Ad Americam <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Ad Americam: Journal of American Studies</em> is an open-access interdisciplinary journal edited once a year at Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Ad Americam publishes double-blind peer-reviewed articles by scholars on North and Latin American history, politics, law, culture, sociology and comparative studies.</p> Księgarnia Akademicka Ltd. en-US Ad Americam 1896-9461 Romanian Canadiana <p>The rise of Canadian Studies in Romania, particularly in the academia, as well as their recent (relative) decline, is presented with emphasis on the last twenty-five years. Individual interest and enthusiasm as well as the foundation of CEACS contributed to the Canadian Studies “boom” in 2000-2012, when Canadian Studies Centers were founded in several important Romanian universities, the number of Canadian Studies classes at BA and MA levels increased, large research projects were completed, PhD theses were initiated and quite a few defended.</p> Rodica Albu Cristina Petraş Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 5 29 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.01 “What’s in a Name?” <p>The present article sets out to analyze the emergence and institutionalization of American Studies as an academic discipline in Romania, with a focus on the specific contexts and factors that influenced this process, and the ways in which its practitioners defined, constructed, and focused their endeavors. Taking the University of Bucharest as a case study and adding insights from other Romanian universities, the paper seeks to give an account of: 1) the ways in which the several decades-long tradition of teaching American literature in the Communist period (sporadically until the 1960s, but ever more substantially in the following decades) prepared the ground for the institutionalization of American Studies programs; 2) the “conditions of possibility” that enabled this institutionalization after the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989, with an emphasis on the restructuring of the Romanian higher education system, on the one hand, and the specific renegotiations of the field of American Studies, on the other; 3) American Studies curriculum development and its impact on Romanian academia as an example of curricular reform in the spirit of interdisciplinarity; 4) the situated contributions that Romanian Americanists have made to international scholarship in American Studies by bringing new research agendas to the fore.</p> Diana Benea Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 31 48 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.02 Studies of the Americas <p>The article surveys the development and the current status of American, Latin-American, and Inter-American Studies at the University of Szeged with special focus on the research fields and publications of the faculty members from the Department of American Studies, Hispanic Studies, and the Inter-American Research Center of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.</p> Réka M. Cristian Zoltán Dragon András Lénárt Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 49 62 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.03 Where Power Meets Knowledge <p>The new Law on Higher Education and Science, referred to as the “Constitution for Science” or the “Law 2.0,” has thoroughly reshaped research activities and academic education in Poland, and Latin American Studies—which gained a well-established position since the transformation of the 1980s and 1990s—is no exception. However, it would appear that the introduced changes may have a negative, rather than positive impact. The following article sets out to outline the current situation of Latin American Studies in Poland in the context of the relations between science and politics under the circumstances of the new legislation.</p> Katarzyna Dembicz Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 63 68 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.04 Canada as an “Extra” <p>This article outlines the history of the study of Canada in Slovakia. It explores early writings on Canada and attempts to identify pioneers of Canadian Studies as well as milestones in its development and institutionalization, while also claiming that Canadian Studies remains a marginal academic discipline in Slovakia; indeed, its very existence is dependent on the enthusiasm of a small community of scholars. The final part of the article presents the community, their research interests, activities, and motivations, and attempts to pinpoint the impact of the Canadian federal government’s decision to withdraw its support from funding Canadian Studies abroad.</p> Lucia Grauzľová Marián Gazdík Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 69 79 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.05 Canadian Studies <p>Canadian Studies was launched in Hungary in 1979, when the first course in Canadian literature was offered at the English Department of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. This article is intended to explore the history of this discipline in the past 40+ years, focusing on the growing awareness of Canada and its culture in Hungarian academic and intellectual life. As early as the mid-1980s, universities in Hungary offered various courses in Canadian Studies, which were followed by a large number of publications, conferences, and the institutionalization of the field. The article gives a survey of Canadian Studies in Hungary in the international context, showing the ways in which interaction with colleagues in Europe and beyond, and with institutions, such as the Central European Association for Canadian Studies, have promoted the work of Hungarian researchers. The article also discusses the fields of interest and individual achievements of Hungarian scholars, as well as the challenges Canadian Studies has faced.</p> János Kenyeres Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 81 95 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.06 Los estudios latinoamericanos en Hungría <p>En el siguiente ensayo el autor hace un recorrido por la historia de los estudios latinoamericanos en Hungría a partir de la década de los sesentas del siglo XX, muy condicionados por el triunfo de la Revolución cubana y las relaciones de Cuba con la entonces República Popular de Hungría. Durante ese periodo, las publicaciones tenían un marcado acento ideológico. Tras el colapso del “socialismo real” en Europa del Este y la entonces URSS, los Estudios latinoamericanos amplían su margen de investigaciones y colaboración, por ejemplo, en el caso de los estudios de la diáspora húngara en América Latina. Se crean nuevos departamentos y centros de estudios en varias universidades húngaras donde los Estudios latinoamericanos cuentan con su propio espacio. Las relaciones y la cooperación se ensanchan, así como los temas a desarrollar.</p> Domingo Lilón Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 97 115 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.07 Trajectory of Latin American Studies in Bulgaria <p>This article is a review of the development of Latin American Studies in Bulgaria since the very beginning of relations between this country and the remote continent in the Western Hemisphere. While research and publications in the first half of 20th century were scarce and more of a travelogue genre, a new and genuine interest appeared after the revolution in Cuba, which was facilitated by close collaboration in respect to the socialist doctrine. Naturally, all research and publications during the Cold War had to fit ideological requirements. After 1989, the situation has changed and full freedom of scholarly research has allowed for a wide range of opinions to be voiced. However, Bulgaria entered a period of economic stagnation and lost most of its economic and trade ties with Latin America. As a result, there are significant difficulties in developing any studies beyond the European cultural space. Nevertheless, various attempts at refreshing connections with the Hispanic world on academic and other levels have been developed.</p> Valentin Petroussenko Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 117 124 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.08 American Studies in Poland <p>The article presents the development and current state of American Studies in Poland as a discipline, starting with its historic and political background, through institutional foundations, to current research and teaching, especially from the social scientific perspective. The article argues that American Studies went from virtual absence in Stalinist Poland to post-1989 rapid expansion and continues to attract students despite the lack of institutional and disciplinary independence. Even though it is mostly affiliated to English programs, it continues to go outside the boundaries of the traditional approaches of history and literature to include cultural studies, political science, sociology, communication, and law.</p> Tomasz Płudowski Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 125 137 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.09 Canadian Studies in the Czech Republic and Central Europe <p>This article surveys the development of Canadian Studies in Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic from 1985 (the year the first such course was offered at a Czech university) down to the present. It also deals with the wider context of the development of Canadian Studies in Central Europe under the aegis of the Central European Association for Canadian Studies, established in 2003 with its Secretariat located at Masaryk University, Brno. In both the Czech Republic and the wider region, the late 1990s saw a steady growth in Canadian Studies, fostered by financial support from the Canadian government and outreach activities by Western European Canadian Studies associations. The first decade of the twenty-first century saw an explosion of activities - many new courses and degree programmes, conferences and specialized seminars, international projects, publications, the launching of the Central European Journal for Canadian Studies. The century’s second decade, however, has witnessed retrenchment, the result of systemic changes in higher education systems and the Canadian government’s cancellation of all support for Canadian Studies activities in 2012. Nevertheless, in both the Czech Republic and Central Europe, Canadian Studies continues to enjoy a significant and respected presence in the higher education sphere.</p> Don Sparling Copyright (c) 2020 2020-09-30 2020-09-30 21 139 152 10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.10