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.

Year 2023/2024

December 1: Screening & Discussion with Co-directors of ‘CURED’ documentary

November 30, 2023

The American Studies Center and the U.S. Embassy Warsaw invite you to a special private screening of the award-winning documentary CURED, which highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ history when activists and psychiatrists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won!


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

November 30, 2023

Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska’s office hours will be cancelled on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 30: Conceptual Writing in Extremis: Sonic A(na)rchives in 21st-century North American Poetry

November 30, 2023

The lecture focuses on current developments in North American conceptual writing as a poetic mode invested in archival research. The common denominator of the archives that the poets selected for this study foreground are the forms of present-day extremity.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 16: New Forms/Known Rivers

November 16, 2023

When #BlackLivesMatter emerged in 2013, it animated the most consequential Black-led mobilization since the civil rights and Black power era. Today, the hashtag turned rallying cry is but one expression of a radical reorientation toward Black politics, protest, and political thought.

Year 2023/2024

November 9: Scared Sick: Medicine and the Gothic Tradition

November 9, 2023

Join Weird Research Group for the second meeting of Weird Medicine Series! This talk will be grounded in the foundational Romantic period and will explain ways in which Gothic works reflected some of the most controversial medical pursuits, playing out their possibilities and dangers.