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American Studies Colloquium Series

May 28, 2020 at 6pm, ONLINE; An Erotic Toolkit: Asexual and Aromantic Critiques of Heteronormativity

May 28, 2020

This talk will explore the feminist, queer, and anti-racist tradition of the erotic, drawing on Audre Lorde’s work in particular. Ela Przybylo will discuss how the erotic provides a distinct model for theorizing relating that creates space for the inclusion of asexuality and challenges compulsory sexuality. 

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 12, 2020 at 4pm, ONLINE; Global Brooklyn

May 12, 2020

In his lecture, Mateusz Halawa will talk about transnational aesthetic regime of urban consumption. Global Brooklyn is not only the title of his soon-to-be-published book, but also a metaphor used to essentialize the unprecedented circulation of visual styles, flavors, practices and values – all carefully designed and masterfully instagrammed – that have been sweeping the world and shaping food cultures.

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 7, 2020 at 4pm, ONLINE; Archiving Pain: On Crip Queer Evidence

May 7, 2020

In her research Alyson Patsavas focuses on disability studies, feminist and queer theory and the cultural politics of pain. In this lecture, she will outline dominant pain epistemologies and juxtapose medical record on pain with its personal accounts, in order to theorize what constitutes crip and queer evidence of pain.

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American Studies Colloquium Series

April 2, 2020 at 4pm, ONLINE; Networks of Holocaust Memory in Third Generation Graphic Narratives

March 25, 2020

During the online streamed lecture, Dana Mihăilescu will present the Amy Kurzweil’s debut graphic memoir, Flying Couch (2016), in order to consider how the Holocaust narrative at the core of this graphic narrative is negotiated by the three generations of Kurweil’s family. Hence, she will highlight an ethical, future-oriented use of mediating forms of Holocaust memories for third generation artists.

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American Studies Colloquium Series

January 14, 2020 at 4pm; Food: A Systemic Approach

December 27, 2019

Knowing where our food comes from is important to us as consumers and as citizens, allowing us to make more careful choices. During the lecture, Fabio Parasecoli will explore different conceptualizations of the global food system, together with the structures, flows, and stakeholders that compose it.

American Studies Colloquium Series

December 12, 2019 at 4pm; AHS: Cult, The Purge, and the End of Subtlety in the Age of Trump

December 2, 2019

Michael Fuchs, University of Graz: In his book New Television (2017), Martin Shuster suggests that contemporary American television depicts a “world […] emptied of normative authority” (6). According to Shuster […]

American Studies Colloquium Series

December 5, 2019 at 4pm; The Future of American Media and the Crisis of the Public Sphere

November 29, 2019

Curd Knüpfer, Freie Universität, Berlin: Digitalization and increased networkability of information sources have resulted in profound shifts in how news and political information reaches the American public […]

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American Studies Colloquium Series

November 28, 2019, 4pm; There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart

November 20, 2019

Dr Anna Warso, SWPS University: In his 1917 essay, Freud distinguishes between the “normal” state of mourning and the “pathological” condition of a melancholic. Both mourning [Trauer] and melancholia [Melancholie] result from a sense of lack but melancholia is viewed as […]

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American Studies Colloquium Series

October 24, 2019 at 4pm; A Short History of Virality

October 17, 2019

Marta Figlerowicz from Yale University will discuss the phenomenon of virality and how it has been gradually theorized over the years. She will also explain how viral network events are represented in American cinema nowadays.

American Studies Colloquium Series

October 17, 2019 at 4pm; Objects and Technofeelia: Love in Contemporary Technoculture

October 10, 2019

It will be the first lecture from the American Studies Colloqium Series this academic year! Doctor Anna Malinowska from University of Silesia will explain the semiotic and material dimensions of love and how those two impact the ontologies of loving in technoculture.

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 16, 2019, at 4pm; Haunted by Hill House: Shirley Jackson, Housewife Horrors and the Politics of Fame

March 27, 2019

In this lecture Patrycja Antoszek from the Catholic University of Lublin will talk about Shirley Jackson’s personal experiences as a mother, full-time housewife and wife of a famous literary critic, that inspired her highly provocative and original stories, dominated by the Gothic tropes of haunted heroines, enclosed spaces and female madness.

American Studies Colloquium Series

April 25, 2019, 4pm: Ghosts and Anchors: Translingualism in Contemporary US Poetry

March 27, 2019

This lecture considers translingualism as creative and dynamic experiment in contemporary U.S. poetry. Piotr Gwiazda from the University of Pittsburgh will discuss how it influences literary work of first- and second-generation immigrants to America.

American Studies Colloquium Series

March 14, 2019 at 4pm; Defining State-Private Network. American Freedom Committees During the Cold War

March 14, 2019

In this lecture Anna Mazurkiewicz from the University of Gdańsk focuses on the fate of the political exiles who had left the Communist-dominated regions and entered into complex relations with the Americans during the Cold War.

American Studies Colloquium Series

March 7, 2019 at 4pm; Transnational Identities and Behaviors among Solidarity Refugees in the US

March 1, 2019

Mary Erdmans during the presentation outlines the political transnational activities and identities of Solidarity refugees in the United States (mainly Chicago and California) during the late 1980s. She also focuses on several factors influencing the return of the Solidarity refugees, who re-migrated to Poland after 1989.

American Studies Colloquium Series

February 28, 2019 at 4pm; The Diva Project: Analyzing Stardom in American Pop Culture

January 28, 2019

This presentation discusses the films Mahogany and Dreamgirls, as well as analyzes female super stars, such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Beyonce in order to highlight the connection between on-screen and off-screen performance. Jaap Kooijman examines the common trope in African American female superstardom that commercial success comes at the expense of “authentic blackness.”

American Studies Colloquium Series

January 17, 2019 at 4pm; Nuclear Afterlives: Toxicity and Nonhuman Embodiments in the Anthropocene

January 17, 2019

In this talk Alison Sperling focuses on environmental records made legible in the Anthropocene, namely the radionuclides, as the result of nuclear fission and thermonuclear explosions in the biosphere, which have since inscribed themselves into all bodies, human and nonhuman, biological and geological alike. She will attempt to challenge what it might mean to flourish in and despite of a toxic Anthropocene.

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