We are delighted to invite you to the opening lecture of the 2022/2023 Spring semester of the American Studies Colloquium Series:

Elizabeth Dunn
(Indiana University Bloomington)

Violent Divisions: Family Separations, Industrial Accidents and other Disconnections among Refugee Workers in the American Food System

 This is an in-person event.

Thursday, March 9, 2023
at 4:45 p.m.

You can get 3 OZN points for participating in this event.


Dobra 55, room 2.118
(the building features some mobility accommodations: ramp and lift)


Globalization is often seen as a process of expanding connections between distant people, things and places. In this talk, however, I look at Rohingya refugees in the American food system to show how capitalism relies on a continuous process of violent separations. Refugees are ripped away from their places of origin, often separated from their families for years on end, and, in the meatpacking industry, frequently pushed into dangerous jobs that risk separating them from parts of their own bodies, all in the service of making record profits for the meat industry. Focusing on processes of refugee resettlement in Greeley, Colorado, I show how Rohingya people contend with these risks in social, economic, political and religious ways as they attempt to make fractured lives whole again.


Elizabeth Cullen Dunn is Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Refugee Studies, Indiana University. She has conducted fieldwork on labor and forced migration for nearly 30 years, and has done fieldwork in the food industry in Poland, the Republic of Georgia, and the United States. Her best known book, Privatizing Poland, was reissued in Polish translation as Prywatyzując Polskę (Krytyka Polityczna).   Her latest book, No Path Home: Humanitarian Camps and the Grief of Displacement was published by Cornell University Press.

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

June 11, 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.

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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.

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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.


Three NCN Sonata grants for ASC scholars

May 26, 2024

Three ASC scholars – Dr. Jędrzej Burszta, Dr. Ludmiła Janion and Dr. Joanna Mąkowska were awarded scientific grants in the Sonata 19 competition organized by the National Science Center (NCN)