Year 2023/2024

June 11: Biosocial Groups, Biosocial Criminals – the Body and Medicine as Organizing Agents

June 11, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group cordially invites you to the very last event this semester! The lecture will show how medical anthropology and cultural studies can shed light on medicine-related social and cultural phenomena.

June 17-18: Polish-language conference „Jak uczyć o płci i seksualności? Interdyscyplinarność, instytucjonalizacja, zaangażowanie społeczne.”

June 11, 2024

Konferencja „Jak uczyć o płci i seksualności? Interdyscyplinarność, instytucjonalizacja, zaangażowanie społeczne” ma na celu stworzenie przestrzeni, w której mogą się spotkać społeczności akademickie, aktywistyczne, artystyczne, eksperckie tworzące i przekazujące wiedzę o płci i seksualności. Jaka mogłaby być dziś edukacja seksualna? Gdzie jest miejsce na feministyczny i queerowy aktywizm w akademii? Czy słowem kluczowym jest „równość” czy „nierówności”? Czy potrafimy wspólnie wyobrazić sobie studia magisterskie o płci i seksualności w Polsce? Zapraszamy na 6 paneli dyskusyjnych.

Year 2023/2024

June 5: Dissecting Theater: Medical Horror on Stage

June 5, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group cordially invites you to a penultimate event this semester! We will discuss the ways in which medicine and theater are correlated and how medical horror stories can thrive on stage. We will explore the universal nature of theater by analyzing the sources of fear in Starkid’s The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals as well.

Year 2023/2024

June 6: Marketing Barbie’s “Curvy New Body”: Mattel’s Fashionistas Line and its Legacy Brand Politics

June 6, 2024

We would like to invite you to an upcoming lecture given by a Fulbright Scholar, Doctor Rebecca C. Hains! During this lecture, you will have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Hains’s exploration of Barbie from the feminist perspective, the history of Barbie’s body type, and the feminist critique around it. The talk will also discuss the PR surrounding the “Curvy” Barbies’ release, a topic that has sparked many intense debates.

News

Three NCN Sonata grants for ASC scholars

May 26, 2024

Three ASC scholars – Dr. Jędrzej Burszta, Dr. Ludmiła Janion and Dr. Joanna Mąkowska were awarded scientific grants in the Sonata 19 competition organized by the National Science Center (NCN)

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 23: The Role of Different Media in Transgender Life Narratives: The Case of Kate Bornstein

May 23, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to the final lecture of the American Studies Colloquium Series in the 2023/2024 Spring semester! We are joined by Eveline Kilian, who will talk about Kate Bornstein – an American transgender activist, performer and writer.

Year 2023/2024

May 20: Becoming Something Else: Death and Disease in Video Games

May 20, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group invites you to a talk on “Becoming Something Else: Death and Disease in Video Games” by CD Projekt Red’s Magdalena Zych (Senior Writer, Story Coordinator) and Karolina Niewęgłowska (Associate Director of Player Experience and Safety.)

Year 2023/2024

May 24: “Girl You Ate (Literally)”. MEATing with Chelsea G. Summers

May 24, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to a “MEATing” with the author of “A Certain Hunger,” Chelsea G. Summers, at the ASC! Hosted by students participating in the Food Matters course, the MEATing will be an opportunity to discuss a work of entertaining if gory fiction described by a NYT reviewer as “One of the most uniquely fun and campily gory books in my recent memory.” If you enjoy aproblematic protagonist, a satire on foodie culture, and detailed accounts of procuring andcooking human meat, then this is a session for you!

Year 2023/2024

May 20-21: Steven Conn at The University of Warsaw

May 20, 2024

The American Studies Center and the Faculty of History are pleased to invite you to two lectures by Prof. Steven Conn! Prof. Conn will deliver a lecture titled Urban History and the Question of Scale at the Department of History and a lecture titled Demystifying Rural America at the American Studies Center.

Year 2023/2024

May 20: America versus the Czech Republic and Slovakia – Who Sees Who in the International Puzzle

May 20, 2024

Leadership Research Group has the pleasure of inviting you to a conversation with two distinguished scholars who will shed light on the vicissitudes of relations between USA and its junior European partners who look at USA differently than Poland.

Year 2023/2024

May 15: The White Lady: Transhistorical Affinities in Contemporary Lesbian Art from Poland

May 15, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to a talk organized by the Gender/Sexuality Research Group! This talk traces transhistorical affective affinities between nineteenth-century Polish lesbians and those living today. It asks how women’s and lesbian practices of self-memorialisation, portraiture, and self-portraiture, may be crucial repositories of queer knowledge which must be read between the lines, intuited, and felt.

Year 2023/2024

May 13: Entertainment Media and Politics

May 13, 2024

We are delighted to invite you to the double talk “Entertainment Media and Politics” with our special guest Professor Philip Habel and Professor Stephen Farnsworth. The participants will present their recent and current research on politics in late night comedy shows, movies, and video games.

Year 2023/2024

May 9: Queering the National Romance: LatinX Narratives of Belonging

May 9, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to a lecture by Professor Richard Reitsma in which we will explore LatinX literary, cinematic, and television narratives which attempt to situate LatinX persons in the national discourse of “America” through romance tropes. These narratives, often veering towards fantasy, use love between opposing forces (class, race/ethnicity, nations, etc.) as an allegory for a better nation.

Year 2023/2024

April 29: I Settle for Nothing but the Best: Biomedicalization in the Mass Effect Franchise

April 29, 2024

Weird Fictions Research Group cordially invites you to a lecture about biomedicalization in the Mass Effect franchise! In this lecture, we delve into the concept of biomedicalization within the sci-fi franchise, exploring how advancements in genetics, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence reshape the fate of humanity, at the cost of human privacy.

Year 2023/2024

April 26: Bad Gays and They/Them Armies: Homonationalism and its Backlash

April 26, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to a lecture by Ben Miller and Huw Lemmey, the hosts of Bad Gays, “a podcast about evil and complicated queers in history” and the authors of Bad Gays: A Homosexual History.

Year 2023/2024

April 16: Screening of Nostalgia and Elegy in the Streets by Jim Hubbard

April 16, 2024

Join us for a screening of films by Jim Hubbard, who has been making experimental films about lesbian and gay activism and community building since the mid-1970s. The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the filmmaker.

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