Civil Society:Ewa Majewska

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Ewa Alicja Majewska (b. 1978) - Polish philosopher, feminist. In the 1990s and early 2000s she was involved in anarchist, anti-border, ecological and women's movements. She is currently affiliated with the Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin.

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Academic life

She studied at the Institute of Philosophy of Warsaw University. She defended her doctorate on philosophical concepts of the family at the University of Warsaw in 2007. She lectured on gender studies at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw (2003-2014), for a year (2007/2008) she lectured on political and social philosophy at the University of Szczecin.

In the winter semester 2009/10 she was a member of the Beatrice Bain research group at the University of California at Berkeley, in 2010 she participated in the GeXcel project at the University of Örebro (Sweden), where she was involved in building a feminist critique of neoliberalism inspired by classical and contemporary notions of love. She lives in Warsaw and lectures at Gender Studies UW. In 2011-2013, she worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Culture of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She received a scholarship from the Institute of Human Research (IWM) in Vienna (Bronisław Geremek Senior Fellowship, 2013-2014), in the years 2014-2016 she received a scholarship from the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, currently affiliated with that institute and an adjunct professor at the Artes Liberales Department of the University of Warsaw.

IWM in Vienna, Austria (2013-2014) and ICI Berlin (2014-2016). She taught at the University of Warsaw (Gender Studies 2003-2015; Artes Liberales 2016-2019); Jagiellonian University (2011-2013) and University of Szczecin (2008-2009). She published four books (all in Polish), co-edited 4 other volumes, and some 50 articles and essays were printed in journals, magazines and collected volumes (in English, German, French, Ukrainian and Polish), including: Signs. Journal for Women in Culture and Society, Springerin, e-flux, Third Text, Journal of Utopian Studies or Jacobin. Her current research is in Hegel's philosophy, focusing on the dialectics and the weak; feminist critical theory and antifascist cultures. Her next book, Feminist Antifascism. Counterpublics of the Common, will be published in 2021. She lives in Warsaw.


Her philosophical work is situated in the perspective of a broadly understood critical theory, stretched between the classical works of the Frankfurt School and the work of Gilles Deleuze and socialist feminism. Her investigations usually concern the issues of freedom and power. The subject of her analysis includes topics such as gender, family, borders and migration, media - areas where people are particularly exposed to power and where there are opportunities for resistance and rebellion. These analyses can be understood as an effort to create tools that direct social imagination towards emancipation. Social, artistic and political activity

She volunteered for the Polish IndyMedia and worked in the women's section of the Committee for Assistance and Defense of Repressed Workers. She is also the author of a report on violence against women in the family and intimate relations for the Polish branch of Amnesty International (2005)[1]. She is currently active in the "Towards Girls" association and the initiative for freedom in culture Index 73. Until 2014 she is a member of the Women's Agreement of 8 March.

In 2004, together with Aleksandra Polisiewicz, she formed the duo Syreny TV. It produced documentaries from a series of Warsaw demonstrations and the project All Forward to the Extreme Right (2005). This film is a record of conversations revolving around the analogy between Poland of 2005 and the Weimar Republic. It was screened in Weimar at the festival Attention, Polen Kommen! (2005) and at exhibitions in Warsaw and Gdańsk.

In 2015 she joined the Party Together. In the parliamentary elections in 2015, she ran for the Sejm in the Warsaw district from 26th place on the Total List[2]. As part of the party, she participated in the work of the statutory commission, and co-created the 'Together for Culture' programme. In May 2016, she was elected to the party's national audit committee and in June 2017 to the national council[3]. PublicationsEdit .


  • Ewa Majewska: Art as a guise? Censorship and other paradoxes of politicizing culture. Krakow: Ha!art corporation, 2013, series: The Radical Line. ISBN 978-83-64057-30-4.
  • Ewa Majewska: Feminism as a social philosophy. Sketches from family theory. Warsaw: Difin, 2009. ISBN 978-83-7641-091-3.
  • Ewa Majewska, Jan Sowa (ed.): Zniewolony umysł 2. Krakow: korporacja ha!art, 2007, series: The Radical Line. ISBN 83-89911-61-2.
  • Martin Kaltwasser, Ewa Majewska, Kuba Szreder (ed.): Futurism of industrial cities. Kraków: korporacja ha!art, 2007. ISBN 978-83-89911-70-4.
  • E. Majewska, E. Rutkowska, Equal School, House of Polish-German Cooperation, Gliwice, 2007.
  • A. Wolosik, E. Majewska, Sexual harassment Stupid fun or serious matter, Diffin Publishing House, Warsaw, 2011.

Other publishing work

Ewa Majewska has published, among others, in the: "Signs. Journal of Women in Culture", "e-flux", "Transverse", "Theoretical Practice", "Without Dogma", "Time of Culture", "Ethics", "Political Critique", "Left Foot", "Obiegu", "Zadra", "Przegląd Filozoficzny".

In the years 1995-2008 (and later as well) she has been involved in various antiauthoritarian, feminist, anticapitalist and queer social movements. In the years 2015-2018 she was a member of the social-democratic Polish political party, Razem, and there she occupied positions on the party's supervising committee and the Razem's national council.

She also works in art and art theory, cooperating with Aleka Polis in the queer-feminist informal network,

She collaborates with many feminist artists, and writes about their works: Ewa Partum, Zorka Wollny, Aleka Polis, Iwona Zając, Martha Rosler[1], Antje Majewski and many others.

She was in the editorial team of Obieg magazine, published by the CCA Warsaw (until 2019), and she collaborates with other art institutions and reviews, in Poland and internationally.

Some of her lecture videos

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