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Dr hab. Agnieszka Halemba, prof. IAE PAN

Dr hab. Agnieszka Halemba, prof. IAE PAN

Centre for Ethnology and Modern Anthropology



Research interests:

My interests revolve most of all around a widely understood anthropology of religion. I carried out research in southern Siberia, where I concentrated on the cult of Earth and nature, relations with non-human beings and organizational transformations in the religious sphere, also in the context of establishing a trans-national net of people concerned with conservation of natural environment, cultural heritage and tourism development. In 2006 I began research in Transcarpathian Ukraine, where I concentrated on negotiations between church organizations, pilgrims and the local community, which concerned the place of modern Marian sightings. In 2016 I began research in Brandenburg and Western Pomerania in East Germany. I am interested above all in the idea and experience of belief in Protestantism, also the meaning of religious material objects, primarily church buildings, in a society regarded as deeply secularized. I also take interest in debates concerning the long-distance consequences of German reunification.
My research includes anthropology of cognition, including modern cognitive anthropology, and methodical/methodological considerations.

Selected bibliography:


Halemba A. (2015). Negotiating Marian Apparitions: The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathian Ukraine. New York, Budapest: Central European University Press.

Halemba A. (2006). The Telengits of Southern Siberia: Landscape, Religion and Knowledge in Motion.London: Routledge.

Edited volumes:

Gąsior A., Halemba A., Troebst S. (red.) (2014). Gebrochene Kontinuitäten. Transnationalität in den Erinnerungskulturen Ostmitteleuropas im 20. Jahrhundert. Wien, Köln Weimar: Böhlau Verlag.


Halemba A. (2019a). Kościół jako organizacja, czyli o negocjowaniu nie tylko znaczeń.
Odpowiedź na recenzję Magdaleny Zowczak. Lud, 103, 357-369.

Halemba A. (2019b).Response to Konrad Talmont-Kaminski’s Review: Embracing Apparitions for Unity. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 9(2–3) (2016), 194–206.

Halemba A. (2018a). Trust, Organisational Boundaries and Gender: Mothers Prayers in Ukraine,Religion, State and Society, 46(1),64-78.

Halemba A. (2018b). Suffering for and against the church. The politics of memory and repression in the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Eparchy, Religion, State and Society, 46(2), 123-138.

Halemba A. (2017a).Tworzenie pograniczaa życie przy granicy. Refleksje terminologiczne w świetle badań przy granicy polsko-niemieckiej. Etnografia Polska, 61(1-2): 5-20.

Halemba A. (2017b). Apparitional Movements as Sites of Religious Experimentation A Case Study from Transcarpathian Ukraine. Nova Religio – Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 21(2) (November 2): 43–58.

Halemba A. (2017c). Forum: Religion, Anthropology and the “Anthropology of Religion”, Forum of Anthropology and Culture, 13, 102-112.

Chapters in edited volumes:

Halemba A. (2018).Apparitions of the Virgin Mary as Decision-Events. W: B. Bodenhorn, M. Holbraad, J. Laidlaw (red.),Freedom, Creativity, and Decision: Recovering the Human Subject (95-114).Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Halemba A. (2016). The Virgin Mary, State, and Nation in Transcarpathian Ukraine. W: R. Di Stefano, F. J. Ramon Solans (red.),Marian Devotions, Political Mobilization, and Nationalism in Europe and America (201-229). Palgrave Macmillan: 201–229.

Halemba A. (2015). Not Looking through a National Lens? Rusyn – Transcarpathians as an Anational Self-Identification in Contemporary Ukraine. W: Y. Kleinmann, A. Rabus (red.) Aleksander Brückner revisited. Debatten um Polen und Polentum in Geschichte und Gegenwart (123-146).Göttingen: Wallstein.