Karolina Nikielska-Sekuła is Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Migration Research, University of Warsaw and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Intercultural Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

Her current scholarly research focuses on migration (Central and Western Europe, and Turkey), visual and sensory sociology, and cultural heritage in the multicultural context. Nikielska-Sekuła received her MA degree in Sociology from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, and her PhD in interdisciplinary Culture Studies from the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Her previous posts include Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of South-Eastern Norway, and Marie Curie Early Career Researcher jointly at the Migration Research Center (MiReKoc) at Koç University in Istanbul and the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute at the University of Deusto, Bilbao. Nikielska-Sekuła coedited a book Visual Methodology in Migration: New Possibilities, Theoretical Implications, and Ethical Questions (with A. Desille), awarded by IMISCOE. She is a member of the INTEGRIM Lab, International Sociological Association, International Visual Sociology Association, IMISCOE-DIVCULT standing committee, and the Nordic Migration Research Network.

Research interests

Karolina Nikielska-Sekuła’s research interests centre on human migration with a special focus on the role of “culture” and cultural heritage in these processes. She researched belonging, cultural heritage, identity, and everyday cultural practices of people on the move employing visual and multisensory research methods. In her work, she develops methodologies that fit researching processes entangled within various aspects of multicultural encounters. Geographically, Nikielska-Sekuła specialises in Turkey, and Central and Western Europe, especially Norway and Poland.