Katarzyna Jezierska is a research fellow at the Center for European Research (CERGU) and the Department of Political Science. She holds an MA from the University of Warsaw, and a PhD form the Örebro University, Research School in Conditions of Democracy. She has also studied at the Università degli Studi di Bologna.
Katarzyna’s research has two main foci. One is radical democratic theory, with special interest in Chantal Mouffe’s agonistic pluralism and Jürgen Habermas’s deliberative democracy. Here she has explored the theoretical underpinnings of both these thinkers’ conceptions of politics and subjectivity. She investigates the intersections between agonism and deliberation, and the possibility of a nonconsensual conception of dialogue in contemporary normative democratic theory.
The second and more recent focus of her research is the relationship between civil society and the state in Poland after 1989.
Within her postdoc project funded by the Swedish Research Council (2012-2015) Katarzyna focuses on organized civil society in the post-communist Poland. She studies how the NGOs negotiate their range of possible actions with regard to the state and the broader civil society. The project’s main concern is the sphere of ideas and discourse production.
This study explores the relevance of the “civil society trap” thesis in the Polish context, claiming that instead of building and supporting movements aspiring to systemic social change, NGOs focus on the covering up for the deficiencies of state activities – the more the NGOs are active, the less active the state.
Katarzyna teaches courses on political theory, democratic theory as well as research methods and design.
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