Each year, our Bavarian American Academy awards exceptional dissertation projects with a prize. In 2019, the honor goes to Dr. Judith Rauscher (University of Bamberg) and Liv-Birte Buchmann (University of Regensburg).
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 was granted in a festive ceremony during the 19th Annual International Academy Conference by the BAA and comes with a €1,000 prize.
The board of the BAA and its director, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, would like to congratulate the two outstanding scholars for their great achievement!
About the winners
Prior to her position as research assistant and lecturer in American Studies (Postdoc) at the University of Bamberg, Dr. Judith Rauscher completed her doctorate degree with her dissertation on "Poetic Place-Making: Nature and Mobility in Contemporary American Poetry," which was supervised by Prof. Christine Gerhardt. She completed her master’s degree in English and American Studies at the University of Bamberg and her master’s degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College (USA). She received numerous academic awards, among them the Duke University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship of the Bavarian American Academy and a full fellowship by the Comparative Literature Department at Dartmouth College. Since 2017, she is a member of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment.
Liv-Birte Buchmann studied the subjects English and German for Lehramt Gymnasium at the University of Regensburg (First State Exam) and the University of Aberdeen. Her master’s thesis was funded by the Dr. Katharina-Sailer-Stiftung. In March 2018, she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Commemorating Abraham Lincoln the Transnational Way: Lincoln Monuments in Great Britain,” which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat.