Anna Niedźwiedź

Anna Niedźwiedź is a cultural anthropologist whose research focus on lived religion, materiality and spatiality of religions, pilgrimages and visual anthropology. She has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Europe (mostly in Poland) and in Ghana. Currently – as a member of HERA founded consortium – she is involved in research on heritage formation processes and their relations to religion. Her main publications (in Polish and in English) concentrate on lived Catholicism. She published books on Marian cult in Poland, e.g. The Image and the Figure: Our Lady of Częstochowa in Polish Culture and Popular Religion (2010), and on lived Catholicism in Ghana, Religia przeżywana. Katolicyzm i jego konteksty we współczesnej Ghanie (2015) (Lived Religion: Catholicism and Its Contexts in Contemporary Ghana). Her other recent publications concern pilgrimages and anthropology of sacred spaces. She was teaching at universities in the US and in Poland.  Currently she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków.