Caroline Levander ©Amerikahaus München

BAA Conference 2016

Cultural Mobility and Knowledge Formation in the Americas

Helmbrecht Breinig, Werner Sollors, Barbara Hahn ©Amerikahaus München
Christian Pinnen, Ursula Prutsch, Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson ©Amerikahaus München
Alan Russell Siaroff ©Amerikahaus München
Ángela María Franco Calderón ©Amerikahaus München

Thursday, 30 June 2016

14.30 Registration

15.00 Panel I: The Intellectual Construction of the Americas  
Chair: Volker Depkat, University of Regensburg

  • Susanne Lachenicht, University of Bayreuth: How the Americas Became "the Americas"
  • Markus Heide, Uppsala University/University of Erfurt: The "Hemispheric Frame" and Travel Writing of the Early United States

18.00 Welcome and Opening

  • Welcome Addresses
    • Barbara Hahn, Bavarian American Academy
    • Anthony Miranda, U.S. Consulate General Munich
    • Christoph Parchmann, Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts
  • Award Ceremony: Best Dissertation and Honorary Member of the BAA
  • Keynote Address: Caroline Levander, Rice University
    Revisiting Hemispheric and Transnational American Studies in a Warming World


Friday, 1 July 2016

9.00 Panel II: Slavery and Emancipation in the Americas
Chair: Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, German Historical Institute Washington DC

  • Christian Pinnen, Mississippi College
    Cultural Transfer of Racial and Legal Traditions: Natchez Mississippi During the Age of Revolution
  • Ursula Prutsch, University of Munich
    Slave Emancipation in Brazil and the Role of the USA in the Abolition Process

10.30 Coffee Break
11.00 Panel III: The Political Conundrum of the Americas: Multiple Political Cultures and the Diversity of Political Regimes
Chair: Jürgen Gebhardt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • Alan Russell Siaroff, University of Lethbridge
    The Political Systems of the Americas, 2000 to 2016
  • Rainer Schmidt, University of Dresden
    Latin American Constitutions: Poisoned Presents or Façades for Dictators?

12.30 Lunch Break

14.30 Panel VI: Settlement Studies and Border Thinking in the Americas
 Chair: Heike Paul, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • Anna Brickhouse, University of Virginia  // Unfortunately Anna Brickhouse cannot attend the conference but her paper will be presented and discussed by Caroline Levander
    Mistranslation and Beyond
  • Barbara Buchenau, University of Duisburg-Essen
    Colonies of the Mind or the Arts of Typological Thinking

16.00 Coffee Break
16.30 Panel V: "The Pan-American Literary Imagination is Up for Debate": Contest and Convergency in Hemispheric Literary Relations
 Chair: Kerstin Schmidt, University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

  • Stephen M. Park, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
    NAFTA and the Literary Imagination
  • Jobst Welge, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
    The Boundaries of Reason: The Legacy of E. A. Poe in Latin America


Saturday, 2 July 2016

10.00 Panel VI: African Heritage in Latin America: Contemporary Rural and Urban Live-Worlds of Afro-Colombian and Afro-Brazilian Identities
 Chair: Barbara Hahn, University of Wuerzburg

  • Eberhard Rothfuß, University of Bayreuth
    Collectivism in the Afro-Brazilian Favela: Locality, Self-Organisation and the Fight for Recognition
  • Ángela María Franco Calderón, University of Valle
    Collectivism on the Colombian Pacific Coast: Property Rights, Urban Patterns and Traditional Housing

12.00 End of Conference
The 16th academy conference was jointly organized by the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) and the German Historical Institute Washington DC (GHI)

and supported by the DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Amerikahaus.

Photo: ©Amerikahaus München