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Patrick Wielowiejski, M.A.

Research Assistant (postdoc) in the coordinating project (sub-project 0: "The topos of the crisis of the rule of law in Poland")
Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University Berlin

I am a cultural anthropologist trained in cultural studies (M.A., Goldsmiths, University of London), gender studies, and linguistics (B.A., HU Berlin), currently working as the coordinator of the Research Unit. In my research, I want to understand how and why conflict emerges, and how processes of polarization are played out in the fields of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. As an anthropologist, I am always eager to get to know the ways in which these interrelated phenomena are experienced in people's everyday life, and how they shape the way people make sense of themselves, others, and the world they inhabit. My postdoctoral project focuses on the role of law and the so-called “rule of law crisis” in strategies and narratives of the Polish opposition in the context of the parliamentary elections in the fall of 2023.

My Ph.D. project, which I finalized in early 2023, focused on homosexuality in the far right, and consisted of two years of ethnographic fieldwork in the right-wing populist party “Alternative for Germany”. The dissertation, titled “Rechtspopulismus und Homosexualität: Eine Ethnografie der Feindschaft” (Right-Wing Populism and Homosexuality: An Ethnography of Enmity), was graded summa cum laude in July 2023 and will be published (in German) by Campus in the fall of 2024.

For publications in German please refer to the German version of this page.