Jan Sowa is a dialectical materialist cultural theorist. He studied literature, philosophy and psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and University Paris VIII in Saint-Denis, France. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a habilitation in cultural studies. He is Associate Professor at the Chair of Anthropology of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University and is also associated with Free University Warsaw. He edited and authored several books and published around 100 articles in Poland and abroad. A collection of essays A Joy Forerver: Political Economy of Social Creativity, that he co-edited, including articles by Luc Boltanski, Massimiliano Tomba, Isabelle Graw and Gigi Roggero, is going to appear with MayFly Books (London) later this year. Sowa is currently working on a book exploring links between the twentieth-century artistic and political vanguard movements.