Position: Freelance researcher
Anna Cieślewska is a social anthropologist. She obtained Post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in Culture and Religion Studies in 2019 based on the book: “Islam with a female face: how women are changing the religious landscape in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan”. Until March 2020 she was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Iranian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She wrote her doctoral thesis at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. In addition, she graduated from the University of Warsaw’s School of Cross-culture Relations with an MA degree and earned an MSc degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (MSc), as well as completing the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
As a result of her interest in Central Asian socio-economic development issues and the geopolitics of Central Asia and Caucasus, as well as in Islam and local traditions in the post-Soviet region, she has spent the last fifteen years working on various research and development projects in the CIS region, and the Middle East.
In 2020, she finished the project: “Changes in religious tradition of migrants from Tajikistan in the Russian Federation”. Recently she has been living between Warsaw and Tbilisi working on various topics including Islam, and ethnic and national minorities in Georgia, migration from Central Asia and the Caucasus to EU.