Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)

Since 2009 the Bavarian American Academy organizes an international and interdisciplinary Summer Academy.

Students and graduates can apply for participation in the Summer Academy. Chosen participants pay a small fee (as of 2016: 300€). The BAA bears the travel and accommodation expenses as well as costs for the academic and cultural program.

 

 

 

BAA 10th International Summer Academy - Call for Applications

The Bavarian American Academy in Munich invites applications for its 10th International Summer Academy for Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty in American Studies on

“Questions of the Archive”
June 2 – June 10, 2018 in Miami

in cooperation with Florida International University and Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

 

Following the widely discussed archival turn in the humanities, this year’s summer school focuses on questions of the archive, its production, authority, and transformation.


We seek contributions in the broad interdisciplinary field of American studies that approach questions of the archive with regard to

 

a) poststructuralist scholarship on the contingency of the archive and the epistemic anxieties it reveals,

b) assumptions of authority based on power relations (evident in canon debates and absences in the archive), and

c) more recent technological developments and the changes they imply (big data, distant reading, digital humanities). The archive informs both history and memory, and thus the archive can claim to be invested with legitimacy and status. 


Questions of knowledge production in the present moment are prominently addressed by Diana Taylor (“archive and repertoire”), Ann Laura Stoler (“the colonial archive”), James Clifford (“archival silences”), and Saidiya Hartman (“the archive of slavery”); these scholars call attention to explicit and implicit assumptions about archival energies in both preserving knowledge for future generations and potentially withdrawing it from ongoing public circulation. Next to these theoretical considerations, we will explore different kinds of ‘official’ archives (material, oral, digital, and so forth), forms of subverting the archive (‘ghosts’ in the archive), and alternative archives in a global, postcolonial world.


Program

The program of the academy is structured into three parts: 


1. keynote lectures by US and European speakers – including, so far, Elisabeth Bronfen (Zurich University), Donette Francis (University of Miami), Alex Gil (Columbia University), Gesa Mackenthun (University of Rostock), Donald Pease (Dartmouth College), Janice Radway (Northwestern University), Dan Royles (Florida International University), Barry Shank (Ohio State University), Kathy-Ann Tan (Uppsala University)

2. work-in-progress presentations by the doctoral participants,  

3. workshop sessions in which participants discuss key texts in the field. 

The program also includes a cultural program in and around Miami.

 

Application


We invite doctoral (and postdoctoral) students to apply electronically with

  • a statement of purpose 
  • CV
  • a 2-page project description
  • one letter of recommendation


Please send your application by March 1, 2018 to:

Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm: schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de

Heike Paul:  heike.paul@fau.de

Martha Schoolman:  mschoolm@fiu.edu

 

Participants will be selected based on the strength of their applications. Acceptance to the Summer Academy includes a full academic and cultural program, accommodation, and a travel grant. The tuition fee is €300.

 

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Call for Applications for the 10th International BAA Summer Academy "Questions of the Archive" (89KB)

 

 



We would like to thank Barrett Watten, corresponding member of the BAA, for his cooperation in the summer school program (2009-2016).

 

 

 

Past Summer Academies

To see the calls please go to the German Website by changing the language through the button above

 

2017 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Questions of the Archive
May 20 - June 3, 2017 in Nürnberg

 

2016 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Material Cultures
June 4-11, 2016 in Miami
 
2015 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Material Cultures
May 10-23, 2015 in Munich and Regensburg
 
2014 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture
May 31 - June 10, 2014 at Texas State University, San Marcos
 
2013 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture
May 20 - June 3, 2013 in Munich and Nuremberg
 
2012 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Democratic Cultures, Past and Present: Perspectives from Washington, DC
May 4-13, 2012 in Washington, DC
 
2011 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Transatlantic American Studies: Democratic Cultures, Past and Present
May 14-28, 2011 in Munich and Nuremberg
 
2010 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Modernity, Mobility and Displacement: Transnational Perspectives from Detroit
May 13-22, 2010 at Wayne State University, Detroit
 
2009 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Cultural Mobility and Intercultural Exchange
May 9-23, 2009 in Munich
 

Contact

Questions?
We are happy to assist you!

Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm
Managing Director of the Bavarian American Academy

 

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+49 (0)89 55 25 37-42

 

E-Mail
schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de

 

 

Jasmin Falk
Office Assistant - Bavarian American Academy

 

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+49 (0)89 55 25 37-41

 

E-Mail
jfalk@amerika-akademie.de

 

 

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