Children’s rights in the context of multiculturalism. Janusz Korczak revisited, is a book which is exceptional due to
its innovative concept of inscribing Korczakian thought and ideas in childhood discourse through the prism of
selected aspects of multiculturalism. This reference of Korczakian spirit to such problems as little known aspects
and historical contexts of children’s rights, the problem of child migration, marginalisation of children and
childhood, racial differences, childhood discrimination based on geographical location, childhoods entangled in
mutually contradictory values or childhoods beyond borders seems a very apt, creative measure, important with regard to its academic and didactic value.
Through the texts presented in their volume, Manfred Liebel and Urszula Markowska-Manista show that original and interesting reflections on the sense and topicality of Korczak’s outlook on life as well as his approach to
children and their place in society are possible; that as constantly, inexhaustibly rich in its genius, Korczak’s thought can be applied in a multidimensional reality, to multiple situations, varied times, cultures, problems, including dramatic phenomena. (…) I believe that it is a publication that fills a peculiar niche in Polish discourse on children’s rights (…). I think the
book has an enormous potential to inspire Polish researchers through presenting a number of aspects and areas of exploration which are interesting and nearly “virgin” for Polish discourse. I also consider it to be particularly
valuable through the perspective of childhood studies as a research formation that is only being developed in Poland.

From the scientific review by  Prof. Ewa Jarosz

The book consists of interdisciplinary papers from the field of social sciences that investigate the issues of high ethical, social, educational, political and economic importance […]. It reveals areas of social marginalization, which will have unforeseeable social consequences and contains some proven methods outlined and ready for implementation that may help to prevent social catastrophes of the future. The Introduction that opens the publication is the actual heart of the book as it skillfully ties all the diverse papers into one, single-theme monography.

From the scientific review by  Prof. Anna Odrowąż-Coates

“[The book] is well embedded in the literature of the subject and its authors demonstrated not only great competence but also sensitivity to the problems of children and young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. It is unique in the way of taking up many important issues for the research – the problems that are being solved. I think the book will be welcomed with great interest […] by teachers, future teachers as well as intercultural education researchers. It should also be provided for educational politicians who design educational changes, who – also in Poland – should take into account changes related to the increasing cultural diversity (…).”

From the scientific review by prof. Anna Szafrańska

„[The] book edited by Urszula Markowska-Manista, supports a free and open discourse. Activism, research, social creativity and responsibility for the world we share with children, are combined in a unique way. (…) The problems the authors are facing and are describing and explaining as challenges are particular moments in their areas of expertise. This helps professionals in the fields as readers of the book, to grow in their ambitions, their knowledge and their perspectives. This helps scientist too, to understand methodologically different approaches and the link between these approaches, the vulnerability of respective children and childhoods and the questions that arise in society and finally in research that involve projects and the longing for change.”

From the scientific review by prof. Claudia Maier-Höfer

The book is an excellent example of how to create a platform for an exchange of thoughts and experience as well as enable mutual learning between students, young academics and experienced scholars representing various fields of science. The publication not only shows how to analyse, research and solve particular problems related primarily to immigrant and refugee children and their families, but it addresses the need to problematize them and undertake new subjects of research. This aim is achieved through the combination of academically diverse approaches to the problems addressed. The texts collected in the book can certainly serve as an inspiration to improve praxis in the fields that are of interest to the authors of the articles, and they contribute to the promotion of a culturally sensitive language which takes into consideration every person’s right to respect one’s dignity, which is an exceptionally important task in the face of the migration crisis (…). I believe that the monograph will be received with great interest by various Readers, particularly academics – scholars researching global transformations, social problems, cultural diversity, migration, refugeeism, integration practices, the development and adaptation of children and youth as well as adults who need support with regard to their difficult situation. The book will certainly be an important read for the students of teacher training studies, teachers as well as education policy makers who design educational reforms.

From the scientific review by Prof. Joanna Madalińska-Michalak

The three chapters that structure the unique contributions of scientists form different parts of Europe, Turkey and Russia qualify in its entirety for a methodically and practically deep concern for all children. The national and global specifics are represented in terms of pedagogical and psychological questions, concepts and historical background analysis. The researchers are especially comprehensive in giving valuable information about children’s ways of experiencing social and political structures that are connected to their subjectivity and agency. (…) The sensitivity necessary to create a representation of hidden and unseen situations children are facing in different societies is impressing. The author’s approaches are singular and specific according to the challenges they recognize as their part of the processes and dynamics – politically, culturally and especially inter-culturally – to include children’s lives into the consciousness of our contemporary reality. (…) The publication offers suggestions to improve the quality of discourse and practice in the name of all children and their interests.

From the scientific review by Prof. Claudia Maier-Höfer

The book An Introspective Approach to Women’s Intercultural Fieldwork, edited by Urszula Markowska-Manista and Justyna Pilarska, is a very extraordinary and valuable monograph. Its originality lies with its innovative juxtaposition of three discursive dimensions: female voice in research, theoretical and methodological dilemmas of fieldwork and its application to distant environments. As such, the book combines two main threads of thought: On one hand it confronts a reader with questions such as: Does something like
female research exist? In what way is female researcher situation different from that of man researcher; does (and how) this influence the research (selection of research problems, methodology, interpretation)? Secondly, the authors challenge the readers with the dilemma whether (and how) cultural remoteness of a cultural phenomenon studied affects the research process, and with what implications. Step by step, the authors unfold various aspects of the female research perspective. They convincingly show that women researchers (because they are women?!) contribute to the growth of human knowledge: They take part in the reconstruction of contemporary history
by researching the role of women in history. By being able to reach women and ask uncomfortable questions they enrich ethnographic research. They also enrich the research by posing research questions which are relevant to women, particularly to their emancipation and freedom. By opening new topics and new perspectives, the authors enrich the discussion on fundamental research dilemmas about the normative nature and function of research, the role of the researcher in qualitative studies, the relationship between the subject and object of research and similar research-related issues. Moreover, by detailed and emotional (sometimes heart-breaking) descriptions of personal research experience the authors show how tightly research and life are intertwined, whether the researchers (male or female) make this connection visible or not, and therefore this visibility makes the findings even sounder.
From the review by prof. Klara Skubic Ermenc

























































Gry i zabawy afrykańskie

– author and co-author of two chapters:


SOMALIA – Soomaaliya, ciyaaraha aan xusuusto – Abdulcadir Gabeire Farah, Urszula Markowska-Manista




Publications available online:

Liebel, M., & Markowska-Manista, U. (2021). Presentación. Cuestiones éticas y epistemológicas en la investigación con niños. Sociedad E Infancias5(Especial), 1-4.

Pädagogik der Achtung

Praca z uczniem z trudnościami adaptacyjnymi – specyfika różnic kulturowych i zmiany środowiska edukacyjnego
Tęsknota za wielbłądzim mlekiem. Gorzki smak wojny i pomocy żywnościowej w Rogu Afryki – przypadek Somalii i Dadaab
Konsekwencje spotkania. Dylematy edukacji w wielokulturowych miejscach i przestrzeniach

Markowska-Manista Urszula, Tsur Avi, Gilad Batia (2017): Janusz Korczak und die Rechte der Kinder, In: Kinderrechte und Kinderpolitik. Fragestellungen der Angewandten Kindheitswissenschaften / Maier-Höfer Claudia (Ed.), Springer, Fachmedien Wiesbaden, ISBN 978-3-658-13801-1, ss. 11-26, DOI:10.1007/978-3-658-13801-1_2

Markowska-Manista Urszula, Liebel Manfred (2017): Mit Hoffnung der Verzweiflung und Hilflosigkeit widerstehen. Nachdenken über Janusz Korczak, w: “Resilienz aus der Sicht der betroffenen Subjekte: Die autobiographische Perspektive / Zander Margerita, Göppel Rolf (Eds.), Juventa-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7799-3462-2, pp. 83 – 109.

Markowska-Manista Urszula (2017): The written and unwritten rights of indigenous children in Central Africa – between the freedom of “tradition” and enslavement for “development”, w: Symbolic violence in socio-educational contexts. A post-colonial critique / Odrowąż-Coates Anna, S. Goswami (red.), APS, ISBN 978-83-64953-69-9, pp. 127-142.

Markowska-Manista Urszula, Zakrzewska-Olędzka Dominika: Pomiędzy teorią a praktyką kontaktu międzykulturowego, Pogranicze. Studia społeczne, vol. 30, 2017, ss. 113-129, DOI:10.15290/pss.2017.30.08

Markowska-Manista, U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka, D. (2019). Refugee- and migrant background students in Polish schools in the narratives of teachers. ICERI2019 Proceedings. Seville, Spain: IATED Academy (WoS), pp. 5497-5503 ISBN:978-84-09-14755-7, ISSN: 2340-1095, Doi: 10.21125/iceri.2019.1318

Liebel M., Markowska-Manista U., RESISTIR A LA DESESPERACIÓN Y LA IMPOTENCIA CON LA ESPERANZA. UNA LECTURA DE LOS DIARIOS DE JANUSZ KORCZAK, MILLCAYAC – Revista Digital de Ciencias Sociales /Vol. VI/ N° 11/ septiembre 2019- febrero 2020. ISSN: 2362-616x., pp. 415-442. SIPUC. FCPyS. UNCuyo. Mendoza.

Sawicki K. & Markowska-Manista U., (2019). Youth at risk and education – challenges, implications, good practices in multicultural societies, In: CULTURE OF PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION. Proceedings of International Conference. Creativity and innovation from the sustainable development education perspective  (3rd Edition), Bucureşti, EDITURA UNIVERSITARĂ, pp. 56-65. DOI 10.5682/9786062810559.

Markowska-Manista U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka D., Korczakowskie metody partycypacyjnej pracy z dziećmi i aktualność ich zastosowania w edukacji międzykulturowej, EDUKACJA MIĘDZYKULTUROWA, 2019, nr 1 (10), pp. 241-253, DOI: 10.15804/em.2019.01.14

Markowska-Manista U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka D., La pedagogía de Janusz Korczak y los métodos de trabajo participativo con los niños por sus derechos humanosSociedad E Infancias, 2019/3, pp. 295-313. DOI:

Markowska-Manista U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka D., Refleksje nad zastosowaniem korczakowskich metod partycypacyjnej pracy z dziećmi w obozach dla uchodźców, Problemy Wczesnej Edukacji, 2 (45) / 2019, pp. 72-80.

Markowska-Manista U., (2019): ‘Bad Children’ – International stigmatisation of children trained to kill during war and armed conflict. In: N. von Benzon, C. Wilkinson (Eds.), Intersectionality and Difference in Childhood and Youth. Global Perspectives, 1st Edition, Routledge the Taylor & Francis Group, London & New York, ISBN 9781138608290, pp. 61-75. DOI: 10.4324/9780429466588

Markowska-Manista U. & Sawicki K., Migrant Children and Youth “On the Move”: Between the Legacy of the Past and Challenges of the Future,  Kultura i Edukacja, 2019, No. 2 (124), pp. 9–23. DOI 10.15 804/kie.20 .02.01

Markowska-Manista U. (2019): Postcolonial dimensions of social work in Central African Republic and its impact on the life of hunter-gatherer children and youth. A critical perspective. In: Handbook on Postcolonial Social Work (Eds.) T. Kleibl, R. Lutz, Ndangwa Noyoo, Routledge the Taylor and Francis Group, London, ISBN 9781138604070,  9780429468728, DOI,  pp. 286-301.

Zakrzewska-Olędzka, D., Markowska-Manista, U. (2019). Intercultural education in a monocultural society – benefits and challenges of the Erasmus+ program students’ involvement in the school life. ICERI2019 Proceedings. Seville, Spain: IATED Academy (WoS), pp. 5521-5526, ISBN:978-84-09-14755-7, ISSN: 2340-1095, Doi: 10.21125/iceri.2019.1318

Markowska-Manista U. (2019): Migrant and Refugee Children in Polish Schools in the Face of Social Transformation. In: Maier-Höfer Claudia (Ed.), Die Vielfalt der Kindheit(en) und die Rechte der Kinder in der Gegenwart. Praxisfragen und Forschung im Kontext gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen, Springer Wiesbaden GmbH, ISBN 978-3-658-21237-7, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-21238-4, ss. 79-100.

Zakrzewska-Olędzka D., Markowska-Manista U.,  „Obdarzanie obopólne” – mistrz i uczeń w indywidualnym i wspólnym świecie naukowym, Studia z Teorii Wychowania, Tom X 2019, Nr 1(26), ss. 237-255.

A. Jawor, U. Markowska-Manista, M. J. Pietrusińska, Bariery w korzystaniu z oferty warszawskich instytucji kultury przez młodych imigrantów z Ukrainy. Diagnoza, przyczyny i rekomendacje. Raport. Warszawa 2019

თამარ მახარაძე, თამარ აბაშიძე, ანასტასია ქიტიაშვილი, ურსულა მარკოვსკა-მანისტა (U.Markowska-Manista), საბინე ლაუბერ-პოლი, (2019) ინკლუზიური განათლების მხარდამჭერი სერვისების გაუმჯობესება, ივანე ჯავახიშვილის სახელობის თბილისის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტი, თბილისი

Budde R.& Markowska-Manista U. (Eds). (2020): Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights Between Research and Activism. Honouring the Work of Manfred Liebel, Springer, ISBN978-3-658-29179-2, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-29180-8.



Jawor A., Markowska-Manista U., Pietrusińska J.M., Konkultura. Wymiary uczestnictwa w kulturze młodych imigrantów z Ukrainy w Polsce, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, Warszawa 2020, ISBN 978-83-66470-12-5.

U. Markowska-Manista, (2020): “Pedagogy” In: Daniel T. Cook (Ed).The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies. London: Sage. 4 volumes, ISBN-10: 1473942926, ISBN-13: 978-1473942929, DOI:

Markowska-Manista U., (2020): “Janusz Korczak” In: D. T. Cook (Ed). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies. London: Sage, ISBN-10: 1473942926, ISBN-13: 978-1473942929

Markowska-Manista U., Foreword (2020) A.Odrowąż-Coates (Ed.) What would Korczak do? Reflections on education, well-being and children’s rights in the times of COVID-19 pandemic, Warsaw: Wyd. APS, pp. 13-19.

Markowska-Manista U., O potrzebie dekolonizacji współczesnych badań nad dzieciństwem i prawami dziecka w krajach Globalnego Południa i Globalnej Północy. Rozważania wstępne, PRZEGLĄD KRYTYCZNY 2020 / 2(1): 9-20, DOI: 10.14746/pk.2020.2.1.01

Markowska-Manista U. (2020). Ba’Aka children at the crossroads of traditional indigenous and modern education – reflections from field research in Central African Republic. In: Kleeberg-Niepage, A.; Ofosu-Kusi, Y.; Rademacher, S. & Tressat, M. (Eds). Children, Childhood, and the future. Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-5275-4251-8,

Markowska-Manista U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka D., Family with Children in Times of Pandemic – What, Where, How? Dilemmas of Adult-Imposed Prohibitions and Orders, SOCIETY REGISTER, 2020/4(3), pp. 89-110.

Markowska-Manista U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka D. (2020). Children’s rights through Janusz Korczak’s perspective and their relation to children’s social participation. In: Thomas S., Hildebrandt F., Rothmaler J. Budde R. (Eds.) Partizipation in der Bildungsforschung, Beltz Juventa, Beltz Juventa in der Verlagsgruppe Beltz, Weinheim Basepp. 140-157, ISBN 978-3-7799-3958-0.

U. Markowska-Manista, (2020), Reflections on Janusz Korczak’s pedagogy and children’s rights. In: Budde Rebecca & Markowska-Manista Urszula (Eds): Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights: Between Research and Activism, Springer, ISBN 978-3-658-29179-2, DO

Jawor A., Markowska-Manista U., Pietrusińska J.M., Konkultura. Wymiary uczestnictwa w kulturze młodych imigrantów z Ukrainy w Polsce, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, Warszawa 2020, ISBN 978-83-66470-12-5.


Markowska-Manista, U., (2020): Clarity about the purpose of research, In: P. Alderson, V. Morrow: The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People. Los Angeles: SAGE, Second Edition, ISBN 9781526477866





Markowska-Manista U., (2020): The life of Ba’Aka children and their rights: Between the processes of poverty and deprivation. In: Lawson, D., Angemi, D., and Kasirye, I. (eds). What Works for Africa’s Poorest Children: From measurement to action, Rugby, UK: Practical Action Publishing

U. Markowska-Manista, D. Zakrzewska-Olędzka, and Krzysztof Sawicki, (2020), Multilingualism in the Upbringing and Education of Children in Multinational Families. Case Study from Poland. In: Fourth International Scientific Conference Communication Trends in the Post-literacy Era: Multilingualism, Multimodality, Multiculturalism, KnE Social Sciences, pp. 64-74. DOI 10.18502/kss.v4i2.6310

U. Markowska-Manista, O. Koshulko (2021): Children and Childhood on the Borderland of Desired Peace and Undesired War – A Case of Ukraine. In: J. Marshall Beier & Jana Tabak (Eds.), Childhood in Peace and Conflict, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, ISBN 978-3-030-74787-9.;

Markowska-Manista U., (2021): Barnard, Alan. 2019. Bushmen: Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers and their Descendants. Cambridge University Press. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, Wiley-Blackwell, 2021 (SOCA 29:1) DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12974

Markowska-Manista U. (2020): Zwischen Sandkasten und Abschiebung. Zum Alltag junger Kinder in Unterkünften für Geflüchtete (Between the sandpit and deportation. Everyday life of young children in refugee accommodation centres), Children’s Geographies, Taylor & Francis  DOI:10.1080/14733285.2020.1736269

Markowska-Manista U.(2020): DECOLONIZING CHILDHOODS: From Exclusion to Dignity by M. Liebel, Policy Press, University of Bristol 2020. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, Brill, 4/2020. DOI:10.1163/15718182-28040014 (Scopus)

Markowska-Manista U., (2020): The Child’s Right to Development by Noam Peleg, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Taylor & Francis, DOI:10.1080/09649069.2020.1837520. WoS.

Markowska-Manista, U., (2020): Kosminsky, E.V. An Ethnography of the Lives of Japanese and Japanese Brazilian Migrants: Childhood, Family, and Work. Lexington Books 2020, Children’s Geographies, Taylor & Francis DOI: .

U.Markowska-Manista, A.Odrowąż-Coates, Special Issue: Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies, Society Register 5(2) 2021, ISSN 2544-5502


Wysłowska, O., Taelman, H., Boderé, A., Markowska-Manista, U., & members of the PARTICIPA Consortium. (2021). Promoting children’s participation rights in early childhood education and care: Self-assessment tool for professionals.

Markowska-Manista U., Zakrzewska-Olędzka D. (2021). Children’s rights through Janusz Korczak’s perspective and their relation to children’s social participation. In: Thomas S., Hildebrandt F., Rothmaler J. Budde R., und Pigorsch (Eds.) Partizipation in der Bildungsforschung, Beltz Juventa in der Verlagsgruppe Beltz, Weinheim Basel, 2 edition, pp. 140-157, ISBN 978-3-7799-6483-4.

Liebel, M., & Markowska-Manista, U. (2021). Presentación. Cuestiones éticas y epistemológicas en la investigación con niños. Sociedad E Infancias(Especial), 1-4.

U. Markowska-Manista, O. Koshulko (2021): Children and Childhood on the Borderland of Desired Peace and Undesired War – A Case of Ukraine. In: J. M. Beier & J. Tabak (Eds.), Childhood in Peace and Conflict, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, ISBN 978-3-030-74787-9.

The ethical dilemmas of research with children from the countries of the Global South. Whose participation?