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Skrodzka, Aga

Skrodzka, Aga

Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies

Office: 712 Strode
Phone: 864-656-3151

Ph.D. Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, SUNY Stony Brook; M.A. English, SUNY Stony Brook; M.A. American Studies, Warsaw University; B.A. American Studies, Warsaw University

Aga Skrodzka's recent research and pedagogy interests include world cinema, transnational classroom, gender and class politics on screen, (post)socialist visual cultures, and narratives of sex work. Skrodzka is the author of Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe (EUP, 2012) and the lead editor of The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures (OUP, 2020), which brings together thirty-three international scholars in a single-volume collaboration. She chairs the RCID Media Colloquium and is a member of the peer-review college for the UK-based journal Studies in European Cinema. In 2012-14, Skrodzka spearheaded the creation of Clemson University's World Cinema major. Supported by the Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, her current book project, titled Kinetic Bodies/ Seized Subjects, focuses on the ways in which the image of sex slave circulates in the libidinal economy of late capitalism. Skrodzka welcomes supervising doctoral research in all aspects of screen media, with emphasis on gender & class dynamics, media & pedagogy, as well as public memory.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures. Aga Skrodzka (Lead Editor), Xiaoning Lu, Katarzyna Marciniak, eds. Oxford University Press, online 2019, print 2020.

Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Introduction” The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures. Eds. Aga Skrodzka, Xiaoning Lu, Katarzyna Marciniak [Oxford University Press, online 2019, print 2020]

“Komunistki: Visual Memory of Communist Female Agency” The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures. Eds. Aga Skrodzka, Xiaoning Lu, Katarzyna Marciniak [Oxford University Press, online 2019, print 2020]

“Leaving the Art House: Commerce and Commodity in Borowczyk’s Controversial Cinema” Studies in Eastern European Cinema [pp. 117-131, vol. 9:2, 2018]

“Xenophilic Spectacle in Recent Films About Sex Slavery” Transnational Cinemas [pp. 85-103, vol. 9:1, 2018]

"Disempowering Knowledge: How to Teach Not to Help" Teaching Transnational Cinema, eds. Katarzyna Marciniak and Bruce Bennett. [Routledge AFI Series, pp. 236-254, 2016]

“Why ‘goEast’ When They Are All Coming West?” Film Quarterly. [pp. 107-111, vol. 70:1, 2016]

“Cinematic Fairytales of Female Mobility in Post-Wall Europe: Hanna v. Mona” East, West and Centre: Reframing post-1989 European Cinema. Eds. Michael Gott and Todd Herzog [Edinburgh University Press, pp. 109-124, 2015]

“Subjectivity and the Ethics of Duty in Michael Mann’s Cinema” The Philosophy of Michael Mann. Ed. Steven Sanders [University Press of Kentucky, pp. 200-214, 2014]

“Woman’s Body and Her Pleasure in the Celluloid Erotica of Walerian Borowczyk” Studies in European Cinema [pp.67-79, vol. 8:1, 2011]

“Clandestine Human and Cinematic Passages in the United Europe: The Polish Plumber and Kieślowski’s Hairdresser” Studies in Eastern European Cinema [pp.75-90, vol. 2:1, 2011].

“The American Gangster Is Dead: The Incarnate Emptiness in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed” The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese. Ed. Mark T. Conard. [University Press of Kentucky, second edition, pp. 247-261, 2009].

“History from Inside Out: The Vernacular Cinema of Jan Jakub Kolski” KinoKultura [Special Issue 2, 2005;].

“Body, Technology, and Identity Politics in John Woo’s Face/Off” genre: An International Journal of Literature and the Arts [pp. 126-139, vol. 25, 2005]

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

"Peddling Eastern European Bodies: Exploiting Race in Films about Sex Slavery” Eastsploitation: Eastern Europe and the Cinematic Lowbrow. Eds. Richard Nowell and Jindriska Blahova [Bloomsbury Academic, under review]

Reviews & Interviews

“Aesthetics and Politics of Corporeality: Reflections on (Mostly) Male Cinematic Bodies” Studies in Eastern European Cinema [pp. 193-195, vol. 8:2, 2017]

“Looking Beyond the National Paradigm in Polish Film Studies” Studies in Eastern European Cinema [pp. 195-197, vol. 6:2, 2015]

“Streets of Crocodiles in the New Europe” Third Text [pp. 663-668, vol. 25:5, 2011]

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“Turkish Soap Operas and Post-Communist Poland’s Dialogue with the Arab World” Conference on Cinema of the Arab World, The American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, March 2018.

“Sexploitation Through Sublimation: Walerian Borowczyk’s Arty Contribution to the 70s Euro Pudding” Cine-Excess X, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK, November 2016.

"Women and the Polish Communist Legacy in Pawel Pawlikowski's Film IDA (2014)" The Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference, Columbia University, NYC. April 2016.

“Mediating the Warsaw Uprising: Polish National Memory in Recent Popular Media” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal. March 2015.


Clemson University-SEED Grant, Fall 2021, Funded.

Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, Poland, Spring 2019. Funded.

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Grant, 2016-17. Funded.

Critical Thinking Faculty Institute Grant, Summer 2015. Funded.

CAAH Lightsey Fellowship, 2012-2013. Funded.

Gentry Endowment for Teaching Excellence in Humanities, 2012-13.

English Department’s Faculty Research Completion Award, 2012. Funded

Vending Machine Committee grant for the Clemson edition of The Southern Circuit Independent Filmmakers Series, 2010-2011. Funded.

Idol-South Award, 2010, Clemson. Funded.

National Endowment for the Arts Grant. In Support of The Southern Circuit Independent Filmmakers Series, 2008-2010. Funded.

Women’s Studies Forum Research Grant, 2008, Clemson. Funded.

Central European University, George Soros Summer University Fellowship, 2001, Budapest. Funded.