Ewa Domańska



Ewa Domańska – historian, theorist of history; Domańska is Professor of Human Sciences and holds her permanent position at the Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She is also a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2002, Domańska has been a recurring visiting professor in the Anthropology Department/Archaeology Center of Stanford University. Her teaching and research interests include history and the theory of historiography, comparative theory of the humanities and social sciences as well as the environmental humanities, ecocide and genocide studies.


Domańska has authored, edited and co-edited twenty-two books including Nekros: Wprowadzenie do ontologii martwego ciała, PWN 2017 (Nekros: An Ontology of Human Remains), and Ekshumacje Polityczne: Teoria i Praktyka, edited with Alexandra Staniewska, słowo/obraz terytoria, forthcoming (Political Exhumations: Theory and Practice). Her more recent publications include: The Paradigm Shift in the Contemporary Humanities and Social Sciences in "Philosophy of History: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives", ed. Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen (Oxford, London, New York: Bloomsbury, 2020); Unbinding from Humanity: Nandipha Mntambo's Europa and the Limits of History and Identity in "Journal of the Philosophy of History"; The Environmental History of Mass Graves in "Journal of Genocide Research" (theme issue: "Environmental History of the Holocaust", ed. Ewa Domańska and Jacek Małczyński).


Domańska explores topics such as the environmental history of mass graves in the context of mass killing sites, soil heritage, relations between ecocides and genocides as well as post-anthropocentric and non-European approaches to the past. Nekros (from the Greek νεκρός) builds the foundations for Dead Body Studies as a separate field of research with a modern transdisciplinary methodology focused on ecological materialism, new animism and non-human personhood. As Domańska notes, "nekrós represents life inseparable from the matter; life as a relationship (...) However, nekrós is always a symbol of blending together and transcending beyond what is humane and inhumane, organic and inorganic, and especially beyond what is alive and dead" (Nekros, p. 66-67, 68).


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