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Aleksandra Galasinska

Aleksandra Galasinska

Reader in Discourse and Social Anthropology

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 3520
  • Location MC217
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Institute Wolverhampton School of Art
  • Areas of expertise discourse, identity, migration, ethnography, internet

After I graduated from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (MA in Polish Philology and MA in Social Anthropology), I was involved in a major government-funded linguistic project into Polish place names. In my doctoral dissertation I approached names as cultural texts mapping out cultural realities of their users. While working on a large study of discursive construction of identities in European border communities funded by the European Commission (FP5) I became interested in the analysis of naturally occurring discourses. My current research interests, publications as well as editorial work focus upon issues of the relationship between language/discourse/ and society and social identities, and in particular on ethnographic and discursive aspects of lived experience of post-communism as well as post-89 and post-enlargement migration. I've been collecting migrants’ narratives recounting experiences of moving country and researching on-line media and internet forum discourses in relation to post-04 migration from Poland. My new project is devoted to the topic of return migration.

  • Sources of national identity and the discursive resources for its articulation,
  • The relationship between the narrated biography and the narrated experience of post communism and of the social, political and economic system transition and particularly the changing discourses of the nation and gender,
  • The extent to which communism as well as the economic, political and social transformations in the Central and Eastern Europe have contributed to 'post-communist' identity,
  • Changing meta-narratives of Polish migration to the UK,
  • Internet forum discussion and netnography.
  • EASA - European Association of Social Anthropologists,
  • SIEF - International Society for Ethnology and Folklore.
  • MA in Polish Philology (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland),
  • MA in Social Anthropology (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland),
  • PhD in Linguistics (Institute of Polish Language, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland).


  • The post-communist condition. Public and private discourses of transformation. (co-editor D. Galasiński) Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, DAPSAC series, 2010. ISBN 978 90 272 0628 2. pp.260,
  • Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. (co-editor M. Krzyżanowski), Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2009. ISBN 13: 978-0-230-52102-5. pp.243.

Selected articles in refereed journals:

  • The (pro)long(ed) life of a “grand narrative”: The case of internet forum discussions on post-2004 Polish migration to the UK. (co-author A. Horolets). TEXT and TALK 32(2), pp.125-143,2012. ISSN 1860–7330/12/0032–0125. DOI 10.1515/text-2012-0007,
  • Leavers and stayers discuss returning home. Internet discourses on migration in the context of the post-communist transformation. Social Identities 16(3), pp.309-324, 2010. ISSN 1350-4630. DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2010.482416,
  • Gossiping in the Polish Club. An emotional coexistence of ‘old’ and ‘new’ migrants. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36 (5), pp. 939-951, 2010, special issue On the move: Emotions and Human Mobility. ISSN 1369-183X. DOI:10.1080/13691831003643363,
  • Lost in communism, lost in migration: Narratives of post-1989 Polish migrant experience, (co-author D. Galasiński). Journal of Multicultural Discourses 2:1, pp.47-62, 2007.

Selected chapters in edited collections:

  • It’s all about work. In A. Galasińska and D. Galasiński (eds), The post-communist condition. Public and private discourses of transformation. pp. 191-209. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, DAPSAC series, 2010,
  • Narrating migration, narrating transformation. In D. Uffelmann and J. Rostek (eds) Contemporary Polish Migrant Culture in Germany, Ireland, and the UK, pp.225-243. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010,
  • A two-way street? Discourses of post-communism and their sources. (co-author D. Galasiński). In R. de Cillia, H. Gruber, M. Krzyżanowski & F. Menz (eds) Diskurs-Politik-Identität / Discourse-Politics-Identity. Essays for Ruth Wodak on Her 60th Birthday, pp.343-353. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2010,
  • Small stories fight back. Narratives of Polish economic migration on an internet forum. In A. Galasińska & M. Krzyżanowski (eds), Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, pp.188-203. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009,
  • ‘Either’ and ‘Both’ – the changing concept of living space among Polish post-communist immigrants to the United Kingdom. (co-author O. Kozłowska). In M. Baynham, J. Collins and S. Slembrouck, (eds) Globalization and Language in Contact: Scale, Migration, and Communicative Practices, pp.170-188. London: Continuum, Advances in Applied Linguistics series, 2009,
  • Discourses on a 'normal life' among post-accession migrants from Poland to Britain. (co-author O. Kozłowska). In K. Burrell (ed.) Polish Migration to the UK in the ‘New’ European Union: After 2004, pp.87-106. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising postgraduate research in the area of media, journalistic practice and Critical Discourse Analysis.

I am available for postgraduate research supervision in the following areas: post-enlargement migration; netnography and internet; narrative and identity; discourse and (social) change.