Published   annually
Affiliated Organization   American Studies Center, University of Warsaw
Editorial Board

Tomasz Basiuk
Joanna Durczak
Maria Curie Skłodowska University, Lublin
Dana Heller
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Heinz Ickstadt
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin
James Keller
English and Theater Department of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
John Leo
University of Rhode Island, Kingston
Piotr Skurowski
Warsaw School of Social Psychology
Bohdan Szklarski
Charles R. Wilson
University of Mississippi
Marek Wilczyński
University of Gdansk

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

We welcome submission on any topic that addresses American society, culture, history, literature, or politics. Guidelines for special topic issues will be announced. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words inclusive of notes and bibliography. They should be prepared in strict accordance with the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th Edition, submitted by e-mail in Word or WordPerfect files to Additionally, two printed copies should be sent (see address above); they should be double-spaced, with standard margins and font. Printed copies should include a cover page, with the title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and postal address. The text of the essay should have its title only, without the author’s name.

The journal is also soliciting book reviews of important, new works in American studies. They should not exceed 1,500 words and should have a complete bibliographic citation for the book in place of a title. The author’s name and institutional affiliation should come at the end of the review. Reviews of works published in Poland are particularly welcome, but critiques of significant works published outside Poland are sought as well.

Authors of articles and reviews should submit a biographical note of not more than ten lines.

Mailing Address

American Studies Center
Al. Niepodległości 22
02-653 Warszawa

The Americanist

Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States


The journal’s mission is to foster scholarly debate of that geographical entity known as the United States of America through the publication of original articles from a variety of disciplines, and, through our book reviews, highlight the work being done in Polish on American topics. The editors recognize that those who study Canada and Latin America have equal claim to being Americanists, but while our focus is on the U.S. we look at the U.S. in a variety of contexts, from historical to literary to theoretical to regional and global.


Our position as the Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States is marginal in several ways, and we intend to make a virtue of our marginality: as Americanists working not only outside the USA, but also on the margins of what is usually thought of as “Europe.” Perspective matters to us and we encourage contributors to reflect on theirs, rather than obliterate it. It is somewhat ironic perhaps that Poland’s much-talked about pro-Americanism—an exception in the EU—makes our position marginal in yet another sense. We intend to make both pro-Americanisms and anti-Americanisms the object of our interest in these pages. As Heinz Ickstadt suggests in the 2006 issue, the task is not to emulate scholars working in the U.S., but “indeed to create wider frames of reference, in which the question of what happens in America is not only answered from within America, but rather seen in relation to other contexts.”


We plan to have each issue explore a theme within the field of American Studies. The 2006 issue—with which American Studies became The Americanist—looks at the politics of American Studies from a variety of angles. Upcoming issues will look at popular culture and constructions of gender. In each case, emphasis is placed on international and comparative perspectives. We hope to create a space for debate in the field in which those from the margins and those from the center will interact as equals and learn from each other.


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