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Prof. Zdzisław Mach

Professor at the Institute of European Studies, Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Scientist-in-Charge, Jagiellonian University, WP1 and WP3 Leader

Zdzisław Mach is the Scientist-in-Charge at Jagiellonian University, where he coordinates and oversees the work of the Jagiellonian University team of researchers. He acts as Leader for WP1 (Key Concepts) and WP3 (Culture). In Work Package 1, his task is to conceptualise the notion of neo-traditionalism and test it on several case-studies from the region of Central and Eastern Europe in order to diagnose the recent turn towards conservatism and nationalism among the post-communist societies of CEE and see it in a broader, interdisciplinary and diachronic perspective. The aim of this task is to conceptualise a working model of neo-traditionalism and test its viability in different dimensions. In Work Package 3, Zdzisław Mach’s main research task is to investigate various perceptions of Europe and the EU in Poland and the broader region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). This study will be conducted through the analysis of institutional discourses and education curricula in CEE, as well as through interviews with young returning migrants and their values. This multi-dimensional research aims at exploring various facets of national and European identity among Central and Eastern Europeans.


  • Mach, Z and Góra, M. (2012) ‘Situating the demos of a European democracy’ in Eriksen, E.O. and Fossum, J.E. (eds) Rethinking Democracy and the European Union. London and New York: Routledge, 159–178
  • Mach, Z. (ed.) (2016) Local Community, Power and European Integration. Frankfurt: Peter Lang
  • Mach, Z. (2016) ‘Democratization and the Struggle for the Recognition of Memory and Heritage in the European Frame of Reference’ in Kowalski, K. and Tornquist-Plewa, B. (eds) The Europeanization of Heritage and Memories in Poland and Sweden. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 265-271
  • Mach, Z. and Góra, M. (2017) ‘The Polish elites’ struggle for recognition of the experience of Communism in the European Union’ in Sindbæk, A.T. and Törnquist-Plewa, B. (eds), The Twentieth Century in European Memory: Transcultural Mediation and Reception. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 56-82
  • Mach, Z. (2019) ‘Remembering and forgetting the culture of Others: the inclusion and exclusion of German and Jewish heritage in Poland’ in Kowalski, K., Piekarska-Duraj, Ł and Törnquist-Plewa, B. (eds) Narrating Otherness in Poland and Sweden. European Heritage as a Discourse of Inclusion and Exclusion. Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien: Peter Lang, 301-313
  • Mach, Z., & Styczyńska, N. (2020). ‘Poland: Economic Enthusiasts, Value Adversaries’ in Kaeding, M., Pollak, J. and Schmidt, P. (eds) Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan