dr Justyna Szachowicz-Sempruch
Researcher affiliated with the Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland (2014-)
Chair, Women Matter: Foundation for Women’s Issues, Rights and Affairs, Poland (2011-) www.studiosprawkobiet.pl
ZAINTERESOWANIA BADAWCZE/RESEARCH INTERESTS
The Meanings of Family: Contemporary Family Models in Europe
Interdisciplinary research on contemporary family structure, from the traditional nuclear model towards actual re-enactments of family as an open-ended cultural container of various relationships. The objective is to investigate and comparatively analyse current family models in forms of marriage, cohabitation, same-sex relationship, single parenting, extended family and/or community in the selected European countries.
Women and Work: Comparative Perspectives on Women’s Key Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe Today /Theory and Practice
A comparative interdisciplinary research concerning key issues and challenges that shape and affect women’s work in Central and Eastern Europe. The objective is to employ broad concepts of work with respect to paid and unpaid work, access to employment and further education, as well as with respect to age, culture, origin, and work patterns involving flexibility and home-based work.
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1998-2003
Dissertation: Tracing Cultural Un/belonging: The Witch in Western Feminist Theory and Literature
Doctoral Research in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta, Canada, 1997
M.A. in English and Slavic Studies, University of Klagenfurt, Austria, 1990-1995
Dissertation: Identity and Loss: A Cultural Comparative Analysis of V. Nabokov’s and W. Gombrowicz’ Narratives of Exile.
M.A. Research, University of Florence, Italy, 1995
M.A. Research, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1994
M.A. Research, University of Charkov, Ukraine, 1993
M.A. Research, University of Irkutsk, Russia, 1992
Undergraduate German Studies, University of Graz, Austria, 1988-90
English Caffeteria: series of debates in English on women’s literature, historical socio-cultural events and phenomena concerning women through the prism of gender, culture, racial and religious differences, organized as charity events to support the NGO`s Program Women in Need (educational, psychological and legal support in crisis situations), Statutory Fund of Women’s Matter: Foundation for Women’s Issues, Rights and Affairs, see current financial reports on www.studiosprawkobiet.pl, (2011- ongoing)
Cross-Cultural Caffeteria: educational projects directed to Polish students: Youth in Piaseczno meets Global South, funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, 2012 (30,000 PLN) and Three Images of Tolerance, funded by the City of Warsaw, Educational Department, 2013 (30,000 PLN)
Public assignments within the area of women’s empowerment and local/global knowledge exchange, funded by Piaseczno Town, 2012 (12,000 PLN)
Educational projects run on continual basis, financed by private international sponsors, directed to Polish youth from troubled family background in cooperation with international organizations, among others: American Friends of Warsaw, British School in Warsaw, American School, Swiss Embassy and International Women in Warsaw, 2011-ongoing (yearly turnover up to 20,000 PLN)
Queen’s University Principal’s Development Fund, Research on the intersections of family and work, work-life balance, and participation in care-work by same-sex couples in Canada, 2007-2008 (3, 880 CAD)
Swiss National Science Foundation, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Basel, Switzerland, Tenured at York University (Toronto) and Queen’s University (Kingston), Canada, Post-doctoral research on the impact of parenting on women’s employment in comparative context of Poland, Switzerland and Canada, 2004-2007 (144,000 CHF)
The Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar Award, research on work-life balance in comparative perspective of Canadian Anglo-Saxon and Quebec welfare systems, Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2005-2006 (3,000 CAD)
University of British Columbia Tuition Scholarship, Doctoral Research, Canada, 2000-2001 (3,600 CAD)
University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship, Doctoral Research, Canada, 2000-2001 (16,000 CAD)
University of British Columbia Li Tze Fong Memorial Fellowship, Doctoral Research, Canada, 1999/2000 (18,000 CAD)
University of British Columbia Li Tze Fong Memorial Fellowship, Doctoral Research, Canada, 1998/99 (18,000 CAD)
Simon Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1998 (7,500 CAD)
University of Alberta Doctor of Philosophy Scholarship, University of Alberta, Canada, 1997 (13,000 CAD)
University of Klagenfurt Erasmus Scholarship, Tenured at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Florence, Italy, 1994-95 (10,000 Euro)
Austrian Ministry of Culture Scholarship, Tenured at University of Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994 (5,000 CHF)
KSIĄŻKI AUTORSKIE / AUTHORED BOOKS
The Politics of Parenting and its Impact on Women’s Employment. Case Studies in Zurich, Toronto and Warsaw. Monograph. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing (in preparation).
Fantasies of Gender: The Witch in Western Feminist Theory and Literature. Monograph in the Series of Comparative Cultural Studies. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press: 2008.
KSIĄŻKI POD REDAKCJĄ i WSPÓŁ-REDAKCJĄ / EDITED and CO-EDITED BOOKS
A Life in Balance? Reopening the Family-Work Debate. Edited Anthology (with Catherine Krull), Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press: 2010.
Multiple Marginalities: An Intercultural Perspective on Gender in Education across Europe and Africa. Edited Anthology (with K. Willems and L. Shook), Königstein: Ulrike Helmer Press: 2006.
ARTYKUŁY W RECENZOWANYCH CZASOPISMACH MIĘDZYNARODOWYCH / PAPERS IN INTERNATIONAL PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
“Patriarchy in Post-1989 Poland and Tokarczuk’s Dom Dzienny, Dom Nocny (The Day House, the Night House)” in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. West Lafayette: Purdue University and The Berkeley Electronic Press, 2008, 10(1): 1-9.
“Desiring Death: The Defeat of the Maternal Subject” in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the special issue on Women, Dying and Death. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 2007, 36(5): 333-348.
“Philosophical Encounters with Identity in David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon” in Antipodes. A North American Journal of Australian Literature, ed. Nicholas Birns. The American Association of Australian Literary Studies Press, 2005 (June): 44-57.
“The Sacred Mothers, the Evil Witches and the Politics of Household in Toni Morrison’s Paradise” in Journal of The Association for Research on Mothering: Mothering, Religion and Spirituality, ed. A. O’Reilly, Toronto: York University Press, 2005, 7(1): 98-109.
“The Sacred May not be the Same as the Religious: Angela Carter’s ‘Impressions: The Wrightsman Magdalene’ and ‘Black Venus’” in Women: A Cultural Review. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 2005, 16(1): 73-92.
“As a Woman I Have no Country: Dislocations of National and Gender Identities across and beyond European Borders” in Stylistics: Style and Gender, International Journal of Language Communication, ed. S. Gajda. University of Opole Press, 2004, 13: 115-125.
“Feminist Constructions of the ‘Witch’ as a Fantasmatic Other” in Body and Society, ed. M. Featherstone. SAGE Publications: Nottingham Trent University, 2004, 10(4): 113-133.
“Female Entanglements with Evil: the Witch Figure as an Embodiment of Cultural Borderlands” in Journal of Religion and Culture, ed. D. Goodman. Montreal: Concordia University, 2003, 15: 92-116.
“Faking It. Notes on the Margins of Power Theory” in Special Issue of Organization Development Journal: Myth, Legend, and Lore, ed. E. Read Barton. Michigan State University Press, 2003, 21(3): 70-85.
“Banality, Nostalgia, and Postmodern Aesthetics: Reflections on the Prose of Tadeusz Konwicki” in Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, ed. R. Lagerberg. University of Melbourne Press, 2002, 16(1-2): 71-103.
ARTYKUŁY W INNYCH CZASOPISMACH / PAPERS IN OTHER JOURNALS
“Intercultural Dialogues on Gender, Marginality and Higher Education” in Higher Education: New Challenges and Emerging Roles for Human and Social Development. Global University Network for Innovation: the United Nations University and the Technical University of Catalonia 2008: www.guni-rmies.net/info/default.php?id=173.
“Give me a Second Please… The Background Story of a Proposal” in Mamaphonic (Anthology), ed. B. Lavender and M. Rossini. New York: Soft Skull Press, 2004: 134-140.
“Witches Brew: A Dab of Justice, a Dash of Magic and a Sprinkle of Philosophy” in Wissen. Macht. Geschlecht, ed. Birgit Christensen, Chronos Verlag: Zurich, 2001: 770-776.
“Voicing the Invisibility of Silence: A Narrative of Postpartum Depression” in Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering: Becoming A Mother, ed. Andrea O’Reilly, York University Press, 2001, 3(1): 155-158.
ROZDZIAŁY W KSIĄŻKACH / BOOK CHAPTERS
“Formulating Un/belonging: Cross-cultural Encounters with Canada” in Embracing Otherness. Canadian Minority Discourses in Transcultural Perspectives, eds. E. Sojka and T. Sikora. Adam Marszałek, 2010: 15-33.
“Beyond the ‘Cultural’ Landscape of Care: Politicizing the Category of ‘Care-giver’, Value and Work” in A Life in Balance? Reopening the Family-Work Debate, (eds. J. Sempruch and C. Krull), University of British Columbia Press, 2010: 147-169.
“Diversifying the Model, Demystifying the Approach: The Work Family Debate Reopened” (with Catherine Krull) in A Life in Balance? Reopening the Family-Work Debate, (eds. J. Sempruch and C. Krull), University of British Columbia Press, 2010: 1-7.
“Women, Education and Employment: From the Devalued towards Developed Subject Positions” in Multiple Marginalities: An Intercultural Perspective on Gender in Education across Europe and Africa, (eds. J. Sempruch, K. Willems and L. Shook), Ulrike Helmer Press, 2006: 116-132.
“Intercultural Dialogues on Gender and Education” (with Katharina Willems and Laura Shook) in Multiple Marginalities: An Intercultural Perspective on Gender in Education across Europe and Africa, (eds. J. Sempruch, K. Willems and L. Shook), Ulrike Helmer Press, 2006: 9-40.
“Connecting Loose Ends: Domestic Labour, Illusion of the ‘Natural’ and Global Economies” in Culture and Power: Culture and Society in the Age of Globalization, (eds. E. Oliete, O. Seco and A. Matamala), University of Zaragoza Press, 2005: 117-132.
“Diasporic Phobias: Female Identity as an Opening of a Dialogue” in Culture and Power: Phobias, (eds. C. Andreu and P. Gallardo), University of Rovira i Virgili: Silva Editorial, 2004: 285-298.
RECENZJE I KOMENTARZE / REVIEWS AND COMMENTS
“Nie taki gender straszny,” Kurier Południowy. Wydanie piaseczyńsko-ursynowskie (nr 518), 2014-02-21
“Kobiety pomagają kobietom,” Kurier Południowy. Wydanie piaseczyńsko-ursynowskie (nr 518), 2014-02-21
“Trzy oblicza tolerancji. Cross-Cultural Caffeteria w Warszawie. O projekcie Fundacji Studio (S)praw Kobiet skierowanym do młodzieży warszawskiej,” KIKIMORA magazine (wrzesień 2013).
“I dlaczego mnie właśnie miałoby się udać? Rozmowa dr. Justyny Szachowicz-Sempruch z Olą Rokicką na temat warszawskiego programu Teens Matter Fundacji Studio (S)praw Kobiet,” KIKIMORA Magazine (May 2013)
“Rozmawiali o problemach kobiet,” Kurier Południowy. Wydanie piaseczyńsko-ursynowskie (nr 481), 2013-04-17
Radio Kolor Wokół Nas 25.02.2013: http://radiokolor.pl/wydanie/1150/2013_02_25
Radio Kolor Wokół Nas 29.10.2012: http://radiokolor.pl/wydanie/1054/2012_10_29
Weekly Interviews run by the Women’s Matter Foundation at Radio Mazowsze (2012-ongoing)
Selected interviews: http://www.studiosprawkobiet.pl/studio-spraw-kobiet-zaprasza-do-radia-mazowsze/
“Wywiad z Justyną Szachowicz-Sempruch na temat pierwszego roku działań Fundacji 2011-2012,” Kurier Południowy (December 2012)
“Wyznaczenie sobie konkretnego celu…. to początek drogi”, Piaseczno Town Bulletin (January 2012), http://piaseczno.eu/index.php?mnu=94&id=3104
“Family Law and Personal Life” by John Eekelaar. Book Review in Law & Politics Book Review, ed. Wayne McIntosh. University of Maryland, 2007: www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/eekelaar0907.htm
“From Work-Life Balance to Work-Family Interaction” ed. Diane F. Halpern and Susan E. Murphy. Book Review in Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto. York University Press, 2007, 9(1): 250-251.
“The Grasinski Girls. The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made” by Mary Patrice Erdmans. Book Review in Sarmatian Review. Rice University/ Polish Institute of Houston, 2006, 26(2): 1212-1213.
“The Therapist’s Notebook for Families” by Bob Bertolino and Gary Schultheis. Book Review in Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering: Mothering and Work, ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto. York University Press, 2004, 6(2): 188-189.