Conferences and seminars

2020. 01.16-17. Vigo, Spain. Language and Violence: Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene conference organized by Universidade de Vigo in partnership with the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Presentation: “Violent Conflicts in the Antebellum Plantation Kitchen and Yard”

2019. 09. 20-24. Salzburg, Austria. “The Changing Role of the Media in American Life and Culture: Emerging Trends”, conference organized by the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA).

2019.05.15. Lublin, Poland. Narratives of the South conference organized by Institute of English Studies KUL. Presentation: “‘A Picture Can Say a Thousand Words’: Pictorial Narratives of African American Women’s Smiling Passivity”

2019.05.10. Kraków, Poland. Southern Encounters conference, organized by Jagiellonian University. Presentation: “‘A Stomach Full of Race Mixing, and a Lap Full of Little Mulatto Grandchildren’: Anti-Integration Rhetoric of Southern Eating Places.”

2019.04. 03-05. Odense, Denmark. Southern Studies Forum conference titled Southern Disruptions, organized by Center for American Studies, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark, Odense. Presentation: “Vegan Soul Food: Disruption of Culinary Tradition or Homecoming with a Twist?”

2018. 11. 09. Lublin, Poland. (Re)presentations of America 2, conference organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. Presentation: “From Food Deserts to Food Forests: African Americans Reclaiming Land and Food.”

2018. 10. 24-26. Łódź, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Challenging America, American Challenges. Culture, Society, Politics organized by the Department of American Studies and Mass Media, University of Łódź. Presentation: “From Gastronomic Peepshows to Food Fatigue: the (Ab)Uses of Food in the 21st Century.”

2018. 09. 20-22. Łódź, Poland. Conference: Migrants, Visitors, Invaders in the American South and the Southwest organized by Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź. Presentation: “Multisensory Experience of the Partly Colored South in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth”

2018. 05. 10-11. Lublin, Poland. Conference ExRe(y) 2018: Exhaustion and Regeneration in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. Presentation: “Healthy is the New Gangsta”: Hip Hop and Culinary Metamorphosis of Black Southern Cuisine.”

2018. 04. 12-13. Rzeszow, Poland. Conference Re-Imagining the Limits of the Human organized by University of Rzeszów. Presentation: “Brain Appétit: Mainstreaming Zombies Through Culinary Choices in ‘iZombie.’”

2017. 12. 06. Lublin, Poland. Conference „Santa Claus is Coming to … IFA” at KUL. Presentation: “Have a Merry Black Christmas, or a few words about the function of Christmas festivities in the antebellum plantation economy.”

2017. 11. 24. Lublin, Poland. (Re)presentations of America 1, conference organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. Presentation: “A Sweet Taste of Victory: Desegregating Jim Crow Foodscape during the Civil Rights Movement.”

2017. 10. 27-28. Kraków, Poland. Food and Drink as Symbols: Historical Perspectives organized by Pedagogical University of Krakow. Presentation: “‘I Yam What I Am’: from Slave to Soul Food.”

2017. 10. 18-20. Szczecin, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Performing America organized by the University of Szczecin. Presentation: “‘Bigger Than a Hamburger’: Food and Social Drama in the Civil Rights South.”

2017. 06. 23-25. Białystok, Poland. 14 Forum Zaawansowanych Studiów nad Stanami Zjednoczonymi im. Profesora Andrzeja Bartnickiego about “War in American History, Memory and Culture” organized by University of Białystok. Presentation: “‘Food Will Win the War’: from Victory Gardens to CSAs.”

2017. 04. 20-22. Kraków, Poland. April Conference Fourteen organized by Jagiellonian University. Presentation: “A Green Turn in the Black South.”

2016. 12. 05. Lublin, Poland. “Texts 5” – conference organized by Institute of English Studies, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Presentation: “A culinary perspective on assimilation in America.”

2016. 10. 27-29. Warsaw, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Transnational American Studies: Histories, Methodologies, Perspectives organized by American Studies Center of University of Warsaw. Presentation: “Dining While Black: the Legacy of Jim Crow in Contemporary American Foodscape.”

2016. 06. 24-26. Białystok, Poland. 13 Forum Zaawansowanych Studiów nad Stanami Zjednoczonymi im. Profesora Andrzeja Bartnickiego about “Expansion and Frontiers in American History” organized by University of Białystok. Presentation: “‘We Don’t Serve Mustard, Ketchup, or Negroes’: Lunch Counters as the Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement.”

2016. 06. 01-04. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Writing the Self, Writing the South. The Santiago Symposium on Southern Autobiography. Symposium organized by University of Santiago de Compostela. Presentation: “(Re)interpretation of the Americanized South via Culinary Material and Symbolic Sites in Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge.”

2016. 04. 7-8. Lublin, Poland. “ExRe(y). Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture.” Conference organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin (MCSU). Presentation:Double Consciousness and ‘Otherness’ Expressed Through Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth.

2015. 11.06. Lublin, Poland. “Texts 4” – conference organized by Institute of English Studies, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Presentation: “From a Passive Domestic to Urban Guerrilla: Black Female Body as a Palimpsest in American Culture.”

2015. 09. 23-25. Warsaw, Poland. Annual PAAS conference, “Homeliness, Domesticity and Security in American Culture” organized by Department of Anglophone Cultures and Literatures, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS). Presentation: “A Taste of Home: Culinary Memory of Vietnam in Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge.

2015. 06. 26-28. Białystok, Poland. 12 Forum Zaawansowanych Studiów nad Stanami Zjednoczonymi im. Profesora Andrzeja Bartnickiego about “Becoming American: From Immigrants to Citizens” organized by University of Białystok. Presentation: “Neither the Melting Pot nor the Salad Bowl – Culinary Metaphors of Immigrant America.”

2015. 05. 13-16. Lublin, Poland. “Wordstruck: American Artists as Readers, Writers and Literati.” Conference organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin (MCSU) with the support of TERRA Foundation for American Art. Presentation: “‘I’se in Town, Honey’– African American Artists Reclaiming Black Womanhood.”

2015. 03. 26. Lublin, Poland. “Texts 2” – conference organized by Institute of English Studies, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Presentation: “The (Mis/Ab)Uses of Food on Southern Plantations – Recalibrating the Balance of Power in the WPA Slave Narratives.”

2014. 12. 11-13. Lublin, Poland. The Fifth Biennial European Early American Studies (EEASA) about “Protest and Persuasion: Writing, Print, Speech, and Performance in Early America and the Atlantic World”. Conference organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (MCSU). Presentation: “Culinary Contact Zones in Antebellum Literature – Performing Racial Relations in Slave Narratives.”

2014. 09. 11-12. Gdańsk, Poland. Conference: “Memory: Forgetting and Creating” International Interdisciplinary Conference. Presentation: “The Clash Between Modern Self and Memory in Walker Percy’s Novels” co-authored with Magdalena Budzyńska (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University).

2014. 07. 11-12. London, Great Britain. Conference: “Non-traditional Slaveholding in the Atlantic World” organized by the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

2014. 07. 07. London, Great Britain. The symposium: “The Civil Rights Act 50 Years On” at the British Library organized by Eccles Centre for American Studies, the UCL Institute of Americas, KCL Institute of North American Studies and PBS America.

2014. 06. 27-29. Białystok, Poland. 11 Forum Zaawansowanych Studiów nad Stanami Zjednoczonymi im. Profesora Andrzeja Bartnickiego about “Women in American History and Culture” organized by University of Białystok. Presentation: “From ‘a slave in the box’ to Gullah Sci-Fi Mysteries: Aunt Jemima as the symbol of black womanhood in American culture.”

2014. 05. 16-17. Warsaw, Poland. Panellist on a roundtable discussion during Students and Doctoral Students International Interdisciplinary Conference Thinking Food: The Functions of Food in the US American Culture and Society organized at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw.

2013. 09. 12-14. Szczecin, Poland. The conference of The Southern Studies Forum (of EAAS) about “Performing South” organized by Szczecin University. Presentation: “Culinary Performance of/in New Orleans: Dialectical Tension Between Ethnic Haute Cuisine and Commercial ‘Authentic’ Restaurants in Tremé.”

2013. 06. 21-23. Białystok, Poland. 10 Forum Zaawansowanych Studiów nad Stanami Zjednoczonymi im. Profesora Andrzeja Bartnickiego about “American Success: its Many Faces Past and Present,” organized by University of Białystok. Presentation: “American Culinary Success – the Italian Way: a Case Study of Stanley Tucci’s “Big Night” (1996).”

2013. 04. 22-23. Rzeszów, Poland. The 3rd Rzeszów Anglistentag, The Subcarpathian Studies in English Language, Literature and Culture. Presentation: “Social In/Exclusion Framed Through Dining Rituals in The Age of Innocence.”

2012. 10. 17-19. Puławy, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Americascapes: Americans in/and their Diverse Sceneries organized by the Department of American Literature and Culture, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Presentation: “Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings on the Foodscape of Latino/a Literary and Cultural Studies.”

2011. 09. 15-17. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The conference of The Southern Studies Forum (of EAAS) about “Southern Destinations/The South in Motion” organized by University of Santiago de Compostela. Presentation: “A Culinary Journey Across the Color Line: Foodways and Race in Southern Literature and Motion Pictures.”

2010. 10. 20-23. Łódź, Poland. Annual PAAS conference American Diversity: Identities, Narratives, Politics organized by the Department of Transatlantic and Media Studies, University of Łódź. Presentation: “Ethnic Diaspora Through the Kitchen: Foodways in the Postcolonial Feminist Discourse of Gurinder Chadha’s What’s Cooking?

2010. 05. 13-14. Warsaw, Poland. Postcolonial Discourse, Ethnicity, and Race in the United States: Past and Present organized by Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw.

2009. 10. 21-23. Puławy, Poland. Annual PAAS conference (Mis)reading America. American dreams, fictions and illusions organized by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (MCSU). Presentation: “The Fall of the House of the Elite: the Reading of Southern Aristocracy Through Architectural Correlative.”

2009. 09. 10-13. Paris, France.The conference of The Southern Studies Forum (of the EAAS) about The Sense(s) of the South organized by Université Versailles St Quentin and Université Paris IX. Presentation: “South Through the Kitchen: Cooking and Dining rituals in Southern Literature and Cinematography.”

2008. 09. 7-10. Olomouc, Czech Republic. America in Motion – International Symposium of American Studies organized by Palacky University, Olomouc. Presentation: “Bonding and Moving on: Southern Female Companions in Motion (Pictures).”

2007. 12. 4-5. Warsaw, Poland. British and American Culture and Literature Conference organized by Warsaw University. Presentation: “Female Friendship and a Narration of Self-Discovery in Twentieth-Century Southern Women’s Writing.”

2006. 10. 26-28. Warsaw, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Ideology and Rhetoric: Constructing America organized by Warsaw University. Presentation: “Spatial Representation of Negotiations with Patriarchal Ideology in Eudora Welty’s Short Story ‘A Curtain of Green’.”

2006.10.19-21. Suceava, Romania. Messages, Sages and Ages. The 2nd International Conference on British and American Studies, organized by The Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava. Presentation: “The Limits of Southern Female Inadequacy on the Basis of Ellen Glasgow’s Novels”.

 2005. 10. 23-25. Kamień Śląski, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Conformity and Resistance in America organized by Opole University. Presentation: “Storytelling as Rebellion against White Trash Identity in Dorothy Allison’s Trash.

 2005. 02. 11-13. Berlin, Germany. European Perspectives in American Studies. Histories – Dialogues – Differences. An International Conference in Cooperation with the Research Group “The Futures of American Studies.” John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies. Free University Berlin, Germany.

 2004. 10. 17-19. Warsaw, Poland. Annual PAAS conference American Freedoms: American (Dis)orders organized by American Studies Center of Warsaw University. Presentation: “Double Standards in the Aristocratic South: an Ironic Portrayal of Selective Freedoms in Ellen Glasgow’s Fiction.”

 2004. 10. 28-29. Smardzewice, Poland. A postgraduate student conference “Wyraźić Niewyrażalne” [To Express the Inexpressible] organized by WSHE. Presentation: “The Oppositional Function of Irony in literary discourse on the basis of Ellen Glasgow’s fiction.”

 2004. 09. 19-22. Łódź, Poland. An international conference on American Regionalism: New England and Urban North East organized for Central and Eastern European academics by University of Łódź.

 2003. 10. 19-22. Poznań, Poland. Annual PAAS conference America: The Natural and The Artificial organized by Adam Mickiewicz University. Presentation: “The Natural and the Artificial: Female Friendship Versus Marriage in the Aristocratic South.”

 2003. 09. 21-25. Łódź, Poland. An international conference on American Regionalism: The Many American Wests organized for Central and Eastern European academics by University of Łódź.

 2002. 11. 10-13. Wrocław, Poland. Annual PAAS conference Travelling Subjects: American Journeys in Space and Time organized by the University of Wrocław. Presentation: “Rediscovering the Lost Self: Journey from the Aesthetic to the Religious Mode in Walker Percy’s The Last Gentleman and The Second Coming.

 2002. 09. 15-19. Łódź, Poland. An international conference on American Regionalism: Literature and Culture of Today’s American South organized for Central and Eastern European academics by University of Łódź.

 2002. 03. 14-16. Łódź, Poland. An international American Seminar on Race and Ethnicity in the United States organized by University of Łódź.

 2001. 11. 10-14. Puławy, Poland. Annual PAAS conference American Portraits and Self-Portraits, organized by the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (MCSU).