Dr Katarzyna Kwapisz Williams

PhD (University of Lodz); Diploma of Education (University of Wroclaw); MA (University of Wroclaw); BA (University of Wroclaw)
Academic Coordinator, Centre for European Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 02 6125 6603

Areas of expertise

  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Migrant Cultural Studies 200208
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Literary Theory 200525
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies 190404

Research interests

Katarzyna is interested in literature, migration and memory. Her research focuses on global literatures in English, life narratives and storytelling, migrant cultures, memorialization and politics of memory. She is the author of articles and book chapters on transcultural and migration experience, the issues of displacement and belonging, memory and post-memory, and a book on changes in literary production and reception (Deforming Shakespeare: Investigations in Textuality and Digital Media, 2009). Recently, she has been working on a series of publications on European memories in Australia.



Katarzyna Williams is Academic Coordinator at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University. Previously she was Assistant Professor at the British and Commonwealth Studies Department, Faculty of International Studies and Politics, University of Lodz (Poland), where she worked in a research and teaching roles in cultural studies, Anglophone literatures and cultures, literary anthropology, communication and translation. 

She was a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies, Monash University (Australia), University of Ghent (Belgium), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Bamberg (Germany), Vaxjo University (Sweden), and Visiting Professor at the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Teikyo University (Netherlands).

She has extensive experience in teaching and educational administration, in unit and program development at undergraduate and graduate levels. She co-authored graduate and postgraduate studies programmes, incl. the EU funded studies programmes at the University of Lodz. 

She worked as a translator (the Polish Academy of Science; the National Remembrance Institute; literary and academic translations), language educator.

She is an assistant editor of Social Psychology of Education (Springer/ANU). 

Researcher's projects

Publications – forthcoming

  • “‘Waltzing St. Kilda’: Writing in Polish in Australia”. Australian Literary Studies special issue “Hidden histories: Australian literature in languages other than English,” eds. Michael Jacklin, Wenche Ommundsen. Forthcoming 2018. With Mary Besemeres (bilingual publication).

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.

Chapters in edited collections:

  • “Translating Home”. Translating Worlds: Migration, Memory and Culture, eds. Susannah Radstone, Rita Wilson. Translation Studies Series. Routledge. With Jacqueline Lo.
  • “Literary Ambitions: the Polish language press in Australia”. Voices of Australia’s Migrant and Minority Community Press in a Global Context, eds. Catherine Dewhirst, Jayne Persian, Richard Scully. With Mary Besemeres.
  • "Europe - Australia recent migration", ed. Maciej Duszczyk. Routledge. With Stefan Markowski.

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



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