Prof. Paweł Frelik has received the Innovative Research Award given annually by the Science Fiction Research Association (USA) for the year’s best critical article in a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Prof. Frelik’s “Power Games: Towards the Rhetoric of Energy in Speculative Video Games” appeared in Er(r)go: Theory-Literature-Culture 44 and marks the first time the award has gone to an article published in a non-Anglo-American journal.

The Innovative Research Award, previously known as the Pioneer Award, has been presented since 1990 and its previous winners include Veronica Hollinger, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Roger Luckhurst, Wendy Pearson, Carl Freedman, De Witt Douglas Kilgore, Andrew Butler, Lisa Yaszek, Sherryl Vint, John Rieder, David Higgins, Lysa Rivera, Jaak Tomberg, Graeme MacDonald, and Amy Butt, a veritable who-is-who of science fiction studies.

The article is available in OpenAccess and can be read here.

Year 2023/2024

December 1: Screening & Discussion with Co-directors of ‘CURED’ documentary

November 30, 2023

The American Studies Center and the U.S. Embassy Warsaw invite you to a special private screening of the award-winning documentary CURED, which highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ history when activists and psychiatrists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won!


Changes in Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska’s office hours schedule

November 30, 2023

Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska’s office hours will be cancelled on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 30: Conceptual Writing in Extremis: Sonic A(na)rchives in 21st-century North American Poetry

November 30, 2023

The lecture focuses on current developments in North American conceptual writing as a poetic mode invested in archival research. The common denominator of the archives that the poets selected for this study foreground are the forms of present-day extremity.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 16: New Forms/Known Rivers

November 16, 2023

When #BlackLivesMatter emerged in 2013, it animated the most consequential Black-led mobilization since the civil rights and Black power era. Today, the hashtag turned rallying cry is but one expression of a radical reorientation toward Black politics, protest, and political thought.

Year 2023/2024

November 9: Scared Sick: Medicine and the Gothic Tradition

November 9, 2023

Join Weird Research Group for the second meeting of Weird Medicine Series! This talk will be grounded in the foundational Romantic period and will explain ways in which Gothic works reflected some of the most controversial medical pursuits, playing out their possibilities and dangers.