Recent update

Please visit our main page for up-to-date information concerning our Corona regulations, which you can find here. Our events will take place virtually; please check our event calendar and social media channels for more information.


We deeply care about the health of our visitors and employees. Thus, we kindly ask you to wear a face mask during your visit. Please follow the mandatory rules regarding hygiene and social distancing. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.


Amerikahaus München © Amerikahaus München

The Bavarian American Academy

The Bavarian American Academy (BAA), founded in 1998, provides a scholarly network for researchers working on North America and inter-American relations in the fields of cultural studies and the social sciences. The BAA organizes annual conferences and summer schools, sponsors regional symposia and lectures, awards postgraduate fellowships, and fosters knowledge transfer.

Although the primary focus of the Academy‘s activities is the USA, in the context of interdisciplinary and interregional studies it also supports research on Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Out now: New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations (Vol. 23)

BAA Publikation Vol.23

The Bavarian American Academy (BAA) has released volume 23 of their widely acknowledged publication series with Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.


The post-World War II order of an Atlantic West based on common values emerged from a complex, conflict-ridden Atlantic history and established itself as a powerful actor in world politics.

New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations critically addresses the topics, processes, and problems of transatlantic relations from a multi-disciplinary angle, and marked by a worldwide pandemic. It thematizes the political, economic, and cultural dimensions from the seventeenth century to today and reflects them in categories of order and disorder, cooperation and conflict, convergence and divergence to get a deeper understanding of the present critical state of transatlanticism: the American retrenchment and the vanishing American vision of ‘world leadership’ in terms of ‘America First’ politics, the respective consequences impacting on the political and military development of the NATO alliance, and the Euro-American relations.


We would like to thank Trevor G. Burnard, Wim Klooster, Mary Nolan, Jana Aresin, Heather Conley, Barbara Hahn, Gale A. Mattox, Tim Büthe for their contributions. A special thanks goes to editors and contributors Jürgen Gebhardt and Stefan Fröhlich.


You can get a copy of New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations (ed. by Jürgen Gebhardt and Stefan Fröhlich) either as a hardcopy or as an ebook via the website of the Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg



You can find more information about the publications of the Bavarian American Academy on our website.



(Photo: New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations © Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg)

Dr. des. Anna Axtner-Borsutzky, the 2020 recipient of the BAA and AGBC travel grant, is still waiting to travel due to the pandemic

Anna Axtner-Borsutzky (c)privat

The 2020 year’s travel stipend granted by the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) in cooperation with the American-German Business Club (AGBC) was given to Dr. des. Anna Axtner-Borsutzky. Her work on postwar journals as an indicator of the reeducation process deeply impressed the jury. She received €1,500 for travel costs. Due to the pandemic, she could not yet travel and will hopefully be able to visit the German Historical Institute and the Library of National Congress in Washington D.C. as well as the Hermann Broch Archive at Yale in fall 2021 or spring 2022.

Anna Axtner-Borsutzky will examine the historical, international, artful, and political aspects of postwar journals and plans to expand her international and cross-disciplinary relations during her research.

More information

Photo: Dr. des. Anna Axtner-Borsutzky (c) Dr. des. Anna Axtner-Borsutzky

Dr. Nathalie Aghoro receives the BAA Yale University Fellowship funded by the Yale Club of Germany

Nathalie Aghoro © Nathalie Aghoro

We are happy to announce that Dr. Nathalie Aghoro 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. 


Dr. Nathalie Aghoro, who is an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and working on her current book project called Common Grounds: Civil Society, Solidarity, and Shared Places in Cultural Practices, will receive 2,000 Euros for travel and accommodation costs and she will visit Yale as soon as the pandemic regulations allow it. The fellowship includes intensive cooperation with faculty and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Center and access to all campus libraries.


The fellowship is generously funded by the Yale Club of Germany.


Click here for the full news.



(Photo: Nathalie Aghoro © Nathalie Aghoro)

Our BAA releases publication on human rights (Volume 22)

Buch The State of Human Rights © Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg

The Bavarian American Academy (BAA) has released volume 22 of their widely acknowledged publication series with Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.


The State of Human Rights offers interdisciplinary perspectives from literary and cultural studies, theater, photography, history, political science, philosophy, sociology, and law, looking at historical controversies on human rights as well as at their current political, social, and imagined state(s).


We would like to thank Saskia Sassen, Heiner Bielefeldt, Micheline Ishay, Benjamin Gregg, Yael Schacher, Florian Tatschner, Peter T. Wendel, Robin Leick, Sonali Perera, Crystal Parikh, Katharina Matuschek, Suncica Klaas, Gerd Hurm, Jane Lydon, Greta Olson and Janna Wessels for their contributions.  A special thanks goes to editor Kerstin Schmidt.



You can get a copy of The State of Human Rights (edited by Kerstin Schmidt) either as a hard copy or as an ebook via the website of the Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg



You can find more information about the publications of the Bavarian American Academy on our website.



Click here for more information.




(Photo: The State of Human Rights © Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg)

BAA fellow Julia Rössler recounts her research stay at Harvard University

Julia Rössler © Julia Rössler

In 2019, I was awarded with the Harvard Post-Graduate Research Fellowship to conduct research in the Harvard Theater Collection in the context of my dissertation project “Ne-omimetic Dramaturgies” (WT) which examines the influence of postdramatic theater aesthetics and paradigms in American drama since the early twenty-first century.


From late August to late October, I conducted my research and received excellent support and assistance from Professor Martin Puchner and the Department of Theater, Media and Dance.



Click here to read Julia's full report.


(Photo: Julia Rössler © Julia Rössler)



Online Conference "Where My Girls At? Contemporary Feminist Art" - Thursday, July 2 - Friday, July 3, 2020

Plakat © Amerika-Institut, LMU München

We invite all graduate students and emerging scholars of American Studies to partcipate in the conference Where My Girls At? Contemporary Feminist Art, which will be taking place on July 2nd and July 3rd, 2020, via Zoom. The conference will explore the role of art and visual culture in contemporary feminist movements as well as artistic practices by feminist artists.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angelique Szymanek, Professor of Art and Architecture at Hobart & William Smith Colleges


Endnote Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Wanzo, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis


If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to


The conference is organized by the Amerika-Institut, Munich and is sponsored by the Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Lehre@ LMU, and the Bavarian American Academy.


Call for Applications: "The Futures of American Studies Institute"

Foto: © Free-Photos/ Pixabay

The Bavarian American Academy funds two PhD-students or Postdocs to participate in the “The Futures of American Studies Institute” at Dartmouth College


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


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 ( and Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm (


The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020


Foto: © Free-Photos/ Pixabay

Our events

Our Events and Conferences

Publications of the Bavarian American Academy

Team of the Bavarian American Academy

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

Prof. Dr. Heike Paul


Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm

Managing Director

+49 (0)89 55 25 37 42
Jasmin Falk, M.A.

Jasmin Falk, M.A.

Office Bavarian American Academy

+49 (0)89 55 25 37 41
Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

Deputy Director

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Erik Lehmann

Prof. Dr. Erik Lehmann

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Executive Board


Subscribe to the Bavarian Academy Newsletter and stay up-to-date with our activities.

I am accepting the Data protection *