Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)

Check out our short video about the BAA Summer Academy 2018 in Miami.

Since 2009 the Bavarian American Academy organizes an international and interdisciplinary Summer Academy.

Students and graduates can apply for participation in the Summer Academy. Chosen participants pay a small fee (as of 2016: 300€). The BAA bears the travel and accommodation expenses as well as costs for the academic and cultural program.

 

 

 

BAA 11th International Summer Academy - Call for Applications

The Bavarian American Academy in Munich invites applications for its 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

directors: Heike Paul (FAU) and Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm (BAA)
co-directors: Volker Depkat (U of Regensburg), Alan Nadel (U of Kentucky, Lexington), and Martha
Schoolman (Florida International U, Miami)

This year, we invite doctoral students and junior faculty to present and discuss their projects related to the concept of the “state narrative.” Central questions are: How can we identify hegemonic and counterhegemonic state narratives and the ideological ‘work’ they do – in arguing for or against state power and state intervention? How do these narratives manifest themselves in visual culture, poetic discourse, political rituals, cultural practices, and social configurations? How do they make sense of the universal claims of “the state” even as political participation of “the people” is always limited? And how can we examine these tensions in a comparative perspective? This year’s theme speaks to ongoing debates and pressing issues on both sides of the Atlantic in times in which “the state” and its institutions as well as governmentality at large seem to be the object of conflicted debates. Questions regarding the legitimacy and unifying functions of state narratives along with their foundational tropes and their recurring presentification appear more contested than ever.

 

Program

The program of the academy is structured into three parts:

1. keynote lectures by US and European speakers – including, so far, Volker Depkat (University of Regensburg), Joël Glasman (University of Bayreuth), Donatella Izzo (University of Naples “L’Orientale”), Timothy Melley (Miami University), Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky, Lexington), Donald Pease (Dartmouth College), Birgit Spengler (University of Wuppertal), Martha Schoolman (Florida International University), Kathy Ann Tan (University of Uppsala)

2. work-in-progress presentations by the doctoral participants,

3. workshop sessions in which participants discuss key texts in the field.

The program also includes a cultural program in and around Nuremberg, Berlin, and Regensburg and a trip to Munich; visits to museums and other cultural sites and events related to the overall theme of the summer school.

 

Application


We invite doctoral (and postdoctoral) students to apply electronically with

  • a statement of purpose 
  • CV
  • a 2-page project description
  • one letter of recommendation

Please send your application by February 15, 2019 to:

Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm: schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de

Heike Paul:  heike.paul@fau.de


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 €.

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Call for Applications for the BAA 11th International Summer Academy (316KB)



The program is generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (GAES/DAAD).


Past Summer Academies

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2018 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Questions of the Archive
June 2 - June 10, 2018 in Miami

2017 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Questions of the Archive
May 20 - June 3, 2017 in Nürnberg

 

2016 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Material Cultures
June 4-11, 2016 in Miami
 
2015 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Material Cultures
May 10-23, 2015 in Munich and Regensburg
 
2014 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture
May 31 - June 10, 2014 at Texas State University, San Marcos
 
2013 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture
May 20 - June 3, 2013 in Munich and Nuremberg
 
2012 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Democratic Cultures, Past and Present: Perspectives from Washington, DC
May 4-13, 2012 in Washington, DC
 
2011 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Transatlantic American Studies: Democratic Cultures, Past and Present
May 14-28, 2011 in Munich and Nuremberg
 
2010 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
Modernity, Mobility and Displacement: Transnational Perspectives from Detroit
May 13-22, 2010 at Wayne State University, Detroit
 
2009 International Summer Academy of the Bavarian American Academy
American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Cultural Mobility and Intercultural Exchange
May 9-23, 2009 in Munich
 

Contact

Questions?
We are happy to assist you!

Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm
Managing Director of the Bavarian American Academy

 

Fon

+49 (0)89 55 25 37-42

 

E-Mail
schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de

 

 

Jasmin Falk
Office Assistant - Bavarian American Academy

 

Fon

+49 (0)89 55 25 37-41

 

E-Mail
jfalk@amerika-akademie.de

 

 

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