Clara Zgoła – graduate of Inter-faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw (with honors), where she majored in cultural studies, and took courses in philosophy, French and Polish studies; Ph.d. student. She is preparing her Ph.d. thesis under joint supervision (cotutelle) of Agnieszka Karpowicz and Annick Louis at Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw and Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et Langage (UMR 8566) The French National Center for Scientific Research-École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris.
Her research interests revolve around questions related to the intersections between cultural anthropology and history, literary studies (especially geopoetics and life writing studies), aesthetics, critical urban, gender, queer and postcolonial studies.
She has taught courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology at the Institute of Polish Culture and at CRAL she is co-directing the International CRAL Graduate Student Seminar Research in the Arts.
Her M.A. thesis focused on contemporary French and francophone autobiographical and autofictional queer women’s writing (with a special emphasis on the work of Anne Garréta and Nina Bouraoui). She is currently developing an interdisciplinary dissertation about Parisian identities of 20th and 21st century French writers. Member of the research grant team “Topo-graphies: City, Map, Lierature” (funded by the National Program for the Development of Humanities). She is currently preparing an international project dedicated to French and Polish women artists.
Author of several articles in academic journals, including “Intermediality,” “Second Texts,” “Humanistic Review,” “Theoretical Practice,” “Bialystok Literary Studies,” as well as essays in edited volumes.
She co-organized a number of conferences, including Riot grrrls: the third wave feminism art, (July 2013, University of Warsaw, Zachęta National Gallery of Art), Foucault’s philosophy genealogy and heritage (March 2014, University of Warsaw), Interrogating relations between cultural and literary studies (January 2015, University of Warsaw), Science: Polish Perspective, (October 2015 Cambridge), Journée d’étude du CRAL (January 2016, EHESS).
She received several scholarships including, LPP Erasmus Scholarship at University Sorbonne Paris-IV, University of Warsaw Young Academics Scholarship (DSM), University of Warsaw Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students, French Government Scholarship (BGF), and participated to nearly twenty conferences or interdisciplinary summer schools (in Brussels, Warsaw, Mainz, Lille).
She collaborates with cultural and scientific institutions such as Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Center in Paris, Polish Institute in Paris, French Institute in Poland, SPP Team, Maison de l’Europe, Center for French Civilisation at University of Warsaw, Center for Polish Civilisation at University Sorbonne Paris-IV.
Member of Réseau de Jeunes Chercheurs en Histoire Culturelle de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and Laboratory of Urban Studies (PMS).
She is a French and Polish native speaker, fluent in English, and speaks basics Spanish, Italian and Chinese.