Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA)

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.

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

Call for Applications 19th Annual BAA Conference "New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches“ ©Amerikahaus

We invite applications for our 19th Interdisciplinary Annual BAA Conference “New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches“ July 4–6, 2019 in Munich.

We invite relevant contributions from the fields of history, literary criticism, geography, the arts, and cultural studies addressing issues of transatlantic relations from the early modern period to today. We are especially interested in papers dealing with: transatlantic (auto)biographies, person-to-person contacts, literary and social movements, institutions and networks; the circulation and transfer of knowledge, concepts and ideas across the North Atlantic; the multidirectional exchange of books, songs, movies, and material artifacts between Europe and North America; and systems of meaning mapping the North Atlantic world and framing the relationships between Europe and America

Please send us your abstract of not more than 500 words.
Application Deadline: February 20, 2019

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Call for Papers: "Transatlantic Cooperation - A Student Conference on Collaborations across Space and Time"

Call for Papers ©Amerikahaus

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the student workshop on transatlantic cooperation will take place at the Amerikahaus in Munich - hosted by the LMU Amerika Institute and kindly funded by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät through the Lehre@LMU program.


This student conference invites MA and advanced BA students from across Bavaria to present their work on transatlantic cooperation. Both, finished projects and works in progress are welcome. The goal is to involve fellow students in a dialogue in the day-long conference in Munich.


Interested students are invited to apply with short (approx. 300 words) abstracts of papers for 15-minute presentations along with a one-paragraph bio statement.


Deadline: January 30, 2019


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Call for Applications: "State Narratives in Comparative Perspective” BAA Summer Academy May 25 – June 8, 2019

Call for Applications ©Amerikahaus

We invite applications for our 11th International Summer Academy for Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty in American Studies on “State Narratives in Comparative Perspective” May 25 – June 8, 2019 in Nuremberg, Berlin, and Regensburg in cooperation with Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Regensburg.

This year, we invite doctoral students and junior faculty to present and discuss their projects related to the concept of the “state narrative.”

Participants will be selected based on the strength of their applications.

Acceptance to the Summer Academy includes a full academic and cultural program, accommodation, and a travel grant. The tuition fee is 300 €.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

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Leibniz Prize 2018 awarded to our director Prof. Dr. Heike Paul

President of the German Research Foundation Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Director of the Bavarian American Academy 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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