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From literature to political science, from film to economy,
from history to popular culture:
The American Studies Center offers interdisciplinary and inter-American perspectives on US and Latin American cultures, politics and societies.

The American Studies Center of University of Warsaw (ASC UW) is one of the biggest American Studies departments in Europe. The Center is part of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (IAiE) along with the Center for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG). Including as it does the Center for Latin American Studies (CESLA), a large research group doing research in Latin American and the Caribbean studies, the ASC offers a unique American studies program with two specializations--US American studies and Latin American studies. The ASC employs over 30 faculty from Poland and the United States and provides excellent research facilities for students, scholars and professionals interested in the field. The ASC Library is the largest American Studies library in Central Europe, containing a sizable microfiche and microfilm collection and a wide array of recent academic publications.

The ASC runs interdisciplinary B.A. and M.A. programs. All courses in the US American specialization are taught in English, whereas those in the Latin American specialization are taught in Polish, Spanish and English. In the fully integrated program launched in 2018 most courses will be taught in English, with some electives in Spanish (or Portuguese). The ASC promotes American Studies in Poland by conducting research, hosting conferences, debates and various events open to the general public. It also publishes a series of ASC monographs and as many as three periodicals Ameryka Łacińska, The New Americanist, and Revista del CESLA, all of which are peer reviewed, accessible in Open Journal System (?) and open to submissions from scholars of different nationalities.

The American Studies Center is a place of dynamic learning. We respect our students and listen to them. We believe that true understanding is reached in open dialogue, by confronting controversy and coming to one’s own conclusions. As a student, you will be exposed to many views on every issue, many readings of every text--it is up to you to come up with your own. Rather than forced to memorize endless facts, you will be asked--again and again--to read and think for yourself. In the process, you will find that many ideas you have taken for granted are up for debate.

Some of the questions we ask:

  • What is race and what are its uses?
  • Why is there no single canon of American literature?
  • Is there censorship in the U.S.?
  • Why a black president and not a woman president?
  • Where are the roots of hip-hop and why do they go back to the 19th century?
  • Why wasn't Katrina a natural disaster?
  • Is there American cinema outside Hollywood?
  • What are Inter-American studies?
  • Is NAFTA good for Mexican economy?
  • What influenced Latin American Tropical Kitsch?
  • Why in Brazil and Argentina can you often communicate in Polish?
  • Why are Latin American churches so successful?
  • What is the legendary Ark of Covenant doing in Sao Paulo?
  • What is capoeira? Who are caudillos? What is guerilla? Why can compadrazgo and parentela be essential to build personal relationships in Latin America?
  • Why was Fidel Castro a hero and a villain at the same time?
  • Who and why is fighting against hydropower plants in the Amazon?
  • Are there still indigenous peoples we don’t know anything about?
  • How to do business in Latin America and the Caribbean?
© American Studies Center
Al. Niepodległości 22, 02-653 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 5533321, fax: +48 22 5533322, email: asc@uw.edu.pl
Published with financial support
from EU Erasmus Programme