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Applications are now open for the 2020 BAA fellowships to Harvard, Yale, Duke, or the Library of Congress

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Are you a doctoral student or post-graduate with a research or teaching assignment at one of the Bavarian universities? Use your chance to apply for a fellowship to one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. During your stay, you receive access to on-campus libraries, support by faculty members, and the opportunity to establish an academic network of your own. 


Applications are open for several post-graduate research fellowships: two fellowships to Harvard University (grant total: 4.000 Euro), sponsored by the Harvard Club München e.V., one at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University (grant total: 2.000 Euro), or to the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, sponsored by the Yale Club of Germany, e.V. (grant total: 2.000 Euro). In addition, we are offering a 9.500 Euro grant to the John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress), sponsored by the Bavarian State Chancellery. All fellowships start in the summer/fall of 2020. The application deadline is February 10, 2020.


If you are currently enrolled or employed at a Bavarian university, we look forward to your application. Please send us your CV, a short summary of your dissertation project, and a letter of recommendation by your thesis advisor in one single PDF-file to Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm. Good luck!





Prof. Dr. Heike Paul als Stipendiatin für Thomas Mann Fellowship ausgewählt

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Prof. Dr. Heike Paul wurde als Stipendiatin für das Thomas Mann Fellowship 2020 ausgewählt. Sie wird von Februar 2020 bis Juli 2020 in Los Angeles wissenschaftlich tätig sein. Wir gratulieren Prof. Dr. Heike Paul herzlich zu dieser Nominierung. 


Neben Prof. Dr. Heike Paul wurden 11 weitere Stipendiat*innen für einen Aufenthalt im ehemaligen Wohnhaus von Thomas Mann ausgewählt. In drei- bis sechsmonatigen Arbeitsaufenthalten werden die Thomas Mann Fellows Fragestellungen von globaler Aktualität nachgehen.





New publication "The Comeback of Populism" out now!

The Comeback of Populism © Amerikahaus München

We are happy to announce that volume 21, The Comeback of Populism, of our publication series is now available either as hardcopy or as an ebook via the website of  Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg.


The collection, featuring essays by BAA director Heike Paul and board member Jürgen Gebhardt, as well as other internationally renowned scholars, deals with the diffuse term “populism” and its recent comeback in the U.S., in Europe, and in Latin America. The contributors examine the discursive strategies of the phenomenon from an interdisciplinary and transatlantic point of view and analyze populism as both a global and local phenomenon. The book sheds light on the militant rhetoric of exclusion and nativism inherent to populism while working through its simplifications and mystifications.


We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the book. If you are interested in other volumes of the book series Publications of the Bavarian American Academy, you can find more information on our website.


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

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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

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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. 


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

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

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

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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

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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.



(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)





Call for Applications: BAA-Fellowship "Migrations" Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research, Harvard University June 24 - July 5, 2019

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The Bavarian American Academy funds a PhD-student or a Postdoc to participate in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research Summer 2019: “Migrations”, Harvard University (Chair: Professor Martin Puchner).

In 2019, the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research will focus on migration. The program offers faculty and advanced graduate students who study theater and performance the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field in an intensive two-week summer seminar.


Due to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, tuition is free for all accepted participants. For travel and accommodation the BAA awards a scholarship of €1500.  


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Please send your application in one PDF-document until March 1st, 2019 to Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (Heike.Paul@fau.de) and Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm (schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de).







Call for Applications: "The Future of American Studies Institute" Dartmouth College One Week Summer Institute June 17- June 23, 2019

Call for Applications ©Amerikahaus

The Bavarian American Academy funds two PhD-students or Postdocs to participate in the “The Futures of American Studies Institute” at Dartmouth College (Director: Professor Donald E. Pease). 


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


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Applications should include a brief description of the project (not more than one page), a CV, a writing sample (10–15 pages), and one letter of recommendation.

Please send your application in one PDF-document to Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (Heike.Paul@fau.de) and Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm (schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de)


The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019.





19th Interdisciplinary Annual BAA Conference “New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches“ July 4–6, 2019

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Taking the complexity, multi-dimensionality, and ambivalence of European-American relations throughout the ages as points of departure, and pursuing a historical perspective encompassing the early modern and modern periods, the Annual Conference of the Bavarian American Academy seeks to critically re-assess the topics, dimensions, processes, and problems of transatlantic relations from a multi-disciplinary angle. It will thematize the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of European-American relations from the seventeenth century to today, and reflect them in categories cooperation and conflict, convergence and divergence. Its overall scholarly aim is to arrive at a deeper and fuller understanding not only of transatlantic relations as such but also of the situation we are currently acting in.














Zwei AGBC-Fellowships für Recherche- und Forschungsaufenthalte in den USA



Wir vergeben mit Unterstützung des American German Business Club (AGBC – Chapter Munich) im Jahr 2019 zwei Reisestipendien (1.500€ pro Stipendium, einmalige Leistung) für Recherche- und Forschungsaufenthalte in den USA.

Das Projekt der Bewerber*innen muss an einer der bayerischen Universitäten betreut werden. Mit den Stipendien sollen insbesondere Promotionsvorhaben gefördert werden, die einen transatlantischen Bezug aufweisen. Die Stipendiat*innen sollen neben ihrer projektbezogenen Recherchen auch Kontakte im interkulturellen Bereich pflegen und neue Netzwerke erschließen.

Eine laufende Promotionsförderung aus anderen Quellen ist kein Ausschlussgrund für eine Bewerbung.

Bewerbungsfrist: 30. April 2019

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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)





Spend the summer at Harvard University

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Summer 2018: Public Humanities

11.06.2018 – 22.06.2018


The Bavarian American Academy for the first time funds a PhD-student or a Postdoc to participate in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research Summer 2018: Public Humanities, Harvard University (Chair: Professor Martin Puchner).


For travel and accommodation the BAA awards a scholarship of €1500


For more information see

BAA Fellowship Harvard Research Summer 2018: Public Humanities (27 KB)



Deadline for application is February 15, 2018.