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Clan Identity – Between Slavic and East African Cultures

Prof. Aleksandra Lukaszewicz Alcaraz from Academy of Art in Szczecin and Dr. Priscilla Gitonga from Kenyatta University have begun research on the character of clan identity in East African and Slavic cultures with a case study on the postures used by women in gymnastics and rituals. Belarusian ethnographer Kiryll Shelingovsky, who is investigating the transcultural presence of postures in practices that are associated with health benefits, also joined the research team 

To date, this has resulted in a joint presentation during an international interdisciplinary conference, “Our Everyday Identity”, held in London in December 2020. Organizers of the two-day event included the Institute of European Culture and the Department of Social Sciences of the Polish University Abroad in London. The Institute of Painting and Artistic Education of the Pedagogical University of the National Commission in Krakow, Poland, also assisted in coordinating the conference. 

The research is being conducted through library queries, field research, and discussions in preparation for the publication of a paper on the subject in 2022. 


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