Michal Mlynarz specializes in the social, cultural, and urban history of Poland and East-Central Europe, with an emphasis on the immediate post-World War II decades and the post-Soviet period. His major research interests focus on the collective memory of the region, in particular the politics and the cultural history of monuments, museums, and cultural heritage. He also studies the public memorialization and remembrance of the Second World War, post-War expulsions and forced migrations, and the mass deportation of civilian populations to Siberia and Central Asia by the Soviet regime.
His doctoral dissertation research is a comparative analysis of demographic, political, and cultural change to the urban spaces of Jelenia Góra, Poland, and Drohobych, Ukraine, and the ‘nationalization’ of the city in the post-1945 period.
Mlynarz has also worked as an independent researcher in the Edmonton, Alberta area, contributing to several projects on the history of Slavic immigration to Canada. This included the research and co-curating of "Slavic St. Albert", a 2012 research project and original exhibition at the Musée Heritage Museum devoted to Polish, Ukrainian and Russian immigration history in St. Albert, Alberta. He has also researched Ukrainian-Canadian vernacular architecture in rural Alberta, and worked as part of a research team that documented hundreds of historic Ukrainian and Russian rural parishes for the ‘Sanctuary’ Project.
- MA History, University of Alberta
- BA (Honors) in Anthropology, University of Alberta