We are pleased to announce a guest lecture by
Prof. Heinz Ickstadt
Kennnedy Institut, Freie Universitat, Berlin

Backward Glance over the Much Traveled Road
of Postmodern Fiction


October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
American Studies Center, room 116

The lecture will discuss the instability of the term “postmodernism” and the different shades of meaning it has gained from changing historical contexts as well as via the differing perspectives of a variety of disciplines. It will then go back to the period in which the label “postmodern” could be most suitably applied to a certain type of narrative from Donald Barthelme to Robert Coover, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. The death of postmodernism was announced by Ihab Hassan in 1993 but the term is not quite dead yet; it is still lingering on – as are the ‘masters of postmodernism’ who are struggling with a literary style they once were thought of representing.

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Heinz Lckstadt

Heinz Ickstadt – Professor Emeritus in Kennedy Institut of  Freie Universität, Berlin, one of the most outstanding European Americanists of our time, specializing in the history of American culture and literature from the second half of the 19th century to the present. Author of many books and essays, including Der amerikanische Roman im 20. Jahrhundert: Transformation des Mimetischen (1998), Faces of Fiction: Essays on American Literature and Culture from the Jacksonian Period to Postmodernity (2001), and Aesthetic Innovation and the Democratic Principle: Essays on Twentieth-Century American Poetry and Fiction (2016). President of the European Association for American Studies in 1996-2000. Professor Ickstadt has been a longtime friend and supporter of a few generations of Polish Americanists, also cooperating as a teacher with the ASC faculty in Warsaw and Berlin.

Year 2019/2020

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During the lecture, doctor Aleksandra Lis will present social aspects of energy production in Poland and Argentina, as well as the meaning of electric energy for different actors – communities, nations and companies.

Year 2019/2020

January 17, 2020 at 10am; Star Trek seminar

January 7, 2020

The seminar consists of prior viewing of the two episodes of Star Trek and the following discussion led by our guest lecturer – Stefan Rabitsch from University of Graz. Read more, sign up and participate!

poster by Magdalena Krzemińśka

Year 2019/2020

January 16, 2020 at 4pm; “I Like Big Hats and I Cannot Lie”: Petasus Americanus or a Cultural History of Cowboy Hats

January 6, 2020

Stefan Rabitsch will argue during the lecture that cowboy hats do matter. Unlike other headwear, western hats—*petasus americanus*—have retained their potency and recognizability as a wearable signifiers of Americanness.

Year 2019/2020

January 16-17, 2020; Film and TV Criticism Methodology Workshops

January 6, 2020

During each session Kaja Klimek, who is an educator, translator, and film and culture critic, will present key trends and perspectives in current film and tv criticism in various media, including traditional and new media.

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American Studies Colloquium Series

January 14, 2020 at 4pm; Food: A Systemic Approach

December 27, 2019

Knowing where our food comes from is important to us as consumers and as citizens, allowing us to make more careful choices. During the lecture, Fabio Parasecoli will explore different conceptualizations of the global food system, together with the structures, flows, and stakeholders that compose it.