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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Magazine
Magazine
Magazine / society
A Time of Fragility
A Time of Fragility
Magazine / society

The time when girls become teenagers entails a period of rapid changes – both hormonal and societal. Yet it also reveals the incredible brightness of adolescence.

Kamila Dzika-Jurek

Magazine / science
The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
Magazine / science

Born in the early 19th century, Ada Lovelace defied the gender norms of her time by making significant contributions to the field of computing – and becoming the first computer programmer.

Piotr Żelazny

Reading / culture
Too Close to Midnight
Too Close to Midnight
Reading / culture

Israeli visual artist Yael Bartana talks about the prospect of women ruling the world, patriarchal norms, and her new film “Two Minutes to Midnight”.

Mateusz Demski

Magazine / society
Knock Before You Enter
Knock Before You Enter
Magazine / society

An author and psychologist talks about the power of sensitivity, empathy, and the importance of having one’s own room.

Monika Kucia

Magazine / culture
A Short Film About Womanhood
A Short Film About Womanhood
Magazine / culture

Iranian director Mania Akbari talks about living with illness, exile from her home country, and being a female artist in a world that is still marred by patriarchy.

Artur Zaborski

Reading / culture
War Is a Male Game
War Is a Male Game
Reading / culture

Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić talks about her film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, the Srebrenica massacre, and why women’s perspectives of war are important.

Mateusz Demski

Magazine / society
The Invention of Evil
The Invention of Evil
Magazine / society

The European witch hunting mania was inspired by religious fervour, colonial ambitions, and prolonged periods of societal instability.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / society
Ally Girls
Ally Girls
Magazine / society

Three teenage girls from the Indigenous communities of the Americas are raising environmental awareness all around the world.

Aleksandra Lipczak

Magazine / culture
A Poetic Hurricane
A Poetic Hurricane
Magazine / culture

The American poet Amanda Gorman recently made headlines with her poem at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Her work promises an exciting future.

Bartosz Wójcik

Magazine / society
The Peace Pilgrim
The Peace Pilgrim
Magazine / society

For almost three decades Mildred Norman – better known as Peace Pilgrim – walked continuously around the Americas. What spurred her spiritual awakening?

Ewa Pluta

Magazine / culture
The Body and Its Trace
The Body and Its Trace
Magazine / culture

The work of the Cuban-American performance artist Ana Mendieta still resonates today, more than three decades after her untimely death.

Marta Ziółek

Reading / science
Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
Reading / science

A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes.

Scotty Hendricks

Reading / society
Fragile Women
Fragile Women
Reading / society

Mathilda Gustavsson, author of “The Club”, talks about her journalistic work uncovering the Jean-Claude Arnault rape scandal at the heart of the Swedish Academy.

Paulina Małochleb

Reading / society
The Queen of Backyard Games
The Queen of Backyard Games
Reading / society

What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the final part include the Kraków-based artist and activist Cecylia Malik.

Ada Petriczko

Reading / society
The Age of the Roma Witch
The Age of the Roma Witch
Reading / society

What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the third part include the fortune-telling Roma witches of Romania.

Ana Maria Luca

Reading / society
There Were no Witches, Only Women
There Were no Witches, Only Women
Reading / society

What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the second part include the descendants of those persecuted during the Basque trials.

Ana Maria Luca

Reading / society
I Just Pray
I Just Pray
Reading / society

What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the first part include village healers from North-Eastern Poland.

Ada Petriczko

Reading / literature
A Fragile Autumn and Restless Hummingbirds
A Fragile Autumn and Restless Hummingbirds
Reading / literature

In this excerpt from Czech writer Radka Denemarková’s novel “A Contribution to the History of Joy”, we join a policeman as he investigates the scene of the death of a wealthy businessman in Prague. The facts suggest a suicide, but not all is as it seems...

Radka Denemarková

Reading / culture
The Power of Literature
The Power of Literature
Reading / culture

Radka Denemarková talks about feminism, exclusion, and the role of women in her novels “A Contribution to the History of Joy” and “Kobold”.

Anita Musioł

Magazine / society
The Stalker’s Daughter
The Stalker’s Daughter
Magazine / society

The work of Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky is widely acclaimed – and with good reason. But what should we make of the role of women in his film “Stalker”?

Renata Lis

Magazine / culture
Goddess O’Keeffe
Goddess O’Keeffe
Magazine / culture

Georgia O’Keeffe – the first lady of the American avant-garde, the mother of American painting – deserves her place in the pantheon of women whose art made history.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / science
An Archaeologist and a Citizen
An Archaeologist and a Citizen
Reading / science

Iranian archaeologist and academic Leila Papoli-Yazdi talks about being a female archaeologist in Iran, the history of Polish refugees in Persia, and learning about taboo sexualities by excavating ruins.

Aleksandra Lipczak

Reading / culture
Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’
Our Favourite Films by Female Directors from the ‘New East’
Reading / culture

As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best films directed by women from Central and Eastern Europe.

Agata Pyzik

Reading / literature
An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Two Poems
Reading / literature

The poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska – who practiced her art in communist Poland – is all the more remarkable for its unabashed and serious representation of femininity.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / society
A Witch in Princess’s Robes
A Witch in Princess’s Robes
Reading / society

French essayist and writer Mona Chollet talks about the history of witch hunts, how society is still patriarchal and oppressive, and why we need to convince women of their own value.

Paulina Małochleb

Reading / science
Reaching Out to the Stars
Reaching Out to the Stars
Reading / science

In 1847, Maria Mitchell became the first American woman astronomer to discover a comet. Alongside her love for the stars, she was a passionate campaigner for gender equality in the sciences.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / culture
Slow Art in Susch
Slow Art in Susch
Reading / culture

Polish art collector Grażyna Kulczyk’s latest project is a modern art museum nestled in a sleepy Swiss village in the Alps. Our art writer explores the extraordinary Muzeum Susch.

Stach Szabłowski

Magazine / science
Jocelyn and the Stars
Jocelyn and the Stars
Magazine / science

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars. Seven years later, her supervisor was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for this groundbreaking discovery, but Bell’s name was nowhere to be found. We tell her story.

Łukasz Kaniewski

Magazine / society
When Women Had the Field
When Women Had the Field
Magazine / society

Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport.

Piotr Żelazny

Magazine / society
Women Who Know
Women Who Know
Magazine / society

The Kashubia region in northern Poland is home to the country’s last generation of witches. These women use their powers to cure and help people, as the grand-niece of one such witch finds out.

Stasia Budzisz

Magazine / science
The Woes of Pope Frances
The Woes of Pope Frances
Magazine / science

We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances.

Adam Węgłowski