prof. dr hab. Marek Kucia

position: full professor


Professor Marek Kucia studied political science and sociology at the Jagiellonian University and philosophy at Oxford University. He received a PhD and an extended PhD in sociology from the Jagiellonian University, and the title of professor of social sciences. He carried out postdoctoral research at Oxford, also working for Gallup Poll in London. Since 1993 he has worked in the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University. He served as a deputy director and a director of the Institute. In the Institute, he heads the Department of Sociology of Power. He was a guest lecturer at many European and American universities. As a Marie Curie Fellow, he worked in Lund University.

Research interests

  • sociological theory
  • European integration and Europeanisation
  • social memory
  • Auschwitz and the Holocaust
  • Polish-Jewish relations and antisemitism

Publications (recent and selected earlier)

  • "The Europeanization of Holocaust Memory and Eastern Europe", East European Politics & Societies, February 2016 30 (1): 97–119.
  • „Die Symbolhaftigkeit von Auschwitz in der polnischen Erinnerungskultur von 1945 bis heute", in: Gewalt – Gedächtnis – Erkenntnis: Nationale und transnationale Erinnerungsräume im östlichen Europa, hg. von Kerstin Schoor und Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2016, S. 166-183.
  • "Auschwitz in the Perception of Contemporary Poles", Polish Sociological Review, No. 2 (190), 2015, pp. 191–206.
  • "The Meanings of Auschwitz in Central Europe before and after 1989", in: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Niklas Bernsand and Eleonora Narvselius (eds.), Beyond Transition? Memory and Identity Narratives in Eastern and Central Europe, Lund: Lund University, Centre for European Studies, CFE Conference Papers Series No. 7, 2015, 67–86.
  • with Bogna Wilczyńska, „Antysemityzm stadionowy. Analiza i interpretacja zjawiska" [Football antisemitism: an analysis and interpretation of a phenomenon], Kultura i Społeczeństwo, No. 4, 2014, pp. 167–196.
  • with Marta Duch-Dyngosz and Mateusz Magierowski, "Anti-Semitism in Poland: Survey Results and a Qualitative Study of Catholic Communities", Nationalities Papers, 2014, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 8–36.
  • "Antisemitism in contemporary Poland", in: Charles Asher Small (ed.), Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity, Brill, Leiden and Boston 2013, pp. 305–317.
  • with Marta Duch-Dyngosz and Mateusz Magierowski, "The Collective Memory of Auschwitz and the Second World War among Catholics in Poland: A Qualitative Study of Three Communities", History & Memory, Fall/Winter 2013, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 132–173.
  • with Mateusz Magierowski, „Pamięć, trauma i tożsamość »Narodu z popiołów« i innych narodów. Implikacje badania Romów dla teorii socjologicznej" (artykuł recenzyjny z książki Sławomira Kapralskiego, Naród z popiołów. Pamięć zagłady i tożsamość Romów) ["Memory, trauma and identity of the ‘Nation from the ashes' and other nations: Implications of the study of Roma for sociological theory" (an essay review of the book by Sławomir Kapralski, The Nation from the Ashes: The Memory of Genocide and Idenity)], Studia Socjologiczne, No. 2, 2013, s. 175–188.
  • (ed.) Antysemityzm, Holokaust, Auschwitz w badaniach społecznych [Antisemitism, Holocaust, Auschwitz in social research], Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków 2011.
  • with Piotr Sztompka (eds), Socjologia. Lektury [Sociology: Readings], Znak, Kraków 2005.
  • Auschwitz jako fakt społeczny. Historia, współczesność i świadomość społeczna KL Auschwitz w Polsce [Auschwitz as a social fact: The history, present, and social consciousness of KL Auschwitz in Poland], Universitas, Kraków 2005.
  • "KL Auschwitz in the social consciousness of Poles, 2000 A.D. ", in: Elisabeth Maxwell and John K. Roth, Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in an Age of Genocide, Palgrave, London 2001, vol. 3, pp. 632–651.
  • "Public Opinion in Central Europe on EU Accession: The Czech Republic and Poland", Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1: March 1999, p. 143–152.
  • with David J. Murray, "Business Integrity in Transitional Economies: Central and Eastern Europe", Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, April 1995, pp. 76–82.
  • „Dyskusja wokół społecznej filozofii nauki szkoły edynburskiej" [Debate on the social philosophy of science of the Edinburgh school], Studia Filozoficzne, No. 4 (281), 1989, pp. 87–101.
  • „Podstawowe kategorie socjologii rozumiejącej Maxa Webera" [The basic categories of Max Weber's interpretative sociology], Studia Socjologiczne, No. 3, 1989, pp. 31–50.

Ongoing projects

  • Processes of the social construction of national and transnational Holocaust memory
  • "Auschwitz in the social memory of Poles 75 years on: In the context of changes of the memory of the Holocaust and World War II and the politics of memory in Poland, Europe and the world".
    The research project funded by the National Science Centre, Poland, grant no. 2018/29/B/HS6/02133, 2019-2022

Completed projects

  • "The Europeanisation of the Holocaust memory in Eastern Europe (EurHolMem)", European Union grant within the 7th Framework Programme – People – Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development, no. 330424, 2013-2014.
  • "Auschwitz w świadomości społecznej Polaków, A.D. 2010" (Auschwitz in the social memory of Poles), individual grant from the Ministry of Science and Higher Educaiton no. NN116445837, 2009-2014.
  • „Normen- und Wertbegriffe in der Verständigung zwischen Ost- und Westeuropa", project coordinated by the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, grant from the Deutsche Volkswagen Stiftung, 2009.
  • "The Polish teachers and students vis-à-vis Holocaust education", research funded by the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute within the Polish Visual History Educational Project, 2006.
  • "KL Auschwitz in the social consciousness of Poles", grant of the Research Support Scheme of the Open Society Institute, 1999–2001.
  • "Integration of Central and East European countries with the European Union", grant of the Research Support Scheme of the Open Society Institute, 1995–1997.
  • "European integration", grant of the European Commission within the "Jean Monnet Project for Poland", 1995–1998.
  • "Poland and the European Union", grant of the European Commission within the "Jean Monnet Project for Poland", 1994–1997.
  • "Business ethics in the societies of systemic transformation", grant of the Central European Foundation, 1994.