CES: From Cotton and Smoke: The Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity in the Case of Łódź


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 4:15pm to 6:00pm


Adolphus Busch Hall, Hoffman Room

Agata Zysiak

Associate Professor, Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw


In this presentation, Agata Zysiak will discuss a new project that evaluates journalistic accounts about the city of Łódź at the height of its position as Europe's textile capital in the 19th and 20th century. She will assess how writers dealt with the effects of industrialization and modernization and argue that their reports blended people's real experiences in the rapidly changing city with their utopian visions of its potential.