dr hab. Justyna Wierzchowska

Cultural studies

associate professor

Room number: 231

Phone: +48 (22) 553 14 24

email: j.l.wierzchowska@uw.edu.pl

  Office hours: sabbatical 2019/2020
dr hab. Justyna Wierzchowska


M.A., Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, 2000

M.A., Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, 2001

Ph.D., Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, 2008

Ph.D. habilitowany, Faculty of Modern Languages, 2019

Research interests and projects

  • American studies
  • Visual art
  • History of American art
  • Philosophy
  • Popular culture
  • Feminist studies
  • Gender and queer studies
  • motherhood studies

Selected publications


Wierzchowska, J. (2018). Empty Maternal: Simulating Maternal Care in Marina Abramović's The Artist is Present. In E. Joensuu & J. Lane (Eds.). Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering. (pp. 103-130). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Wierzchowska, J. (2017). Publicizing Vulnerability: Motherhood and Affect in Joanna Rajkowska’s Post-2011 Art. In V. Browne , A. Giorgio , E. Jeremiah & G. Rye (Eds.). Motherhood in Literature and Culture Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe. (pp. 153-168). New York: Routledge.

Wierzchowska, J. (2017). Exploring Maternal Affective Investments: Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document (1973-79) and the Material Narrative of Love. In M. Gratzke & A. Malinowska (Eds.). The Materiality of Love: Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice. (pp. 163-176). New York and London: Routledge.

Wierzchowska, J. (2014). Walter White bierze sprawy w swoje ręce. Amerykańskie mity a serialowa rzeczywistość klasy średniej w Breaking Bad. In M. Cichmińska & A. Naruszewicz-Duchlińska (Eds.). Seriale w kontekście kulturowym: historia i polityka. (pp. 138-151). Olsztyn: Instytut Filologii Polskiej Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie.

Wierzchowska, J. (2013). Jabłko, węże i śmierć. Kara za prawdziwe męstwo, czyli o tym, co czeka dziewczynki, które zapuszczają się na zakazene terytorium. In M. Paryż & A. Preis-Smith (Eds.). Amerykański western literacki w XX wieku. Między historią, fantazją a ideologią. (pp. ). Warszawa: Czuły Barbarzyńca.


Wierzchowska, J. (2018). Love, Attachment and Effacement: Romantic Dimensions in Sylvia Plath's Children Poems. International Journal of English Studies, 18, (pp. 19-33).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. D. & Wierzchowska, J. (2017). Notes on the Uses of Black Camp. Open Cultural Studies, 1, (pp. 696–700).

Wierzchowska, J. (2017). Imaging, Desiring, Remembering Home: Home as a Locus of Meaning in the Works of Mary Kelly. Polish Journal for American Studies, 11, (pp. 73-84).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. D. & Wierzchowska, J. L. (2017). Nobody Knows My Name: The Masquerade of Mourning in the Early 1980s Artistic Productions of Michael Jackson and Prince. Open Cultural Studies, 1, (pp. 628–645).

Wierzchowska, J. (2015). Narrating Motherhood as Experience and Institution: Experimental Life-Writing in Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document (1973–79). Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 50, (pp. 111-126).

Wierzchowska, J. (2015). Performing the Return of the Repressed: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Artistic Interventions in New York City's Public Space. EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR AMERICAN STUDIES, 10, (pp. brak (online)).

Older publications can be found on the complete list in PBN


Justyna Wierzchowska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. She holds MA degrees in American Studies and Philosophy, and a PhD in American Studies. She combines psychoanalysis, affect theory and motherhood studies to explore the relational and affective dimensions of subjectivity that are manifested in contemporary European and American visual art and popular culture. She is the author of The Absolute and the Cold War: Discourses of Abstract Expressionism (2011), co-editor of In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race, and Ethnicity (2012) and of the special issue On Uses of Black Camp (2017). She is now researching the manifestations of the mothering function in contemporary visual art and the significance of the primary bond on the formation of the self. She teaches courses in philosophy, American art history, art theory, feminist art, and cultural studies. She translates into Polish American modern fiction and art-related books.