We are pleased to invite you to a lecture in the American Studies Colloquium Series in the 2023/2024 Spring semester!

Todd Sekuler
(University of Zürich)

Film, AIDS, Activism: Culture Engagements that Move

Monday, April 15, 2024
at 4:45 p.m.

You can get 3 OZN points for participating in this event.


Dobra 55, room 2.118
(the building features some mobility accommodations: ramp and lift)


Todd Sekuler is Oberassistent in Popular Cultures at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies of the University of Zürich. He has a Master in Public Health (MPH) – with a focus on sexuality, gender and health – from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City and a PhD in European Ethnology from Institut für Europäische Ethnologie at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). Sekuler was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH) and, subsequently, the “CrimScapes: Navigating citizenship through European landscapes of criminalisation” research teams. He has co-organized various events on the cultural politics of HIV/AIDS, including, most recently, the “arcHIV. A Search for Traces” and “HIVstories. Living Politics” exhibitions at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. Additional earlier engagements include a film and video series accompanying the exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe at C/O Berlin, an event on ACT UP groups in Germany at the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), a discussion and screening on AIDS, activism and video art at Bochum University, a sound installation on religiosity and AIDS activism at the international queer audio festival ECHOS+NETZE, and a discussion on HIV/AIDS in cinema at the XPosed International Queer Film Festival.


This presentation will look at the structures of feeling that guide notions of kinship in AIDS activist video works from the earliest years of the AIDS epidemic of the United States. In these videos, notions of family, lineage and inheritance are variably mobilized, negotiated and deconstructed through a range of emotions including alienation, intimacy, humor, longing and desire. Together with attendees and a special guest, filmmaker Jim Hubbard, we will view clips and discuss collectively what selected works do with us, and how such modes of feeling relate to the contemporary political moment.


Three NCN Sonata grants for ASC scholars

May 26, 2024

Three ASC scholars – Dr. Jędrzej Burszta, Dr. Ludmiła Janion and Dr. Joanna Mąkowska were awarded scientific grants in the Sonata 19 competition organized by the National Science Center (NCN)

Year 2023/2024

May 24: “Girl You Ate (Literally)”. MEATing with Chelsea G. Summers

May 24, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to a “MEATing” with the author of “A Certain Hunger,” Chelsea G. Summers, at the ASC! Hosted by students participating in the Food Matters course, the MEATing will be an opportunity to discuss a work of entertaining if gory fiction described by a NYT reviewer as “One of the most uniquely fun and campily gory books in my recent memory.” If you enjoy aproblematic protagonist, a satire on foodie culture, and detailed accounts of procuring andcooking human meat, then this is a session for you!

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 23: The Role of Different Media in Transgender Life Narratives: The Case of Kate Bornstein

May 23, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to the final lecture of the American Studies Colloquium Series in the 2023/2024 Spring semester! We are joined by Eveline Kilian, who will talk about Kate Bornstein – an American transgender activist, performer and writer.

Year 2023/2024

May 20-21: Steven Conn at The University of Warsaw

May 20, 2024

The American Studies Center and the Faculty of History are pleased to invite you to two lectures by Prof. Steven Conn! Prof. Conn will deliver a lecture titled Urban History and the Question of Scale at the Department of History and a lecture titled Demystifying Rural America at the American Studies Center.

Year 2023/2024

May 20: Becoming Something Else: Death and Disease in Video Games

May 20, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group invites you to a talk on “Becoming Something Else: Death and Disease in Video Games” by CD Projekt Red’s Magdalena Zych (Senior Writer, Story Coordinator) and Karolina Niewęgłowska (Associate Director of Player Experience and Safety.)