Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, PhD, studied ethnology and Latin American studies. Since 2007 she has worked in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Her main field of interest has been anthropology of religion and performance studies with particular emphasis put on forms of religious expression. She received her PhD from Warsaw University in 2011 on the basis of thesis devoted to Passion plays in contemporary Poland. Recently she has finished a project on historical reenactments in Poland. She is an author of over twenty articles dealing with contemporary religiosity and with perceiving and representing history. She also wrote a book on Passion plays The Crucified. Contemporary Passion Plays in Poland (de Gruyter 2017)
and a book in Polish about historical reenactments of World War II: Reko-rekonesans: praktyka autentyczności. Antropologiczne studium odtwórstwa drugiej wojny światowej w Polsce [Reenactment reconnaissance: the practice of authenticity. An anthropological study of World War II historical reenactment in Poland], (Kęty: Wydawnictwo Derewiecki 2018). ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9560-3167
Since 2018 Kamila has worked in the HERILIGION project researching religious heritage in Poland with a special focus on Pagan heritages. She also developed her interests on Passion plays conducting ethnographic research on Salesian Passion plays performed every year in Kraków during Lent.