Anna Grudzinska

A graduate of the Oriental Institute of Warsaw University (MA) and the Cultural Anthropology Department at the University of Warsaw (BA). Anna is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law. She co-authored, with Katarzyna Kubin, a training program for employees of the Office for Foreigners, funded by the European Social Fund. She has extensive research experience with leading international non-government organizations. She worked for the Helsinki Human Rights Foundation in Warsaw (2001-2006). She represented HRF as a consultant for the European Commission’s „For Diversity, Against Discrimination” campaign (2005). She contributed to national reports on Poland (2003-2005) for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (formerly: the European Centre on Monitoring Racism and Xenophobia). Between 2002-2009, Anna taught her own course entitled „Cross-cultural Communication” at Lazarski University (2009-2012). While working for the Lazarski University (2009-2013) she developed programs supporting democratization in Belarus (scholarship programs, conferences, support programs etc.), co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, National Endowment for Democracy, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Open Society Institute. She was also involved in the managing of the program ‘Recovering forgotten history. East and Central Europe in Anglo-Saxon textbooks’ devoted to critical, cross-cultural examination of textbooks contents. The program was a joint effort of Lazarski University and Georgetown University – Washington. Anna is the co-founder of the Forum for Social Diversity, one of the pioneering NGOs in the area of social equality and cross-cultural engagement. She has co-edited (with Katarzyna Kubin) one of the first handbooks for teachers published in Poland dealing with multi-cultural settings at schools. She worked as anti-discrimination educator for public administration and schools (one of the programs Szawim was run by the Jewish community of Warsaw). As an NGO activist and program coordinator she shared her experience with public administration representatives while teaching a course entitled: “Third sector organization” at Lazarski University Master for Public Administration Program (2012). The course addressed structural problems of co-operation between NGOs and public administration. Her academic interests include:

  • Critical theory and cultural studies

  • Civil society in post-communist context

  • Memory (and restorative justice) in the context of post-communist transformation in East-Central Europe

  • Social movements theory

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