Agata Lisiak

Agata Lisiak is Migration Studies professor and Academic Director of the Internship Program at Bard College Berlin. She earned an M.A. in International Relations (University of Economics Poznan, 2002), an M.Phil. in Literary Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2005), and a Dr. Phil. in Media and Communication Studies (University of Halle-Wittenberg, 2009). She has held visiting fellowships at National Sun Yat-sen University, The Open University, and the University of Birmingham. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University’s Institute of Social Sciences (2013-2017) and a Marie Curie Actions/EURIAS fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna (2013-2014). She also worked in the cultural sector as a project coordinator and curator.

Agata works at intersections of migration studies, urban sociology, visual cultures, and gender studies. She is particularly interested in everyday urban encounters and imaginaries and developing creative, multi-sensory, and collaborative research methods. She has written about Taiwanese cinema, Polish hip hop, cultural memory in post-socialist cities, xenoglossophobia, austerity, emotional labor, and invisible femininities, among many other topics. She is currently working on a book on migrant mothering based on her research project Immigrant Mothers As Agents of Change (2013-2017).

She loves Berlin.

Selected academic publications

“A sense of disorder: Urban orientations and migration.” Cities of the South/Cities of the North. Eds. Kerry Bystrom, Ashleigh Harris and Andrew Webber. London: Routledge. Forthcoming.

"With a little help of my colleagues: Notes on emotional support in a qualitative longitudinal research project.“ Emotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships. Ed. Dawn Mannay and Tracey Loughran. Emerald Books. Forthcoming. (with Łukasz Krzyżowski)

"Mothering and othering in the city: Polish migrants in the UK.” Families, Relationships and Societies. Forthcoming.

“Tacit Differences, Ethnicity and Neoliberalism.” Gender, Place and Culture. 2017. (with Magdalena Nowicka)

“Other mothers: Encountering in/visible femininities in migration and urban contexts.” Feminist Review 117. Forthcoming 2017.

"Making sense of absence. Tsai Ming-liang's cinematic portrayal of cities." CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 19.6 (2015): 837-856.

"Fieldwork and Fashion: Gendered and Classed Performances in Research Sites." Forum: Qualitative Social Research 16 (2), 2015.

"The Ballerina and the Blue Bra: Femininity in Recent Revolutionary Iconography." View: Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 5 (2014). Translation into Portuguese (by Manu Escrita): A Bailarina e o Sutiă Azul: Feminilidade na Iconografia Revolucionária Recente.

"Hip-Hop Representations of Urban Stillness: The Case of Poznan, Poland." CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 18.3 (2014).

Urban Cultures in (Post)Colonial Central Europe. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2010.

"Mapping Migration and Urban Identities in Second Cities." Mapping the World, Culture, and Bordercrossing. Ed. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and I-Chun Wang. Kaohsiung: National Sun Yat-sen University, Humanities and Social Sciences Series, 2010. 139-49.

"The Making of (Post)colonial Cities in Central Europe." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 12.1 (2010).

"Disposable and Usable Pasts in Central European Cities." Culture Unbound 1 (2009).

"Berlin and Warsaw as Brands." Weimarpolis 1.1 (2009): 68-80.


Selected academic blog entries

Migrant Mothers in Austere Times. Discover Society 2017.

Fearing the Foreign on Europe’s Streets. Public Seminar 2016.

Creative methods in migration research. Methods in Motion, Open University, 2016.

Affordable mothering and respectability. Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics, 2016.

Immigrant Mothers as Agents of Change. Public Seminar 2014.