Dr Karolina Anna Kulpa, in the project from 2017 to 2021
Karolina Anna Kulpa is a cultural expert and historian, researcher of the reception of Antiquity. She graduated with an MA in History (specialization in Teaching in the Field of Ancient History) from the Faculty of History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and obtained a BA in Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences (specialization in Dialogue in European Culture) of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. At this University, in 2017, she defended her doctoral dissertation in Cultural Studies on Przemiany wizerunku Kleopatry VII, królowej Egiptu. Między narracją historyczną a kulturą popularną [Evolution of the Image of Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt: Between Historical Narrative and Popular Culture], supervised by Prof. Leszek Mrozewicz and Dr Magdalena Kamińska, and reviewed by Prof. Dariusz Brzostek (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) and Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak (University of Warsaw).
Karolina Anna Kulpa is laureate of various scholarships (i.e., the Rector of the University of Poznań Award for best students and for best PhD students; a scholarship for PhD students; a pro-quality scholarship for PhD students; President of the City of Gniezno Scholarship); author of scholarly articles on Ancient History and Cultural Studies; active participant and organizer of conferences and scholarly trips (including Rome 2008, Campania 2009, London 2010) and also a coordinator of scholarly and cultural events (including an exhibition “Egiptomania” [Egyptomania]; and a project “Metamorfozy” [Methamorphoses]).
In 2017–2021, she worked at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, in the project Our Mythical Childhood as a Postdoctoral Researcher. She was involved in the development of the Our Mythical Childhood Survey database. In 2021, she prepared a book on the basis of her dissertation, Egipska popkrólowa. Przemiany wizerunku Kleopatry VII, królowej Egiptu, od narracji historycznej po kulturę popularną, published by Warsaw University Press with the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” subsidy for young scholars.
Her research interests comprise the reception of images of ancient historical figures in pop culture (especially Cleopatra VII); reception of Antiquity in children’s and young adults’ culture (particularly toys); modern manifestations of Egyptomania. Her other interests include personal development (active trainer of interpersonal skills); social activities for children and seniors (projects, exhibitions, workshop); film music; creating a private library of (extra)ordinary literary works.