, and the European University Institute in Florence.


Hanna Gospodarczyk

A graduate in ethnology and cultural anthropology as well as Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Warsaw. She dealt with the history of Łódź textile workers. She is currently conducting comparative research on the introduction of neoliberal forms of management in a Polish and Moroccan tobacco company.

Aleksandra Leyk

Graduate in sociology and African studies at the University of Warsaw. She began her academic work by researching the World Press Photo competition as a story of changing forms of discursive construction of the image of Africa in Western culture. She also analysed the social science discourse on the post-socialist transformation. Aleksandra is currently conducting sociology of work and observes the socioeconomic changes of socialism, capitalism and flexible capitalism from a biographical perspective.



Piotr Filipkowski

Sociologist, researcher of oral history, assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Author of the book Historia mówiona i wojna. Doświadczenie obozu koncentracyjnego w perspektywie narracji biograficznych (Wrocław 2010). Co-founder and collaborator of the Oral History Archive run by the History Meeting House in Warsaw. His recent publications concern the theory and methodology of sociological biographical research and oral history 

Karolina Mikołajewska-Zając

Research and teaching assistant at the Leon Kozmiński University, graduate of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sociology and organisational theory. She studies the institutionalisation of Internet platforms, with a particular focus on regulatory conflicts. Her research interests also cover the role of memory in the ownership change of state-owned enterprises during the post-socialist transformation. Recently, Karolina has completed a two-year internship at the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.


Agnieszka Nowakowska

Sociologist and historian, doctoral student and grant support specialist at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw. Her research deals with the narration of memory in Lithuanian schools. She also conducted oral history interviews for the KARTA Centre, the History Meeting House and the Museum of Polish History. In the project From a socialist factory to an international corporation she listened to the employees of the Stomil Olsztyn tyre factory bought by Michelin.

Zofia Wieluńska

Editor. Collaborator of Karta, the History Meeting House, Warsaw University Publishing House, POLIN Museum, W. Pilecki Institute, and others. According to Zofia, the most interesting challenges in editorial work are those related to oral history interviews: on the one hand, there is the obligation to maintain the style of speech of a given person, sometimes his or her characteristic language, repetitions, regionalisms, and professional jargon. On the other hand, there should be an outcome: a text that is readable – coherent, compact, without glaring linguistic mistakes and repetitions. Her work is a continuous search for compromise, reconciling contradictions and a constant question of whether the sense of expression, accents and the atmosphere of conversation have not been changed inadvertently. All this is worth every effort.



Jaroslaw Pałka

Holds a Phd in history; works at the Oral History Archive of the History Meeting House and the KARTA Centre. He records biographical interviews, co-coordinates the and websites, and supervises projects related to oral history, including From a socialist factory to an international corporation. He also deals with military history. On this topic he published numerous articles and several books, including the monograph Generał Stefan Mossor (1896–1957) and recently an oral history collection: Żołnierze ludowego Wojska Polskiego. Historie mówione.






Other project collaborators

Beata Charycka (interviews with employees of Celuloza in Świecie), Maria Czapska-Kępka (transcripts), Agata Dembek (interviews with employees of Polfa Rzeszów), Karolina Dudek (interviews with employees of the Lightbulb Factory in Pabianice), Maciej Kamiński (archiving of interviews in the History Meeting House), Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska (co-author of research methodology), Joanna Szutta (coordination of work closing the project), Magdalena Szymańska (coordination of work in the History Meeting House), Łukasz Śledziecki (transcripts), Jan Wiśniewski (interviews with Winiary employees), Karolina Żłobecka (interviews with Cementownia Górażdże employees).

We would also like to thank the students of the Institute of Sociology and the Faculty of Artes Liberales at the University of Warsaw, who participated in our research seminars, taking part in recording and interpreting interviews with FSO, Wedel and Warsaw Steelworks employees.

Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Archives of Oral History of the History Meeting House and KARTA Centre in Warsaw

Project financed by the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland in the framework of the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities in 2013-2018. No 0103/NPRH2/H11/81/2013.

This website uses Cookies and other technologies. By continuing to use it, you agree to the Privacy policy and Cookies.