Workshop announcement

Methodologies in American Studies Workshop
October 25-26, 2016

Target group: doctoral students and young scholars with Ph.D.s in the humanities and social sciences affiliated with universities in Central/Eastern Europe, who are seeking new theoretical approaches and critical tools.

Venue: American Studies Center, Warsaw

Topic: Mobilities

Format: 2-day workshop consisting of six 2,5-hour sessions, a plenary lecture, and a summing-up session.

Description: members of the Polish Association for American Studies will offer a series of 3-hour workshop sessions on contemporary methodologies in American studies.
Participants will also have a have a chance to seek advice from panel chairs on problems related to their research projects.

The workshop format requires that all participants read the assigned set of materials in advance. Reading materials for each workshop session will be made available online by 1 August, 2016.

Workshop topics and chairs:

“Killing the White Man’s Indian”: Indigenous Methodologies and Native American Literature – dr Joanna Ziarkowska

The Making of Perfect Americans: Eugenics, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, and Charlie Chaplin – dr hab. Ewa Łuczak (University of Warsaw)

Gender and Migration – dr hab. Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw)

Urban Mobility: Gentrification and Communitarianism in the City – Dr Aneta Dybska (University of Warsaw)

Materialism and Immigrants in the US – Dr. Mirosław Miernik (University of Warsaw)

Whatever Happened to Nineteenth-Century American Literature Studies over the Last Twenty Years – prof. Marek Wilczyński (University of Gdańsk, American Studies Center UW)

Migrating Genres and Politics: A Case of Climate Fiction – Dr hab. Paweł Frelik, prof. nadzw. (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University)

Keynote lecture:
“Narratives of Embodiment: Race, Illness and Disability” Prof. James Kyung-Jin Lee (University of California, Irvine)

Accommodation: 24-26.10.2016, Hotel Sokrates, ul. Smyczkowa 9, Warsaw, single and double rooms with breakfast, within walking distance of the American Studies Center.

Participation fee for Polish/EU participants:
The fee for Polish participants is PLN 300. The fee covers accommodation for 2 nights at the Socrates Hotel, breakfasts, and lunches.

Fee waiver for participants from Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

Travel Grants for participants from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine: Participants from non-EU countries are eligible for travel grants of up to 200 USD to cover their travel expenses.

Eligibility: The workshop is open to young scholars who are either working on their doctoral dissertations or have recently received a Ph.D., and who are affiliated with an institution of higher education in Central/Eastern Europe.

Since the number of participants is limited to 30, the organizers reserve the right to select the applications based on geographic and academic criteria.

In order to apply, please send a CV and a 200-word statement explaining why you would like to take part in the workshop to dr Zuzanna Ładyga (PAAS):

Deadline: July 30, 2016

The Event is supported by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw


The event is taken under the patronage of Polish U.S. Fulbright Commission