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American Studies Colloquium Series

January 20: Kelly Reichardt’s Gastro-Aesthetics

January 13, 2022

This talk examines cinematic figurations of food in Kelly Reichardt’s ‘First Cow’, where aesthetic and gastronomic consumption converges in the figure of the cow as an image and as a source of milk. How should we think about the visual consumption of images of dairy consumption?  

American Studies Colloquium Series

January 13: Why Write If You Can Paint? Thoughts on Thoughts and Feelings in American Artists’ Writings

January 5, 2022

The history of artists’ writings is long and rich; one thus has to pose the question: Why write at all (if you can paint)? In this talk Edyta Frelik will discuss texts of American artists to explore their motivations and goals as writers, and the relation between the plastic arts and literature in general.

Year 2021/2022

December 16: Cyborgs, Transhumans, and Posthumans in the Popular Music of 2010s

December 11, 2021

This mini-lecture explores the artistic practices of musicians who draw inspiration from futuristic and weird imagery, using science fiction themes as well as the figures of cyborgs, trans-humans and post-humans to express their response to the contemporary world.

American Studies Colloquium Series

December 9: Sham Ruins, A User’s Guide

December 9, 2021

What is it that sham ruins ruin? This talk focuses on a number of American sham ruins, and new meaning they impose. The reevaluation of sham ruins helps in understanding what makes a freshly minted broken object attractive in any period.

American Studies Colloquium Series

December 2: ‘Ain’t I a woman?’: Sojourner Truth, Feminist Theory, and the Unstable Category of ‘Woman’

December 2, 2021

Katrin Smiet’s lecture is devoted to the unstable category of ‘womanhood’ discussed from the perspective of power structures. This talk traces the feminist thinkers of the late 20th century to discover different answers to Sojourner Truth’s question: ‘Ain’t I a woman?’

Year 2021/2022

November 17: A Hip Hop Music Video Workshop

November 17, 2021

Jakub Guziński, who is a student of American Studies, currently working on their BA thesis in Cultural/Media Studies, invites for a workshop to discuss works of three widely recognizable American hip hop artists and frame their ideas within the broader context of American culture.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 18: Studying Authorial Fingerprints – On Stylometric Study of American Literature

November 18, 2021

In this talk, Michał Choiński will demonstrate how stylometric study of literature may help more traditional, qualitative approaches to American literature by regrouping texts based on their regional affiliation, tracing an editor in a text and solving the issue of problematic authorship.

Year 2021/2022

November 3: Play This Only At Night: Hip Hop, Horror, and Afrofuturism

November 3, 2021

Dr. Tracey M. Salisbury is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Ethnic Studies at California State University, Bakersfield, where she has been a faculty member since 2017. She teaches Black Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses.

Year 2021/2022

October 28: XXVII Seminar of the Polish-American Ethnological Society

October 16, 2021

XXVII Seminar of the Polish-American Ethnological Society co-organized with the ASC will be devoted to indigenous cultures of both Americas.

Year 2021/2022

Book launch “Anti-Gender Politics in the Populist Moment” by Agnieszka Graff and Elżbieta Korolczuk

October 13, 2021

The event presents the book “Anti-Gender Politics in the Populist Moment”, which examines the new phase of global struggles around gender equality and sexual democracy: the ultraconservative mobilization against “gender ideology” and feminist efforts to counteract it.

Year 2021/2022

BA Freshers’ Guide to the ASC

October 1, 2021

A Two-Part Online Seminar for BA Freshers will help you to start your new adventure at the ASC. Join us for useful tips, skills, and the academic know-how.

Year 2021/2022

The ASC Welcome Event 2021

September 22, 2021

The welcome event in the upcoming academic year will take place on September 30, 2021 in the Main Room of the University’s Old Library.

Year 2020/2021

June 24: Chewing on Big Rock Candy Mountain: Reading and understanding the “real” American West in two essays

June 24, 2021

Engaging in close reading and discussion of two essays written by Wallace Stegner, we will excavate the complexities, historical, contemporary, and imaginary alike, of the excessively mythologized and romanticized topos of the American West.

Year 2020/2021

May 31: Infinite, Never Final Frontiers: The Fantastic Legacy of the American West(ern)

May 31, 2021

Offering a broad historically anchored sweep through national imaginaries and imaginary worlds, this lecture will analyze the imagined future of Star Trek with the United States’ principal imperial mythos: the violent conquest and subjugation of the Trans-Mississippi West.

Year 2020/2021

May 24: Workshop: ‘There be whales here!’: Star Trekkin’ White Leviathans round the Moons of Nibia

May 24, 2021

Melville’s inscrutable behemoth of a “sea monster” has migrated into the “ocean of space” that is the vast outer space world of Star Trek. Our voyage will reveal to what end Melville’s Moby- Dick has been adapted a total of six times in the Star Trek universe.

American Studies Colloquium Series

May 13: Narratives, Basketball, Authorship: NBA Storytelling on and off the Court

May 13, 2021

This talk will be devoted to narratives created around the National Basketball Association, the best basketball league in the world, in order to construct a comprehensive picture of today’s NBA from a cultural studies perspective.

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