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 Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

Assistant Professor

Office: 3280 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-3310
Email: mrymszapawlows@eiu.edu

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday: 2:30-4:00
Tuesday, 4:00-5:00
or by appointment


PhD, American Studies, Brown University, 2012

M.A., Public Humanities, Brown University, 2008

M.A., Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University, 2005

B.A., History and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2002


Research Interests: 19th and 20th century U.S. social and cultural history, public history, museum studies, digital humanites, media and cultural studies, media history, critical theory

My current book project traces the emergence of immersive engagement with the past in a variety of contexts in postwar American culture. I am especially interested in the affective qualities of historical memory—the impulse to understand the past on emotional rather than informational terms; through re-performance and interaction as opposed to contemplation. I analyze archival evidence from a range of popular history initiatives including the rise of the building preservation movement in New England, federal and local celebration of the 1976 Bicentennial, the use of new media in history museum exhibition, history-based television programming ranging from You Are There to Roots, and protest organizations like the People’s Bicentennial Commission, a leftist organization that believed themselves to be the true heirs of the American Revolution. I read the production and reception of these texts in the context of a large-scale transformation in how Americans both understood and used the past in contemplating the present and forming and reforming identities.


“Broadcasting the Past: History Television, “Nostalgia Culture,” and the Emergence of the Miniseries in the 1970s United States” Journal of Popular Film & Television, forthcoming

Review of Alison Griffiths, Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums and the Immersive View (2008), Technology and Culture, (October, 2009): 33-34.

“Frontier House: Reality Television and the Historical Experience,” Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies (Spring 2007): 35-42.

With Fred Volk, Adam Stiska, “Assessing Online Lesson Plans,” Academic Exchange Quarterly (Winter 2004): 8:4, 44-48.

Funding & Grants

Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012
Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar, 2010-2011
Graduate Workshop Grant for “Affect Unbounded” (co-organizer and co-convener), Mellon Foundation, 2010-2011
Graduate Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University, 2010-2011
Miss Abbott's School Alumnae Fellowship, Brown University, 2009-2010
Salomon Curricular Development Grant, Brown University, 2008
University Fellowship, Brown University, 2006-2008

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