Projects

PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES

I get inspired by endless possibilities to learn and to discover new things.

I love sharing aquaired knowledge and my experiences with others.

I love reaching out towards people's minds and hearts, people's ears and eyes.

I enjoy provoking people to think outside of the box in order to strech their mindsets, contradict the stereotypes and break mental chains of cultural assumptions.

CULTURAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

 

6:10 TO EINDHOVEN|Mike's Badhuistheater (Amsterdam)

February 9, 2018

 

I organised and supervised theater event at Badhuistheater. The play written and directed by Wojtek Cecherz and Karolina Sokołowska, based on their own expierences as Polish emigrès in Amsterdam, was previously positively received in The Hague. Also Amsterdams' public was very enthousiastic about it.

 

Kamil Bałuk on Alle kinderen van Louis|Café Belcampo (Amsterdam)

November 9, 2017

 

On behalf of the Stichting Literatura I organised literary evening with Polish jornalist and author of the book Alle kinderen van Louis (De Geus, 2018). It wa smy pleasure to interviewe Kamil Bałuk on stage and to lead the discussion with the public.

 

Katarzyna Bonda on crime fiction|Polish Embassy (The Hague)

June 8, 2017

 

On behalf of Stichting Literatura I organised and coordinated literary evening with Polish bestseller author Katarzyna Bonda whose book was just published by Luitingh-Sijthoff as Het meisje uit het Noorden.

 

DEKALOG by Kieślowski|Kriterion cinema (Amsterdam)

May 1, 2017

 

Film House Kriterion in Amsterdam invited me to prepare an introduction to the famous Dekalog-series by Krzysztof Kieślowski. It will be my pleasure to introduce this cinematic and television masterpiece to Dutch and international public.

 

Read My World International Literature Festival|Amsterdam

October 6-8, 2016

 

I contributed to the international literature festival Read My World 2016 and as an invited editor I was responsible a.o. for literary program about Past Violence & Hate Speech with Olga Tokarczuk and Frank Westerman.

 

Stichting Literatura

Since April 2014

 

I am one of the co-founders and editors at Stichting Literatura. Established by translators and experts on Polish and Dutch literature. The foundation uses fiction and non-fiction to bring Poland and the Netherlands closer to each other.

 

 

ACADEMIC RESEARCH & ACTIVITIES

 

THE DIARIES OF ANNE FRANK

 

Since September 2014

 

As a fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg I was involved in the project The Diaries of Anne Frank. Research – Translations – Critical Edition.

 

  • research on Polish reception of the diary & publication history in post-war Poland.
  • research on publication history worldwide.
  • presentations on conferences in Sintra, Florence (2015), Valencia, Basel and Wrocław (2016).
  • expected publications: Volume on "Translating Jewishness" (De Gruyter, 2018) & volume on "Reappraising the Anne Frank Diaries: Contexts, Receptions and Reflections" (CUP, 2018).

 

CONTEMPORARY ANTISEMITISM

2010 - 2014

 

In 2010 I joined the research team at the NIOD in Amsterdam and its project The dynamics of contemporary antisemitism in a globalising context.

 

  • research on Polish migrants in the Netherlands and their attitudes towards Jews, the Holocaust
  • conferences presetations in Amsterdam, Geneva, Wroclaw and Warsaw
  • peer reviewed article on Polish war veterans in the Netherlands publlished in the journal for Dutch Studies, Neerlandica Wratislaviensia.
  • essays and articles on antisemitism in Dutch publications and media
  • digital publication: antisemitisme.nu

 

 

 

ACADEMIC TEACHING PORTFOLIO

 

GUEST LECTURER| APRIL 2018

Indian Institute of Technology in Goa

Series of lectures at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

LECTURER|winter term 2015/16

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, BA Slavic Philology

War experiences and the Holocaust in Polish literature and film.

 

GUEST LECTURER|NOVEMBER 2013

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, MA Literature Studies

Holocaust, trauma en oorlog in de Poolse film en literatuur.

 

GUEST LECTURER| OCTOBER 2013

Erasmus Universiteit, BA History

The Polish Experience in the Cold War. Living Behind the Iron Curtain.

 

GUEST LECTURER| OCTOBER 2012 and NOVEMBER 2011

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, MA History

Visuele cultuur: Filmpropaganda en subversie in Oost-Europese Filmcontext.

 

TEACHING ASSISTANT|winter term 2007/08

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, MA Film Studies

Het groteske en de film.

 

TUTOR| summer term 2007

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, BA Film Studies

Film 3: Cinema & film – theorie en analyse

 

TUTOR|summer term 2006

Senioren Akademie Groningen

Course: Poland and Polish culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

info@iwonagusc.com

 

Tel: +31 6 28533219

ABOUT

 

I am a Polish film- and literature scholar based in the Netherlands specialised in transnational history and cultural encounters, particularly between Poland and the Netherlands.

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