Wojciech Dudzik – Professor and Head of the Section for Theatre and Performance in the Institute of Polish Culture; theatre studies scholar and cultural anthropologist. His research focuses on theatre and cultural performances of the 20th and 21st century, especially carnivals. Member of the Polish Cultural Studies Society and Hermann Hesse Society. From 2012 head of the Polish Society for Theatre Research. His Ph.D. thesis was devoted to Wilam Horzycaʼs theatrical work. He is the author of numerous publications, including Karnawały w kulturze [Carnivals in Culture] (2006), Wieża Hölderlina i inne miejsca [Hölderlinʼs Tower and Other Places] (2000), Struktura w antystrukturze. Szkice o karnawale i teatrze [Structure in Antistrtucture. Studies about Carnival and Theatre] (2013), W poszukiwaniu stylu. Teatr Narodowy 1924-1939 [In Search of Style. The National Theatre 1924-1939] (2015). He is also the co-author of academic readers Teatr w kulturze [Theatre in Culture] and Antropologia widowisk [Anthropology of Performance], as well as the editor of many publications, including: Świadomość teatru. Polska myśl teatralna drugiej połowy XX wieku [Theatre Consciousness. Polish Theatrical Thought in the Second Half of the 20th Century] (2007), Teatr Obiecany. 30 lat „Gardzienic” [The Promised Theatre. Thirty Years of Gardzienice] (2008), Theater-Bewusstsein. Polnisches Theater in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts: Ideen – Konzepte – Manifeste (2011), Karnawał. Studia historyczno-antropologiczne [Carnival. Historical and Anthropological Studies] (2011).
In his recent work, he is focused on masks in culture. He is currently leading the research project „Masks in the Culture of Contemporary Europe: Ritual – Carnival – Theatre – Play – Art”, granted by the Polish National Science Center.