We are researchers with background in different fields of social science and humanities. Our goal is to reflect upon modern childhoods and interdisciplinary research on the role of children in creating modern societies.
Magdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz is an associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Warsaw. She received her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her academic interest is in medical anthropology, new reproductive technologies, cultural dimensions of kinship, genetics, childhood and youth studies. She is the author of numerous articles and books “Od Golema do Terminatora” (“From Golem to Terminator. Cultural Images of Artificial Man”), „Doświadczenie in vitro. Niepłodność i nowe technologie reprodukcyjne w perspektywie antropologicznej” (“The experience of IVF. Infertility and new reproductive technologies in anthropological perspective”), and the editor of volumes „Doświadczanie świata, doświadczanie lektury” (Experiencing the world, experiencing the literature”) i „Antropolog wobec współczesności” (The anthropologist and modernity”). Until 2008 she was the editor in Chief of cultural journal (op.cit). She has two sons.
Zofia Boni is a sociologist and anthropologist, in her research focusing on food. Her PhD (SOAS, University of London) focused on children and food in Warsaw, especially on the multiple negotiations regarding feeding and eating. Besides studying various groups of adults (parents, grandparents, school staff, non-governmental workers, food marketers and state officials) she also talked to children between 6 and 12 years old, asking them about their views, opinions and practices related to food. She is about to start a new research project on the social dynamics of childhood obesity in Poland.
Ewa Maciejewska-Mroczek works at the Institute of Ethnology and Culture Anthropology of the University of Warsaw. She is a doctor of sociology, polonist and americanist. She is the head of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Childhood Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her main academic interest is in childhood and the place children have in modern societies and cultures. She is mostly interested in how children’s right to be heard and fully participate in the social life is being realized. She wrote a book about the role of toys in the way children and childhood are socially constructed “Mrówcza zabawa. Współczesne zabawki a społeczne konsturowanie dziecka”. In the past she worked with children as English teacher, educator at a community centre, and tutor at children summer camps. She is a mother of three children.
Anna Krawczak is the head of Association for the Treatment of Infertility and Adoption Support NASZ BOCIAN. She graduated from the Institute of Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Childhood Studies, and a member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. She co-authored a book “Drogi ku płodności” (“Paths to fertility”), and wrote numerous articles on the subject of intfertility. In her work, her main foucs is on the improvement of the situation of patients. She has two sons.
Maria Reimann is an anthropologist, a researcher, a PhD Candidate at the University of Amsterdam, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Childhood Studies. In her academic work she is interested in the way people form families and intimate relationships and the way they speak about it. In the past she worked with children as English language teacher and a volunteer in helpline for kids. She has a ten-year-old son.
Anna Witeska-Młynarczyk – is a social anthropologist working at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. She did her PhD at the University College London. Her dissertation was turned into a book titled Evoking Polish Memory. State, Self and the Communist Past in Transition. She is interested in medical anthropology, particularly strongly in child and youth psychiatry. She edited a volume Anthropology of child and youth psychiatry. Anthology of texts and I authored a manuscript Children’s ADHD experiences: an ethnography of a contested diagnostic category – a book based on an ethnographic research conducted in Poland in which she used participatory methods of childhood studies to understand children’s experiences. She currently works as member of a team in a research project focused on the Polish experiences of adoption.
Dorota Gawlikowska is a clinical psychologist with broad experience in work with both healthy children and children patients of the Clinic of Oncology in Warsaw. While working with the young patients of the Clinic of Oncology, she was also coaching the medical personnel as part of the Balinta program. She works with couples suffering from infertility by giving workshops and individual sessions. She has two teenage children.
Anna Cierpka is a doctor of psychology and psychotherapist. She is a professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Warsaw. Her academic interest is in family as an environment for development and upbringing, and the narrative psychology methodologies. She authored numerous articles on the narrative psychology, and co-edited two volumes on psychology, narration and identity. She is the author of “Tożsamość i narracje w relacjach rodzinnych” (Identity and narration in family relations). As psychotherapist she uses the methods of system psychology. She works with adults, children, youths, couples, and families. She is married and has two children.