Olga Cielemecka profile picture
Art History, Musicology and Media Studies
Postdoctoral researcher

Areas of expertise

Gender studies
Environmental humanities
Critical plant studies


Trained as a philosopher, I work at the intersection of gender studies, feminist philosophy, and environmental humanities. I write about contemporary environmental challenges in broader political, ethical, and multispecies contexts. I hold a PhD in philosophy from University of Warsaw in Poland. My research took me, among other places, to the University of Alberta in Canada, where I was a research assistant at Wirth Institute in 2013/14, and to Linköping University in Sweden, where, in 2015-2017, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the research programme "The Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory," at the Unit of Gender Studies, Department of Thematic Studies. For four years, I was also a member of a COST Action research network "New Materialism: Networking the European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’" and co-chair a working group on "New Materialisms: Tackling Economical and Identity-Political Crises and Organizational Experiments," which links scholars invested in an attempt to revitalize socially critical concepts through new materialist tools and methods. 


My research project, “The future of the forest: Engendering environmental politics in the Białowieża Forest, Poland,” focuses on the primeval Białowieża Forest, an ecologically unique location of great global and European nature conservation value. I explore the points of intersection between nature, nation, gender, climate change, and future. Mobilizing environmental humanities and feminist environmental perspectives, I ask why certain ecologies are considered worth protecting and preserving, while others are not, and how environmental politics intersect with multiple axes of power operating along the lines of gender, class, ethnicity, nationhood, and species. I look into these questions through a lens of the relationships and interdependencies between humans and forests that complicate the existing conceptual framework which charts environmental issues and account for inseparability of culture and nature and the complexity of contemporary “politics of nature.”


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