The University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents the lecture Witchers, Strigas, and the Man on the Moon – Polish Legends in Contemporary Popular Culture by Dawid Junke, PhD.
Slavic mythology has recently enjoyed unprecedented levels of global popularity, thanks to the very successful computer video game and the Netflix series called The Witcher; both have been based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s book cycle under the same title. The game produced by now world-famous CD Project Red based in Warsaw, achieved the status of the RPG game of the year for the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt edition in 2015. The Netflix series is currently in the third year of its run.
This presentation will focus not only on the various incarnations of the famous Witcher, but will also bring to light pop-cultural representations of Polish legends, such as Cracow Monsters and Allegro’s Polish Legends.
Dr. Dawid Junke is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland as well as the current Fulbright Visiting Lecturer at the UW Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.