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Congratulations! The Travel Stipends of the AGBC go to...

Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Bavarian America Academy, with the support of the American German Business Club (AGBC - Munich Chapter), is awarding travel scholarships for research stays in the U.S every year. The scholarship is especially intended to support a doctoral or post-doctoral project that has a transatlantic connection.

We are happy to announce that this year, Milena Rinck and Anna-Katharina Schaper were awarded the AGBC travel stipend for their research stays in the United States.

Milena Rinck's dissertation project is titled The Cultural Program Work as a Medium of Germany's Foreign Cultural Relations and Education Policy: A Comparative Analysis of the Cultural Concepts conveyed by the German Intermediary Institutions Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. and 1014 in New York City.

It examines the concepts of culture inherent in Germany's Foreign Cultural Relations and Educational Policy in the United States. For this purpose, Milena Rinck contrasts the theoretical objectives of the policy field developed by the German Foreign Office with the cultural program work implemented by commissioned, independent German cultural institutions in New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The focus is on the question of which cultural forms, instruments, and traditions of thought are conveyed through these programs and to what extent the cultural concepts are suitable for implementing the agenda of Germany's foreign cultural policy in the United States.

From September 2022 to February 2023, Anna-Katharina Schaper is a visiting scholar at Babson College. Located in the Boston area, Babson College is famous for its frontier entrepreneurship research and its community of world-leading entrepreneurship scholars. At Babson College, Anna-Katharina Schaper will be supervised by Professor William B. Gartner. He is not only one of the field’s pioneering researchers, but his publications have also tremendously shaped the field of entrepreneurship. In their research project, Prof. Gartner and Anna-Katharina Schaper seek to decode venture creation in China and to compare it with venture creation in other global contexts, such as the US and Europe. Consequently, Prof. Gartner and Anna-Katharina Schaper provide a new perspective on venture creation and entrepreneurship contextualization theory as well as take gender in entrepreneurship into consideration.

We wish Milena Rinck and Anna-Katharina Schaper insightful research stays in the United States.

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About Milena Rinck

Milena Rinck received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and American Studies from the University of Augsburg and an M.A. in American History, Culture, and Society from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. In her Master's thesis, she examined the forms and functions of acculturation of the German-Jewish writers Mascha Kaléko and Lion Feuchtwanger in their US exile locations.

Milena Rinck is currently pursuing her PhD at the Amerika-Institut at LMU with Professor Klaus Benesch. She has also worked at several transatlantic cultural institutions in Germany and the United States, including the Leo Baeck Institute New York I Berlin, and Villa Aurora and Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles and Berlin.

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About Anna-Katharina Schaper

Anna-Katharina Schaper holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Heidelberg University and a M.Sc. in China Business and Economics from the University of Würzburg. During her studies, she spent a year abroad at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Shanghai International Studies University and gained China-related work experience at the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) (Berlin), the Volkswagen Group (Wolfsburg), and Maxxelli Consulting (Chengdu).

Since April 2018, she works as a research associate and at the Chair of China Business and Economics at the University of Würzburg. Besides working at the University of Würzburg, she regularly teaches classes on entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in China at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) School of Management. In her doctoral dissertation, she contextualizes entrepreneurship in China, with a focus on Chinese women’s entrepreneurship. Her research stay at Peking University (September 2019 to August 2020) was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Anna-Katharina Schaper is part of several young leader programs. Examples are the MERICS European China Talent Program, German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Young Leaders, Hamburg Summit Young Leaders, and the Heinz Nixdorf Asia-Pacific fellows.