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dr Łukasz Sochacki

dr Łukasz Sochacki

Member of the Chair of Contemporary Cultural Practices




I am an assistant professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. I hold a PhD and MA in ethnology from the Jagiellonian University. My main research interests are the anthropology of sound, critical heritage studies, and the anthropology of religion. My primary sites of ethnographic field research are the Beskids highland regions of Poland, and the urban spaces of Kraków and Sicily, Italy. My book, Boska cząstka i inne mirakula [The God Particle and Other Miracles] was published by Pasaze, Kraków, in 2022. In the book I show how major concepts prevalent today in popular science (such as the Big Band Theory, the Higgs boson or “God Particle,” global climate change, and so forth) can be understood as contemporary mythology.
I am also the originator and coordinator of the Ethnographic Sound Laboratory at the Jagiellonian University, which is a research network conducting projects and organizing seminars on sound studies. 

Fields of interest:

  • sound studies
  • critical heritage studies
  • traditional ecological knowledge
  • rural studies
  • mountain studies

I am conducting ethnographic field researches:

  • in Cracow,
  • on Sicily and in Southern Italy, 
  • in Lesser Poland (or in polish "Małopolska", especially in the Beskids highland regions).

Professional academic experience

  • 2017 – PhD – Faculty of History, Jagiellonian University in Kraków (dissertation: Scientific Worldview and Popular Culture: Neomythologis of Contemporary Culture)
  • 2011 – MA – Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty History, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Scholar positions and teaching experience

  • 2022-present – Assistant Professor (Polish „Adiunkt”), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
  • 2018-2022 – Assistant (Polish „Asystent z doktoratem”), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
  • 2016-2017 – Assistant (Polish „Asystent z magistrem”), Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
  • 2013-present – Lecturer, Faculty of Sculpture, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art in Krakow, Poland
  • 2013-2016 – PhD Student and Teaching Instructor, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

  • I lectured also at other units of the Jagiellonian University, including the Institute of History, the Institute of Archaeology, the Institute of Art History, the Institute of Audiovisual Arts.

  • 2023: Sacred Soundscape. Maundy Thursday in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Poland
  • 2022-2023: Anthropology of sound in practise. Podcasting as a popularization of cultural anthropology
  • 2022-2023: Sound of Festivity in Kraków. Contemporary Ritual Year
  • 2022: Mapping of silence. Galenospheres in Kraków
  • 2021-2022: Photosphere of Groceries Markets in Kraków
  • 2021-2022: Baca Sound Project. Soundscape of Shepherds in Piwniczna Zdrój
  • 2021: Herbs and vernacular medicine in folk tradition of the Western Cracovians, Chrzanów County
  • 2021-2022: Museuropa. Local Museums and European Identities: Heritage as a Practice of Belonging in Europe
  • 2019: Festa di Santa Lucia. The Time of Feast 
  • 2018: Festa di Santa Rosalia a Palermo. Anthropology of Religious Experience
  • 2017-2018: Festa di Sant’Agata. Vernacular Religion in Catania
  • 2014 – Fictional biographies. Legends of Scientists
  • 2009: Archaeology of Peasant’s Language. Collection of Folk Love Letters in the Archive of the Ethnographic Museum in Kraków

Research support

  • 2022: 1-moth research study – Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy
  • 2019: 2-week research study – Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna, Biblioteca comunale dell'Archiginnasio a Bologna, Italy
  • 2019: 1-moth research study – Università per Stranieri di Perugia
  • 2018: 1-moth research study – Università per Stranieri di Siena
  • 2014: 2-week research study – Centro di Cultura Scientifica Ettore Majorana


  • Boska cząstka i inne mirakula [Gods particle and other miracula] (2022), Kraków: Wydawnictwo Pasaże

Book chapters:

  • Usłyszane dziedzictwo: szkic z dźwiękowej etnografii [Hearing heritage. Toward a sonic ethnography] in: A. Niedźwiedź, I. Okręglicka (eds), Niematerialne dziedzictwo w teorii i praktyce [Intangible Heritage in theory and practice] (2021), Kraków: Wydawnictwo Księgarnia Akademicka, pp. 73-87.
  • Góralszczyzna mniej znana. Konteksty [Not well known Highlanderness: contexts] in: Ł. Sochacki (ed.), Góralszczyzna mniej znana. W poszukiwaniu lokalnych tradycji [Not well known Highlanderness. In searching of local traditions] (2020), Kraków: Mapa Pasji, pp. 5-30.
  • Zjawisko „etnodesign” [Ethnodesign] in:  A. A. Szafrański (ed.), Geertz a hybrydowa wersja antropologii interpretatywnej (2011), Lublin: UMCS Press, pp. 169-181.

Articles in Journals: 

  • Jutrzejsze końce świata: naukowe apokaliptyki [Tomorrow’s Ends of the World: Scientific Apocalysis] (2022). Contexts, no 1-2, pp. 133-146
  • Il festino di Santa Rosalia. Notatki ze słabej etnografii [Il festino di Santa Rosalia. Toward a “weak” ethnography] (2019). Contexts, no 3, pp. 188-187
  • Lunissanti. Antropolog i doświadczenie [Lunissanti. Anthropologist and experience] (2018). Contexts, no 1-2, pp. 119-124
  • Czy prawdziwych biografii już nie ma? Legenda Ettore Majorany [Are true biographies already no more?: the legend of Ettore Majorana] (2016). Contexts, no 3-4, pp. 60-66
  • „Naukowiec jak malowany”. Uwagi o micie i komiksie [Scientist as painted. Remarks on myth and comic book] (2014). Ethnographies, vol. 42, no 3, pp. 245-256
  • Cząstki eksterytorialne. Pogranicza mitu i nauki, „Konteksty”, 2014, nr 1, pp. 62-67
  • „Bitwa o Anglię”. Wembley w świetle prasy [Particles out of law. Frontier of between myth and science] (2012).Contexts, no 3-4, pp. 205-210
  • Antropologia zaangażowana (?) [Engaged Anthropology (?)] (2010). Ethnographies, vol. 38, pp. 7-16
  • Imaginarium miłosne w wierszowanych listach ludowych [Imaginary of love in peasant love letters] (2010). Rocznik Muzeum Etnograficznego w Krakowie, vol. XVI, pp. 246-256

Co-edited volumes

  • Góralszczyzna mniej znana. W poszukiwaniu lokalnych tradycji [Not well known Highlanderness. In searching of local traditions] (2020), Kraków: Fundacja Mapa Pasji
  • Antropologia zaangażowana [Engaged Anthropology] (2010), Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press