Stanisław Obirek, a professor at the American Studies Center, together with Arno Tausch, has recently published Global Catholicism, Tolerance, and the Open Society, which presents an empirical study on the system of social and political values of Roman Catholics around the world. It discusses current challenges faced by the Church, such as sexual tolerance, attitude towards democracy, and anti-Semitism. Thanks to these remarkable scholars, with their new book we can rediscover the role of religion in our contemporary world.

From the publisher’s website: “This book systematically assesses the political and social values of the more than 1.3 billion Catholics around the globe, by far the largest denomination of Western Christianity. Based on an extensive analysis of data from the World Values Survey and other global opinion surveys, the book sheds new light on the value systems and opinions of Roman Catholics. The authors highlight core problems and challenges the Church is currently facing in adapting to the modern world, including Catholic anti-Semitism, religious and sexual tolerance, and opinions towards democracy, while also offering an anthropological reflection on how well the Church is adapting or failing to adapt to the requirements of an open society.”

Professor Obirek has already published several books on the topic: Catholicism as a Cultural Phenomenon in the Time of Globalization: A Polish Perspective (2009); Liberated Mind. In Search of a Mature Catholicism” (2011); and Pole Catholic? (2015).

His newest publication can be purchased here.

It is also available in the library of the American Studies Center.

News

The 21st edition of the “Polityka” Scientific Awards

April 8, 2021

Applications for the competition are now open. Five young researchers might win scholarship of 15.000 PLN in the fields of humanities, science, social sciences, life sciences and technical sciences.

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Dr. Franciszek Lyra
(1932 – 2021)

April 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Dr. Franciszek Lyra, a longtime lecturer of the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw.

Year 2020/2021

April 13: Ze wszystkich istot nadprzyrodzonych najszkodliwszy. Wilkołaki w słowiańskim folklorze

March 30, 2021

In this lecture, we will be looking at werewolves and their presence in Polish folklore. Katarzyna Bielicka will talk about the transformation process described by ethnographers, the effect of werewolves on pagan religions, and accidents when werewolves saved someone’s life.

Year 2020/2021

March 29: Customary Strangers: Double Mirroring of Otherness in Eastern-Western Vampire Narratives

March 29, 2021

The Vampire serves as a perfect embodiment of the Other of all sorts: racial, sexual, ethnic, gender and class. The main objective of this lecture is to provide a comparative description of Vampire Narratives as collective fantasies about the radical otherness.

American Studies Colloquium Series

April 15: The Heartland: Myth and History

March 28, 2021

The American heartland refers to a quintessentially all-American place: white, buffered, bunkered, isolationist, exceptionalist, and local. In this lecture, Kristin Hoganson will take the history of a seemingly local place in a seemingly local time to turn the myth of the American heartland inside out.