Ewa Grigar, Ph.D., M.A.

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Received her Ph.D. in sociology from the New School of Social Research in New York, USA. Her research interests in sociology of art led her to delve into in-depth investigation on the role of art in the public sphere and a dissertation work entitled: Art and Public Sphere: the Artist, the Artwork, the Audience, and the Practice of Alternative Venues of Art Display in Post-communist Poland. Grigar also holds a Master of Art History, Theory, and Criticism degree (with focus on Contemporary Art) from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Before moving to Prague in 2009, for over six years Grigar taught various courses in sociology, media, and art history in Chicago and New York. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a Teaching Fellow at the Parsons School of Design in NY, where she taught courses on Visual Culture and Surveillance in Everyday Culture.

In Prague, Grigar teaches courses in sociology and surveillance at the Prague Institute of North Carolina State University and the University of New York in Prague (UNYP).

Research interests: the role of art in the contemporary public sphere of Czech society, social memory, Tatars culture in Poland, and surveillance studies.

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