Cezary Kościelniak

I obtain Ph.D. in philosophy in 2007. Since 2008 I work at the Institute of Cultural Studies. My research areas are the follow, cultural issues in higher education policy, culture and sustainable development, religion in public life, the processes of secularization in Western Christianity. My postdoc. took place in the USA, University of Florida, Gainesville in 2012. In 2013 I was a visiting fellow at St. Cross College at University of Oxford. In 2014 I did a research stay at University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2015 I was a visiting fellow at Pontifical University of St. Cross in Rome. I taught as a visiting professor at University of Malta (2011), and Universita degli Studi di Firenze (2010, 2011), Banku Augskola Riga, Latvia (2011, 2012). In 2012-2013 I served as an expert to the think-tank to the President of the Republic of Poland. I published articles and essays in newspapers Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita. I collaborate with catholic monthly Znak in Cracow.

Current research

Actually I lead two research projects founded by National Center of Science: first about higher education policy and regional development, second about secularization. I have published in “Journal of Cleaner Production”, “Riga Proceedings of Technical Universities”, “Humanities and Social Science”, “Przegląd Zachodni”, “Poznan Studies of the Humanities”, “Religion in Gesselschaft in Ost und West”, “Człowiek i Społeczeństwo”, “Prakseologia”. I also contributed to handbooks and edited  books.

The books:

Cezary Kościelniak Nowe krytyki Kościoła, (The New Critics Toward Chrurch), publ. Aureus and Collegium Civitas Press. I explored here discussion between artists and leftist Polish intellectuals and the Church in Poland after 1989.

Here you find the reviews of my book:





Cezary Kościelniak (coeditor with J. Makowski) Freedom, Equality, University, IO 2012.

The book presents the survey of higher education policies in the selected countries, with contributions of Tadeusz Sławek (Katowice), Marek Kwiek (Poznan), Timo Aaveraa (Finland), Andrea Abbas (England), Gaele Goastellec (Suisse), Annick Magnier (Italy), Peter Mayo (Malta), Barbara Kehm (Germany).

Actually, I have been preparing two books, about university and secularization. The first book will be published soon, the second in the beginning of 2016.

I have been also involved in working with students; In 2012 I organized a workshop about cultural journalism, in 2013 the symposium about work of ethics, in 2015 I invited students to the participation in the Winter School of Institute of Tertio Millenio, where I taught.

My hobby is strolling through the European cities, cathedrals and monasteries, gardening, cooking, listening the ancient sacral music (especially form Italian and English Renaissance), and music of Fryderyk Chopin, contemporary sculpture (esp. Anish Kapoor, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Władysław Hasior).

Subjects description

“The Idea of University in the Intercultural Context”

The main aim of the lecture is to explore a culture settings of the higher education policy, relations between university and its external stakeholders, like a regional authorities, government stakeholders, citizens, etc. The lecture bridges theoretical considerations of university (Humboldt, Newman, Twardowski, Sommerville) and recent research concerns the changes of higher education policies. The lecture based on comparative higher education methods, but main approach is cultural as an “applied cultural studies”.

Student’s benefits

The lecture delivers the multidisciplinary survey of higher education policy. The other benefit for student is methodological; the lecture shows also how the comparative case study methods can be used in the case of the knowledge institutions.

“Cultural Context of Sustainable Development”

Students are introduced the selected issues of the relation between sustainable development and culture. The lectures touch the issues like the environmental literacy, sustainability in symbolic representations, CSR, SD in higher education policy and religion. The lecture is constructed not only as a lecture, but also as an interactive conversation. Students are asked for preparing the tasks, presentations and active participation in class.

Students’ benefits

Beyond the content of lecture, students will train skills like a constructing discussion, team work, and methods of presentation.