Magda Szcześniak, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor in the Section for Film and Visual Culture. In April 2015, she defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled Visual Constructions of Identity in the Polish Public Sphere after 1989. Author of articles in numerous academic journals, including „Dialog”, „Konteksty”, „Krytyka Polityczna”, „Kultura Współczesna” and „Teksty Drugie”). Her book Normy widzialności. Tożsamość w czasach transformacji [Visual Norms. Identity in Times of Transition] (Warsaw: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, 2016) was devoted to the visual culture of the post-socialist transition in Poland, especially the introduction of capitalist values and identities in the Polish sphere.
In 2010, she received a Fulbright Foundation Junior Advanced Research Grant and spent a year at the University of Rochester in the framework of the Graduate Program for Visual and Cultural Studies. Recipient of the National Science Center „Preludium” grant (2013-2015). Member of two research grant projects: “Visual Culture in Poland: Languages, Terms, Metapictures” (team leader: Iwona Kurz) and “Creation and Analysis of Sources in Performance Arts” (team leader: Leszek Kolankiewicz). She is currently the principal investigator of the National Science Center “Sonata” grant titled “Feeling Moved. Emotions in the Representations of Upward and Downward Social Mobility in Polish Culture between 1944 and 1981.”
From May 2015 to March 2016, together with Maciej Gdula and Krzysztof Świrek, she hosted the weekly TV show Nie wierzę politykom [I Don’t Trust Politicians], devoted to important social, cultural and economic issues (TVP Info).
She is the co-creator and editorial team member of the academic journal “View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture”. Member of the Visual Culture in Europe Network and The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.
In 2019/20, she will be working under the supervision of Professor Fredric Jameson as a Fulbright Senior Award Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Critical Theory, Duke University.