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Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Ph.D.

Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University in 2009. Her research interests comprise a variety of topics related to youth studies, girlhood studies, literature, popular culture, gender representations, and the fantastic. Dr. Stasiewicz has received several scholarships and grants: the Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Fellowship (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., United States), the John F. Kennedy Library Grant (Free University of Berlin), and a scholarship at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She participated in the following international research projects: “Letting the Wrong One In: Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture” (2014-2017); “Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War” (2011-2016, Leverhulme Trust); and “Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era” (Polish National Science Centre; HARMONIA Grant). She was granted the Swedish Institute Scholarship within the Visby Programme twice for research work at Växjö University and the House of Emigrants (2007) and at Lund University, Sweden (2014-2015).

Her most recent works are: Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In (Palgrave Macmillan 2017; co-editor and author of a chapter); Lustful Ladies, She-Demons, and Good Little Girls: Female Agency and Desire in the Universes of Sookie Stackhouse; a Special Issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies: As If: Women in Genres of the Fantastic, Cross-Platform Entertainments, and Transmedia Engagements (33.2, 2019); Exotic Otherlands, Headquarters of Death: Sub-tropical Land- and Cityscapes in The Southern Vampire Mysteries "eTropic" 16.1 (2017); and a chapter in "Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War" (Routledge 2016). Dr. Stasiewicz is a member of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. She speaks fluent English and Swedish.

Functions:

  • Coordination of Visiting Professors
  • Jagiellonian University Administrator of EU-AU ICI-ECP the global exchange program for students and researchers and the BORDER CROSSINGS: PEOPLE AND PLACES Project
  • Jagiellonian University Coordinator of a study tour to the United States: “Religion in American Society” in 2015, which was jointly organized by the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora and the Institute for American Studies of the University of Leipzig, Germany

Academic interests:

  • Youth Studies (particularly popular literature for young adults)
  • Girlhood Studies, Gender Representations
  • American Popular Culture
  • Monstrosity and Othernes

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Publications

2021, Girls in Contemporary Vampire Fiction, Palgrave Macmillan, Series: Palgrave Gothic, pp. 277.

2011, Kształtowanie tożsamości etnicznej dzieci imigrantów szwedzkich w USA według Augustana Book Concern (1889–1962) (“The Shaping of the Ethnic Identity of the Children of Swedish Immigrants in the United States According to the Augustana Book Concern [1889-1962]”); Krakow: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, pp. 243.

2017, The Lower Dog in the Room: Rape, Consent, and Patriarchal Terrorism in Southern Vampire Mysteries; [in:] Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In, eds. David Baker, Stephanie Green, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 183-200.

2016, Strategie aktywizacji obywatelskiej w polskich stowarzyszeniach kobiecych w Szwecji na wybranych przykładach (“The Strategies of Civic Activation in Polish Women’s Associations in Sweden: Selected Examples”); [in:] Pani Anna w Kanadzie. Księga pamiątkowa dedykowana Pani Profesor Annie Reczyńskiej (“Anna in Canada: A Commemorative Book Dedicated to Prof. Anna Reczyńska”), eds. Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek, Krakow: Księgarnia Akademicka, pp. 81-97.

2016, Germanic Power and Uncle Sam's Orders: The Immigrant Experience of the First World War in Swedish American Writings for Youth; [in:] Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War, eds. Lissa Paul, Rosemary R. Johnston, Emma Short, New York, London: Routledge, pp. 93-105.

2014, Meaningful Connections: Digital Media, Social Networks, and the Experience of Space and Place; [in:] Digital Diversities, Social Media, and Intercultural Experience, eds. Garry Robson, Małgorzata Zachara, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 74-90.

2013, Monstrosising Infertility: Supernatural Barren Females in the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer; [in:] Monstrous Manifestations: Realities and Imaginings of the Monster, eds. Karen Graham, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 151-160.

2012, Ours Is America: The Self and the Other Interwoven Within the Immigrant Homemaking Myths; [in:] Landscapes of (Un)Belonging: Reflections on Strangeness and Self (eds. Orla McGarry, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska), Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 85-95.

2012, Anita Lundberg, Anna Singhateh, Border Crossing Networks: Virtual Makes It Real; [in:] Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World, eds. Si Fan, Thao Le, Quynh Le, Yun Yue, Launceston: Australian Multicultural Interaction Institute, pp. 81-94.

2012, My Heart is Black and Yours is White: The Religious Self and Other in Constructing the Ethnicity of Swedish American Youth; [in:] Making Strangers: Issues of the Other in the Sphere of Identity, eds. Donald Domonkos, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 3-21.

2011, Us and Them: The Image of the Others in Swedish American Periodicals for Youth (1890 – 1920); [in:] Home in Motion: The Shifting Grammars of Self and Stranger, eds. Pedro F. Marcelino, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 21-31.

2010, Swedish American Childhood and the Hybrid Identity of Young Generation: The Thoughts of a Prairie Child by Anna Olsson; [in:] Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Comparative Perspective, eds. Joan Burbick, William Glass, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 385-407.

2021, Suicide, depression and mental disorder in vampire fiction: when the world starts crumbling, "Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies". Introduction: Vampiric transformations: the popular politics of the (post) romantic vampire (co-authors: David Baker, Stephanie Green).

2019, Lustful Ladies, She-Demons, and Good Little Girls: Female Agency and Desire in the Universes of Sookie Stackhouse; "Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies", Special Issue: As If: Women in Genres of the Fantastic, Cross-Platform Entertainments and Transmedia Engagements (33.2, 2019). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2019.1569393.

2017, Exotic Otherlands, Headquarters of Death: Sub-Tropical Land and Cityscapes in Southern Vampire Mysteries; "eTropic" Special Issue Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires and Other Bloodsucking Monstrosities, 16.1, 18-30.

2011, A Model for Her Sex: Ethnic Womanhood in Swedish-American Publications for Children and Youth89 (10 – 1920); [in:] "The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly", Vol. LXII, No. 1, pp. 3-39.

2019, "eTropic" Special Issue: Tropical Gothic: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Anita Lundberg, Katarzyna Ancuta, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, eds. Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019). DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.18.1.2019.

2019, "eTropic" Special Issue: Tropical Gothic: Literary and Creative Works. Anita Lundberg, Katarzyna Ancuta, Roger Osborne, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, eds. Vol. 18, No. 2 (2019). DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.18.2.2019.

2017, Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. XXI, 225 (co-editors: David Baker, Stephanie Green)

2013, Monstrous Manifestations: Realities and Imaginings of the Monster, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 206 (co-editor: Karen Graham).

2012, The Polish Diaspora in America and the Wider World, Krakow: Polish Academy of Learning, pp. 172, (co-editor: Adam Walaszek, Janusz Pezda).

2012, Landscapes of (Un)Belonging: Reflections on Strangeness and Self, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 178, (co-editor: Orla McGarry).

Review of Jennifer Eastman Atterbury, Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007, pp. 304, "Przegląd Polonijny" (2008), Issues 1-2.

Review of Babinski Grzegorz, Chalupczak Henryk (eds.), Diaspora polska w procesach globalizacji. Stan i perspektywy badań (“The Polish Diaspora in the Processes of Globalization: The State and Perspectives of Research”); Krakow, 2006, pp. 516, "Przegląd Polonijny", XXXIII (2007) Issue 1.

Review of Rola dawnej i nowej emigracji polskiej w warunkach Unii Europejskiej (“The Role of the Old and New Waves of Polish Immigrants Under the Conditions of the European Union”), Krakow: Polska Akademia Umiejętności, 2006, pp. 201, "Przegląd Polonijny", Issue 3 (2007).

2018, Interdisciplinary symposium: “Vampiric Transformations,” Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Presentation: “Biting into Books: Constructing Schoolgirls in Vampire Fiction for Youth” (keynote speech).

2017, October 18 – 22, Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA. Presentation: “Pangs of Pleasure, Pangs of Guilt: Girlhood, Polyandry, and Carnal Desire in the House of Night.”

2017, September 6 – 9, Tropics of the Imagination Conference, James Cook University, Singapore. Presentation: “Bring Some Black to a Vampire Bar: Sub-Tropical Cityscapes and the Exotic Other in The Southern Vampire Mysteries” (participation online).

2014, Interdisciplinary symposium: “Vampires in Popular Culture,” Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (keynote speaker).

2013, October 2-3, “Negotiating Cultural Difference in the Digital Era,” Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

2012, Tenth Global Conference: “Monsters and the Monstrous,” Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

2011, “‘A Game That Calls up Love and Hatred Both’: The Child, the First World War, and the Global South.” International Leverhulme Project: Approaching War: Childhood, Culture, and the First World War, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

2011, Third Global Conference: “Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners,” Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

2011, Twentieth Biennial Congress for the International Research Society for Children Literature: “Fear and Safety in Children's Literature,” Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

2010, International Workshop on History and Migration: “Beyond the Border, Behind the Men: The Invisibility of Female Migration.” University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

2010, Second Global Conference: “Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners,” Oriel College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

2009, “New Perspectives on the European Mass Migration to America: An International Workshop at the House of Emigrants,” Växjö University, Sweden.

2008, “Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Comparative Perspective,” International Conference of American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, Poland.

2008, HCA Spring Academy 2008 – American History, Culture, and Politics, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Germany.

2006, Opening lecture during Sixteen Days Against Violence Towards Women: Violence and Law – Regulations Against Domestic Violence in Sweden, Krakow Association of Crisis Intervention.

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Research projects and awards

  • Two special issues of "eTropic": Tropical Gothic: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 18.1 (2019), DOI and Tropical Gothic: Literary and Creative Works 18.2 (2019), DOI. Editors: Anita Lundberg, Katarzyna Ancuta, Roger Osborne, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska.
  • Lustful Ladies, She-Demons, and Good Little Girls: Female Agency and Desire in the Universes of Sookie Stackhouse; "Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies". Special Issue: As If: Women in Genres of the Fantastic, Cross-Platform Entertainments, and Transmedia Engagements (33.2, 2019).
  • Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In; Palgrave Macmillan, a contributed volume co-edited with David Baker and Stephanie Green. The Swedish Institute Scholarship within the Visby Programme (research in the regions of Lund/Malmö and Stockholm, 2014-2015)
  • Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era (National Center of Science, HARMONIA Grant, 2012-2014; edited collection of essays published in 2014)
  • International research project: Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War (2011-2016) (financed by the Leverhulme Trust; edited collection of essays published in 2016)
  • Monstrous Manifestations: Realities and Imaginings of the Monster, Karen Graham, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska eds., Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.
  • Landscapes of (Un)Belonging: Reflections on Strangeness and Self, Orla McGarry, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska eds., Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012.
  • Constructing the Ethnic Identity of Swedish Immigrants' Children in the United States: The Case Study of Augustana Book Concern (1889-1962); monograph in Polish (2011).
  • The Swedish Institute Scholarship within the Visby Programme (research at the Växjö University and The House of Emigrants, Växjö, Sweden (2007)
  • Research Grant at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin, Germany (2007)
  • Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Fellowship (research at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., United States; 2006).

  • In 2018 and 2012, she received the Jagiellonian University Rector’s Award in recognition of her special achievements in academic work.
  • In 2012, the conference paper she co-authored, Border Crossing Networks: Virtual Makes It Real (with Anita Lundberg and Anna Singhateh), received the award: “In recognition of inspiring contribution to innovative research in Social Science” (International Conference Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Phuket, Thailand).
  • In 2011, Dr. Stasiewicz received the Franklin Scott Prize from the Swedish American Historical Society for the article: A Model for Her Sex: Ethnic Womanhood in Swedish American Publications for Children and Youth (1890–1920) ("The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly", Vol. LXII, No. 1, January 2011).