Adam Ostolski : Research & CV

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I am a sociologist, faculty member (assistant professor) at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw. My academic interests include medical sociology, political ecology, and collective memory, and my favourite research approach is discourse analysis. In addition to academic research and teaching, I am also a founding member of the Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), a member of the national board of the Polish Sociological Association, a member of the editorial board of the Green European Journal, and an expert in the programme “Capacity Building for Integration and Reform” dedicated to civil servants from Ukraine and their preparation to accession negotiations with the EU (College of Europe in Natolin).

At the CEFRES, I am conducting research entitled More-than-human medicine: veterinary practice and ongoing transformations of interspecies relationships, where I apply methods and concepts of medical sociology to veterinary medicine. Veterinarians are uniquely positioned to watch closely the transformations of how modern people understand the concepts of home and family as co-constituted by human and non-human actors. Using my expertise as a medical sociologist, I intend to investigate how some basic concepts of medical sociology fare when applied to veterinary contexts (doctor-patient relationship, patient’s problem, patients view, informed consent etc.). I am also interested in transformations of veterinary practice, insofar as they reflect the ongoing broader social change.



2011: Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Warsaw (dissertation “Trauma and Public Memory: The Legacy of World War Two in Contemporary Poland”)

2004: M.A. in Philosophy, University of Warsaw

2002: M.A. in Sociology, University of Warsaw


since 2013: Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw

2022: visiting professor (Gastdozent) at the Aleksander Brückner Zentrum, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

2009-2013: Institute for Social Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw

Recent publications

“Conspirators, Corruptors, Pariahs: The Judaization of Gay People in Polish Right-Wing Discourse”, Feminist Studies, 2023, vol. 49(1):150-175, doi 10.1353/fem.2023.a901597

“Jak upiec obwarzanek? Kryzys legitymizacji neoliberalizmu a zielona transformacja” [How to bake the doughnut? The legitimation crisis of neoliberalism and the green transformation], [in] Obwarzanek po polsku, Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej, Warszawa 2023, pp. 122-140

“Rola wyobraźni socjologicznej w komunikacji lekarza z pacjentem” [On the uses of sociological imagination in doctor-patient communication], Przegląd Socjologiczny, 2022, vol. 71(2):169-191, doi: 10.26485/PS/2022/71.2/7

“Gra w antykomunizm. Przyczynek do analizy dyskursu” [An anti-communist game: a case in a discourse analysis], Studia Socjologiczno-Polityczne, 2020, No. 2(13):99-124, doi: 10.26343/0585556X21306

French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – Prague