Agnieszka Stasiewicz Bieńkowska, PhD

Dr. Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University, in 2009. Her research interests comprise a variety of topics concerning childhood and youth studies, popular culture, gender representations, and international migrations.


Dr. Stasiewicz has been a holder of several scholarships and grants: Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Fellowship (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., USA), J.F. Kennedy Library Grant (Freie Universität, Berlin) and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She participated in the international research project "Negotiating Cultural Differences in the Digital Communication Era" financed by The Polish National Science Centre (HARMONIA Grant). She has been granted twice the Swedish Institute Scholarship within the Visby Programme for research work at the Växjö University and The House of Emigrants (2007) and at the Lund University, Sweden (2014-2015).


In 2012 she received Jagiellonian University Rector's Award in recognition of special achievements in academic work. In the same year the conference paper she co-authored, Border Crossing Networks: Virtual Makes It Real (with Anita Lundberg and Anna Singhateh) received an 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 Franklin Scott Prize from the Swedish-American Historical Society for the article A Model for Her Sex: Ethnic Womanhood in the Swedish-American Publications for Children and Youth (1890–1920) ("The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly", vol. LXII, no 1, January 2011).


Dr. Stasiewicz is a member of international research organizations: Inter-Disciplinary.Net (projects Diversity and Recognition: Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners 2010-2011 and Evil: Monsters and the Monstrous, since 2012) and the International Research Society for Children's Literature (since 2011). She speaks fluent English and Swedish.


Functions at IAiSP

•    Jagiellonian University Administrator of the global exchange program for students and researchers EU-AU ICI-ECP Project BORDER CROSSINGS: PEOPLE AND PLACES
•    Jagiellonian University Coordinator of the study tour to the USA "Religion in American Society" 2015, jointly organized by the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora and the Institute for American Studies of University of Leipzig, Germany.


Academic interests

•    Childhood/Youth Studies (particularly American literature for children and young adults and studies of girlhood)
•    American Popular Culture
•    Monstrosity and Otherness
•    Gender Representations
•    International Migrations and Construction of Ethnic Identity
•    Society and Culture of Sweden


Current research projects & grants

•    Hospitality, Rape, and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In – editing a collection of essays; in collaboration with David Baker and Stephanie Green (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia) (Palgrave Macmillan)
•    Polish Women in the 21st Century Sweden: The Negotiation of Identities and the Strategies of Integration in the Swedish Society (project financed by the Swedish Institute)


Past research projects & grants

•    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 Ethnic Identity of Swedish Immigrants' Children in the USA: The Case Study of Augustana Book Concern (1889-1962) (monography 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 Institut für Nordamerikastudien der Freien Universität Berlin, Germany (2007)
•    Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Fellowship (research at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., USA (2006).

Contact:

email: a.stasiewicz-bienkowska@uj.edu.pl

Publications

» Books

2011, Kształtowanie tożsamości etnicznej dzieci imigrantów szwedzkich w USA według Augustana Book Concern (1889–1962), Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 243 pages

» Chapters

2016, Strategie aktywizacji obywatelskiej w polskich stowarzyszeniach kobiecych w Szwecji na wybranych przykładach [w:] Pani Anna w Kanadzie. Księga pamiątkowa dedykowana Pani Profesor Annie Reczyńskiej, Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek eds., Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka, ss. 81-97.

2016, Germanic Power and Uncle Sam's Orders: Immigrant Experience of the First World War in Swedish-American Writings for Youth [in:] Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War, Lissa Paul, Rosemary R. Johnston, Emma Short eds., New York, London: Routledge, pp. 93-105. https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138947832

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

2013, Monstrosising Infertility: Supernatural Barren Females in the Twilight series by Stephenie 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. Self and 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. Religious Self and Other in Constructing 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 the 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 – 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.

» Articles

2017, Exotic Otherlands, Headquarters of Death: Sub-tropical Land- and Cityscapes in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, “eTropic” Special Issue “Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires & Other Bloodsucking Monstrosities”, 16.1, 18-30.  https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic/article/view/3566/3455

2011, A Model for Her Sex: Ethnic Womanhood in the Swedish-American Publications for Children and Youth (1890 – 1920), „The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly", vol. LXII, No. 1, pp. 3-39.

 

» Editions


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

2012, The Polish Diaspora in America and the Wider World, Kraków: Polska Akademia Umiejętności, 172 pages, (co-editor: Adam Walaszek, Janusz Pezda).

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

» Reviews


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

Review of Babinski Grzegorz, Chalupczak Henryk (red.), Diaspora polska w procesach globalizacji. Stan i perspektywy badań, Kraków, 2006, ss. 516, Przegląd Polonijny, XXXIII (2007) z. 1.

Review of Rola dawnej i nowej emigracji polskiej w warunkach Unii Europejskiej, Kraków: Polska Akademia Umiejętności, 2006, ss. 201, Przegląd Polonijny, z. 3 (2007).

» Conference papers

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

2017, Tropics of the Imagination Conference, James Cook University, Singapore, September 6 – 9. Presentation: “Bring Some Black to a Vampire Bar: Sub-tropical Cityscapes and 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, Kraków.

2012, 10th 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, 3rd Global Conference „Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners", Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

2011, 20th Biennial Congress for the International Research Society for Children Literature „Fear and Safety in Children's Literature", Qeensland 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, 2nd 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 the 16 Days Against Violence Towards Women: Violence and Law. Regulations Against Domestic Violence in Sweden, Krakow Association of Crisis Intervention.