Ada Arendt

Postdoctoral Fellow - Historie
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1008 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

I study early modern relationships of care. My research is archive-driven, reflexive, and informed by historical anthropology, microhistory, environmental history, and ethics of care. With a strong background in Cultural Studies, I employ the anthropological toolbox to review early modern popular literature: household books, agronomic treaties, broadbooks, and astrological almanacs. I enjoy writing speculative essays that combine archival research with a multifaceted cultural-historic reflection. My 2019 book "Archeologia zatroskania" [Archaeology of Care], offers a microhistorical study of almanac annotations against a broader reflection on the shift in the temporal regime triggered by the scientific revolution of the 17th century, with its consequences for early modern modes of rationality, production of memory and techniques of the self. 


I got my MA (2011, Hons) and PhD (2018, Hons) in Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw with a MA thesis on Hermetic traditions in early modern Polish culture and a doctoral dissertation on the cultural phenomenon of early modern astrological almanacs. Before coming to Oslo, I was a Swiss Excellence Grant Fellow at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, where I taught, among others, the Cultural History of Poland 1500-1800.


  • Academia 2021 in the category ‘Best academic and scientific book,’ awarded at the 11th Warsaw Book Fair 2021 for The Chopin Games (Warsaw University Press 2021)
  • Third-Degree Individual Award for Scientific Achievements (2020), University of Warsaw
  • nomination for the Jan Jędrzejewicz Award for the Best Book on the History of Science and Technology, awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences for Archaeology of Care (Warsaw University Press 2019)
  • Gaudeamus 2019 from the Polish Academic Publishers Association for Archaeology of Care (Warsaw University Press 2019)


  • 2016–2020 Cultural History of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, financed by National Science Centre, Poland, as co-investigator
  • 2012–2014 Mnemonics and Cultural Memory in the Former Ages, financed by Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland, as co-investigator

Research supervision

I welcome research students interested in the history of early modern Europe, especially those working with popular print sources; interested in temporality or environmental ethics of care; and employing the methods of microhistory and historical anthropology.


Tags: Cultural history, Environmental History, Ethics of care, Temporality, Book History, Microhistory, Historical anthropology

Selected publications


Edited collections

  • Arendt, Ada, Jakobczyk-Gola, Aleksandra, Morawski, Piotr, Piotrowski, Igor. 2022. Dlugie trwanie kultury staropolskiej. Ustanowienia, praktyki, rekonstrukcje. Warszawa: Neriton (forthcoming).

Translations of scientific works

  • Elias, Norbert. 2017. Esej o czasie [Über die Zeit / An Essay on Time], transl. A. Arendt. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.


Published Sep. 19, 2022 11:36 AM - Last modified Sep. 22, 2022 1:41 PM