Kamil Bembnista

Kamil Bembnista has been working as a research associate in the research department “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” at the IRS since May 2016 and is doing his Ph.D. within the DFG-NCN funded research project „Socio-spatial transformations in German-Polish “interstices”. Practices of debordering and rebordering“ (DeReBord) at Duisburg-Essen University. Before he has been working in the the DFG-NCN funded research project “Socio-Cultural Constructions of Vulnerability and Resilience. German and Polish Perceptions of Threatening Aquatic Phenomena in Odra River Regions” (2016-2018).

For his bachelor’s degree he studied social economics at the University of Hamburg and the University of Economics (VŠE) in Prague, Czech Republic, with a focus on sociology. He was awarded a master’s degree in the programme “Sociology – European Societies” at the Free University of Berlin. For his Master’s thesis, in which he investigated the degree of transnational use of space by german-polish border-residents he was awarded the Jan & Wojciech-Wawrzynek Prize for the best master’s thesis by the Silesian Institute in Opole, Poland. At the moment Kamil Bembnista is associated fellow at the Collaborative Research Center „Re-Figuration of Spaces“ (CRC 1265) at the Technical University in Berlin.

In his research he is particularly interested in the sociological and cultural perspective of borderstudies and the (visual and cinematic) sociology of knowledge approach to discourse. Besides his work in academia, he works as a freelancer for the Polish Institute in Berlin and in film-production.


Portrait: © Katarzyna Mazur

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Border Studies
Sustainability Studies
Resilience Studies
Climate Research
Sociology of Culture
Urban and Regional Sociology
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Visual Data Analysis
Semi-Structured Interviews
Document Analysis
Expert Interviews
Content Analysis
Grounded Theory Method


Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

In this project researchers from the IRS department “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań investigate socio-spatial transformation processes on either side of the German-Polish border, from its opening in 2007 until 2019. The research interest is focused on the question of how debordering, rebordering, and possibly also “interstices” can be systematised. more info


Un/Certainty in Borderland Discours and Practices. Discoursive Constructions in German and Polish Newspapers

14th ESA Conference

Manchester, United Kingdom

Seeing and Feeling Borders. Constructions of Vulnerability and Borders in Narrative Films d'Auteur of Berlin School

Cultural Borderlands: Literature, Film and Aesthetic Practices

Saarbrücken, Germany

Vulnerability in Borderland-Discourses and Practices

B/orders in Motion

Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Discursive Borders and the Construction of Memory

Kick-Off Workshop: New Approaches and Frameworks of Researching Bilateral Relationship in Europe

Breslau, Poland

Zur diskursiven Konstruktion des Erinnerns im deutsch-polnischen Grenzraum. Vulnurabilitäts- und Resilienzkonstruktionen in öffentlichen Medien und bei Bewohnern in Hochwasserquartieren 20 Jahre nach der Oderflut von 1997

Polnische Grenzräume im Wandlungsprozess

Breslau, Poland

Media Knowledge in Flood Prone City Districs at Odra River

The Cultural Embeddedness of Vulnerability and Resilience

Erkner, Erkner, Germany

Kamil Bembnista in the Media

Bedrohung oder beherrschbare Herausforderung?
(Märkische Oderzeitung, 10/02/2017)