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Call for Applications: BAA 12th International Summer Academy

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We are currently inviting applications for our 12th International Summer Academy "Cultural Narratives of the State in a Comparative Perspective", which is taking place from May 16 – May 24, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky.


Applications are open to doctoral or post-graduate students in American Studies (in its broadest sense) as well as junior faculty with a research or teaching assignment at one of the Bavarian universities. The program of the academy entails keynote lectures by U.S. and European speakers and work-in-progress presentations by doctoral students and junior faculty. Acceptance to the Summer Academy includes a full academic and cultural program, accommodation, all tour tickets and cultural events, transportation to the events, and three dinners. The tuition fee is $450.


We are looking forward to your application by February 15, 2020.


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Applications are now open for the 2020 BAA fellowships to Harvard, Yale, Duke or the Library of Congress

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Are you a doctoral student or post-graduate with a research or teaching assignment at one of the Bavarian universities? Use your chance to apply for a fellowship to one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. During your stay, you receive access to on-campus libraries, support by faculty members, and the opportunity to establish an academic network of your own. 


Applications are open for several post-graduate research fellowships: two fellowships to Harvard University, sponsored by the Harvard Club München e.V., one at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University, or to the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, sponsored by the Yale Club of Germany, e.V. In addition, we are offering a grant to the John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress), sponsored by the Bavarian State Chancellery. All fellowships start in the summer/fall of 2020. The application deadline is February 10, 2020.





New publication The Comeback of Populism out now!

The Comeback of Populism © Amerikahaus München

We are happy to announce that volume 21, The Comeback of Populism, of our publication series is now available either as hardcopy or as an ebook via the website of Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg.


The collection, featuring essays by BAA director Heike Paul and board member Jürgen Gebhardt, as well as other internationally renowned scholars, deals with the diffuse term “populism” and its recent comeback in the U.S., in Europe, and in Latin America. The contributors examine the discursive strategies of the phenomenon from an interdisciplinary and transatlantic point of view and analyze populism as both a global and local phenomenon. The book sheds light on the militant rhetoric of exclusion and nativism inherent to populism while working through its simplifications and mystifications.


We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the book. If you are interested in other volumes of the book series Publications of the Bavarian American Academy, you can find more information on our website.


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The 19th Annual Academy Conference on “New Perspectives in Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches” was a huge success

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One highlight followed the next at this year’s BAA conference. We experienced a packed keynote lecture by New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, awarded the BAA honorary membership to Prof. Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College), listened closely to the closing keynote by renowned historian Mary Nolan, and engaged in many fruitful discussions and opinions in- and outdoors. 


Interesting panels covering topics as diverse as German-American brewers in the 19th century and transatlantic relations in the era of Industry 4.0 asserted that Germany and the U.S. were and still are bound together by mutual ties and a friendship that goes well beyond academic exchange. We would like to thank all the chairs, panelists, and participants as well as our sponsors, the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, Stiftung Melior, Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies, and Hofbräu München for this great conference.


(Photo: BAA Konferenz 2019 © Amerikahaus München)





Verena Jackson will receive a travel grant from the BAA and the AGBC for her work on artificial intelligence and law

Verena Jackson © Verena Jackson

This year’s travel stipend granted in cooperation with the American German Business Club (AGBC) goes to Verena Jackson. Her work on military use of AI in international law deeply impressed the jury. She will receive 1,500€ for travel costs and will visit Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in fall 2019. 


She will examine her topic from a multidisciplinary angle, taking socio-economic and ethical implications into account. Moreover, Ms. Jackson plans to further academic exchange and intercultural collaboration while studying at Duke University. 


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Fellow for the John W. Kluge Center Announced

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For his impressive work on African science fiction, Dr. Peter Maurits from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has been awarded the Kluge fellowship by the Bavarian American Academy, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and the Bavarian State Chancellery.


During his fellowship, the library will provide a desk, facilitated access to the collections and databases, and access to the curators of the library. Dr. Maurits will be supported with all services offered to junior level Fellows in residence at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress and will receive 9,500 € for travel and accommodation costs. 


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Lena Gotteswinter receives BAA Yale fellowship funded by the Yale Club of Germany

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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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Winners of the BAA dissertation award announced

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Our board and director, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, would like to congratulate this year’s dissertation award winners, Dr. Judith Rauscher and Liv-Birte Buchmann for their outstanding scholarly work. 


Dr. Judith Rauscher tackled the subject of "Poetic Place-Making: Nature and Mobility in Contemporary American Poetry" while Liv-Birte Buchmann wrote about "Commemorating Abraham Lincoln the Transnational Way: Lincoln Monuments in Great Britain"


The dissertation award comes with a 1,000€ prize.


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Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber awarded as BAA-fellows for the Dartmouth Summer Institute

Daniela Gutierrez and Marissa Weber © Amerikahaus Muenchen

The Bavarian American Academy is pleased to announce Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber as the new BAA-fellows for “The Future of American Studies” Summer Institute at Dartmouth College.

The one-week summer institute, headed by our honorary BAA-member and professor at Dartmouth, Donald E. Pease, will provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars.

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


We wish Daniela Gutiérrez and Marissa Weber a fruitful and interesting time at Dartmouth College.



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Professor Donald E. Pease to receive honorary membership of the Bavarian American Academy

Donald E. Pease © Eli Burakian

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

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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.














Call for Applications: BAA-Fellowship "Migrations" Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research, Harvard University June 24 - July 5, 2019

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The Bavarian American Academy funds a PhD-student or a Postdoc to participate in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research Summer 2019: “Migrations”, Harvard University (Chair: Professor Martin Puchner).

In 2019, the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research will focus on migration. The program offers faculty and advanced graduate students who study theater and performance the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field in an intensive two-week summer seminar.


Due to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, tuition is free for all accepted participants. For travel and accommodation the BAA awards a scholarship of €1500.  


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Please send your application in one PDF-document until March 1st, 2019 to Prof. Dr. Heike Paul ( and Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm (







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, also from young scholars, 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"

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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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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)







Time to say goodbye

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Time to say Goodbye…

We would like to thank our former director and longtime member of the Executive Board, Prof. Dr. Barbara Hahn, the Chair of Economic Geography at the University of Würzburg, for her commitment to all aspects of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA).  We wish her all the best and are particularly pleased that she will continue to be connected to the BAA in the future as a new member of the Executive Board at the German Society for Canadian Studies, which will enrich the transatlantic dialogue.

Time to say Hello...

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest member of the Executive Board, Prof. Dr. Erik E. Lehmann, Chair of Management and Organization at the University of Augsburg.