Department of American and Canadian Studies

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Chair: Paweł Jędrzejko, D.Litt, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of American Literature

The Department of American and Canadian Studies specializes in Hemispheric, Transatlantic and Transpacific research on the Americas, approaching the cultures of the dual continent as inextricably connected "communicating vessels." A thus defined research profile allows us to diagnose the dynamics of the interdependence between phenomena and processes taking occurring "within" the Americas, but also "across the oceans": between Europe and Africa and the Americas - as well as between the Americas and Asia and Oceania. The research areas upon which the members of the Department focus are specified in the Department's Research Profile website.

Faculty of the Department and its Organizational Structure:

The Department of American and Canadian Studies relies upon the academic and pedagogical potential of the following team of advanced scholars and committed teachers:

In order to efficiently realize our academic objectives, our Department functions within the frames of the following (informal) organizational structure:

Department of American and Canadian Studies (chair: Paweł Jędrzejko, D.Litt, Ph.D.)

 

American Studies Center
(head: Prof. Paweł Jędrzejko)
Canadian Studies Center
(head: Dr hab. Eugenia Sojka)

Teaching/Didactics:

Relying upon the foundament of the present-day state of knowledge and findings derived from our own research, we offer a number of courses in American and Canadian Studies, focusing, in particular, on areas specified in the Research Profile of the Department. Thematically, our lectures, conversatoria, Bachelors' and Masters' seminars, as well as Ph.D. seminars range from survey course modules to problem-oriented or monograph courses. We are also involved in teaching subjects within the Practical English module, including courses in academic writing. Importantly, we pay special attention to individuated teaching within the frames of B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. seminars, where Students not only become actively involved in the Department's research projects, but, above all, realize original projects of their own in one-to-one collaboration with their thesis directors, experienced faculty members. Just as important is our continual development in the field of designing of new courses based on the availability of modern, state of the art, forms of the transmission of knowledge and knowledge management. Especially in this area we are open to collaboration with Students, whose contribution to the building of the teaching resources and co-shaping of the contents of their courses is most welcome.
Where and how to contact us:

We are always available to our Students and Colleagues: our office hours are listed by the doors of our rooms (3.54 oraz 3.55) and in our individual websites. This is also where you will find our individual e-mail addresses.
Collaboration:

We are open to collaboration with other centers of American, Canadian and pan-Americanist studies, both in Poland and world-wide. Colleagues sharing our interests are most welcome to join us in the realization of our projects, especially  within the following areas:

  • E Pluribus Plures: Hemispheric and Transoceanic Studies on Cultures of North America
  • Negotiations and Nations: The North American Cultural Discourses in Light of the Traditions of the East and West
  • Teaching America: The Didactics of Literatures and Cultures of North America

What are our plans for the nearest future?

  • Days of Canadian Culture (Spring 2014). The Head of the Organization Committee is Dr. Agnieszka Woźniakowska (Supporting Faculty: Dr. Jarosław Szurman and Assistants; the academic supervision of the event is the responsibility of Dr. Eugenia Sojka, head of the Canadian Studies Center);
  • A panel session dedicated to Herman Melville organized as a supporting event to the premiere of the opera Moby-Dick by Eugeniusz Knapik in the Grand Theater in Warsaw (June 24th-26th, 2014). The Head of the Organization Committee is Dr. Jarosław Szurman (Supporting Faculty: Dr. Agnieszka Woźniakowska and Assistants; the academic supervision of the event is the responsibility of Prof. Paweł Jędrzejko);
  • The Late Style III Conference, organized in collaboration with the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (November 2014). The Head of the Organization Committee at the University of Silesia is Dr. Jarosław Szurman (Supporting Faculty: Dr Agnieszka Woźniakowska and Assistants);
  • Annual International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures of the University of Silesia in Katowice, Ustroń, Poland, September 2016. The Head Organizer of the Conference is Dr. Agnieszka Woźniakowska (Supporting Faculty: Dr Jarosław Szurman and Assistants).

Contact:

Department of American and Canadian Studies
Institute of English Cultures and Literatures
Faculty of Philology
University of Silesia in Katowice
ul. Gen. Stefana Grota-Roweckiego 5
41-205 Sosnowiec
POLAND
www.americas.us.edu.pl
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