American Studies Colloquium Series

The American Studies Colloquium Series presents new research in American Studies. It brings together both junior and senior scholars from different national contexts, and addresses topics ranging from cultural readings of poetry through environmental history to security studies. The Colloquium Series is geared primarily toward American Studies scholars and students, but all talks are open to the interested public. The Colloquium Series talks occur on selected Thursdays at 4:00 pm in room 317 at the American Studies Center unless noted otherwise. All previous ASCS events are listed on this site.


We are sorry to announce that due to the spread of the Covid-19, we were forced to cancel all talks of the series planned for the spring term. However, some of the lectures might be streamed online. Join the ASC Virtual Lecture Hall to be up to date with the announcements regarding online lectures. Updated schedule might also be found below. The speakers not able to participate in an online lecture, will be invited to speak in the upcoming academic year.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and we are looking forward to see you soon – both online and in person!

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2019/2020

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2017/2018

Fall Term 2017/2018

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2016/2017

  • March 16, 2017
    Bettina Hofmann (University of Wuppertal)
    Transgenerational Writing on the Second World War
  • April 6, 2017
    Ryszard Schnepf (former Polish Ambassador to the US)
    Trump’s America
  • April 20, 2017
    Łukasz Kamieński (Jagiellonian University)
    Fighting Better Than Well? Stimulants in the US Military
  • *CANCELLED* May 4, 2017
    Anna Pochmara-Ryżko (University of Warsaw)
    From Slaves to the Bottle to Speakeasies and Champagne Baths: Alcohol and American Literature, 1865-1933
  • May 25, 2017
    Bonnie Costello (Boston University)
    Speaking of Us: Modern Poetry’s Anxious ‘We’
  • June 1, 2017
    Michael Kimmage (Catholic University of America)
    Partners of Last Resort: U.S.-Russian Relations since the End of the Cold War

Fall Term 2016/2017

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2015/2016

Fall Term 2015/2016

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2014/2015

Fall Term 2014/2015

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2013/2014

  • March 6, 2014
    Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin)
    Against Narrative and Design: How to Stop Being Puritan and Do Things with Contemporary Culture
  • March 27, 2014
    Dominic Pacyga (Columbia College Chicago)
    Class, Ethnicity, and the American City in the 19th Century: Chicago as an Example
  • *CANCELLED* April 10, 2014
    Winfried Fluck (Free University, Berlin)
    Post-Americanization? The Changing Role and Function of American Culture
  • May 8, 2014
    Justyna Włodarczyk (University of Warsaw)
    Beyond the Species Boundary: Keywords for Human-Animal Studies
  • May 22, 2014
    Özge Özbek Akiman (Hacettepe University)
    Amiri Baraka as Historian: The Tales of the Out and Gone

Fall Term 2013/2014


American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2012/2013

  • March 7, 2013
    Tom Cousineau (Washington College)
    Plagiarism Unbound: Borrowing Desire in “The Great Gatsby”
  • March 21, 2013
    Michael Davidson (UC San Diego)
    Missing Bodies: Poetics and Disability
  • April 11, 2013
    Steven Conn (Ohio State University)
    The Anti-Urban Tradition in American Life; or, Why Americans Don’t Like Their Cities
  • April 25, 2013
    Zuzanna Ładyga (University of Warsaw)
    Technophobia and Technophilia in American Postmodernism
  • May 9, 2013
    Donna Drucker (Darmstadt University of Technology)
    The Technologies of Second-Wave Feminism
  • *CANCELLED* May 23, 2013
    Matthew Sutton (Washington State University)
    Standing at Armageddon: The Rise of American Fundamentalism in a Global Age

Fall Term 2012/2013


American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2011/2012

Fall Term 2011/2012

American Studies Colloquium Series

Spring Term 2010/2011

Fall Term 2010/2011


dr Marta Usiekniewicz

Room 108A

dr Agnieszka Kotwasińska

Room 108A


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