Ph.D. Mariusz Kałczewiak
Mariusz Kałczewiak is a social and cultural historian of modern Eastern Europe and Latin America. His areas of expertize include Jewish Studies, Historical Migration Studies and Historical Gender Studies.
Dr. Kałczewiak completed his graduate studies at Tel Aviv University, where he earned a PhD in History (2017). He holds a MA in International Relations (Major: Latin American Studies) from the University of Warsaw (2011).
He joined the University of Warsaw in 2021 and since 2017 has served as a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the Slavic and Eastern European Studies Department at the University of Potsdam. Dr. Kałczewiak held fellowships at the University of Florida, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Brandeis University, University of Haifa, Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg or Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
His scholarship has appeared in American Jewish History, European Journal of Jewish Studies, Jewish Culture and History or East European Jewish Affairs.
His first book Polacos in Argentina. Polish Jews, Interwar Migration, and the Emergence of Transatlantic Jewish Culture (Alabama University Press 2020) recreates a mosaic of entanglements that Jewish migration wove between Poland and Argentina in the first half of the twentieth century. The book has won the 2020 Best Book Award of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.
Dr. Kałczewiak’s current research project explores the evolution of Polish-Jewish masculinities between the 1890s and 1930s. Making an argument that gender studies shed new light on the ethnic history in Eastern Europe, it looks on how the Polish-Jewish ideals of masculinity were constructed and performed. The areas which this project explores include diverse social spaces: yeshivot and beis midrashim, army, or university fraternities.
Most important publications
Most important scholarly articles
“Yiddish at the Andes. Unbearable Distance, Devoted Activists and Building Yiddish Culture in Chile,” Jewish Culture and History 20 4(2019): 297-316
“Anticolonial Orientalism: Perets Hirshbeyn´s Yiddish Indian Travelogue,” In Geveb. A Journal of Yiddish Studies (July 2019)
“We Hope to Find a Way Out from Our Unpleasant Situation – Polish-Jewish Refugees, Latin America and Escaping the Nazi Europe” – American Jewish History 103 1(2019): 25-49