Junior Research Fellow in Early Modern History, Central European University
Tomasz Grusiecki specialises in the study of cultural interactions between east-central Europe and the wider world, focusing on issues of centre and periphery, cultural liminality, and perceptions of selfhood and alterity. He has published on these subjects in, among others, The Polish Review, Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, Journal of the History of Collections, and World Art, with further studies forthcoming.
He is currently preparing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Nativist Simulacra: Poland-Lithuania and the Contradictions of Early Modern Nationhood, 1500-1700. This study explores representations of the emerging Polish-Lithuanian nation, as its otherwise heterogeneous Polish, Ruthenian, Lithuanian and Prussian nobilities found themselves in the midst of searching for a convincing story of their shared origins and place in the world.
His new project, Warsaw Discovers the World: Re-Imagining the City in the Age of Expansion, 1570-1657, is funded by the Central European University in Budapest and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC). It is set to explore an allegedly marginal city as it experienced the effects of an increasingly interconnected world.
For more information, please see www.tomaszgrusiecki.com.