Jan Zając – MA, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.
A graduate of Polish philology and psychology within the framework of Inter-faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He wrote his master’s thesis devoted to “everything” in the works of Witold Gombrowicz.
: janek.jkz@gmail.com

Magdalena Zakrzewska ­Verdugo – PhD, Department of Slavonic Philology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia.
She received her PhD in comparative Slavonic philology from Palacký University in Olomouc in 2016. Since 2017, she has been working as a Polish language teacher at Comenius University in Bratislava. Her research interests include Polish language glottodidactics, comparative linguistics and translation studies. Major publications: Literary translation as a philological and cultural problem­(based on the analysis of translations of texts by D. Masłowska, M. Witkowski and S. Shute into Russian) (Olomouc 2017); Полонистиката в чуждестранните университети през погледа на лектора по полски език и литература, “Чуждоезиково обучение” (2020).

E-mail: verdugo1@uniba.sk

Grażyna Zarzycka – prof. of the University of Lodz, Doctor Habilitatus, Department of Applied and Cultural Linguistics, Institute of Polish Philology and Speech Therapy, Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland.
She is the editor-in-chief of the journal “Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Kształcenie Polonistyczne Cudzoziemców” (KPC). She explores the conditions of the process of teaching Polish as a foreign language, including sociological and psychological aspects of foreigners’ stay in Poland, as well as the relationship between language and culture; she also promotes intercultural and lingua-cultural approaches in teaching Polish as a foreign language. She is the author of many articles, co-author and editor of textbooks for teaching Polish as a foreign language and the following monographs:
Dialog międzykulturowy. Teoria oraz opis zachowań społeczno-językowych cudzoziemców przyswajających język polski [Intercultural dialogue. Theory and description of sociolinguistic behaviour of foreigners learning the Polish language] (2000) (KPC, volume 11); Dyskurs prasowy o cudzoziemcach. Na podstawie tekstów o Łódzkiej Wieży Babel i osobach czarnoskórych. [Press discourse on foreigners. Based on texts about the Łódź Tower of Babel and black people] (2006).
E-mai: grazyna.zarzycka@uni.lodz.pl

Małgorzata Zduniak-Wiktorowicz – PhD, Polish-German Research Institute, Collegium Polonicum in Słubice, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland; European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.
Lecturer in Polish philology as a foreign language at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She worked at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel and at the School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreign Students at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
E-mail: mzduniak@amu.edu.pl

Jan Patrick Zeller  – professor, Doctor Habilitatus, Institut für Slavische Sprachen und Literaturen, Universität Bern, Switzerland.
Until 2016, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany; since 2017, professor of Sociolinguistics of Slavonic Languages at the University of Bern, Switzerland. After defending his thesis on the phonetic variants of mixed Belarusian-Russian­, he received his doctoral degree at the University of Oldenburg. His research interests include issues in language contact, sociolinguistics and language variants. He devotes attention to them in his research projects, using various methods from corpus linguistics, acoustic phonetics and psycholinguistics.
E-mail: j.p.zeller@uni­.oldenburg.de

Zhao Zhen – MA, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Graduate of Polish studies at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. She completed a language internship at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Silesia. She is also a translator. She translated the book
Lektury nadobowiązkowe by Wisława Szymborska, a dissertation by Dr. hab. Magdalena Bąk and several books for children from Polish into Chinese. Currently, she focuses primarily on Polish studies and literary theory.
E-mail: GrazynaZhao@hotmail.com

Monika Ziemba (Listowska) – MA, Institute of Polish Studies, Faculty of Philology and History, Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk, Poland.
A third-year PhD student in the field of literary studies at the Pomeranian Academy. Her research interests include musicality in drama, ballet, and cognitivism. She published, among other things, in “Cultural Contexts” and collective volumes.
E-mail: filpol@apsl.edu.pl

Marcin Ziomek – PhD, Department of Central European Studies, University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland.
Literary scholar and historian of ideas. His interests include Russian literature of the twentieth century, the achievements of Russian emigration, as well as Russian religious and philosophical thought. Author of articles on the life and works of Georgy Fedotov and Fyodor Stepun.

E-mai: ziomekmarcin@gmail.com

Aleksandra Zok-Smoła – PhD student, Faculty of Philology, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.
Master’s degree in Polish philology, graduate of postgraduate studies in resocialisation, teacher of Polish language in elementary school. Author of several chapters in scientific monographs, co-editor of three collective works. Her research interests focus on didactics of Polish language, descriptive grammar, literature for children and adolescents as well as work with students with special educational needs.
E-mail: olazok@wp.pl

Aleksandra Zug – PhD student, Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.
Graduate of Polish philology (University of Silesia). Her research interests include contemporary Polish literature, in particular the issue of figures of otherness in Paweł Huelle’s works. She is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation, in which she also approaches the issue of the other/alien in literature from an anthropological and philosophical perspective. He publishes essays in “SOSNart.”
E-mail: azug1@op.pl