Jan Sowa (1976) - sociologist, writer and activist. He studied literature, philosophy and psychology at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków and University Paris 8 in Saint-Denis. He holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and is assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Communication of Jagiellonian University.
Before starting his academic carrier, Sowa worked as curator in the Center for Contemporary Art “Bunkier Sztuki” in Kraków and as journalist for the Polish Public Radio. He has been active in the field of autonomous education and independent cultural animation for more than a decade; currently he is engaged in developing and running Free/Slow University Warsaw.
In his research Sowa explorers the border of cultural studies, social anthropology, critical theory, art and politics. He wrote and edited several books on society, media, history as wells as social and political theory (most recently: Over and Over Again: 1989 – 2009). He published almost 100 texts both in Poland and abroad. The article he co-authored "L’événement dans la chambre froide: le carnival de Solidarność" has just appeared in L’idée du Communisme, II edited by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek (Nouvelles Éditions Lignes, Paris 2011). Sowa is also an independent publisher, co-founder of Korporacja Ha!art Publishing House, currently working on the Polish translations of Michael Hardt’s and Antonio Negri’s Commonwealth and Fragments of An Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber.