Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dominik Bartmanski

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

As an undergraduate student I attended Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. I studied sociology and cultural anthropology at the Department of Philosophy and international relations at the Department of Political Science. Under the influence of European humanistic traditions that shaped the intellectual atmosphere there, I became interested in research frameworks that emphasized centrality of culture for social science and hermeneutics as a crucial method. I wrote my master thesis in sociology under the supervision of Professor Piotr Sztompka. I had continued the study of social meanings as an M.A. student at the University of Exeter before I came to the CCS.

I conduct my research within the tradition of interpretive social science. Among many thinkers and researchers who inspired me and continue to be important are Clifford Geertz, Marshall Sahlins, Florian Znaniecki, Michel Foucault and Jeffrey Alexander. Literature remains a profound source of inspiration as well. The list of authors significant for my thinking is, of course, too long to be put here; it includes such figures as Rainer Rilke and Witold Gombrowicz.

My dissertation develops a series of cultural sociological arguments within the subfield of social iconology and visual studies. It is devoted to the meanings of visual transformation of public sphere and place making in post-socialist capital cities of Berlin and Warsaw. Other topics of scholarly interest include intellectual work as cultural performance, social epistemology of cultural trauma, post-socialist transition as postcolonial trauma, and the meanings of travel literature.

Key concepts of my work are – inter alia – icon, iconicity, cityscape, the liminal, the numinous, chronotope, sociotope, totemism, narrative, post-socialist, Ostalgie, modernity, ost-modernity, myth/mythology, netropolis, interpassivity, public sphere, cultural trauma, intelligentsia/intellectuals, performativity, symbolism.

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Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

European Commission, Erasmus Student Exchange Program

University of Exeter, the Centre for European Governance (formerly the Centre for European Studies)

Werner Binder

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Fiona Rose Greenland

University of Chicago

Brian McKernan

Cycles of Your Cognitive Learning, Expectations, and Schema project, at the Institute for Informatics, Logics, & Security Studies, State University of New York at Albany

Matthais Revers

Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria

Esteve Ollé Sanz

Esteve Ollé is interested in exploring the relation between culture, power and instrumental reason through the analysis of certain television productions. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Catalonia, with a focus on the cultural and technological transformations of contemporary public bureaucracies, and a M.Phil. in Political Science from the LSE, based on a three-year research project on the political and emotional elements of global event episodes. In 2008 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, where he learned about the changing structure of television industry and the contemporary trends of television fiction.