Team

Director

Justyna Olko, Ph.D.

Justyna Olko – historian, Deputy Dean for Young Academic Staff at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. She obtained a doctoral degree in the humanities in 2005 at the UW’s Faculty of History for a dissertation on the attributes and iconography of power among the Aztec/Nahua elites. She specializes in the ethnohistory and anthropology of pre-Hispanic and colonial Mesoamerica, with a special focus on Nahua culture; she is also involved in a program for revitalizing the Nahuatl language in Mexico and Wymysorys in Poland. Author of several books, including Turquoise Diadems and Staffs of Of fice. Insignia of Power in Aztec and Early Colonial Mexico (University of Warsaw, 2005), Meksyk przed konkwistą [Mexico before the Conquest] (PIW, 2010, Klio Prize 2010) and Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World (University Press of Colorado, 2014). A recipient of scholarships from Dumbarton Oaks, John Carter Brown Library and of several major grants from European Research Council Starting Grant, Foundation for Polish Science, National Science Centre and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2013) and a Burgen Fellowship by Academia Europaea (2013).

Team members

John Sullivan, Ph.D.

John Sullivan is a research professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, director of the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ), visiting professor at the University of Warsaw, and director of the Nahuatl Program at Yale University. He has a doctorate in Literature from the University of California San Diego (1995) and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007. He currently works with the indigenous researchers at IDIEZ on the production of a monolingual dictionary of Modern Huastecan Nahuatl. He also participates in two projects: Europe and America in contact: a multidisciplinary study of cross-cultural transfer in the New World across time and Endangered languages. Comprehensive models for research and revitalization.

Patrycja Prządka-Giersz, Ph.D.

Patrycja Prządka-Giersz is an archeologist, anthropologist and ethnohistorian. She specializes in archaeology and iconography of pre-Columbian cultures from Andean region, mainly from the northern coast of Peru, in the late period of pre-Hispanic times and the beginning of the Spanish conquest (900/1000-1533 AD). In 2009 she obtained a doctoral degree in the humanities at the UW’s Faculty of History with doctoral thesis on socio-cultural and settlement structure in the north-central coast of Peru in the last 500 years before the Spanish conquest (Patrones de asentamieniento y transformaciones sociopoliticas en la costa norcentral del Perú durante los Periodos Tardíos: el caso del valle de Culebras). Since 2002 she has directed the Archaeological Project Valle de Culebras on the north-central coast of Peru in collabroation with UW Pre-Columbian Research Center and the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima, financed from two grants of Research Committee in Poland.

Julia Madajczak, Ph.D.

Julia Madajczak is research assistant at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. She graduated in cultural studies (2015, PhD), ethnology and cultural anthropology (2010, MA) and archeology (2006, MA). Her area of interest is the language and culture
of prehispanic and colonial Nahuas, particularly: systems of classification, worldview, cross-cultural contact and socio-political structure.

Agnieszka Brylak, Ph.D.

Agnieszka Brylak works in the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies and at the Facutly of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. She obtained a doctoral degree in the humanities in 2015 with the dissertation “Performances of the pre-Hispanic Nahuas: between anthropology and theatre”. Her areas of interest are language and culture
of pre-Hispanic and colonial Nahuas and, particularly, worldview, religion, as well as festivals and performances in Mesoamerica and in New Spain.

Miguel Ángel Ruz Barrio, Ph.D.

Miguel Ángel Ruz Barrio obtained a doctoral degree in humanities with specialization in History at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, in the framework of the program “American Societies: historical and anthropological characters: methods of analysis”. He has worked on several alphabetic and colonial documents from central Mexico. His publications include various articles on the works of Sahagun and on Mesoamerican codices from the colonial era, especially those used in the legal processes.

Aleksandra Bergier, M.A.

Aleksandra Bergier obtained Master’s degrees in applied social sciences and in Latin American studies at the University of Warsaw. In 2008-2012 she worked as a researcher in Center for Legal Studies and Social Research (Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social) - a Bolivian non-governmental organization dedicated to the defense of indigenous peoples’ rights. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Her research project concerns the usage of traditional knowledge (TK) in language and culture revitalization. She is interested in applying indigenous research methods and culturally-driven language revitalization models to study the links between culture and health and to address trauma-induced health issues in indigenous societies.

Bartłomiej Chromik, M.A.

Bartłomiej Chromik is research assistant of the project “Endangered languages” and author of scholarly articles about Wilamowicean language. In 2010 he graduated from Warsaw School of Economics where he obtained Master’s degree in the field of Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems. In 2012 he was awarded Master’s degree from the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”. 

Katarzyna Granicka, M.A.

Katarzyna Granicka is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. She graduated from the same Faculty with the Master thesis in which she analyzed the section of “veintenas” from the manuscript Primeros Memoriales. Currently she works on the evangelization of the indigenous people in Nahuatl during the early stages of language contact. Her doctoral thesis is concerned with the sixteenth-century doctrinal texts “Doctrina Christiana  en Lengua Española y Mexicana”.

Szymon Gruda, M.A.

Szymon Gruda is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw and a graduate of the College of Interdepartamental Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw. His research interests focus on linguistics, culture and literature of the Middle Ages and the early modern period, as well as language, culture and history of the prehispanic and modern Nahuas. His Ph.D. dissertation project is concerned with the oldest trilingual dictionary of Nahuatl, Spanish and Latin.

Collaborators in Spain

Juan José batalla Rosado, Ph.D.

Juan José Batalla Rosado works at the Department of America II at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He is a specialist in Nahua ethnohistory and in Mesoamerican pictorial manuscripts (codices). He has conducted pioneering codicological studies on central Mexican manuscripts.

Isabel Bueno Bravo, Ph.D.

Isabel Bueno Bravo is associated with Fundación Cátedra Iberoamericana at the University of the Baleary Islands in Spain. She is a specialist in preconquest and postconquest Mesoamerican ethnohistory, anthropology and art history. She has conducted extensive research on Mesoamerican war.

Eva Bravo García, Ph.D.

Eva Bravo García is responsible for the members of the project “Europe and America in Contact” at the Universidad de Sevilla. She obtained the doctoral degree in humanities and she is accredited professor at the university. Her research focuses on the Spanish language in America, the history of Spanish language and on geolinguistics and political linguistics of the Spanish language. Currently she is director of the research group “Linguistic, historical and cultural studies and teaching Spanish as a foreign language” (HUM-927) and she is a member of the project “Historiographic writing in Spanish from the Late Middle Ages to the Renascence: variants and variations” (FFI2013-45222-P).

Marta Puente González, M.A.

Marta Rodríguez Manzano, M.A.

Marta Rodrígez Manzano obtained a Master degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Seville (2013) and in Secondary Education Teaching (2014). She is a team member of the project “Europe and America in contact: a multidisciplinary study of cross-cultural transfer in the new world across the time” (FP7-IDEAS-ERC-312795). As part of this project, she develops her doctoral thesis and she works on the transcription and analysis of historical Spanish documentation from the 16th to 18th centuries. Also, since April 2014, she participates in the project “Historiographic writing in Spanish from the Late Middle Ages to the Renascence: variants and variations”(Historia15 - FFI2013-45222), directed by Lola Rodríguez Pons, and since November 2014 she is a member of the research group “Linguistic, historical and cultural studies and teaching Spanish as a foreign language” (HUM-927), directed by Eva Bravo García.

Antonio Pedrote Romero, M.A.

Antonio Pedrote Romero obtained a Master degree in Spanish Filology at the University of Seville (2012) and in Secondary Education Teaching (2013). Currently he forms part of the research team in the framework of the project Europe and America in contact: a multidisciplinary study of cross-cultural transfer in the new world across the time. His investigation focuses on the study of Spanish and indigenous vocabulary in the documents from New Spain created between sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Collaborators in Mexico

Refugio Nava Nava, Ph.D.

Refugio Nava Nava is a native speaker of the Nahuatl language and a writer. He holds Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology. Currently he works as a professor and researcher at the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala in Mexico. His main research interests include the preservation and revitalization of indigenous languages and especially of his mother tongue- Nahuatl.

Beatriz Cuahutle Bautista

Beatriz Cuahutle Bautista has a degree in Applied Linguistics and she is a candidate for Master in Modern Languages and Discourse Studies in the Spanish area at the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala. She is native speaker of the Nahuatl language, researcher from the  community of San Miguel Xaltipan, Contla in Tlaxcala, fellow of the government of Poland and member of the projects “Europe and America in Contact” and “Endangered languages”, carried out by the Faculty of “Artes liberales” at the University of Warsaw.

Eduardo de la Cruz Cruz

Abelardo de la Cruz Cruz

Abelardo de la Cruz Cruz is teaching and research assistant in the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ), collaborator of the project “Europe and America in contact” and teacher of Nahuatl language and culture during the summer courses at Yale University. He is a candidate for Master in Education at the Academic Unit of Higher Education at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. His areas of interest include Nahuatl religion, ethnohistorical approach to religious contact between Nahuatl religion and Christianity in the sixteenth century and an anthropological approach to the attitudes of the Nahuas today towards their own religion in the communities of the Huasteca region in Veracruz, Mexico.

Collaborators in Israel

Jan Szemiński, Ph.D.

Jan Szemiński is a professor at the Department of Romance and Latin American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an ethnohistorian interested in Inca ethnohistory, oral tradition and Quechua language as a historical source in the 6th-18th-century central Andes.

Gregory Khaimovich Chezhegov, M.A.