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

November 14, 2019, 4:00pm; “From Warsaw to New York”

November 7, 2019

The American consul will visit American Studies Center to talk about pros and cons of work and travel program. Work and travel program allows students to take up summer jobs in the United States and thus improve their English, gain signifacant working experience and earn money on travels!

Year 2019/2020

November 14, 2019, 5:00pm; “Africa Within Haitian National Narratives”

November 7, 2019

During the lecture Jhon Picard Byron from the State University of Haiti will speak of importance of Africa in the development of Haitian nationality.

Erasmus annoucements

1 stipend for a 2020/2021 fall or spring semester at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

November 6, 2019

Due to the bilateral agreement between University of Warsaw and University of Florida, Gainesville the American Studies Center offers 1 stipend for a 2020/2021 fall or spring semester at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

News

Po drugiej stronie MOSTu, czyli jak przebrnąć przez uniwersytecką rzekę

November 6, 2019

System Mobilności Studentów, zwany dalej Programem MOST, jest ofertą kształcenia w uniwersytetach polskich. Program MOST jest adresowany do studentów, których zainteresowania naukowe mogą być realizowane poza macierzystym uniwersytetem.

Fot. Sławomir Kamiński / Agencja Gazeta

News

New Publication from Prof. Stanisław Obirek

November 4, 2019

His latest publication helps us understand the role of religion in contemporary society, as it discusses current challenges faced by the Church and it sheds new light on the system of values and opinions of Roman Catholics.