Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation, prof.dr hab. Aleksander Mikołajczak
Prof. Aleksander Mikołajczak, PhD (born 1957) is a classical philologist specializing in the field of neo-Latin literature of XVI-XVIII century, a historian of ideas and civilization researcher, an essayist and a translator of Latin poetry.
For more than 30 years he has been associated with Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, where he currently works as an Associate Professor. Since 2009 he has been employed at Jan Amos Komeński University of Applied Sciences in Leszno (the Institute of Educational Science), where from 2010 to 2012 he was heading the Research Departament on Jan Amos Komeński (John Amos Comenius).
Aleksander Mikołajczak received his Master's degree in classical philology in 1981 from Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), the departament of Polish and Classical Philology, he received his Philosophy Doctor’s degree in 1990 from the same university for his dissertation entitled Antique in the poetry of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski. He completed his habilitation in 1998 at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, AMU, presenting a book on Latin in Polish culture. Since 1999 – Associate Profess of AMU and since 2017 – Titular Profesor. His philolgical interests focus on Polish-Latin poetry and on Latin literature created in China during the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. He devoted two books and several articles to the Latin poetry of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595-1640). Michał Boym (1612-1659) – a Polish missionary in the service of the Yongli Emperor (Southern Ming Dynasty) was another object of his fascination. Studies over his writings resulted in the formation of a new field of research devoted to Sino-Latin studies.
Yet another area of his academic activity is the study of civilizations, where he concentrates on the transfer of ideas and intercultural dialogue. Much of his work focuses on the issues of Latin and Greek-Byzantine cultures and identities and their interactions with European civilization. He also studies the connections and links between contemporary Europe and China , especially analyzing the role of Polishpeople who have participated in that process. Altogether Aleksander Mikołajczak has published over 200 titles, including nine monographs, ten books and essays as well as academic and popular articles published in Poland and abroad in French, English, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Croatian and Chinese. He has also given presentations as a guest lecturer at numerous universities including a number of schools such as Ca` Foscari in Venice, Italy, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, The Paisi Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, South - West University Neofit Rilski, Bulgaria, Theological University in Siergiejem Posad, Russia, Paweł Tyczyna Pedagogical University in Uman, Ukraine, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Sun Yat- sen University Zhonghsan in China and Zhaoquing University in China. He has successfully supervised five PhD students who now continue his work and research at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
In his career, Aleksander Mikołajczak has also held a number of academic functions, including the position of vice-dean at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University (1993-1999) and director and co-founder of the "Collegium Europaeum" , AMU in Gniezno (2000-2008). Since 2003 he has also headed the Inter-faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at AMU, and since 2010 the Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.
He has been a member of several academic societies, including the Milanese Academia Ambrosiana as well as a member of editorial boards of several international academic journals, such as Fundamenta Europaea – a founder and an executive editor since 2002, a member of the editorial board of Images and Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium (2002-2009).
He has been awarded a doctorate Honoris Causa from the College of Tourism in Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria and Paweł Tyczyna University in Uman, Ukraine, as well as the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, The Order of Merit from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Badge of Merit for his services for the city of Gniezno. Aleksander Mikołajczak is also the winner of Brother Albert’s Award. His wife, Mariola Mikołajczakowa, also an AMU Professor, is a specialist in Slavic studies. His personal interests include collecting fountain pens, poetry translation and cats.