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Dr Anna Barcz

The Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to welcome Dr Anna Barcz from the University of Bielsko-Biala as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow for 2018-19, in association with Trinity’s Identities in Transformation Research Theme.

Anna Barcz holds a PhD in literary studies from the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. From 2012-2018 she has been associated with the Institute as a research fellow. Since 2015 she has been working as an assistant professor at the University of Bielsko-Biala.

Anna is the author of Eco-realism: From Ecocriticism to Zoocriticism in Polish Literature (Katowice 2016) and Animal Narratives and Culture: Vulnerable Realism (Newcastle upon Tyne 2017). She has been carrying out research in the field of animal studies and environmental humanities. Her most recent project Socio-Cultural Constructions of Vulnerability and Resilience. German and Polish Perceptions of Threatening Aquatic Phenomena in Odra River Regions” (CultCon, 2016-2018) was supported by the Polish and German Research Foundations and conducted in cooperation with The Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space in Erkner. Anna’s next publication will discuss problems such as representing non-humans in the postnatural world, or referring to the hazardous environmental change through the texts of culture.    

The project funded for Anna’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is entitled ‘Landscapes in the Soviet Era: Environmental History and Cultural Memory of 1928-1991’.  It will consider the twentieth century’s environmental history of Central and Eastern Europe entangled with the memory of crimes committed by the regimes of Stalin and Hitler, as well as the communist era. It will involve the ecocritical analysis of landscapes by means of historical and cultural case studies.

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