Dear ASC Community,

If it were not for this terrible pandemic, today we would hold our annual ASC Thanksgiving Party for students, the staff, and the faculty alike. It would be a big-time event all organized by the ASC Student Council, with a hefty turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pies galore. We would hold the ASC Thanksgiving Potluck Cook-Off Contest. It has become our cherished tradition to spend this evening together at the Center. Alas, this is not to be this time. My hope is we will resume the custom of Thanksgiving next year, and we will make up for the lost time.

Yet for many of us this challenging year has also been quite fruitful and refreshing. We therefore have every reason to be thankful. It’s helped us see things anew. Before long, when the Rona is gone, we will all be ushering in a new era that may yet be very interesting. On this special occasion, I wish you all good health, happiness and every success, academic and otherwise!

Grzegorz Kosc

ASC Director

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.