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Marianna Szczygielska

Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep 2018-Feb 2022)

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Marianna Szczygielska received her PhD in Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. Her doctoral project, awarded the Best Dissertation Award at CEU, examines how the concepts of nature, animality, and humanness have been constructed in relation to sexuality, gender, and race through the establishment of the modern zoological gardens. During her PhD studies she has been a visiting researcher at Tema genus, Linköping University (Visby Fellowship, Swedish Institute) and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (Toronto, Canada). She was awarded the Feminist Animal Studies Fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel at the Wesleyan University (CT). Marianna has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Science and CEFRES French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague within the Bewildering Boar project. In the 2017–2018 academic year, she worked as a visiting lecturer at the Central European University and Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz. Marianna's current research project concerns the complex intersections between post-socialism, post-colonialism, and post-humanism at the site of the zoological garden. With a focus on the history of keeping elephants in captivity in Eastern Europe and the traffic in ivory, this study explores various understandings and practices of nature conservation and environmental politics, as well as their critical impact on the larger structures of identity formation. At the MPIWG she is a member of “The Body of Animals” working group in Department III. She has published on animal collections and gender, scientific research on hormones, relations between affect, transgender, and animal studies.  With a background in philosophy her research interests include environmental humanities, animal studies, queer theory, critical race studies, philosophy of science, and feminist STS.

Projects

Engendering Wildlife and Whiteness: Elephants, Ivory, and Zoos (1870s–1940s)

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The Mask—Arrayed

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The Mask—Arrayed project team seeks short essay contributions

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"The Mask–Arrayed" project and podcast featured as the Max Planck Society's "Topthema"

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Interdisciplinary event series "Animals as Objects?" announced

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Selected Publications

Steinbock, Elisa, Marianna Szczygielska, and Anthony Clair Wagner (2021). “Introduction: Thinking Linking.” In Tranimacies: Intimate Links Between Animal and Trans* Studies, ed. E. Steinbock, M. Szczygielska, and A. C. Wagner, 1–10. London:…

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Steinbock, Elisa, Marianna Szczygielska, and Anthony Clair Wagner, eds. (2021). Tranimacies: Intimate Links Between Animal and Trans* Studies. London: Routledge.

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Szczygielska, Marianna (2021). “Od kości słoniowej do plastiku, czyli nienaturalna historia wymierania w epoce antropocenu.” Kultura Współczesna 113 (1): 28–42.

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Szczygielska, Marianna (2021). “Hyenas and Hormones: Transpecies Encounters and the Traffic in Humanimals.” In Tranimacies: Intimate Links Between Animal and Trans* Studies, ed. E. Steinbock, M. Szczygielska, and A. C. Wagner, 59–82. London:…

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Events

Exhibition

The Mask—Arrayed

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialisms

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Colloquium

War on Extinction: Fabricating Animal Bodies Between the Zoological Collections in Poznań and the Forest Reserve in Białowieża (1924-1939)

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialisms

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Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Workshop

Global South Cosmologies & Epistemologies: A Trans-Hemispheric Conversation

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Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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POSTPONED: Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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POSTPONED: Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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