The ASC’s Gender/Sexuality Research Group is proud to share our very first and very own podcast! “Oswoić gender,” hosted by Dr. Anna Kurowicka and Dr. Marta Usiekniewicz, aims to present research in gender and sexuality studies done at our center.

In the eight-episode series we cover topics ranging from the mobilization of anti-gender movements, studies of girlhood and bisexuality, gender contexts of the 1990s transformation and disability, sexual non-normativity in Polish People’s Republic, studies of queer film and Polish women immigrants in the United States, the political dimension of horror, all the way to post-Soviet Jewish literature in the US.

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Each new episode will be released on Wednesday, announced on the ASC’s social media, and available on platforms including Spotify,, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and Google Podcasts. Episodes will be also published on the Gender/Sexuality Research Group’s dedicated website, which will be launched soon.

The aim of this Polish language podcast is to acquaint listeners with the diversity of research conducted within gender and sexuality studies. In each episode we show how the issues of gender and sexuality are manifested in cultural and social life. We also promise a good dose of humor and recommendations, because what would a popular science podcast be without homework?

This season will feature a slew of informative and entertaining conversations with Tomasz Basiuk, Jędrzej Burszta, Agnieszka Graff, Ludmiła Janion, Aleksandra Kamińska, Elżbieta Korolczuk, Agnieszka Kotwasińska, Karolina Krasuska, Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, Krystyna Mazur, Natalia Pamuła, and Agnieszka Ziemińska.

The podcast is a part of Dr Karolina Krasuska’s project within “Promotion of scientific research in the public domain – 2nd edition” program under the Excellence Initiative Research University (IDUB) at the University of Warsaw and from the ASC UW.

Julia Machnowska was responsible for the sound production and editing, while Magdalena Sowul, aka Panilas, author of the podcast “Słyszane”, provided the studio space and music.

Year 2021/2022

May 30: The (Early) Literature of COVID-19. Session V

May 24, 2022

This open seminar will explore initial literary responses to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, offering participants opportunities to talk through this world-changing event. By the end of the seminar, participants should be able to not only identify but also to interpret and evaluate common features of early COVID literature within and beyond the United States.

American Studies Colloquium Series

June 2: Eat, Migrate, Love: Gastronomic and Sexual Desire as Identity

May 24, 2022

This talk, whose title plays off the Julia Robert’s film “Eat, Pray, Love,” will explore queer films and queer immigrants’ relationships to food as part of the cultural identity, and how the rituals around food preparation and consumption informs their negotiations in the US.

Year 2021/2022

June 8: Sounds of Dune(s): Music-landscaping in Cinema

May 24, 2022

In this workshop we’ll talk about Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and its many adaptations (both real and unrealized), in order to see how music and sound are used to bridge sensory gaps in cinematic experiences, and how to write about such synaesthetic encounters in our research.

Year 2021/2022

May 23: Gender/Sexuality Conference ASC

May 23, 2022

ASC’s Gender/Sexuality Research Group invites all students and faculty members to the first ASC’s Student Conference on gender and sexuality in American studies. We have an exciting day planned, with a keynote by Dr. Richard Reitsma and four panels of student presentations, on everything from feminist theories to representation of trans characters on TV and challenging the norms of masculinity.

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 19: ‘bits of agitation on the body of the whole’: Animals in COVID-19 Literature

May 19, 2022

Given its origins in horseshoe bat populations, the SARS-CoV-2 virus offers many opportunities to re-think our relationships with the nonhuman world around us. In this talk, Raymond Malewitz will explore emerging cultural narratives embodied in COVID poetry and fiction, which tend to reinforce the stiff differences between the human and the nonhuman as physically and conceptually separate from one another.