Keynote speakers
Visual Anthropology and European Cultural Heritage


– Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Poznań and of Comparative Central European Studies at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder.

He also lectured as a Visiting Professor at Kansas, Rutgers, Columbia and Warsaw Universities. His scientific interest is in anthropological theories, post socialist transformations, migration and multiculturalism.

He has published several articles in reviewed journals and edited volumes as well as books, among them in English Reluctant Capitalists (1997), The Rational Other (1997), Rethinking Transformation (2001), and, in Polish, To Understand the Other (2004), and Polish Ethnology: Histories and Affinities (2012). He is also the co-editor of Poland Beyond Communism (2001) and, most recently, Colloquia Anthropologica: Issues in Social Anthropology (2014). Currently he serves as a Head of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. He is also a past President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists as well as Chair of World Council of Anthropological Associations.


– Program Director of the Core Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews on the site of the former Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighborhood. She is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University.

Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); and The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (edited with Jonathan Karp).  Her edited volume Writing a Modern Jewish History: Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron won a National Jewish Book Award. They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of  a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, which she coauthored with her father Mayer Kirshenblatt, also won several  awards.

In 2008, she was honored with an award for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture. In May 2015, she will receive an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Vienna Jewish Museum, and Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.


– President, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland,  CEO and Creative Director, Spring Films Ltd (London), Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles).

André Singer was awarded his doctorate from Oxford University as an anthropologist specialising in Iran and Afghanistan. He has subsequently followed a twin-track career in both anthropology and filmmaking. His executive experience runs from being Series Editor of Disappearing World, to heading the BBC Documentary Department’s Independent Unit where he set up the Fine Cut series (later to become Storyville). He has worked as producer or executive producer on twelve films with Werner Herzog. In 2010  Singer set up Spring Films, which has co-produced the award-winning films by Josh Oppenheimer The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. Last year Singer directed the feature documentary about recording genocide in the WW2 Concentration Camps called Night Will Fall.  In 2007 he was awarded the Patron’s Medal by the RAI for his outstanding contribution to anthropological film.