We are delighted to invite you to the last talk of the Fall 2022/2023 semester of the American Studies Colloquium Series:

Selma Bidlingmaier
(Humboldt University of Berlin)

Covid and a History of Racialized Asian Bodies in the US

 This is an in-person event.

Thursday, January 19, 2023
at 4:45 p.m.

You can get 3 OZN points for participating in this event.
Check how to collect OZN points online here.


Room 317
al. Niepodległości 22, Warsaw
(the building features some mobility accommodations: ramp and lift)


Anti-Asian racism has been on the rise since the covid pandemic began. This talk examines the historical moments in US history that shaped the ideas that fuel anti-Asian racism. I will focus specifically on 19th Century scientific racism, coolie labor and the making of the white working class, and the 20th Century myth of the model minority.


Selma Siew Li Bidlingmaier is a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin. She is educated in the US and Germany and has attained degrees in psychology, Anglophone literature and American studies. Her PhD, “Re-habilitating Chinatown,” addressed the politics of representation in Chinese American literature and calls for a re-reading of Chinatowns as Lefebvrian lived spaces. Her postdoctoral project traces the social and cultural history New York City’s gentrification to the Progressive Era, which she argues laid the foundation for urban eugenic policies throughout the 20th Century. Examining the confluence of social Darwinism, euthenics, and eugenics within architecture, landscaping of green spaces, urban planning, and urban policy, she demonstrates how the city was designed and stratified in an effort to socially engineer and (re)produce a “fit” labor force, an “intelligent” electorate, and a “gentile” citizenry.


Changes in Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska’s office hours schedule

June 26, 2024

Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska will be available in the office on Tuesday (2 July 2024), 1:30-3:30 pm and online (ZOOM) on Thursday (4 July 2024), 12:00-2:00 pm.

June 17-18: Polish-language conference „Jak uczyć o płci i seksualności? Interdyscyplinarność, instytucjonalizacja, zaangażowanie społeczne.”

June 17, 2024

Konferencja „Jak uczyć o płci i seksualności? Interdyscyplinarność, instytucjonalizacja, zaangażowanie społeczne” ma na celu stworzenie przestrzeni, w której mogą się spotkać społeczności akademickie, aktywistyczne, artystyczne, eksperckie tworzące i przekazujące wiedzę o płci i seksualności. Jaka mogłaby być dziś edukacja seksualna? Gdzie jest miejsce na feministyczny i queerowy aktywizm w akademii? Czy słowem kluczowym jest „równość” czy „nierówności”? Czy potrafimy wspólnie wyobrazić sobie studia magisterskie o płci i seksualności w Polsce? Zapraszamy na 6 paneli dyskusyjnych.

Year 2023/2024

June 11: Biosocial Groups, Biosocial Criminals – the Body and Medicine as Organizing Agents

June 11, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group cordially invites you to the very last event this semester! The lecture will show how medical anthropology and cultural studies can shed light on medicine-related social and cultural phenomena.

Year 2023/2024

June 6: Marketing Barbie’s “Curvy New Body”: Mattel’s Fashionistas Line and its Legacy Brand Politics

June 6, 2024

We would like to invite you to an upcoming lecture given by a Fulbright Scholar, Doctor Rebecca C. Hains! During this lecture, you will have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Hains’s exploration of Barbie from the feminist perspective, the history of Barbie’s body type, and the feminist critique around it. The talk will also discuss the PR surrounding the “Curvy” Barbies’ release, a topic that has sparked many intense debates.

Year 2023/2024

June 5: Dissecting Theater: Medical Horror on Stage

June 5, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group cordially invites you to a penultimate event this semester! We will discuss the ways in which medicine and theater are correlated and how medical horror stories can thrive on stage. We will explore the universal nature of theater by analyzing the sources of fear in Starkid’s The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals as well.