Guść, Iwona

Core areas

I am a cultural historian with a wide range of interests related to post-war European identities and encounters. My research touches upon aspects as contemporary history, literature and mass media in a totalitarian context, cultural encounters between Western and Eastern Europeans and particularly the dynamics of post-Holocaust Jewish identities in the Western and in the Eastern Europe, before and after the 1989-revolutions.

I entered academia as a Polish scholar specialized in the Dutch literature and culture. Yet after starting my academic career in the Netherlands, Polish post-war history and culture became focal points of my research. This shift eventually strengthened my engagement with comparative history in which Western and Eastern European perspectives remain in a constant dialogue with each other – a particularly fruitful ground for exploring transnational phenomena.

I conducted my PhD research at the university of Groningen in the Netherlands, where I was affiliated with the department Arts, Culture and Media and the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture. My dissertation project concerned post-war Polish cinema and especially the aspect of subversive practice among the filmmakers during communism. The study focused in particular on the reception of work by a semi-independent filmmaker Andrzej Kondratiuk. I defended my thesis at the university of Groningen in 2012. As a postdoctoral researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam I worked on a project about the contemporary antisemitism in a global context. My research was focused on the Polish antisemitism and changing perceptions on the Jews and the Holocaust within the Polish community in the Netherlands.


As a fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg I am involved in the project The Diaries of Anne Frank. Research – Translations – Critical Edition. My research focus on the phenomenon of Anne Frank in Poland and the Polish reception of The Diaries of Anne Frank during the communist and in the post-communist era. It will also reflect on the differences in readings of Anne Frank’s story in the Western and Eastern Europe.

Selected publications

  • “Polish Film Culture in Transition. On the ‘Private Films’ of Andrzej Kondratiuk (1985-1996)”, In: European Visions. Small Cinemas in Transition. Eds. J. Blankenship & T. Nagl, 299-316. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2015.
  • “Poolse crimineel redt Joden door kennis van het riool”, In: Moedige mensen. Helden in oorlogstijd. Eds. J. Cohen, & H. Pirsma , 105-108. Amsterdam: Boom, 2014.
  • Website: ‘ Stereotypen over Joden in Nederland’ (online since 15 October 2014). Co-authored with E. Gans, R. Ensel & A. Stremmelaar.
  • ‘Maczkowcy w krainie tulipanów. O polskich weteranach w Holandii i o konflicie pamięci.’ Neerlandica Wratislaviensia, University of Wroclaw (forthcoming).
  • ‘Polished’ cinema. Over de receptie van het werk van Andrzej Kondratiuk in Polen en het groteske. Proefschriften Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. [321 pp.] 2012. (Dissertation)
  • ‘Zdiagnozowany: “artysta osobny” […] Szkic o recepcji twórczości Andrzeja Kondratiuka.’ In Kino polskie: reinterpretacje. Historia – ideologia – polityka. Eds. K. Klejsa & E. Nurczyńska Fidelska, 413-431. Kraków: Rabid, 2008.
  • ‘Film Style: The Grotesque in Film. The Romantic Arcadia and Its Grotesque Enemy in Polish Cinema.’ In Lo stile cinematografico/Film Style. Eds. E. Biasin, G. Bursi & L. Quaresima, 263-277. Udine: Forum, 2007.