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)

American Studies Colloquium Series

January 21, 2021 at 4:45pm, Online; Refugees and Racial Capitalism: What “Integration” in the US Labor Market Means?

January 20, 2021

This talk by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn focuses on the situation of refugees during the COVID-19 epidemic, by discussing the example of the American meatpacking industry, which relies heavily on refugees resettled by the US Department of State.

Year 2020/2021

January 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., Online; Weird Space Junkies: Speculations on the Psychedelic

January 20, 2021

In this lecture, Jędrzej Burszta proposes to examine the cultural history of psychedelic science fiction in the United States, focusing on the legacy of the 1960s New Wave movement.

American Studies Colloquium Series

January 28, 2021 at 4:45pm, Online; Cyberfeminism, an Orthodox Version in North America: Social Media as a Counterpublic Transformative Space of Religiosity

January 19, 2021

Our next guest, Jessica Roda from Georgetown University will give a talk on the usage of social media by ultra-Orthodox women, as a tool for the development of cyberfeminism(s) in the transformative counterpublic space reinforcing religious norms and authority.

Year 2020/2021

January 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., Online; The Ur-Savage: The Anthropological Horror of Green Inferno and Bone Tomahawk

January 18, 2021

This lecture aims to elaborate on the problem of presenting indigenous people as a threat in current horror cinema, and to analyze it through the lenses of growing racist and far-right ideologies in the USA.


Festival “Imagining the Future” – call for proposals

January 14, 2021

Students and the university staff of the University of Warsaw are invited to take part in Festival “Imagining the Future” at the Sorbonne University, which focuses on issues of coexistence of humans and the environment.