ASC, Al. Niepodległości 22, room 317

Jaap Kooijman (University of Amsterdam)

The diva project focuses on five decades of African American female superstardom based on three case studies: Diana Ross (1970 to mid-1980s), Whitney Houston (mid-1980s to early 2000s), and Beyoncé (late 1990s to the present). In this presentation, I will use the diva project to discuss methodology, or how to analyze stars as cultural signs in US American pop culture. Building on Richard Dyer’s theories of stardom and Nicole Fleetwood’s work on racial icons, the presentation will discuss the films Mahogany (Berry Gordy, 1975) and Dreamgirls (Bill Condon, 2006) to highlight the connection between on-screen and off-screen performance, as well as the common trope in African American female superstardom that commercial success comes at the expense of “authentic blackness.”

Jaap Kooijman is Associate Professor in Media Studies and American Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Vice Director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis. His articles on US American pop culture have been published in journals such as The Velvet Light Trap, The Journal of American Culture, Post Script, GLQ, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Celebrity Studies, and [in]Transition, as well as various edited collections, including Unpopular Culture (AUP, 2016), Revisiting Star Studies (Edinburgh UP, 2017), and Music/Video (Bloomsbury, 2017). He is the author of Fabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture (AUP, 2013), available in open access. Recently, Kooijman published an article on Beyoncé in Popular Music and Society: https://www.tandfonline.com/…/full/10…/03007766.2019.1555888 (also open access).

Year 2019/2020

Gender and Sexuality in American Studies; ASC’s BA and MA Student Conference

February 13, 2020

Gender and sexuality studies are crucial fields in American studies because they provide important insight into social relations, political struggles, and cultural norms. The aim of the conference is to create a platform for ASC’s MA and BA students to present their research projects, facilitate an exchange of inspiring ideas, and allow an opportunity to practice presentation skills.

News

Informacja w związku z otwarciem tury składania wniosków o stypendium socjalne na semestr letni roku akademickiego 2019/2020

February 12, 2020

Stypendium socjalne na semestr letni wypłacane będzie co najwyżej przez 4 miesiące (w zależności od daty złożenia wniosku), od marca do czerwca.

Year 2019/2020

February 20, 2020 at 4pm; Naciones Cautivas Europeas

February 10, 2020

The Free Europe Committee engaged in psychological and political warfare against Communism on both sides of the Iron Curtain. In her talk prof. Mazurkiewicz will explain what was really at stake for the exiles involved in US-sponsored programs in Latin America.

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Erasmus+ agreements with the UK

February 6, 2020

Good news! Despite Brexit, the Erasmus+ agreements with the UK are still valid for the 2020/2021. B.A. students are welcome to apply for an Erasmus+ short-term studies at our partner institution in Sussex, England. More info: the IRO, UW and the ASC Mobility Coordinator.

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The winning thesis got published

February 3, 2020

The American Studies Center is pleased to present the book “Between the Virgin of Guadalupe and la Malinche. Maternity of Mexicans in oral testimonies” published within the “Working Papers” series.