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The Department of American Culture was established in October 2013 as a center for studies of the merging of the worlds of culture and politics on both American continents. It is an interdisciplinary institution whose collaborators include sociologists, political scientists, culture studies researchers, and film and media scholars.

Its researchers’ scholarly interests are concentrated on the evolution, diversity, and multidimensionality of American cultures with a special emphasis on the United States and Canada.

The research and didactic activities of the Department include issues associated with the American and Canadian education systems; film, theater, media and audiovisual culture; languages and language policy; and political rhetoric.

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  • American and Canadian film
  • The history of American and Canadian theater
  • American and Canadian media and audiovisual culture
  • American public television
  • American myths and their reception
  • Education in the U.S. and Canada
  • Political rhetoric in the U.S.
  • American popular music (research group)

Organized conferences and workshops:

  • "Management of the faculty", training workshops (in cooperation with the Institute of Professional Training), Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw (November 24th, 2016).
  • "Back to the Game? Poland in Transatlantic Relations since 1989", international conference, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (March 20, 2015).
  • "Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era", international conference, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (October 2-3, 2013).


  • Participation in academic conferences organized by the students of the Institute, including moderation of conference panels during the annual Days of American Culture and Canadian Culture Festival.
  • Participation in discussions with students (including the regularly organized “Fireside Chats” dedicated to current socio-political problems of both Americas).
  • Organization of guest lectures for students and scholars from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University:
  • 2015: Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska, journalist.
  • 2013: Prof. Zygmunt Bauman, professor emeritus (University of Leeds).