Roma Sendyka

Director of the Research Center for Memory Cultures teaches at the Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies Department at the Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Co-founder of the Curatorial Collective. Specializes in criticism and theory, visual culture studies, and memory studies. Focuses on relations between images, sites, and memory, currently working on a project on non-sites of memory in Central and Eastern Europe.

Principal Investigator in projects:  Polish Folk Art and the Holocaust: Perpetrator-Victim-Bystander Memory Transactions in the Polish-German Context (Beethoven, NCN/DFG, Humboldt Univ., with Magdalena Waligórska, 2020-2023) Challenging Populist Truth-Making in Europe. The Role of Museums in a Digital “Post-Truth” European Society (Volkswagen, Humboldt Univ., PI: Christoph Bareither, 2020-2024). Co-curator of the exhibition Terribly Close. PolishVernacular Artists Face the Holocaust (2018-2019).

Head of the research project Awkward objects of genocide. Vernacular art on the Holocaust and ethnographic museums, developed within the project Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production (Horizon2020, Reflective Society, 2016-2019)  and of a project Uncommemorated Genocide Sites and Their Impact on Collective Memory, Cultural Identity, Ethical Attitudes, and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Poland (Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Programme for the Development of Humanities); 2016-2019. Awarded by Kościuszko Foundation, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, ERSTE Stiftung, and  European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

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