Diana Joanna Sacilowski

 Diana Sacilowski

Contact Information

3070 Foreign Language Building
M/C 170uiuc campus mail, IL 00001
GRAD TEACHING ASST, Slavic Languages & Literature

Additional Campus Affiliations


Able to speak: Polish, Russian, French (reading) and German (reading).

Research Interests

  • 20th & 21st century Polish and Russian literature and culture
  • Postmodernism
  • Memory and trauma studies
  • Representations of WWII and the Holocaust in literature and film

Research Description

Some of her book reviews and conference presentations are as follows:

• Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989 by HalinaFilipowicz, Cosmopolitan Review, Fall 2015,

• The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Białoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and theTraumatic by Joanna Niżyńska, Cosmopolitan Review, Fall 2015,

• “Silent Bodies: Gesture, Language, and Alterity in Stefan Chwin’s Hanemann”, AATSEEL,2017

• “The Missing Signifier: The ‘Jew’ in Contemporary Polish Literature,” Midwest SlavicConference, OSU, 2016; Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies, UIUC, 2016;ASEEES, 2016

• “Wounded Selves: Trauma and Identity in Magdalena Tulli’s Włoskie szpilki,” Central SlavicConference, Saint Louis U, 2015; AATSEEL, 2016

• “Blank Spaces and Realms of Possibility: Liminality in Tokarczuk’s House of Day, House ofNight,” Midwest Slavic Conference, OSU, 2015; Slavic Forum, U of Chicago, 2015

• “Healing the Katyń Wound:Wajda’s Katyń as a Transferential Space,” The Future of Trauma andMemory Studies: Challenging Interpretive and Theoretical Boundaries, UIUC, 2014

• “Finding the Voice in the Wound: The Representation of Trauma in Magdalena Tulli’s WłoskieSzpilki,” Interdisciplinary Forum in Slavic Studies, UIUC, 2014; ASEEES, 2015


  • B.A.: Comparative Literature, European Cultural Studies, English & American Literature, Brandeis University, 2007 (Summa Cum Laude)
  • M.A.: Slavic Cultures (Polish), Columbia University, 2010. Master’s Thesis: “Embracing Chaos: Magdalena Tulli’s Subversion of Form”

Distinctions / Awards

  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, UIUC, 2012-2014, 2016-2017
  • SLL Summer Departmental Fellowship, UIUC, Summer 2016
  • Scott Maltby Memoral Fund Award ,UIUC, Spring & Fall 2016
  • SLL Graduate Student Term Paper Prize, UIUC, 2015
  • List of Teachers Ranked as ‘Excellent’ by Their Students, UIUC, Fall 2014, Spring & Fall 2015, Spring 2016


  • First and Second-Year Polish