Research areas

Research Areas

Institute of Applied Linguistics

Director – Assoc. Prof. Hadrian Lankiewicz, e-mail:
Deputy Director: PhD Małgorzata Godlewska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Intercultural aspects of translation theory and practice: translation and transgression
  • History of the German language and diachronic linguistics
  • Selected aspects of linguistic theory: syntax, phraseology, lexicology, language borrowing, interlingual contacts
  • British historical fiction and the work of Peter Ackroyd
  • Ecological linguistics, language awareness and critical language awareness
  • Notional semantics. The linguistic and cultural image of the world in products of popular culture
  • Teaching English and German as foreign languages

Institute of Classical and Slavonic Studies

DirectorAssoc. Prof. Dušan-Vladislav Paždjerski, e-mail:
Deputy Director: Assoc. Prof. Anna Marchewka, e-mail:
Classical Philology Division
Head – PhD Agnieszka Witczak, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Edtion of Neo-Latin Texts
  • Editions of ancient Greek texts
  • Ancient Greek historiography
  • Scientific prose in ancient Greece
  • Roman literature of the Augustan Age
  • Literature of the Roman Empire
  • Occasional literature in Gdańsk (XVI-XVIII c.)
Slavonic and Balkan Studies Division
Head – e-mail: PhD Natalia Wyszogrodzka-Liberadzka, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Paleoslavistics
  • Onomastics
  • Lexicography and normativity in languages
  • South Slavonic literature
  • Translation
  • Literary theory
  • Old Church Slavonic

Institute of Cultural Research

Director – e-mail: Assoc. Prof. Grzegorz Piotrowski, e-mail: g.piotrowski
Deputy Director: PhD Aleksandra Wierucka, e-mail:
Cultural Studies Division
Head – PhD Aleksandra Wierucka, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Selected problems of bibliotherapy
  • Polish-German relations in history
  • Anthropology of South America
  • New Media
  • Gdynia’s urban legends
  • Contemporary art and culture
Film and Media Division
Head – PhD Piotr Kurpiewski, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • History of Polish Cinema
  • Animated Films
  • Non-fictional cinema
  • Narration in the Fiction Film
  • Film and Comic Strips
  • Small National Cinematographies

Institute of English and American Studies

Director – Assoc. Prof. Mirosława Modrzewska, e-mail:
Deputy Directors:
Assoc. Prof. Jean Ward, e-mail:
PhD Magdalena Wawrzyniak-Śliwska, e-mail:
PhD Wioleta Karwacka, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • British, Irish, and American fiction, poetry, theater and drama
  • Theory of translation
  • Discourse analysis
  • Descriptive linguistics: phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics
  • Linguistic theories
American Studies Division
Head – PhD Arkadiusz Misztal, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • American Émigré Fiction
  • American Ethnic Studies
  • American Literature after WWII
  • American Philosophy of Technology
  • American Poetry
  • American Theater and Music
  • Border Studies
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Literary Theory
  • Memory Studies
  • Postcolonial Writing
  • Women’s Writing
  • Time Studies
English Language and Theoretical Linguistics Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Olga Sokołowska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Descriptive linguistics: phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Linguistic theories
  • Sociolinguistics (language varieties, standardization etc.)
  • Applied linguistics (lexicography etc.)
  • Teaching foreign languages (mainly English)
Glottodidactics and Natural Language Processsing Division
Head – PhD Magdalena Wawrzyniak-Śliwska, e-mail:
Literary Studies in English Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Jean Ward, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • British, Irish and American literature and criticism
  • English-language postcolonial literature
  • Women's writing
  • Religious literature
  • Utopian studies
  • Spatial literary studies
  • Narratology
  • Literary semiotics
  • Ecocriticism
Translation Studies in English Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Bielenia-Grajewska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Theory of translation
  • Discourse analysis
  • Pamphlets and pamphleteers in early modern England
  • Legal translation studies
  • Utopian studies/translations of utopian fiction
  • Intercultural communication
  • Corpus linguistics, Corpus-based translation studies

Performing Arts Division

Head – Assoc. Prof. Tomasz Wiśniewski, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Theatre and drama theory
  • Theatre and related activities: performance art, video-art, street-art etc.
  • Theatre productions world-wide
  • Theatre and performace criticism
  • Digital performance
Director – Prof. Mirosław Ossowski, e-mail:
Deputy Directors:
PhD Dariusz Pakalski, e-mail:
PHD Ewa Andrzejewska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Contrastive studies of Polish and German grammar, lexis and stylistics
  • Language and cultural contacts-the image of the world and translation of various kinds of texts
  • Teaching and acquisition of the German language in theory and practice
  • Experimental (metaphysical) writers. Aesthetics, identity, interculturalism
  • The output of Friedrich Hölderlin
  • The output of German writers from Gdańsk and former East Prussia
  • Polish-German relations in literature
German Language and Translation Studies Division
Head – Prof. Andrzej Kątny, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Contrastive studies of German, Polish and Swedish
  • Characteristics of specialist texts on the lexical, grammatical and metalinguistic grounds
  • The language of the German and Jewish press in the Free City of Danzig (1920–1939)
  • Linguistic and cultural contact of German and Polish, English and Polish, Yiddish, Kashubian and Russian in diachronic and synchronic perspective
  • Lexicography, phraseology and phraseography
  • Translation studies; translation of literary texts and texts designed for immediate use
  • Cultural memory studies
  • Psycho- and pragmalinguistics
  • Current methods of foreign language teaching
  • Methods of teaching German to young learners, methods of teaching German as a language for special purposes
  • Interdisciplinary methods of foreign language teaching
  • Influence of art on the process of teaching a foreign language
  • Intercultural communication
  • Reception of Polish literature in Germany; German language literature of Danzig/Gdańsk

German Literature and Culture Division

Head – Assoc. Prof. Marion Brandt, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Polish-German literary contacts
  • The works of Günter Grass
  • Collective memory of Polish-German cultural borderlands (Pomerania)
  • Relations of ‘new media’ theory and history and culture
  • Jewish identity in literature
  • Aesthetics of the literary work
  • German drama and theatre

Institute of Logopaedics

Head – Prof. Katarzyna Kaczorowska-Bray, e-mail:

Research areas:
  • Speech Disorders
  • Development of Children’s Language
  • Diagnosis and Therapy of Speech Disorders
  • Language in standard and pathological use
  • Prophylactic speech therapy
  • Language structure

Institute of Polish Language and Literature

Director – Assoc. Prof. Dariusz Szczukowski, e-mail:
Deputy Directors:
Assoc. Prof. Małgorzata Jarmułowicz, e-mail:
Dr Jolanta Laskowska, e-mail:
Assoc. Prof. Aneta Lewińska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Language, literature, culture, arts and changes in research paradigms
  • History, biography, and texts in long term” perspective
  • Polish language, literature, and culture in school education
  • Performative dimensions of past and contemporary culture
Applied Polish Studies Division
Head –  Assoc. Prof. Grażyna Tomaszewska, e-mail: graż
Research areas:
  • Modern interpretative strategies in school education
  • Educational research concerning the realization of the new Polish Studies Core Curriculum
  • Research concerning the development of teaching Polish as a foreign language
  • Kashubian ethno-philology
  • Readership and editorship in the information and digital technology era
  • Bolesław Leśmian and the experience of poetry
Drama and Theatre Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Małgorzata Jarmułowicz, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Performing arts in Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot
  • The history of Polish and universal theater
  • Contemporary Polish and universal drama and theatre
  • The anthropology of spectacle and ritual arts
  • Theatre in the context of other performing arts
  • Cultural phenomena from the border of the theatre 
Polish Language Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Ewa Badyda, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Linguistic pragmatics
  • Linguistic textology (text structure, genre)
  • Lexical semantics and semantics of text
  • Word-formation in language and text
  • Kashubian language and Kashubian dialectology
  • Culture of Polish language
  • Linguistic image of the world

Polish Literary History Division

Head – Assoc. Prof. Radosław Grześkowiak, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Polish literary history
  • Philosophical, religious and artistic contexts of Polish literary history
  • Hebrew and classical heritage in Polish literary history (Bible, Greek and Roman culture and literature)
  • Editorship, nonfictional prose, epistolography, biographical and religious literature in Poland
  • Literary criticism and journalism in Polish literary history
  • Theatre, painting, music and applied arts in the context of Polish culture and literature


Theory of Literature and Art Criticism Division
Head –  Assoc. Prof. Maciej Michalski, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Studies on nonfictional prose
  • Posthumanities, animal studies
  • Literary theory and the topographical turn
  • Reception theory issues
  • Anthropology of everyday life
  • Discourses of identity in Polish culture
  • Intimacy and its transformation in contemporary culture

Institute of Romance Studies

Director –  Assoc. Prof. Marek Mosakowski, e-mail:
Deputy Director – PhD Joanna Drzazgowska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Romance literatures and modern humanities
  • Comparative studies in Romance cultures and literatures
  • Diachronic linguistics and translation studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Teaching French as a foreign language
  • Translation studies
Iberian Studies Division
Head – Dr Mirosław Trybisz, e-mail:
  • Contrastive linguistics
  • History of Romance Languages
  • Lexicology and lexicography
  • Spanish teaching methods
  • Contemporary Spanish and Portuguese literature
Romance Linguistics Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Joanna Jereczek-Lipińska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Contrastive linguistics
  • Diachronic linguistic studies of Indo-European languages
  • Lexicology
  • Language of the media
  • Discourse semantics
  • Neology
  • French teaching methods
Romance Literatures Division
Head – Prof. Michał Piotr Mrozowicki, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Self-creation in contemporary art and literature
  • French literature and posthumanist studies
  • Mythologies of power in the age of Enlightenment
  • Women’s literature in the 19th century France
  • Comparative studies in literature and music
  • Comparative Studies in French and Polish literature
  • Anthropological thought of the Italian Renaissance

Institute of Russian and Eastern Studies

Director – Assoc. Prof. Żanna Sładkiewicz, e-mail:

Deputy Directors:
Dr Katarzyna Wądołowska-Lesner, e-mail:
Dr Aleksandra Klimkiewicz, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Spirituality in Russian literature and culture
  • Russian literature and culture: tradition and innovation
  • Text as culture, culture as text
  • Theory and practice of translation
  • Theory of communication and communicative strategies
  • Cognitive, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic empirical studies
  • Aspects of the process of language acquisition
East Asian Culture and Languages Division
Head – Dr Przemysław Sieradzan, e-mail:
  • Chinese Culture and Civilization
  • Sino-European Intercultural Relations
  • Chinese Literature: Tradition and Modernity
  • Didactics of Chinese Language
  • Theatre in China and Taiwan
  • International Relations in East Asia
  • Political Leadership in East Asian States
  • Political History of East Asian States
  • Political History of East Asia
  • Culture and Tradition of Japan
Russian Languages and Translation Studies Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Alicja Pstyga, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Phonetics, phonology and graphics of contemporary Russian language
  • The theory of translation
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Translation lexicography
  • Semantics of contemporary Russian language
  • Functional linguistics
  • Linguistic and pragmatic dimensions of translation
Russian Studies, Literature and Culture Division
Head – Dr Liliana Kalita, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • Poetics and theory of literature
  • Old Slavonic literature
  • Russian modernism
  • Philosophical issues and poetics of contemporary Russian prose
  • Esotericism in Russian literature at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Russian culture
  • Jewish-Polish and Jewish-Russian contacts
Pragmatics of Communication and Russian Language Teaching Division
Head – Assoc. Prof. Żanna Sładkiewicz, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • The process of language acquisition, communicative competence in a foreign language
  • Studying of language personality and types of language personality
  • Language pedagogy
  • Psychological aspects of reading in native and foreign languages; the readability of text
  • Psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics
  • Communicative pragmatics
  • Communicative behaviour of Polish and Russian people

Institute of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies

Director – Assoc. Prof. Maria Sibińska, e-mail:
Deputy Director:
Assoc. Prof. Hanna Dymel-Trzebiatowska, e-mail:
Research areas:
  • History of Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region
  • Scandinavian Literature: Scandinavian children’s  literature;  Scandinavian drama; Norse literature; Modern Norwegian literature
  • Literary Translation: Translation of Children’s literature, Drama, Comics
  • Media and communication in Nordic countries
  • Scandinavian culture: Representations of the Arctic in Scandinavian and Polish discourses; The Reception of Scandinavian polar explorers in Poland at the end of the 19th and the beginning of 20th century; Scandinavian theatre;  Saami culture; imaginings of the Nordic region in Poland; popular culture of the Nordic region
  • Knowledge regimes and epistemic communities in Nordic-Baltic area
  • Public sector reforms in Northern European states, Science policy in the Baltic Sea region
  • Confrontative linguistics, Finnic languages, translation lexicography (theory and practice)

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