The American Studies Center and the Faculty of History are pleased to invite you to two talks by Prof. Steven Conn!

Urban History and the Question of Scale

Monday, May 20, 2024
1:15 PM


Demystifying Rural America

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
4:45 PM


May 20, 2024 (Monday, 1:15 PM)
Faculty of History (Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Columned Hall)

May 21, 2024 (Tuesday, 4:45 PM)
American Studies Center (Dobra 55, Room 2.118)
(the building features some mobility accommodations: ramp and lift)

Urban History and the Question of Scale

Urban historians take for granted that our subject is “the city”. But that then begs the question of how we define a city and what we don’t. Population? Geographic area? Economic and/or political function? Professor Conn will revisit Louis Wirth’s 1938 essay “Urbanism as a Way of Life” to make the case that urban historians need to consider questions of scale and that we might turn our attention to places usually too small to be considered cities.

Demystifying Rural America

Rural America is often characterized as in crisis or in danger of being left behind and that sense of alienation has driven the politics of rural places. Professor Conn will argue that rural Americanhas actually been at the center of modern American history, shaped by the same forces as everywhere else in the country: militarization, industrialization, corporatization, and suburbanization.


Steven Conn is the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Before joining the faculty at Miami he was a professor in the history department at Ohio State where he co-founded Origins and founded the Public History Initiative. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 after graduating from Yale University in 1987.

Prof. Conn is a specialist in American cultural and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th centuries, urban history and public history. He is the author of 5 books and the editor of 2 more including most recently Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the 20th Century (Oxford UP, 2014) which was named a Top Ten book for 2015 by Planetizen. He is currently working on two book projects. The first is a history of American business schools which examines their contentious relationship to the rest of higher education; the second is a study of mid-20th century liberalism and the idea of “empathy” fostered by a number of writers, academics and others.


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)

Year 2023/2024

May 24: “Girl You Ate (Literally)”. MEATing with Chelsea G. Summers

May 24, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to a “MEATing” with the author of “A Certain Hunger,” Chelsea G. Summers, at the ASC! Hosted by students participating in the Food Matters course, the MEATing will be an opportunity to discuss a work of entertaining if gory fiction described by a NYT reviewer as “One of the most uniquely fun and campily gory books in my recent memory.” If you enjoy aproblematic protagonist, a satire on foodie culture, and detailed accounts of procuring andcooking human meat, then this is a session for you!

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 23: The Role of Different Media in Transgender Life Narratives: The Case of Kate Bornstein

May 23, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to the final lecture of the American Studies Colloquium Series in the 2023/2024 Spring semester! We are joined by Eveline Kilian, who will talk about Kate Bornstein – an American transgender activist, performer and writer.

Year 2023/2024

May 20-21: Steven Conn at The University of Warsaw

May 20, 2024

The American Studies Center and the Faculty of History are pleased to invite you to two lectures by Prof. Steven Conn! Prof. Conn will deliver a lecture titled Urban History and the Question of Scale at the Department of History and a lecture titled Demystifying Rural America at the American Studies Center.

Year 2023/2024

May 20: Becoming Something Else: Death and Disease in Video Games

May 20, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group invites you to a talk on “Becoming Something Else: Death and Disease in Video Games” by CD Projekt Red’s Magdalena Zych (Senior Writer, Story Coordinator) and Karolina Niewęgłowska (Associate Director of Player Experience and Safety.)