Piotr Wajda

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School: School of Communication & Design
Department: Professional Communication
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
Email: Piotr.wajda@rmit.edu.vn
ORCID: 0000-0002-7871-0374

Dr Piotr Wajda obtained a doctoral degree in the field of humanities with an emphasis on film and media from the University of Gdansk in Poland. He is the author of academic publications about genre film and popular culture, media, communication and culture studies. He was teaching introduction to communication and film studies at his former university. He is also a photographer, his works were showcased during the exhibitions at the art galleries in Gdansk.

  • PhD, Humanities in Art Studies, University of Gdansk, Poland, Faculty of Languages, Cultural Studies Unit. The title of the dissertation: Nordic horror film. History, evolution, and contexts
  • Master degree in Cultural Studies, University of Gdansk, Poland, Faculty of Languages
  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration, University of Gdansk, Poland, Faculty of Law and Business Administration

  • Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Communication and new media

  • Popular culture
  • Film as a medium of social communication
  • Nordic cinema
  • Genre film
  • New Asian Audiovisual forms

Selected peer-reviewed articles and book chapters


In English

  • Specters of postcolonialism in HBO’s “Folklore,” “Panoptikum” 2022: Serial culture in Asia, vol. 28, pp. 86-97. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26881/pan.2022.28.05
  • Remembering school days trauma: the discourse on a tragedy of adolescence and the mechanisms of creating bad memories in Swedish and Japanese cinematographies, “MASKA. Anthropology Sociology Culture” 2016: Memory, no. 32, pp. 45-57. (co-author) http://www.maska.psc.uj.edu.pl/documents/40768330/43096068/Maska_32%281%29.pdf/d2347ca8-75de-494b-96ea-4a61a6f18665 
  • Jesús who loved vampires. Contrasts and paradoxes in depictions of male and female vampire figures in Jess Franco’s movies, “MASKA. Anthropology Sociology Culture” 2017: Contrast, Dualism, Opposition, no 34, pp. 287-296 http://www.maska.psc.uj.edu.pl/documents/40768330/43096068/Maska_34.pdf/20dfff1a-7642-4ed9-8219-35878ff022bd
  • Beware of polar nights: The vampire figure in Nordic cinematography, “Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance” 2017: vol. 10. no 3. pp. 277-288. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/jafp/2017/00000010/00000003/art00007?crawler=true&mimetype=application/pdf
  • Sex and the city. Around the topic of migration from rural to urban areas in early Nordic melodramas and sexploitation films, “MASKA. Anthropology Sociology Culture” 2018: Migration, Nomadism, Life in Motion, no 36, pp. 123-136 http://www.maska.psc.uj.edu.pl/documents/40768330/43096068/Maska_36.pdf/86472123-23ef-44c5-9a60-c3ed80b1ea2a


In Polish

  • Factors suppressing the development of the Scandinavian Horror in the 20th century [Czynniki hamujące rozwój skandynawskiego horror w XX wieku], “Panoptikum” 2016: Production Studies, vol. 16, pp. 121-132. http://czasopisma.bg.ug.edu.pl/index.php/panoptikum/article/view/180
  • Suomi Perkele. Finnish horror cinema [Suomi Perkele. Kino grozy po fińsku] [in:] Strefy mroku: groza w kulturze audiowizualnej [Twilight Zone: horror in audiovisual culture], ed. Sebastian Jakub Konefał, Gdańsk: Gdański Klub Fantastyki 2017, pp. 65-79
  • Folkhemmet embracing childhood. The identity of a child according to Lukas Moodysson [Dzieciństwo w objęciach państwa dobrobytu. Tożsamość dziecka oczami Lukasa Moodyssona], “MASKA. Anthropology Sociology Culture” 2018: Identity, Subjectivity, no 38, pp. 277-289
  • She doesn’t look good in death. A figure of a final girl in recent Nordic horror film [Ze śmiercią jej nie do twarzy. Postać final girl we współczesnym norweskim horrorze], 2018. pp. 45-58
  • From a victim to a succubus. Identity of women in giallo films [Od ofiary do sukuba. Wizerunek kobiety w kinie “giallo”], “Literatura i Kultura Popularna” 2018


  • April 2022: Participant of the group exhibition Of love and demons. Women in the contemporary art. Selected photographs (portraits) presented during the exhibition at Galeria w Zaułku, Gdańsk, Poland
  • 2021: Co-author (photographer) of the art album Finished in apparent infinity. Sculptures by Wojciech Sęczawa, University of Gdańsk Press, Gdańsk, Poland

  • 2018 - 2022: Teaching position: Film educator at New Horizons of Film Education program; film lectures and workshops
  • 2021 - 2022: Event photographer at the Academic Film Centre at the University of Gdańsk, Poland 
  • 2021 - 2022: Regional coordinator, PR & Marketing at the Academy of Polish Cinema at the University of Gdańsk, program by the Polish National Film Archive 
  • 2020 - 2022: Film educator at the School Cinemateque program by the Polish National Film Archive
  • March - June 2019: Visiting scholar at the Film Institute in Stockholm, at the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden, Erasmus + Program. Guest lectures and research duties
  • 2016 - 2019: Academic teacher University of Gdansk, Faculty of Languages, Institute of Polish Philology.