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BAA Conference 2019


Thursday, 4 July - Saturday, 6 July 2019


Talk about the crisis of liberal democracy, the decline of the West, and the end of transatlantic relations as we knew them is ubiquitous these days. It is largely triggered by the election of Donald Trump to the office of US president and the tumultuous turmoil European-American relations were thrust into in response.


A closer look, however, reveals that the much noted "Atlantic Drift" set in already shortly after the end of the Cold War, that the history of European-American relations during the Cold War was one of conflict and confrontation just as much as it was one of cooperation and unity, and that the further back in history one goes, the more ambivalent and contradictory European-American relations appear.

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 of 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 in which we are currently acting.


No conference fee - please register for participation at

Keynote venue: NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Max-Mannheimer-Platz 1, Munich

Conference venue: Amerikahaus, Barer Straße 19a, Munich

Fon: +49 89 55 25 37-41 / -42



Conference Program (376 KB)


Abstract & Bios (481 KB)



Conference Program


Thursday, 4 July 2019

 18.00: Conference Opening (Venue: Amerikahaus)

  • Welcome Remarks by Heike Paul (Bavarian American Academy)
  • Award Ceremony
    • Honorary Membership for Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College) 
    • BAA Dissertation Award


19.00: Keynote Address (Venue: NS-Dokumentationszentrum)

  • Welcome Remarks by Mirjam Zadoff (NS-Dokumentationszentrum)

         Transatlantic Relationships: The Bond that Went Freelance


Reception (Venue: Amerikahaus)


Friday, 5 July 2019 

9.00: Panel 1: Transatlantic Relations in the Early Modern Period

Chair: Susanne Lachenicht (University of Bayreuth)


  • Wim Klooster (Clark University) 

          Making Comparisons in Atlantic History: Representation in the Age of Revolutions

  • Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne) 

           An Imperial History of the American Revolution in the Age of Atlantic History


10.30: Coffee Break


11.00: Panel 2: Challenges Confronting the Transatlantic West in World Politics

Chair: Jürgen Gebhardt (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)


  • Stefan Fröhlich (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

          How Europe Should Cope with Trump and Transatlantic Fragmentation


  • Heather Conley (Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.)

          Going Our Separate Ways?: Transatlanticism in an Era of Great Power Competition


  • Gale A. Mattox (U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis)

          Nato: Current Issues and Future Prospects


13.00: Lunch Break


14.00: Panel 3: German Americans in the Atlantic World

Chair: Heike Paul (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)


  • Jana Weiß (University of Muenster)

         Transatlantic Pioneers: German-American Brewers in 19th Century United States


  • Yannik Mück (University of Wuerzburg)

         The “German Peril”: German-American Relations Before World War I. A Historical and Media- 

         Analytical Examination


15.30: Coffee Break


15.45: Award Ceremony

Spevack Award of the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies


16.00: Panel 4: Music and Film in Transatlantic Relations

Chair: Kerstin Schmidt (University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt)


  • Axelle Germanaz (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

         "Back in the Fatherland”: White Power Music and Trans-Nationalism


  • Mathias Häußler (University of Regensburg)

         Cold War Elvis: The Double-Edged Sword of U.S. Popular Culture in 1950s Europe


  • Andreas Etges (University of Munich, LMU)

         Honorable Soldiers, Courageous Resistance, and an Unbeatable Band of Brothers: Hollywood Films 

         and National Narratives of the War in Europe


18.30: BAA Members Meeting (members only)


Saturday, 6 July 2019

9.00: Panel 5: Transatlantic Relations and Economics

Chair: Erik E. Lehmann (University of Augsburg)


  • David B. Audretsch (Indiana University Bloomington)

          Renewing the Transatlantic Relationship in the Era of Industrie 4.0


  • Karl Morasch (Bundeswehr University Munich)

          Multilateralism vs. Bilateralism in International Economic Relations


10.30: Coffee Break


11.00: Panel 6: Historical Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations

Chair: Volker Depkat (University of Regensburg)


  • Frank Hadler (Leibniz Institute GWZO Leipzig)

          Slovaks and Czechs in America during World War I on the Project of a Czechoslovak Statehood


  • Mary Nolan (New York University)

          Transatlantic Troubles in Historical Perspective: What’s New, What’s Not


13.00: Wrap Up and End of the Conference



The 19th International Academy Conference is organized by the Bavarian American Academy (BAA). The organizers wish to thank the following institutions for their generous support:






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