dr Karolina Watras completed her A Levels at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the UK. She received her undergraduate degree in History of Art from Christ’s College, Cambridge. Karolina studied Gothic Architecture for a Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and subsequently returned to Cambridge to pursue her MPhil and doctoral research at Jesus College.
Dr Watras has worked at the University of Cambridge as a supervisor and Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of History of Art, Acting Director of Studies at Jesus and Trinity Colleges, and course leader at the Institute of Continuing Education. She returned to Poland and joined Akademeia in 2014.
Dr Watras’s broader interests include Surrealism, transregional exchanges between 20th century avant-gardes, artist’s books, art under totalitarian regimes, and twentieth century aesthetic theory. Throughout her academic research and teaching dr Watras has always followed an interdisciplinary approach, which informs her work as the Head of the Humanities Department and which she strives to instill in her students.
Faculty of Humanities:
dr Adam Anders
BA (Hons.) History, York University
MA Ancient History, Cardiff University
PhD Ancient History, Cardiff University
Adam studied History at York University in Toronto and went on to study Ancient History at Cardiff in the UK. There he earned an MA with distinction and followed with a Ph.D. on Roman light infantry. His academic research focuses on the Roman Army, with a particular interest in combat dynamics. His love for stories spills over from the historical to the fictional, and the latter manifests as a penchant for creative writing: Adam is currently enrolled at Harvard University, where he is pursuing a Masters degree in Creative Writing and Literature.
BA International Studies, University of Guadalajara (Mexico)
MA Peace and Development Studies, UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, Jaume I University (Spain)
MA Spanish Language, La Rioja University (Spain)
PhD candidate Spanish Language and Literature, University of Warsaw
Roberto has over 17 years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language, collaborating with Institute Cervantes in Warsaw and the University of Guadalajara.
dr Alfredo Barillari
BA International Relations, University of Naples
MA European Studies, University of Naples
PhD Gender and Women’s History, University of Naples
Alfredo graduated in International Relations from University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where he also has achieved a master degree in European Studies. In 2017, he obtained a PhD title in Gender and Women’s History at the same university, carrying out researches in Florence and Rome. The topic of his PhD thesis was “Patterns of Masculinity in a changing Society: Idols of Italian Cinema in 1955 – 1963”. During four years of doctoral studies, Alfredo chaired seminars and presented the results of his work at international conferences in France (University of Rouen) and Spain (University of Madrid, UAM). He was also a member of the organizing committee of the “Gender & Crisis in History” international conference (Procida, 2015). For years he has been socially involved, starting when he was still a student and continuing to this day – Alfredo is one of the founders of the social movement “LiberaMente”, active in his city (Serra San Bruno). He lived, among others, in Finland, Mexico, Hungary (in Budapest he studied as Erasmus student) and from January 2018 lives in Warsaw. The possibility of passing knowledge is a privilege and true passion for him.
BA (Hons.) Education and Humanities, Midwestern College in Kansas City
MLitt Religion and the Contemporary World, St. Andrews University
After receiving her BA in Education and Humanities in Kansas City, Sonia pursued an interdisciplinary MLitt focusing on Religion and the Contemporary World at St. Andrews University. Her thesis explored the concept of self-love, specifically in the writings of the Danish existential philosopher, Sore Kierkegaard. Her passion for teaching led her to Prague where she received a TEFL certificate and began teaching at language schools back in Poland. Sonia has also worked as a translator for numerous publishers and authors. Expressing herself in a more artsy way is also an important aspect of her life. She does that through singing, dancing, as well as writing poetry: link
BA History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
MA, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of London
Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, University of Cambridge
Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching, Lancaster University
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA YL extension, University of Cambridge
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA, University of Cambridge
Kay Czepli-George specialises in teaching History of Art, Literature and English language to high school as well as university students. She has worked for educational institutions in England, Vietnam, Qatar and Poland. Her experience has ranged from teaching young learners and young adults, designing innovative materials, mentoring newly qualified teachers and supporting YL educators in a methodological capacity. Kay is interested in the concepts of second language identity as well as interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching language, literature and history of art. The source of her inspiration is not only other teachers but also her talented students who surprise her every day.
Polish Studies, University of Warsaw
Stefan Głowacki is a graduate of the Polish Studies Faculty at the University of Warsaw. During his studies he mainly directed his scientific interests at the literature of Mannerism and Baroque, investigating its connections with modern times. Stefan is a teacher with many years’ experience. In his work with students he focuses on dialogue and independent exchange of thoughts and views. He encourages his students to look at literary texts from a broader perspective, to pay attention to historical and literary context in which a given work originated and the correlations between the work and other fields of art such as painting, film or works of mass culture. In developing the Polish language teaching programme he paid special attention to its interdisciplinary and intertextual character – that is why, apart from outstanding works of literature and their analysis, the programme also features elements of Polish history, world history and literature, history of art and visual culture. Among his favourite authors he mentions Witold Gombrowicz and Franz Kafka. He is a passionate musician and composer. His works may be defined as a combination of jazz, funk and electronic music.
BA English Language Philology, University of Bialystok
MA English Language Philology, University of Bialystok
Master of Laws (LLM), University of Bialystok
Acquisition Cat 1 Training, Dublin
Natalia Jakubowska is an experienced ESL Teacher, IB Language B Tutor and Extended Essay Supervisor. Throughout her teaching career she accomplished professional development trainings in Poland, Ireland and the UK. Natalia is interested in second language acquisition, cognitive psychology and language education. She specialises in working with gifted students and designing individual courses which are tailored to meet students’ special eduction needs and help them grow in intellectual, social and emotional ways. In her classes Natalia promotes creative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.
BA International Relations, University of North Carolina
Prior to moving to Poland, Elijah studied International Relations both at American University in Washington, D.C. and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elijah has always had a life-long interest in Central/Eastern Europe, which is why he focused his studies on the region and, in particular, he focused on the politics and culture of Poland. This led him to do a year of his undergraduate coursework at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, as well as a one-year post-graduate study in sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences (P.A.N.) in Warsaw. Upon graduating, Elijah obtained a certificate in teaching English and moved to Poland in 2002, where he has been teaching English as a Second Language ever since. With his vast experience in teaching English specifically to Poles, Elijah has developed his own highly successful methodology that focusses on effectively learning the English tenses as well as identifying and correcting typically made mistakes of Poles when speaking English due to the grammar and interference of their Slavic mother tongue. What’s more, Elijah has an insatiable appetite to explore and get to know new cultures which has fueled his travel to more than 50 countries and most of the US states.
Marta Perez Diaz
MA Slavonic Philology, Universidad Complutense in Madrid
MA Applied Linguistics (Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching), Universidad Nebrija
Marta’s research interests include conversation analysis, foreign language teaching methodology and cross-cultural pragmatics.
BA English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London
MA Writing and Society 1700 – 1820, Queen Mary, University of London
Sam’s research interests include first-generation Romanticism and its legacy, particularly in terms of its influence on early twentieth-century poetry.Sam has also co-hosted a literary podcast on forgotten or overlooked books – Sherds Podcast: link
MA (Hons.) English Literature and Spanish, University of Glasgow
UK Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), University of Cambridge
Amy’s research interests include marginality in Latin American literature, with a particular focus on indigenismo; postcolonial literature and modernist writing. She also completed a year at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile researching postcolonial linguistic and cultural expression in Quechua speakers, as well as indigenous uprisings of Latin America. Alongside her academic interests, Amy has a true passion for theatre which has manifested itself in her leading theatre workshops as well as producing and directing numerous performances with school students. Most recently, she produced and directed “The Lion King” musical at the top international residential school in India. Her teaching experience encompasses teaching English and Spanish from primary age to University students in Honduras, Scotland and India, and Spanish Literacy to speakers of Quechua in remote Bolivia.
MA (Hons.) Art History and English Literature, University of St. Andrews
MPhil History of Art, University of Cambridge
Before moving to Poland from the UK in 2008, Bella studied at the University of St. Andrews, where her undergraduate thesis examined the interaction between Philip Pulman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and the old Romantics, especially Blake and Milton. At Cambridge, her MPhil in History of Art focused on late medieval panel painting in East Anglia. These diverse topics reflect two specific interests: writing for children from the18th century to the present day, and Gothic art. Both these areas encompass the deployment of didactic/pedagogic images, the history of which within Christian art is a major area of her interest. Renaissance and Jacobean drama, together with 20th century American drama, represent other fields of study, fuelled by Bella’s four year stint teaching English Literature at the Polish National Academy of Theatre Arts (formerly Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna).
dr Magdalena Szalewicz
MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
PhD Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences
Magda’s PhD thesis was devoted to the problem of visual thinking: drawing on Freud’s findings concerning dreams as visual representations of thoughts and on the images produced by artificial neural networks modeled on the visual cortex; she argued that our concepts – from the most mundane, concrete ideas utilized in everyday speech to the most abstract ideas of mathematics – are mostly images, albeit coded and perceived in linguistic form. Apart from epistemology, Magda’s academic interests include contemporary French philosophy, psychoanalysis and visual arts.
dr Keith Walmsley
MA, University of Oxford
MLitt, University of St. Andrews
PhD, University of St. Andrews
IPGCE, University of Sheffield
Keith received his initial degree in French and Russian before pursuing postgraduate study in Russian Literature. His Master’s course focused on the periods of Romanticism and Symbolism, and his PhD thesis investigated the role of the fairy tale in the development of the early Russian novel. His research has been published in the Slavonic and East European Review, and he has presented papers at various universities including Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews and Princeton. Whilst at St. Andrews he taught Russian translation and literature courses and ran a weekly grammar workshop. His interests expand to all areas of foreign language teaching and he currently holds other certificates in “Teaching English as a Second Language in Mainstream Classrooms” and in “La Formation initiale à l’approche neurolinquistique de l’ensieignement des langues étrangères”.
BA English Language Philology, University of Bialystok
BA Construction Engineering, Coventry University
MA English Language Teaching, Coventry University
PhD Candidate, University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – DELTA, University of Cambridge
With a specialisation focused on language education and literature, Natalia Zajączkowska explores how texts can equip individuals with language tools beyond traditional approaches and methodologies. After completing her BA in English Language Philology from the University of Białystok, Natalia obtained a BA in European Construction Engineering and an MA in English Language Teaching from Coventry University. Currently pursuing a PhD in Warsaw, her thesis is focused on gender roles through the prism of female Jewish literature through the second wave of feminism in the 20th century.
dr Tom Young
MA (Hons.), University of Cambridge
MPhil, University of Cambridge
PhD, University of Cambridge
Dr Tom Young received his PhD, MPhil and undergraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge. He worked as a research fellow at Yale University, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. He specialises in the visual and material histories of the British Empire, and has written extensively on the East India Company and the Sikh Kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. His research has been published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and as part of Heidelberg University Press’ Studies in Transculturation series. He taught at the University of Cambridge for two years as a supervisor, and has also lectured at some of the world’s leading research institutions – including Columbia University, Yale University, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York, and the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas in Mexico City.