Sylwia Papier is a PhD student in the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she also received her M.A. in cultural studies. Her academic interests include memory studies, theatre studies, heritage studies and trauma studies. Her PhD dissertation is focused on Holocaust studies and performative studies: she explores strategies of Holocaust witnessing in the genre of solo-theater.
Sylwia is an academic secretary of the Research Centre for Memory Cultures at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She is an active member of the Curatorial Collective, and as a curator she has worked with various cultural institutions. She co-curated several exhibitions, beside others: “KL Plaszow”, "Material witness” “Mark Plaszow, “An emotional map. Projects for Plaszow and Liban”. She is a junior research assistant in “Awkward Objects Of Genocide. Vernacular Art on the Holocaust and Ethnographic Museums” research project (HORYZONT 2020, TRACES). In 2016-2017 she was an investigator in “Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada” research project (Concordia University). She also teaches a class on reading contemporary cultures. Sylwia Papier has published a number of articles in Polish scientifics journals and books. She is co-editor of the books: Identyfikacje Zagłady. Szkice historyczne i praktyki kulturowe (Krakow 2017), Jak burgund pod światło…Szkice o Zuzannie Ginczance (Krakow 2018). She was recipient of the Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland (2015/2016).