Principal Investigator: dr hab. Katarzyna Dembicz

National Science Center, OPUS


The existence of various development paths depending on the specific place, and thus the final effects of this process, indicate that development should be studied from different perspectives and places. Our intention is to examine local perceptions of development including the discourses around this topic, through selected local communities of Central America. This is the main goal of the project, with the hypothesis, that the local communities are subjected to westernization of their ways of life, through the localization of infrastructural projects, as well as clash of values of Western civilization with traditions and the values of local cultures. This is expressed in their developmental dilemmas and discourses.

We will conduct direct observation of local societies in the context of their interaction with the infrastructure projects, such as:

  • Hydroelectric plants (Reventazón in Costa Rica and Barro Blanco in Panama),
  • Mega tourist parks (Guanacaste in Costa Rica and Bahia de Tela in Honduras),
  • Mines „Libertad” and „La India” in Nicaragua.

Research Team:

Prof. Dr hab. Mirosława Czerny (University of Warsaw)

Dr Helene Roux (Université Paris 1)

Mgr Oscar Barboza Lizano (Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica)

Mgr Ewelina Biczyńska (IPSOS Polska / University of Warsaw )

Mgr Xinia Carrillo (Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica)

Year 2019/2020

Gender and Sexuality in American Studies; ASC’s BA and MA Student Conference

February 13, 2020

Gender and sexuality studies are crucial fields in American studies because they provide important insight into social relations, political struggles, and cultural norms. The aim of the conference is to create a platform for ASC’s MA and BA students to present their research projects, facilitate an exchange of inspiring ideas, and allow an opportunity to practice presentation skills.


Informacja w związku z otwarciem tury składania wniosków o stypendium socjalne na semestr letni roku akademickiego 2019/2020

February 12, 2020

Stypendium socjalne na semestr letni wypłacane będzie co najwyżej przez 4 miesiące (w zależności od daty złożenia wniosku), od marca do czerwca.

Year 2019/2020

February 20, 2020 at 4pm; Naciones Cautivas Europeas

February 10, 2020

The Free Europe Committee engaged in psychological and political warfare against Communism on both sides of the Iron Curtain. In her talk prof. Mazurkiewicz will explain what was really at stake for the exiles involved in US-sponsored programs in Latin America.


Erasmus+ agreements with the UK

February 6, 2020

Good news! Despite Brexit, the Erasmus+ agreements with the UK are still valid for the 2020/2021. B.A. students are welcome to apply for an Erasmus+ short-term studies at our partner institution in Sussex, England. More info: the IRO, UW and the ASC Mobility Coordinator.


The winning thesis got published

February 3, 2020

The American Studies Center is pleased to present the book “Between the Virgin of Guadalupe and la Malinche. Maternity of Mexicans in oral testimonies” published within the “Working Papers” series.