Division I: Humanities and Social Sciences



Institute for the History of ScienceInstitute for the History of Science

disciplines: historical sciences
fields of activity: the history of Polish and European science (with a specific focus on the analysis of historical sources from the European Middle Ages) • conditions for the development and reception of modern science • comparative studies of the history of education (environmental factors and general European relations) • the Polish intellectual elite • the contribution of Polish scholars to the development of modern science and technological thought • the reception of scientific theories in the context of social transformations and nation-building processes in Central and Eastern Europe

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology

disciplines: historical sciences
fields of activity: archaeology, ethnology, and the history of material culture (pursued while additionally drawing upon history, cultural anthropology, zooarcheology, paleobotany, palynology, geophysics, and selected technical sciences)

Institute of Art

disciplines: fine arts
fields of activity: Polish artistic culture (plastic arts, theater, film, television, music, folklore) in its historical and contemporary manifestations, including European and global relations

Institute of Economics

disciplines: economics
fields of activity: modern theory of economics • the transformation of Poland’s economic system • economic policy in times of political transformation • the adaptation of the Polish economy to the world’s economy (including integration with Western Europe)

Institute of History

disciplines: historical sciences
fields of activity: the formation of Polish society and the development of the modern Polish nation from the Middle Ages to the late modern period • comparative studies of the history of medieval and modern culture • political, social and cultural transformations in Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century • the Baltic Region in the early and late modern period • bibliographical and biographic work, editing of sources, cartography, and historical geography

Institute of Law Studies

disciplines: legal sciences, sociology
fields of activity: international and European law (including the adaptation of Polish law to EU law) • the law of the market economy • Polish and European private law (including civil and commercial law) • labor law • constitutional law • local governments • human rights • administrative law • environmental protection • criminal law • criminological research • sociology of law

Institute of Literary Research

disciplines: philological sciences
fields of activity: the history of Polish literature • Polish literary culture • the theory of literature • the methodology of literary research • scientific editing

Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures

disciplines: philosophical, theological, historical, and politicalsciences, fine arts, sociology, economics
fields of activity: studies of Ancient and modern civilizations stemming from non-European cultural and religious traditions • archeological excavations in Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Israel, and Cyprus • linguistic, religious, and cultural studies and the sociology of development of modern societies in Asian and African countries • the cultures of the Mediterranean, the Orient, and neighboring countries • studies on Mediterranean cultural heritage as a common good of special importance to united Europe • studies on Asian and African cultures from Antiquity to the modern period; studies on historical and modern Islam • studies on globalization in intercultural dialogue and confrontation

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology

disciplines: philosophical sciences, sociology
fields of activity: contemporary philosophy, Ancient philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, logic, ethics in economic life, business ethics, philosophy of culture • sociology of social structure, sociology of culture, economic sociology, sociology of management, sociology of civil society, theoretical sociology, sociology of living standards, the methodology of sociological research, women and family studies

Institute of Political Studies

disciplines: historical and political sciences, sociology
fields of activity: political thought and political institutions, the late modern period of political history and the history of the Eastern Borderlands of the Second Polish Republic • political theory and philosophy • political and social systems and social structure • political parties, social movements, and voting behavior • political psychology and constitutional practice • social and political dynamics • the state’s government and civil society institutions • the formation of the political, economic, and cultural elite • relations between politics and the economy • the cultural aspects of political transformations • European integration and international security systems • transformations in Central and Eastern Europe • political and social problems in Polish-German relations • socio-political transformations in the former USSR countries and Southeast Asia and their impact on relations with Poland

Institute of Psychology

disciplines: psychology
fields of activity: social psychology, political psychology, personality psychology, ecological psychology, economic psychology • psycholinguistics • decision theory • social development of young people, cognitive psychology

Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development

disciplines: economics, sociology
fields of activity: economic, social, and cultural conditions of rural and agricultural development • universal and individual characteristics of rural development in regional, national, and international settings • major rural development mechanisms and dilemmas stimulating the formulation of alternative strategies for the development of rural areas (as modern and inhabitant-friendly environments that satisfy the needs and aspirations of their inhabitants)

Institute of Slavic Studies

disciplines: philological and historical sciences
fields of activity: Slavic cultural heritage (including Polish cultural heritage) • issues of national identity with a specific focus on collective memory, myths and mythologems, symbolism, and linguistic problems • national, ethnic, and religious minorities, including issues related to cultural borderlands (including issues related to interactions between the Slavic-speaking communities and between Slavs and non-Slavs) • linguistics, including the needs of information society: semantics, cognitivism, computational linguistics (including multilingual electronic dictionaries), computational studies of the model of structures combining the lexicons and grammars of six selected Slavic languages • coordination of work in the field of international linguistic Slavic bibliographies • research in the field of modern methods of Slavic linguistic documentation

Institute of the Polish Language

disciplines: philological sciences
fields of activity: the Polish language (modern grammar and functions) • the history of the language (relations to neighboring languages) • the Polish lexicon • onomastics • the methodology of linguistic research, Polish lexicography (modern and historical)

Auxiliary research units supervised by Division I