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Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius

Doctor of Social Sciences

  • PL 4 (Fabianinkatu 24)



  • PO Box 54 (Unioninkatu 37)

    00014 Helsinki


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Racism without others: Everyday mediations in Poland (2018-2023)

In my postdoctoral project I cross-fertilise communication studies with disciplines such as sociology, history and social geography to understand racism in Poland where the racialised others are physically absent but continuously present in everyday communication. Decentring a recent racist turn in political and public discourses, I turn to the mundane communication avenues as sites where globally circulated racist discourses are articulated through the local socio-cultural and/or politico-historical repositories. In Foucauldian spirit, I examine how these discourses construct the racialised others as objects of knowledge and, in doing so, contribute to the augmentation of racist subjectivities in the Polish society. I theorise that in Poland racism is discursively instrumentalised to uphold the self-congratulatory national self-definition.  

The project pursues this proposition in three case studies. The first study probes how orientalist discourses prefigure representations of the racialised people and destinations that circulate in the blogosphere. The second study looks at how the discourse of threat, spuriously associated with multiculturalism, plays out in the national legacy media. The third study scrutinises how the discourse of un/worthiness of the racialised others intersects with the marginalisation of ethnic minorities in the built urban environment.

Project funding

May - December 2018 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Otto A. Malm Foundation

January - July 2019 Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Kone Foundation 

August 2019 - August 2021 Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Core Fellow)

September 2021 - June 2023 Kone Foundation


I am a media and communication researcher interested in the role of communication and its contexts in addressing, or not, ethical challenges that face an increasingly globalised world. To study this issue, I promiscuously branch out into various adjacent disciplines, such as sociology, social and cultural anthropology, social geography, and literary studies. I defended my doctoral dissertation, titled Ethical trade communication as moral education, at the University of Helsinki in 2018. My articles have been published in academic journals such as 'Globalizations', 'International Journal of Cultural Studies', and 'Media and Communication'.

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Media and Communication, Doctor of Social Sciences

1 jan 201422 maj 2018


  • 518 Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 2014 2019

  • 5 Artikel
  • 2 Bok/film/artikelrecension
  • 1 Ledare
  • 1 Doktorsavhandling

Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism

Polynczuk-Alenius, K., 22 mar 2019, I : Information, Communication and Society. 22, 13, s. 2030-2032 3 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragBok/film/artikelrecensionVetenskaplig

The discursive-material knot: Cyprus in conflict and community media participation

Polynczuk-Alenius, K., 20 feb 2019, I : Information, Communication and Society. 22, 9, s. 1347-1348 2 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragBok/film/artikelrecensionVetenskaplig

Öppen tillgång

Media and Communication between the Local and the Global

Gustafsson, J. & Polynczuk, K. N., 29 jun 2018, I : Media and Communication. 6, 2, s. 145-148 4 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragLedareVetenskaplig

Öppen tillgång

Mediating the agency of distant others: Proper distance in fair trade communication on Facebook

Polynczuk-Alenius, K., mar 2018, I : International Journal of Cultural Studies. 21, 2, s. 155-172 18 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång


Master’s Thesis Award 2013

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (!!Recipient), 13 dec 2013

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Aktiviteter 2014 2020

  • 30 Arrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium
  • 3 !!Invited talk
  • 1 Akademisk besök på annan institution

Racist discourse in the Catholic-nationalist blogosphere in Poland

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (!!Speaker)
10 jan 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

NordMedia 2019

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (Talare: Ordförande)
21 aug 201923 aug 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Ethnography with a Twist

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (Talare: Presentation)
12 feb 201914 feb 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

The First Helsinki Conference on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (Talare: Ordförande)
19 aug 201920 aug 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Borderland International Conference

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (Talare: Ordförande)
22 nov 201923 nov 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Press / media


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1 Mediabidrag

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1 objekt av Mediabevakning

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1 objekt av Mediabevakning

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