Tomasz Grusiecki is assistant professor of art history (early modern) at Boise State University. He received his PhD from McGill University, Montreal and was subsequently an EMS Junior Research Fellow / FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Central European University, Budapest. He joined Boise State in 2018.
Tomasz specialises in the study of cultural interactions between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the wider world, focusing on the issues of centre and periphery, cultural liminality, and perceptions of selfhood and alterity. He is currently preparing a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Transcultural Commonwealth: Visual and Material Histories of Poland-Lithuania, 1500–1700.” This study explores representations of the emerging Polish-Lithuanian political nation, as its otherwise heterogeneous Polish, Ruthenian, Lithuanian and Prussian nobilities found themselves in the midst of searching for a convincing story of their shared origins and place in the world. Tomasz’s book examines how these often self-contradictory stories were activated and legitimised by images and objects of material culture.
Tomasz is a Research Affiliate in the international project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Making Worlds: Art, Materiality and Early Modern Globalisation.