Dominika MOTAK

Visiting Scholar
Jagiellonian University, Kraków







Dominika Motak is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of the Sociology of Religion at the Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland). She holds an M.A. (1994) and a Ph.D. (2001) in Religious Studies. Professor Motak has published numerous articles and two books dealing with the sociology of religion: Modernity and Fundamentalism (Nowoczesność i fundamentalizm, Kraków 2002), and Between Transcendence and Immanence: Religion in Georg Simmel's Thought (Między transcendencją a immanencją: religia w myśli Georga Simmla, Kraków 2013). She is also co-editor (with Ralph W. Hood) of Ritual: New Approaches and Practice Today (2011) and she has translated into Polish books by Max Weber and Niklas Luhmann. Her teaching comprises a broad range of courses, such as theory in the study of religion, sociology of religion, sociology of modernity, religious fundamentalism, New Age, and contemporary forms of religious and secular ritual. She currently focuses her research interests on theoretical models in the study of religion and the relationship of modernity and religion. While at the Department Professor Motak makes full use of the Department’s library collection, continuing her ongoing research project entitled "Capitalism as Religion?" In addition, in the summer term, she co-ordinates a course on 'Sociology of Religion.'