Dr. Marcin Wiatr

Martin Wiatr studied German studies, German history and education at the universities of Oppeln and Kiel from 1994 to 1999. From 1996 to 1997 he held a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He wrote his master’s thesis on ‘Bertold Brecht: An Intellectual and Stalinism. The Poet’s Public and Private Publications as a Statement on Intellectual Self-disempowerment’. Marcin Waitr then completed a postgraduate course for translators and interpreters at Jagiellonian University. From 1999 to 2008 he was the educational advisor and later CEO of the House for Polish-German Co-operation. During this period, he realised various academic, cultural, education and community policy projects for strengthening civil society in Poland, supported German-Polish relations and the regeneration of Upper Silesia’s regional history as well as the cooperation with Polish foundations, educational and cultural institutions and academic establishments in Poland and Germany. He has been a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Magdeburg University since 2010. Since April 2011 he has been a research fellow at the History Seminar at the TU Brunswick, working on the project ‘Upper Silesia and its Cultural Inheritance - The Results of Remembrance Policies, Ideas for Education Policies and Didactic Innovations (Prof Dr Simone Lässig, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research). In 2016 he completed his PhD dissertation on the Upper Silesian politician Wojciech Korfanty in literary discourse and memory politics during the interwar and postwar periods.

Research and Teaching Foci

  • The processes of education policies and questions of minorities in Middle Eastern European border regions,
  • literature in public discourses and as a factor of political strategies,
  • intellectuals in the context of totalitarian systems.

Selected Publications

  • Identität und Modernisierung, in: Deutsch-Polnisches Magazin ‘Dialog’, Nr. 95/2011 
  • Penetracje Horsta Bienka po zakamarkach ludzkiej duszy [Horst Bieneks Erkundungen menschlicher Seele], in: Rocznik XXI Muzeum w Gliwicach [Jahrbuch des Museums in Gleiwitz], Gliwice 2009, p.105-129. 
  • Na granicy. Rzecz o czasach, ludziach i miejscach, [Grenzgänger. Erzählte Zeiten, erzählte Menschen, erzählte Orte], Gliwice 2008 
  • Historia i teraźniejszość Willi Arthura Neumanna [Geschichte und Gegenwart der Villa Arthur Neumanns], in: Gliwice znane i nieznane. Zabytki Gliwickich Dni Dziedzictwa Kulturowego [(Un)bekanntes Gleiwitz – Kulturdenkmäler der Gleiwitzer Tage des Kulturerbes], Gliwice 2008, p.41-45. 
  • Górnoślązacy w polskiej i niemieckiej reprezentacji narodowej w piłce nożnej - wczoraj i dziś. Sport i polityka na Górnym Śląsku w XX wieku [Oberschlesier in der deutschen und polnischen Fußballnational-mannschaft – gestern und heute. Sport und Politik in Oberschlesien im 20. Jahrhundert], Gliwice 2006
  • With Grażyna Barbara Szewczyk (ed.): Obraz Górnego Śląska i fenomen granicy w twórczości Horsta Bienka [Das Bild Oberschlesiens und das Phänomen der Grenze im Werk Horst Bieneks], Gliwice 2003 
  • Śląsk, moje marzenie. Niezbędnik śląski, [Schlesien, mein Traum. Ein schlesisches Grundlagenwerk], in: “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Heft 8 [2003], p.8-14.
  • Bertolt Brecht: Ein Intellektueller und der Stalinismus. Das öffentliche und das private Werk des Dichters als Ausdruck der intellektuellen Selbstentmachtung, Opole 1999