Head of the Institute
Mirosław Przylipiak
Mirosław Przylipiak

Head of the Institute| Professor

Mirosław Przylipiak, professor of film and media studies at the University of Gdańsk, film critic, translator, documentary filmmaker. His main publications include the books Kino stylu zerowego/Zero Style Cinema (1994, sec. edition 2016), Kino najnowsze/New Cinema (1998), Poetyka kina dokumentalnego/Aesthetics of documentary cinema (2000, sec. ed. 2004), three books on American direct cinema, about 150 academic papers on various aspects of film and media, and numerous film reviews. He translated nearly 30 books, mostly from the fields of psychology and film, and some poetry. He also made several documentary films and series of television educational programmes. Mirosław Przylipiak is a founder and first managing director of Academic Educational Television of Gdańsk University. He has been awarded many grants and fellowships, from the Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Higher Education, among others. His main areas of interest are: theory and aesthetics of cinema, documentary film, American direct cinema, and Polish cinema.

Head of the Department
Krzysztof Kornacki

Head of the Department| Associate Professor

Krzysztof Kornacki specializes in the history of Polish cinema. He is the author of books: Polish cinema against Catholicism 1945 – 1970 (nominated for the Bolesław Michałek Prize), Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzej Wajda (Fredro’s Penal Prize); co-founder and the first president of the Gdańsk University Film Discussion Club The Loves of Blonde, member of the Editors Council in the Audiovisual Culture magazine Panoptikum, awarded with the medal of the National Commission of Education. He works at the University of Gdańsk, Gdynia Film School, The Academy of Polish Film and The Academy of Film Education in Ostrołęka.

Jerzy Szyłak


Jerzy Szyłak DSc (born 1960) – professor at the University of Gdańsk. The author of several works on comics and a few about cinema and transformations taking place in contemporary culture. His most famous publication is Comic Books: The Overdrawn World. The most important works in his career are the monographs: The Comic book in the Iconic Culture of the 20th Century. Introduction to Poetics of Comic Books (1999), Aesthetics of Comic Books. Iconic and Linguistic Layer (2000) and Body Games. On the Images of Women in Contemporary Culture (2002, extended re-edition in 2013). All of them bring together reflections on the changes in culture by the analysis of literature, film, photography, and, of course, comic books. There was a time when Jerzy Szyłak also tried to be a cartoonist, but nowadays he only writes scenarios for other comic book creators. In his comic book, there is a clear striving for provocation, violation of social conventions or boundaries of good taste, and exploration of frontier areas of life.

Associate Professors
Paweł Sitkiewicz

Associate Professor

Film and media historian. Fields of interest: animated film, history of movie-going, Polish cinema before WWII, early cinema, history of comics and graphic novels. Author of three books: Małe wielkie kino. Film animowany od narodzin do końca okresu klasycznego (Great but Small Movies. Animated Film from the Beginning to the early 1950s, 2009), Polska szkoła animacji (Polish School of Animation, 2011) oraz Miki i myszy. Walt Disney i film rysunkowy w przedwojennej Polsce (Of Mickey and Mice. Walt Disney and Cartoon Film in Pre-War Poland, 2012), and several dozen of articles. Co-author of Powieści graficzne. Leksykon (Graphic Novels: A Lexicon, 2015, ed. by S. J. Konefał). Editor in chief of “Przezrocze” journal.

Marcin Adamczak

Associate Professor

Film critic, scholar and columnist. Assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Film Production at the Film School in Łódź and at the University of Gdańsk. The director of Cinemaforum short film festival in Warsaw. The winner of Krzysztof Mętrak contest for young film critics (2011). Awarded with a scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science (in 2010 and 2011). The author of Global Hollywood, European film and Polish cinema after 1989 (2010) and Besides the Screen. The prospects for production studies and social functioning of film (2014). Member of Polish Filmmakers Association and FIPRESCI. As a film critic and journalist, he contributes regularly to various film magazines.

Assistant professors (phd)
Łukasz Biskupski

Philosophiae doctor

Łukasz Biskupski is realising a grant of the National Science Center in Poland post doctoral fellow (“Fuga” programme). Before joining the University of Gdańsk, he received his doctorate from SWPS University in Warsaw (cultural studies). In his first book, The City of Attractions (2013), he analysed the emergence of cinema as a social, economic and cultural institution in the city of Łódź before 1914. In his Involved Cinephilia (2017, upcoming) he explored the emergence of an alternative film culture in Poland in the 1930’s focusing on the Society for the Promotion of Film Art START. His current project is concentrated on the economic history of the Polish film production company “Sfinks” in the context of the film industry in the interwar period.

Expertise: cultural, social and economic history of Polish cinema, history of popular culture, cultural production, visual culture.

Sebastian Konefał

Philosophiae doctor

Sebastian Jakub Konefał is an assistant professor of film studies. The author of books: Kino Islandii. Tradycja i ponowoczesność / The Cinema of Iceland. Tradition and Postmodernity (2016), Corpus Futuri. Literackie i filmowe wizerunki postludzi / Corpus Futuri. Literary and film portraits of post-humans (2013). His academic interests include popular culture and tv, genre cinema, religion in sci-fi, the aesthetics and history of modern Nordic cinema, and comic book studies.

He is also a fan of travelling, alternative music, comic books, and tv series.

Joanna Sarbiewska

Philosophiae doctor

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cultural Research at the University of Gdansk. Her
academic interests include philosophy of culture, film and media in a phenomenological and (post)secular perspective (via negativa). She has authored the book Ontologia i   estetyka filmowych obrazów Wernera Herzoga (Ontology and aesthetics of Werner Herzog’s film images, 2014) and has published many academic articles. An author of the film Oglądy (Views), based on the novel Pokój (The Room) by Jean-Paul Sartre. She is a president of Gdansk department of Polish Society of Film and Media Studies. She used to be a vice-president (2012-2014) of Pomeranian Philosophical and Theological Society.

Grażyna Świętochowska

Philosophiae doctor

Grażyna Świętochowska teaches and researches Film Studies at the University of Gdańsk since 2008. She is an Editor-in-Chief of “Panoptikum”, the peer-reviewed academic journal on audiovisual culture. She received her PhD in Humanities from University of Gdańsk, Poland in September 2014. Her dissertation The Czechoslovak New Wave as a form of film modernism will be published as a book České vynálezy. Selected aspects of Czech and Slovak audiovisual culture in 1960s. Her latest academic interests involve opening sequences, video essay and videographic moving image studies.

In 2016, she attended CEU Summer University in Budapest, Hungary: Screened Memories. Historical Narratives and Contemporary Visual Culture and participated in an Academic Study Visit in NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

Bożena Kudrycka

Philosophiae doctor

Janusz Bohdziewicz

Philosophiae doctor

Piotr Kurpiewski

Philosophiae doctor

A lecturer at the University of Gdańsk and a history teacher in the Gimnazjum nr 11 in Gdynia. The Author of the book Historia na ekranie Polski Ludowej /History on the Screens of the Peoples’ Republic of Poland (2017). Since 2007 he has been researching the history of Polish cinema with a special focus on the times of People’s Republic of Poland. Author of a dozen scientific and popular texts on film, a devoted admirer of the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski and Wojciech Smarzowski. He is also a fan of travelling, blues-rock music and silent films.

Bartosz Filip

Philosophiae doctor

Ph.D, film historian. Lecturer in New Horizons of Film Education and Polish Film Academy. Member of the editorial staff of “Script. Gdynia Film School Notebooks”. Member of the Polish Society for Film and Media Studies. Co-editor of the book Orson Welles: Works – Reception – Legacy, he works on the book Polish Cinema towards the Home Army.

In his second life he is an employee of The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, where he is the coordinator of such events as: “Gdańsk Press Photo”, “The One Minutes Film Festival” and “Pomerania Readings”.

Visiting professors
Thomas Elsaesser


Thomas Elsaesser is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2012 he was a Visiting Professor at Yale University, and since 2013, he teaches part-time at Columbia University. Besides publishing over 200 essays in journals and collections, he has authored, edited, and co-edited some 20 volumes on film history, film theory, German and European cinema, Hollywood, Media archaeology, New Media and Installation Art. His books have been translated, among others, into: French, German, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Turkish.

Among his recent books as an author are: German Cinema – Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945 (New York: Routledge, 2013) and (with Malte Hagener) Film Theory – An Introduction through the Senses (2nd edition, New York: Routledge, 2015). He is currently completing a book on European Cinema and Continental Thought (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Agnieszka Piotrowska

Philosophiae doctor