About our Authors and Editors

Iwona Barańska is an art historian, lecturer at the Kalisz Faculty of Pedagogy and Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She received her PhD from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Her research interests are focused on history of architecture and issues related to the artistic culture of Kalisz of 1900s. In 2001 she published a monograph on architecture and urban planning of Kalisz durign the decades of the so called Vienna Congress Kingdom of Poland (1815-1830) period (Architektura i urbanistyka Kalisza w dobie Królestwa Kongreswego). She is an author of several articles and studies on Kalisz’s artists, architects or art and archeological exhibitions. In her activity in the Kalisz Society of Friends of Sciences she is a director of the Section of Art History and Art Culture Studies.

 Elżbieta Błotnicka-Mazur is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Art History, Faculty of Humanities of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History). She received her PhD in 2010 (supervised by prof. Lechosław Lameński), with thesis Bohdan Kelles-Krauze (1885-1945) – między profesją i pasją. Życie i twórczość zapomnianego lubelskiego architekta i malarza (published as monograph in 2010) and a catalogue of projects by Kelles-Krauze (2012). Her research interests include sculpture and architecture of the twentieth century. She currently works on the project examining the sculpture and related phenomena during the 1960s in Poland.

Robert Born is a Research Fellow in the project group “Building History. Architectural Reconstruction and Nation-Building (19th – 21st Centuries)” at the GWZO in Leipzig. His project (“Reconstructions and Historical Constructions in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Hungary and Romania”) addresses the functional usage of reconstructed historic buildings in the context of the politics of national memory. He studied History of Art at Basel University and at the Freie Universität Berlin; he received his PhD from the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. He has published on various topics, including late antique urbanism in South-Eastern Europe, historiography of art, cultural exchanges between the Ottoman Orient and East-Central Europe and Nationalism in East-Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Joanna Bruś holds a PhD in art history. She also graduated in the field of the Cultural Heritage Protection (specialties: monuments protection, art history, heritage studies) at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. During her studies she took an internship at Gotland University in Visby. In 2012 she received her PhD from the Faculty of Humanities at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. She currently conducts research on the Polish architecture of the first half of the twentieth century. She is a member of the Kalisz Society of Friends of Sciences and (since 2015) works as a president of the Society for the Preservation of Monuments (Department in Kalisz). She works as a teacher in the High School for the Arts and the State College for Teaching of Cultural Animators in Kalisz.

Marek Czapelski, art historian, lecturer at the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw. He specializes in research on modern architecture, especially of the first half of the twentieth century and the communist era. His present area of interest is modernization of Polish architecture after 1956. He published a.o. a book Bohdan Pniewski ­ warszawski architekt XX w. (2008); articles “A House from a Factory: Polish Architects and Prefabricated Residential Housing in the 1950s,” Ikonotheka, 24, 2013,Das Projekt der Kirche der Vorsehung und die Frage monumentaler Kirchenarchitektur in der Zweiten Republik” (in: Schwert, Kreuz und Adler. Die Ästhetik des nationalistischen Diskurses in Polen, ed. U. Schmidt, Wiesbaden, 2014).

Paweł Dettloff, art historian, graduate of Jagiellonian University and postgraduate of the Course of Conservation of Monuments of Architecture and Urban Planing at the Technical University in Cracov. He currently works at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Science. In his research he deals with (among other fields of study) the modern art and the historic and contemporary theories and practices of monuments conservation. Author of many publications, took part in several international conferences and local symposiums. He is a member of the Cracow Committee of the Renovation of Monuments.

Makary Górzyński is a PhD student in the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw. He received his B.A. and M.A. in art history from the University of Warsaw in 2010 and 2012. His dissertation will discuss architecture, urban development and discourses concerning urban space in the late nineteenth-century Kalisz, a historic Polish town that at the time acted as a Russian borderline governorate capital and an emerging industrial city. His research interests focus on relationships between politics, modernization, urban development and nineteenth-century architecture and its perceptions in Eastern Europe. He published a three-volume guide to architectural monuments of the Turek county and a monograph of the nineteenth-century town hall in Kalisz (2014, awarded by the Polish Society of Art Historians in 2015).

Hanna Grzeszczuk-Brendel is an art and architecture historian. She worked at the Museum of Art in Łódź; currently she is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Technology in Poznań. Her works focuses on the history of art and culture from the second half of the nineteenth century till the twentieth century, architectural theory and reform movements of the modern cities. Author and a co-author of publications on the architecture of Poznan, recently Miasto do mieszkania. Zagadnienia reformy mieszkaniowej na przełomie XIX i XX wieku i jej wprowadzenie w Poznaniu w pierwszej połowie XX wieku (2012).

Małgorzata Korpała is a conservator of works of art, graduate of University of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, lecturer at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning at the State Higher Vocational School in Nysa, and also at Institute of Art History at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. She works in the field of conservation of paintings and polychrome sculptures and conservation research in the monuments. Author of several publications on the conservation and research in architectural monuments.

Jakub Lewicki is an historian of architecture and historic monuments conservator, an Associate Professor in charge of the Monument Conservation and Preservation of Landscape Unit at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He also works as a Director of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning at the State Higher Vocational School in Nysa. He holds a PhD in architecture and urban design, specialising in history of architecture and monuments conservation. He published more than 120 articles or books in his main research fields, as well as prepared numerous unpublished studies which were results of field research. He received numerous prestigious awards and scholarships. He is mainly interested in modernist architecture both from the angle of history of architecture and conservation issues. Vice-president of the Polish Section of DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement), and a member of ICOMOS, SHS, SKZ and TOnZ.

Bogusław Małusecki is an architect, archivist, nexialist, drawer. Graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Post-graduate of conservation of historical monuments and Post-graduate in archiving at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Currently he works in National Archives in Katowice, Branch Gliwice. Member the Upper Silesian Branch of the Association of Art Historians, Silesian Society of Bibliophils in Katowice and Association of Polish Archivists. Author of many publications, mostly in the field of history of architecture and urbanism as well as of history of Upper Silesia.

Piotr Marciniak, architect, urban planner and architecture historian. He is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Poznań University of Technology. Author of a number of buildings and urban complexes. His research interests include the modern architecture of Central-Eastern Europe as well as the cultural heritage, architecture of national and ethnic minorities and theory of architecture. He is the author of about 100 articles and several books, a. o. Doświadczenia modernizmu. Architektura i urbanistyka Poznania w czasach PRL (2010).

Peter Martyn, Coventrian by birth urban-architectural historian employed since 1996 at the Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Science (IS PAN) in Warsaw. Author of the monograph Przedwojenny układ zabudowy Śródmieścia Warszawy…, based on key aspects of his PhD thesis on the tenement house as a building form in the large-scale urban development of Warsaw, 1864-1914 (at Salford Geography Dept., Greater Manchester). He published in conference proceedings and academic journals including „Polin,” „Biuletyn Historii Sztuki,” „Kwartalnik Filmowy,” „Konteksty,” „Umění,” „Architektura-Murator,” „Archiwolta,” „Ikonoteka,” etc. on themes relating to the urban-architectural history of Warsaw and Prag inner-urban district, Łódź, Wrocław, Lviv, Danzig, London, Coventry, Liverpool, Parisian Universal Exhibitions, Brussels and Rotterdam. His current work is concentrated on a post-doctoral thesis (Habilitazionsarbeit) on the industrial-age urban architecture of Belgium, Nord region of France and selected parts of the Dutch Netherlands.

 Maciej Oleński graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of Warsaw Technical University and from the Postgraduate Studies of Local Government and Local Development at University of Warsaw. He is an architect, urban planner and official of local government (now chief specialist in the Department of Implementation of the Urban Planning of the Bureau of Architecture and Urban Planning of the capital city of Warsaw and secretary of the Municipal Commission of Urban Planning and Architecture in Warsaw; formerly an inspector in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering of the Municipal Office in Leszno and member of the Municipal Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning in Leszno). Author of publications related to the urban planning and the postwar reconstruction of Warsaw, co-author of architectural-conservation projects, among others, revitalization of tenement buildings in Warsaw.

Dominika Płócienniczak, graduate of the Kalisz Faculty of Pedagogy and Arts of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and University of Wrocław, trained in history and studies of culture. She is a member of The Kalisz Society of Friends of Sciences and a secretary of the Society for the Preservation of Monuments (Kalisz Branch). Her research interests focus on histories of the ethnic-cultural minorities in the partitioned Poland (1795-1918).

Małgorzata Popiołek is an art historian, specialized in history of architecture and city planning. She studied art history and conservation of monuments in Warsaw, Freiburg im Breisgau and in Berlin. Since 2012 she begun her PhD at the Technical University of Berlin about Reconstruction of Monuments in Post-War Warsaw and its European context. Her published books include Powojenna odbudowa ulicy Nowy Świat w Warszawie (2012) and Od kamienicy do muzeum. Historia siedziby Muzeum Warszawy na Rynku Starego Miasta (2016).

Kamil Ruszała is a historian, studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and at the University of Vienna. He is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Polish Modern History, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University. His research deals with social, economic and political history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Galicia, focusing on the First World War and sites of memory. Author of the book Wielka Wojna w małym mieście. Gorlice 1914–1918 (2015), co-editor of several books: Front Wschodni Pierwszej Wojny Światowej (2013), Bitwa Gorlicka. Studia z perspektywy stulecia (2015), Doświadczenia żołnierskie Wielkiej Wojny (2016).

Jan Salm studied architecture at Łódź University of Technology and monument protection and conservation at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 1996 he received his PhD in technical sciences and in 2007 completed his habilitation thesis at the Institute of Architecture of Wrocław University of Technology. Since 2009, as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Architecture, Łódź University of Technology, he works as a head of the Department of History of Architecture, Restoration and Conservation of Monuments. His main areas of research include: architecture and urban design in the East Prussia in the first half of the twentieth Century; methods of postwar town reconstruction in theory and practice, as well as the architecture of medieval fortifications. He is also involved in studies on industrial heritage with the special emphasis on his home town Łódź. He is an author and co-author of over 70 publications, including 4 books.

Davor Stipan is a professor of art history and geography, works at the First Gymnasium in Split. Currently he is a PhD student in art history at the University of Split. His work focuses on theory of architecture, Early Modern European architecture, the historic arts heritage of Dalmatia. He is a regular contributor of the several professional and scientific journals, took part in many international symposiums. He is also a regular member of the Croatian Society of Art Historians, Matrix Croatica, ICOM and the Association of Friends of Cultural Heritage in Split.

 Monika Sobczak-Waliś is a librarian, regionalist and a graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Department of History and post-graduate studies in librarianship and scientific information). Since 2008 an employee of the Kalisz’s Adam Asnyk Public Library. Co-author of Wystawa “Praca i Kultura Wsi” w Liskowie w 1937r. (2012), Miejsca pamięci powstania styczniowego na terenie powstańczego województwa kaliskiego (2013) and Prochem jesteśmy i cieniem. Wspomnienia pośmiertne i nekrologi „Kaliszanina. Gazety miasta Kalisza” 1871-1892 (2015). Member of editorial board of  the socio-economic quarterly Liskowianin (since 2005) and Bliżej Biblioteki. Pisma bibliotekarzy Wielkopolski południowo-wschodniej (since 2013). A member of The Kalisz Society of Frends of Sciences and the Polish Society of History, Department in Kalisz.

Wojciech Szymański holds PhD in art history and is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History of Modern Art at the Institute of Art History of the University of Wrocław. He is a freelance curator and art critic as well as member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He is the author of numerous academic and critical essays and a book titled Argonauci. Postminimalizm i sztuka po nowoczesności. Eva Hesse – Felix Gonzalez-Torres – Roni Horn – Derek Jarman (2015) as well as curator of over a dozen group and solo shows and art projects. His current research focuses on visual memory of the Great War. His research project “Images of/from the Great War. Modes of representation of the Great War (19141918) in Polish art” is carried out within the framework of the post-doctoral programme awarded by the National Center of Science.

Anna Tejszerska uSJK graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, where she also received her PhD in architecture and urban planning and began her career as an academic teacher. In 2006 she joined the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus. Currently she is an academic teacher at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, at the Institute of Landscape Architecture.

Francesca Zanella is a researcher in Contemporary Art at the University of Parma where she also holds a position of an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Architecture, History and Theories of Exhibitions. She is the President of CSAC, Center and Archive of Communication of the University of Parma. Her research fields and main publications are: the History of Italian architecture and design during the twentieth century (Studio Alpago Novello Cabiati e Ferrazza, 2002); history of industrial exhibitions during the nineteenth century, and of art exhibitions during the twentieth century (Dal progetto al consumo, 2011; with V. Strukelj; Esporsi. Architetti, artisti e critici a confronto in Italia negli anni Settanta, 2012). Since 2005 she conducts a research project “Architecture / Design / Media”, which began with the exhibition “Architettura e pubblicità” (Parma 2005) followed by “Torre Agbar, progetto comunicazione e consenso” (Reggio Emilia 2006) and “Città e luce, fenomenologia del paesaggio illuminato” (Reggio Emilia 2008) and the Congress entitled “Architettura e Pubblicità / Pubblicità e Architettura” (Parma 2012).

Piotr Zubowski is a PhD student in history at the Institute of History at the University of Wrocław. He also studied art history (2011-2013). His research areas include: history of East-Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth century, with particular emphasis on religious and national minorities in Poland and their material culture, relationships between architecture and politics. His book entitled Cerkwie prawosławne Łodzi i regionu łódzkiego w dwudziestoleciu międzywojennym (1918-1939) was published in 2014. In his doctoral thesis he continues research connected with the Orthodox churches in the Second Polish Republic (1918-1939).