Research

The American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw is an institution of vibrant research in American Studies and related fields. Its faculty publish monographs, scholarly editions, and articles, often with major publishing houses and journals.

Their research is regularly funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Kosciuszko Foundation, National Science Center Poland, Humanities in the European Research Area network (HERA), and many other smaller research centers and archival libraries. The ASC publishes two scholarly journals of growing reputation and impact: The New Americanist and Revista del CESLA. They are, respectively, English language and English and Spanish language peer-reviewed publications in the area of widely conceived American Studies. The ASC houses several research groups, led by senior professors and drawing many graduate students and PhD candidates. Each has a specific line of research—American Leadership, Gender/Sexuality, Speculative Texts and Media, Development Dilemmas of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Brazilian Studies. Each research group organizes its own series of events, often open to the public, thus promoting their areas of interest. The American Studies Center nurtures research among its students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. It supports student conferences and sponsors students’ best research projects by awarding them research grants.

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Recent publications

Journals

Our flagship publication. The latest issue of The New Americanist

The New Americanist

The New Americanist is an interdisciplinary journal publishing scholarly work on the United States and the Americas broadly considered. We are especially interested in work which includes a global perspective, introduces new critical approaches, and proposes theoretical frameworks to the study of the US. We welcome contributions from scholars from around the world and across the humanities and the social sciences.

Print copies of our first issue are available upon request. Please write to newamericanistjournal@gmail.com to request a copy.

The latest issue of Revista del CESLA

Revista del CESLA

Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review is a biannual (since 2018), inter-­ and cross-disciplinary, peer­-reviewed scientific journal, first published by the Center for the Latin American Studies (until 2017) and, since, by the University of Warsaw.

Research Groups

Gender and Sexuality in American Culture Research Group

Head: dr Karolina Krasuska

The group was formed in early 2016 in order to facilitate cooperation between doctoral and advanced MA students working, studying at, and affiliated with American Studies Center. Under Dr. Karolina Krasuska’s tutelage, the group has organized a number of seminars devoted to different research methodologies and research practices within the field of American cultural studies. The topics covered during these seminars include disability studies, girlhood studies, hauntology, gender variance in Poland, gender and militarism, female wartime reporting, and queer desires in American speculative fiction. Since 2016 the group has invited such eminent scholars as Prof. Andrea Peto, Prof. Mary Ann Doane, and Prof. Jack Halberstam to deliver lectures and lead highly popular seminars. In the summer semester of 2017/2018 the group will be working on a close reading and subsequent translation of Judith Butler’s seminal Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex published in 1993.

Our flagship publication.

Speculative Texts and Media Research Group

Head: prof. Paweł Frelik

The Speculative Texts and Media Research Group offers a forum for scholars and researchers interested in the broadly understood fantastic genres, such as science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia, as well as audiovisual media, including video games. What connects these diverse genres and media is their mode of speculation, which proposes to look at the world not in purely mimetic terms but through speculation, extrapolation, and futurism. Given the almost complete lack of long­term discussions in contemporary culture, the fantastic has been the only cultural site that has so systematically and comprehensively engaged the question of tomorrow. Gathering graduate students, scholars, and researchers from a range of disciplines interested in the above issues and questions, the Speculative Texts and Media Research Group organizes regular meetings, public lectures and seminars, and larger academic events

Leadership Studies Research Group

Head: prof. Bohdan Szklarski

Presidents, prime ministers, commanders, CEOs, and cultural icons as leaders of people and organizations often become heroes of collective imagination. Who has not heard of Caesar, Washington, Roosevelt, Hitler, Martin Luther King, Michael Jordan, Bono, or Steve Jobs. Such personalities inspire followers, move crowds, control institutions, create innovations and become indispensable elements of public sphere. Today, in a globalized and anarchic world, leaders and leadership in all spheres of human interest, from politics to business and culture, have become a noteworthy research subject at almost all major universities. The Leadership Studies Research Group wishes to make a contribution to the understanding of modern world through such activities as (1) academic study of all aspects of leadership and building a community of researchers and students; (2) dissemination of knowledge about leaders and leadership among general public; (3) facilitation of collaborative endeavors with those who study and practice leadership. We invite everyone who shares our conviction that politics, business, art or sports are made by people who leave their mark on us.

Debates on Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Head: dr hab. Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann

The group is working on Latin American and Caribbean ideas of social, economic, and cultural development with our particular interest in present-day critical approaches and discussions concerning alternatives to development inspired by decolonial discourse and bottom-up activities of local communities. Regular meetings of researchers representing diverse disciplinary and regional interests, some of them involved in projects that had already found external funding, aim at the exchange of ideas and experiences, creation of a solid academic network and involvement of students in Latin Americanist development research. We plan to publish a book on debates on development in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as prepare a comprehensive course on the subject.

Group members currently involved in its activities:
dr hab. Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann (ASC UW) – the group coordinator; dr hab. Katarzyna Dembicz (ASC UW ) – director of the research project on „Development discourses and dilemmas of local communities in Central America”; dr Agata Hummel (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology UW) – director of the research project on” Transformative Initiatives within Andean rural communities. Narratives and strategies of social change from the anthropological perspective”; prof. dr hab. Mirosława Czerny (faculty of Geography and Regional Studies UW); dr Aleksandra Lis (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań); mgr Krzysztof Ząbecki (Ph D student, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies UW); mgr Ewelina Biczyńska (Ph D student, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies UW); mgr Oscar barboza Lizano (Ph D student Artes Liberales UW); dr Radosław Powęska; dr Robert Łuczak; dr Krystyna Paradowska (University of Veracruz, Mexico)

Brazilian Studies Research Group

Head: dr Renata Siuda-Ambroziak

The Brazilian Studies Research Group at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw was established with the endorsement of the Embassy of Brazil in Warsaw to create a forum for researchers from Poland and abroad dealing with broadly understood Brazilian Studies, including both humanities and social sciences. The focus of the research group is primarily on contemporary Brazil—its culture, society, politics and economy, as well as migration issues concerning the Polish presence in Brazil. The group’s research interests also include historical studies on Brazil and the Polish-Brazilian relations. The group welcomes anyone interested in Brazil who wants to deepen their knowledge of this country, participate in academic events devoted to it and in Brazil-oriented research projects. The group has its own meeting room at the OSA facilities, room 105, dedicated to Brazilian studies and sponsored the Embassy of Brazil in Warsaw. The group is affiliated with another one, Polish-Brazilian Research Group for Studies on the Polish Diaspora in Brazil, also headed by Dr. Siuda-Ambroziak. It was founded in January 2019 at the LEER Laboratory of the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

 

Our Conferences

EAAS 2020 Conference – 20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal

The Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies will take place at the University of Warsaw on May 1-3, 2020.  EAAS 2020 Conference coincides with the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Plymouth Plantation. Falling on the quadricentennial, EAAS 2020 invites broader contemplations of American history, politics, and culture. The conference seeks to underscore questions of optics, distance, and acuity. The concept of “20/20 vision,” an optical term denoting “normal” visual clarity and sharpness of sight, invites a reflection on historical distance, focal points, visibility and invisibility of socio-historical, cultural, and literary aspects of American citizenship, space, and renewal until today. Link to the conference website: http://eaas2020.eu/