Katarzyna Niziołek is holder of a PhD title in sociology and assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, the University of Białystok, Poland, as well as being a researcher into social art, theatre participation and the performative aspects of collective memory. She is author of numerous publications and conference presentations on those topics. Since 2005, she has worked on a non-profit basis for the University of Białytok Foundation (from 2008 to 2019 as President of the organisation, currently as Vice-president). She is the initiator and leader of the Social Art Workshop, a collective dedicated to combining social research with artistic practices and civic engagement. Within that framework, she has curated and produced participatory theatre projects, including: “The Method of National Constellations” (2014-2016), “Prayer. A Common Theatre” (2016-2017), “Bieżenki” (2018), “Living Torpedoes” (2019) and “The Suitcase” (2021). She also teaches socio-artistic workshops to students, researchers, educators and arts practitioners. Since 2016, she has been responsible for the programme of the University Cultural Centre.