Joanna Kubicka – holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies. Her academic interests focus on social and cultural history of the 19th and 20th century, but she is also involved in practical training in culture animation and community development. As an expert and trainer, she supports cultural institutions and non-governmental organizations and she is involved in several training programs for cultural animators. She is a member of the Section of History of Culture and Culture Animation Unit. She coordinated various international projects devoted to cultural animation and community development (Localise. Study trip as a model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work and Residency. Developing a model of arts residency is applied civic engagement funded by the European Commission). In 2009-2014, she was responsible for international mobility in the Institute of Polish Culture. Her current teaching focuses on critical approach towards cultural institutions and social participation. Since 2007, she is the Head of the association „Katedra Kultury”. Co-editor of Creative Communities. Field notes (2013) and the anthology Kulturologia Polska XIX wieku (2013).