The Non-high culture


„The Non-high culture” is a series of meetings conducted by members and friends of the Trickster Association who research different aspects of pop culture in their scientific work and would like to present the results of such research in front of a broader audience. We would like to analyse and present, in an interesting way accessible also to people not involved in humanities, various phenomena present in any field of mass culture: literature, games, film or comic books. We would like to invite anyone who is passionate about a given topic and would like to take part in the discussion deepening both their and our knowledge.

Where and when: Mondays, 7 p.m., CaféTHEA (Grotowski Institute), Przejście Żelaźnicze 4

VI edition

  • 11.01.2016 – Radosław Szalek – Three visions of Hercules
  • 25.01.2016 – Karolina Zwierzyńska – Fanfic and the universe (an attempt to systematize the issue) – Omega!verse, Sentinels and other „stray” universes
  • 08.02.2016 – Jakub Wieczorek  –  „Who watches the Watchmen?”, or how to break the superhero comic book tropes, based on Watchmen, a comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • 01.03.2016 – Paweł Walentynowicz – Focus and dispersion. The narratives, worlds and means of expression in Adventure Time and Steven Universe
  • 07.03.2016 – Kamila Zielińska  –  Transformations in Disney animations, based on animated films about princesses
  • 15.03.2016 – Magda Jankowska – Stigma of death. The post-apocalyptic worlds in Fallout and Metro 2033 series
  • 21.03.2016 – Agata Hryceniak – Our horse, our hippogriff, our dragon – mounts in pop culture
  • 05.04.2016 – Ewelina Dratkiewicz – Inspiration in a test tube – how science leaked into pop culture
  • 19.04.2016 – Alicja Cimała – Posthumanism and transhumanism in Black Mirror

V edition

  • 20.04.2015 –  Robert Dudziński – Where did The Witcher film come from? A few words about the film and the TV series by Marek Brodzki
  • 11.05.2015 – Joanna Płoszaj – Methods and functions of presenting death and violence in The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • 25.05.2015 – Jakub Krogulec – Everyone can be a witcher. The trope of a monster hunter in other cultures
  • 08.06.2015 – Adam Flamma – Polish phenomenon – how and why did the virtual Geralt of Rivia conquer the world?
  • 15.06.2015 – Tomasz Piasecki – „The era of the sword and axe is nigh…” Visions and prophecies in The Witcher’s world – forms, patterns, functions

IV edition

  • 17.11.2014 – Radosław Pisula, mgr Przemysław Dudziński – TenThat British bastard. Incredible worlds of Warren Ellis/li>
  • 24.11.2014 – Michał Wolski – Marvel variants of the DC characters (or everyone has the Justice League they deserve)
  • 01.11.2014 – Szymon Makuch – Walt Disney did not freeze himself. Roots and development of cryonics in the 20th century
  • 08.12.2014 – Adam Flamma – The books you would be afraid to read or literary adaptations of popular video games
  • 15.12.2014 – Anna N. Wilk – Glitter aliens, dogs in dresses and princess zombies. The fascinating world of dolls
  • 12.01.2015 – Magdalena Kasprzykowska – The grass is always greener… Why read Polish blogs – the subjective overview of Polish blogoshpere
  • 19.01.2015 – Joanna Kaczerzewska – To be like Tolkien. Conlangs and conworlds of Polish language creators
  • 26.01.2015 – Paweł Walentynowicz – Real criminals, real crimes. Pitbull by Patryk Vega inspired by notable criminal cases in Poland
  • 02.02.2015 –  Natalia Kościńska – The butter churning affair or erotic motifs in Polish folk culture

III edition

  • 23.04.2014 – Szymon Makuch – Faust with a monkey under his arm. Pre-war rejuvenating experiments and their cultural reflections
  • 29.04.2014 – Magdalena Łachacz – Today we’ll draw a circle. About crossing the boundaries of language and death and the danger of literature on the example of Ciemno, prawie noc by Joanna Bator
  • 06.05.2014 – Anna Baka – Codename „Rock”. The history of Polish rock and metal in the times of Polish People’s Republic
  • 13.05.2014 – Natalia Kościńska – Back to the roots – folk motifs in contemporary Polish music
  • 20.05.2014 – Adam Flamma – Childhood landscapes – Polonia 1 cartoons. Facts, myths and what happened next
  • 10.06.2014 – Przemysław Dudziński, Michał Wolski – White men can’t fly. Racial minorities in the Marvel universe

II edition

  • 09.10.2013 – Przemysław Dudziński – Film space races – the visions of the future of the outer space explorations in the USSR (video)
  • 23.10.2013 – Krzysztof Solarewicz –  Pimp My Self. What can you learn from science (and science fiction) visions of the future of the human species (video)
  • 06.11.2013 – Dawid Głownia – Polysemic monsters: kaijū eiga as a carrier of socio-political content. The case of Godzilla
  • 20.11.2013 – Szymon Makuch – Pop culture under paragraph. The copyright law problems over the years
  • 04.12.2013 – Michał Wolski – Transformations of moral attitudes of comic book characters on the basis of the Marvel multiverse
  • 18.12.2013 – Karol Jachymek – „I was wearing the top half of a men’s pyjama and, what pleased me more, I was in my own pants”, nudity and eroticism in the Polish cinema of the 60s (article)
  • 08.01.2014 – Kamila Kowalczyk – Re-told fairy tales – use of characters and motifs from fairy tales in popular culture after 2000; (article)
  • 15.01.2014 – Adam Flamma – Lara Croft – the queen of pop culture or a brand on a life support? Cultural and marketing analysis of „Tomb Raider” series video games
  • 22.01.2014 – Robert Dudziński – Crimes of the ruby screen. What crime series from the past tell us about the Polish People’s Republic?

I edition

  • 20.03.2013 Przemysław Dudziński – Wraiths, she-wolves, visions – a monstrous cultural history of horror film in Polish People’s Republic
  • 03.04.2013 – Robert Dudziński –”Wojtuś, you have watched too many westerns. We live in PRL”. A brief history of the Polish People’s Republic crime film
  • 17.04.2013 – Michał Wolski – In defence of Twilight. What can be found in the adaptations of literature by Stephanie Meyer
  • 08.05.2013 – Adam Flamma – A studio with a mission. On the freedom of sexual choice in BioWare games
  • 15.05.2013 – Robert Zontek – Black Power crushes popcorn – about the (possible) politics in blaxploitation cinema
  • 29.05.2013 – Aleksandra Buba-Braun – Will there be a „Twilight” of the dead? On the phenomena of zombie in a perverse world of pop culture
  • 05.06.2013 – Dawid Głownia – Superproduzioni all’italiana: Italian imitations of foreign blockbusters