Iwona Guść

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I am a cultural historian with a wide range of interests related to post-war European identities and encounters. My research touches upon aspects as contemporary history, literature and mass media in a totalitarian context, cultural encounters between Western and Eastern Europeans and particularly the dynamics of post-Holocaust Jewish identities in the Western and in the Eastern Europe, before and after the 1989-revolutions.

I entered academia as a Polish scholar specialized in the Dutch literature and culture. Yet after starting my academic career in the Netherlands, Polish post-war history and culture became focal points of my research. This shift eventually strengthened my engagement with comparative history in which Western and Eastern European perspectives remain in a constant dialogue with each other – a particularly fruitful ground for exploring transnational phenomena.

I conducted my PhD research at the university of Groningen in the Netherlands, where I was affiliated with the department Arts, Culture and Media and the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture. My dissertation project concerned post-war Polish cinema and especially the aspect of subversive practice among the filmmakers during communism. The study focused in particular on the reception of work by a semi-independent filmmaker Andrzej Kondratiuk. I defended my thesis at the university of Groningen in 2012. As a postdoctoral researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam I worked on a project about the contemporary antisemitism in a global context. My research was focused on the Polish antisemitism and changing perceptions on the Jews and the Holocaust within the Polish community in the Netherlands.

In my research project at the Lichtenberg Kolleg I focus on the phenomenon of Anne Frank in Poland and the Polish reception of The Diaries of Anne Frank during the communist and in the post-communist era. It will also reflect on the differences in readings of Anne Frank’s story in  Western and Eastern Europe.

Selected publications:

  • “Polish Film Culture in Transition. On the ‘Private Films’ of Andrzej Kondratiuk (1985-1996)”, In: European Visions. Small Cinemas in Transition. Eds. J. Blankenship & T. Nagl, 299-316. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2015.
  • Review: Seibert, Peter; Piper, Jana; Meoli, Alfonso (Hrsg.): Anne Frank: Mediengeschichten. Berlin 2014, in: H-Soz-Kult, 25.03.2015, <http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2015-1-194>.
  • “Poolse crimineel redt Joden door kennis van het riool”, In: Moedige mensen. Helden in oorlogstijd. Eds. J. Cohen, & H. Pirsma , 105-108. Amsterdam: Boom, 2014.
  • Website: www.antisemitisme.nu ‘Antisemitisme.nu. Stereotypen over Joden in Nederland’ (online since 15 October 2014). Co-authored with E. Gans, R. Ensel & A. Stremmelaar.
  • ‘Maczkowcy w krainie tulipanów. O polskich weteranach w Holandii i o konflicie pamięci.’ Neerlandica Wratislaviensia, University of Wroclaw (forthcoming).
  • Polished’ cinema. Over de receptie van het werk van Andrzej Kondratiuk in Polen en het groteske. Proefschriften Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. [324 pp.] 2012. (Dissertation)
  • ‘Zdiagnozowany: “artysta osobny” […] Szkic o recepcji twórczości Andrzeja Kondratiuka.’ In: Kino polskie: reinterpretacje. Historia − ideologia – polityka. Eds. K. Klejsa & E. Nurczyńska Fidelska, 413-431. Kraków: Rabid, 2008.
  • ‘Film Style: The Grotesque in Film. The Romantic Arcadia and Its Grotesque Enemy in Polish Cinema.’ In: Lo stile cinematografico/Film Style. Eds. E. Biasin, G. Bursi & L. Quaresima, 263-277. Udine: Forum, 2007.