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.
Lena Gotteswinter receives BAA Yale 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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Professor Donald E. Pease to receive honorary membership of the Bavarian American Academy
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: Donald E. Pease © Eli Burakian)
19th Interdisciplinary Annual BAA Conference “New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches“ July 4–6, 2019
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.
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Leibniz Prize 2018 awarded to our director Prof. Dr. Heike Paul
We cordially congratulate BAA director Prof. Dr. Heike Paul on being awarded the 2018 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. The prize is the most important research award in Germany, and is endowed with €2.5 million. Established in 1985, it aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding researchers, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks, and help them to establish new research formats.
Professor Paul holds the chair for American Studies, with a focus on North American literary and cultural studies, at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Nuremberg-Erlangen since 2004 and is one of the most renowned representatives of American Studies in Germany. The prize not only honors her scholarly achievements, but also her high international renown and her exceptional role as a transatlantic networker.
Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, executive board member of the BAA since 2007, was elected as executive director in 2013 and has served as director since 2017.
Further information on the award ceremony here.
(Photo: Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul ©dfg)
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Team of the Bavarian American Academy
Prof. Dr. Heike Paul
Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm
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Jasmin Falk, M.A.
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Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat
Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Gebhardt
Prof. Dr. Erik Lehmann
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt