What They Brought / What They Changed: Material Culture and Polish Chicago

February 4, 2021 | 9:00AM

What They Brought / What They Changed: Material Culture and Polish Chicago International Online Conference | February 4-5, 2021. Please contact Tara Rutledge for the registration link and if you have any questions. This conference is supported by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Chicago Studies Program at the University of Chicago, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

DAY 1 Thursday, February 4, 2021

9:00-9:15AM Central Standard Time/4:00-4:15PM Central European Standard Time

Opening remarks by principal organizers: Bożena Shallcross, The University of Chicago and Agata Zborowska, The University of Warsaw

9:15-10:15AM / 4:15-5:15PM
Recipes for Identity
Chair: Bożena McLees, Loyola University

Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, The University of Warsaw
Modernizing Polish-American Household: Polonia Women and Household Appliances in Interwar Chicago

Anna Sosnowska-Jordanovska, The University of Warsaw
Old world grandma’s coziness for cheap: Chicago’s Polish restaurants in customers’ review on yelp.com

Coffee Break

10:30AM-12:00PM / 5:30-7:00PM
Objectifying Polish Identity
Chair: Sasha Lindskog, The University of Chicago & University of Illinois at Chicago

Tomasz Łysak, The University of Warsaw
Decisive Objects: Zofia Rydet and Allan Sekula Photographing Polishness

Małgorzata Litwinowicz, The University of Warsaw
Written Things

George Gasyna, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Florian Znaniecki’s Traces in Illinois


DAY 2 Friday, February 5, 2021

9:00-10:30AM / 4:00-5:30PM
Creating Chicago Spaces

Chair: Michał Wilczewski, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College
Poland Elsewhere: Creating a New Homeland in Chicago

Anatole Upart, The University of Chicago
Polonia Restituta: The Case of St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Chicago

Agata Zborowska, University of Warsaw
“Just let us pass out of the picture quietly”: The Void of Union Stock Yards

Coffee break

10:45AM-12:15PM / 5:45-7:15PM
Material Culture on Display

Chair: Eliza Rose, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Beth Holmgren, Duke University
How Modjeska Modeled Herself in Chicago: The American Stage Star and Polonia’s Patroness

Bożena Shallcross, The University of Chicago
Trees, the Gang of Three and the Polish Triangle

Adam Kola, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Memories and Memorials: On the Polish-Czech Material Reciprocity in Chicago

Lunch break

1:15PM / 8:15PM
Roundtable: Chicago’s Slavic Communities of Things

Chair: Eleanor Gilburd, The University of Chicago
Participants: Magdalena Moskalewicz (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Angelina Ilieva (UChicago), Nada Petkovic (UChicago), Victoria Granacki (independent scholar), William Nickell (UChicago), Esther Peters (UChicago).