Leszek Kolankiewicz (1954) – Professor in the Section for Theatre and Performance, Institute of Polish Culture and professeur associé at the Paris-Sorbonne University. Since 2012, he is the director of Centre for Polish Culture at the Paris-Sorbonne University. He was head of the Section for Theatre and Performance (2003-2009) and director of the Institute of Polish Culture (2005-2012).
His main research interests focus on cultural studies and anthropology of performance. His Ph.D. dissertation was devoted to ethnological traces in contemporary avant-garde theatre. He is the author of following books: Dziady. Teatr święta zmarłych [The Forefathers Eve. The Theatre of All Saints Day] (1999), Na drodze do kultury czynnej. O działalności instytutu Grotowskiego Teatr Laboratorium w latach 1970–1977 [The Road to Active Culture: the Theatre Laboratory Institute of Jerzy Grotowski, 1970–1977] (1978), Święty Artaud [Saint Artaud] (1988, 2001), Samba z bogami. Opowieść antropologiczna [The Samba of Gods. An Anthropological Story] (1995, 2007), Wielki mały wóz [The Big Small Vehicle] (2001). Recipient of numerous awards. He is also the co-editor of the academic reader Antropologia widowisk [Anthropology of Performance] and editor of a volume devoted to the work of Jerzy Grotowski: Grotowski – narracje [Grotowski Narratives] (2013), as well as the book Enseigner et apprendre le polonais langue étrangère (2014).
In 2010–2013, he was a member of the research project titled European Collected Library of Artistic Performance (ECLAP). Currently heʼs the chief of the project „Creation and Analysis of Sources in Performance Arts”.