Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA)

Die Bayerische Amerika-Akademie

Die Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA) dient der Förderung der amerika-bezogenen Forschung und der Interaktion von Wissenschaft und Kultur, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft. Primäre Gegenstandsregion sind die USA; im Rahmen interdisziplinärer und interregionaler Forschungsaktivitäten ist darüber hinaus die Einbeziehung von Kanada, Lateinamerika und der Karibik wesentlicher Bestandteil der Akademiearbeit.




In der BAA arbeiten bayerische Wissenschaftler*innen aus einem breiten Spektrum von kultur- und gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Disziplinen zusammen, die sich mit entsprechenden Fragestellungen beschäftigen und deren Kompetenzen und Ressourcen in der BAA gebündelt werden.

The 19th Annual Academy Conference on “New Perspectives in Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches” was a huge success

One highlight followed the next at this year’s BAA conference. We experienced a packed keynote lecture by New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, awarded the BAA honorary membership to Prof. Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College), listened closely to the closing keynote by renowned historian Mary Nolan, and engaged in many fruitful discussions and opinions in- and outdoors. 

Interesting panels covering topics as diverse as German-American brewers in the 19th century and transatlantic relations in the era of Industry 4.0 asserted that Germany and the U.S. were and still are bound together by mutual ties and a friendship that goes well beyond academic exchange. We would like to thank all the chairs, panelists, and participants as well as our sponsors, the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, Stiftung Melior, Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies, and Hofbräu München for this great conference.

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Dr. Peter Maurits receives fellowship to the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

For his impressive work on African science fiction, Dr. Peter Maurits from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has been awarded the Kluge fellowship by the Bavarian American Academy, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and the Bavarian State Chancellery.


During his fellowship, the library will provide a desk, facilitated access to the collections and databases, and access to the curators of the library. Dr. Maurits will be supported with all services offered to junior level Fellows in residence at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress and will receive 9,500 € for travel and accommodation costs. 


(Photo: Peter Maurits © Peter Maurits / Foto Firlé)

Dr. Judith Rauscher and Liv-Birte Buchmann awarded with the BAA Dissertation Prize 2019

Our board and director, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, would like to congratulate this year’s dissertation award winners, Dr. Judith Rauscher and Liv-Birte Buchmann for their outstanding scholarly work. 


Dr. Judith Rauscher tackled the subject of "Poetic Place-Making: Nature and Mobility in Contemporary American Poetry" while Liv-Birte Buchmann wrote about "Commemorating Abraham Lincoln the Transnational Way: Lincoln Monuments in Great Britain"


The dissertation award comes with a 1,000€ prize.


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(Photo: © Amerikahaus München)

Verena Jackson is the 2019 recipient of the travel grant from the BAA and the AGBC for her work on artificial intelligence and law

This year’s travel stipend granted in cooperation with the American German Business Club (AGBC) goes to Verena Jackson. Her work on military use of AI in international law deeply impressed the jury. She will receive 1,500€ for travel costs and will visit Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in fall 2019. 


She will examine her topic from a multidisciplinary angle, taking socio-economic and ethical implications into account. Moreover, Ms. Jackson plans to further academic exchange and intercultural collaboration while studying at Duke University. 



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(Photo: Verena Jackson © Verena Jackson)

Lena Gotteswinter receives the BAA Yale University Fellowship funded by the Yale Club of Germany

We are happy to announce that Lena Gotteswinter has been chosen for this years’ BAA research fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Lena Gotteswinter, who is currently working on her dissertation on The Diversification of the Hipster, will receive 2,000 Euros for travel and accommodation costs and will visit Yale University during the spring of 2020. The fellowship is generously funded by the Yale Club of Germany. It includes intensive cooperation with faculty and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Center, whose director, David W. Blight, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history, as well as access to all campus libraries. 


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(Photo: Laura Sprague (left) and Bartley Großerichter (right) from the Yale Club of Germany together with BAA-Fellow Lena Gotteswinter (middle) © Amerikahaus München)

Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber awarded as BAA-fellows for the Dartmouth Summer Institute

The Bavarian American Academy is pleased to announce Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber as the new BAA-fellows for “The Future of American Studies” Summer Institute at Dartmouth College.


The one-week summer institute, headed by our honorary BAA-member and professor at Dartmouth, Donald E. Pease, will provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars.


For travel and accommodation, the BAA awards a scholarship of €1150 ($695 tuition and €500 travel grant) each.  

We wish Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber a fruitful and interesting time at Dartmouth College.


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(Photos: Daniela Gutiérrez © Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber © Marissa Weber) 

Professor Donald E. Pease to receive honorary membership of the Bavarian American Academy

Prof. Donald E. Pease © Eli Burakian

The Bavarian American Academy (BAA) is very pleased to announce the nomination of Professor Donald E. Pease of Dartmouth College as an honorary member of the Academy. Professor Pease is an outstanding expert on 19th and 20th century American literature and literary theory and is the founding director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth, which collaborates closely with the Bavarian American Academy. His publications include – among others - Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context (1987) and The New American Exceptionalism (2009) plus over 100 articles on American and British literature. 


Professor Heike Paul, director of the Bavarian American Academy, notes upon his nomination: “One of the most renowned scholars in the field of American Studies, an authority on American literature and culture, and a staunch transatlantic networker, Professor Pease has kindly supported the BAA with admirable energy, altruistic generosity, and an unwavering commitment to our work and our common cause.”


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(Photo: Professor Donald E. Pease © Eli Burakian)

Leibniz-Preis 2018 an unsere Direktorin Prof. Dr. Heike Paul verliehen

Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, DFG-Präsident, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Direktorin der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie

Am 19.03.2018 wurde Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Direktorin der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie, in  Berlin der Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2018 der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) überreicht. Der Preis ist mit einer Summe in Höhe von 2,5 Millionen Euro dotiert.

Wir gratulieren sehr herzlich und freuen uns sehr!

Prof. Paul ist seit 2004 Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Amerikanistik, insbesondere nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen und zählt zu den renommiertesten Vertreter*innen der Amerikanistik in Deutschland. Der Leibniz-Preis würdigt neben ihren wissenschaftlichen Leistungen auch ihre hohe internationale Sichtbarkeit sowie ihre herausragende Rolle als transatlantische Netzwerkerin.

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul ist seit 2007 Mitglied des Vorstands der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie, 2013 wurde sie zur stellvertretenden Direktorin gewählt,  im Sommer 2017 zur Direktorin.

Weitere Infos zur Preisverleihung finden Sie hier. 


(Bild: Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul ©dfg)





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Das Team der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul


Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Wissenschaftliche Referentin

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Jasmin Falk, M.A.

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Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Stellvertretender Direktor

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Mitglied des Vorstandes

Prof. Dr. Erik E. Lehmann

Prof. Dr. Erik E. Lehmann

Mitglied des Vorstandes

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Mitglied des Vorstandes


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