Marianna Szczygielska received her Ph.D. in Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. She also holds an M.A. in Gender Studies from Central European University and an M.A. in Philosophy from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her research interests include environmental humanities, posthumanism, animal studies, queer theory, critical race studies, philosophy of science, and feminist STS.
Marianna’s doctoral project, entitled “Queer(ing) Naturecultures: The Study of Zoo Animals,” examines how the concepts of nature, animality, and humanness have been and continue to be constructed in relation to sexuality, gender, and race through the establishment of the modern zoological gardens. She has published on animal collections and gender, scientific research on hormones, relations between affect, transgender, and animal studies.
Marianna's new project concerns the complex intersections between post-socialism, post-colonialism, and post-humanism at the site of the zoological garden. With a focus on the history and present politics of keeping elephants in captivity in Eastern Europe, this study explores various understandings and practices of nature conservation and environmental politics, as well as their critical impact on the larger structures of identity formation.