Dr Katarzyna Kwapisz Williams

PhD (University of Lodz); Diploma of Education (University of Wroclaw); MA (University of Wroclaw); BA (University of Wroclaw)
Deputy Director, Centre for European Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 02 6125 9896

Areas of expertise

  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Migrant Cultural Studies 200208
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies 190404
  • Other Literatures In English 200508
  • Other Language, Communication And Culture 2099

Research interests

My research focuses on migrant cultures and diaspora, particularly life narratives, issues of displacement and transcultural experience. I am also interested in memory studies, memorialization and the politics of memory. I have published extensively on European diasporic literatures and cultures in Australia, global literatures in English and literary theory, including a book on changes in literary production and reception (Deforming Shakespeare: Investigations in Textuality and Digital Media, 2009). Recently, I have been working on a series of publications on the nexus between migration, memory and identity.


I am Deputy Director at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University. Before joining the ANU, I was Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International Studies and Politics, University of Lodz (Poland), where I worked in research and teaching roles in cultural studies, Anglophone literatures and cultures, literary anthropology and translation. 

As Visiting Fellow I worked at the University of Ghent (Belgium), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Bamberg (Germany), Vaxjo University (Sweden), Monash University (Australia) and the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Teikyo University (Netherlands).

I have extensive experience in teaching and educational administration, and course development at undergraduate and graduate levels. I co-authored graduate and postgraduate studies programmes in Europe and Australia.

I am a strong advocate of language education. Since 2019 I have been President of the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance, I regularly volunteer as language educator (Libraries ACT and community language schools) and I worked as a literary and academic translator (published).


Researcher's projects

Publications – in progress

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • “A Great Migration of Wretched People: The East and its Reconciliation with the Past and Postcolonialism”
  • “WWII memory in Australia: Holocaust exhibition in Australian War Memorial” for Memory Studies. With Sulamith Graefenstein.
  • “Memory and Populism in Eastern Europe” for Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

Invited talks and keynote speeches – recent

  • 21 Aug 2018, Memory of Prague Spring, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra
  • 23 March 2018, Death and Memory, VicForum at Cultural Diversity Week, Melbourne, Digital Humanity: Exploring our Ecosystem
  • 24 Nov 2017, Transnational Cultures of Australia, Keynote speech at Redefining Australia and New Zealand: Historical Heritage and Contemporary Perspectives in Language, Culture and Literature, Inaugural conference of the Polish Association for Studies of Australasia, University of Opole
  • Aug 2016, Gender blindness and what we can learn from literature, workshop Identity in a Multicultural World, ANU Gender Institute, ACT Multicultural Services Department and Initiatives for Women in Need
  • Nov 2015, Minority Literatures – research challenges, Postcolonial Studies Centre, University of Wroclaw, Poland



Projects and Grants

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