Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Mach

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Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies , Head of the Centre for European Studies


Professor in sociology and anthropology at the Jagiellonian University. Founder and head of the Institute for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, and one of the main authors of the European Studies curriculum in Poland.

He has broad international teaching experience from Europe and America. Previous teaching and research appointments include Université Montpellier IIII Paul Valéry, University of Exeter, University College Dublin, University of Chicago, Oxford University, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, University of Edinburgh and St. John's College, Oxford.

His research interests cover identity issues such as nationalism, minorities and ethnicity, the development of European citizenship, migration and the reconstruction of identity, the ethnic origin of a nation and construction of identities as well as the development of the idea of Europe.

Selected Publications

  1. Symbols, Conflict and Identity. Essays in Political Anthropology. Albany: State University of New York Press 1993
  2. Niechciane miasta. Migracja i tożsamość społeczna. Kraków: Universitas 1998
  3. European Enlargement and Identity. Z. Mach and D. Niedźwiedzki (ed.), Kraków: Universitas 1997
  4. Collective Identity and democracy. The Impact of EU Enlargement. Arena Report No 4/10, Oslo, 2010 (ed. with M. Góra)
  5. Between old Fears and New Challenges. The Polish Debate on Europe[in:] K. Nicolaidis and J. Lacroix (eds.), European Stories. How National Intellectuals Debate Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (with M. Góra)
  6. Constructing identities in a post-communist society: ethnic, national, and European[in:] D. Bryceson, J. Okely, J. Webber (ed.) Identity and Networks. Oxford: Berghahn, 2007: 54-72
  7. The Roman Catholic Church in Poland and the Dynamics of Social Identity in Polish Society [in:] L. Faltin and M. J. Wright (ed.)The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity, London and New York: Continuum 2007: 117-133
  8. Multiculturalism – a Mosaic of Cultures and Dilemmas of Contemporariness[in:] A. Smolak and M. Ujma (ed.) Transkultura: sztuka a płynna rzeczywistość XXI wieku. Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Warszawa 2008: 52-62
  9. Reconstituting democracy in Europe and constituting the European demos?(with M. Gora and H-J. Trenz), [in:] E. O. Eriksen and J. E. Fossum (eds.) Recon. Theory and Practice, Arena Report No 2/09, Oslo 2009: 273-305
  10. Social Dimension of the Constitutional Treaty: European Identity and Citizenship [in:] Z. Maciąg (ed.) European Constitution and National Constitutions, Kraków: Kraków Society for Education, 2009: 235-238.

Courses taught at CES

  • European Civilisation
  • Citizenship, Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe
  • MA Seminar - Culture and Identity
  • Europeanisation and Transformation of Collective Identities
  • MA Seminar - Culture and Identity
  • Unity and Diversity of European Culture
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary Cultures and Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe 
  • Cultural Construction of European Identities