Apply now for the 12th International Summer Academy

The state and its institutions seem to be under particular pressure these days. In order to stage an international, comparative and multidisciplinary conversation about the historical and contemporary status of the state as a formation that is variously political and cultural, coercive and democratic, radically stable and uniquely (or perpetually) under attack, our Bavarian American Academy is organizing a Summer School in cooperation with the University of Kentucky.


Who is lecturing?

“Cultural Narratives of the State in a Comparative Perspective” will take place from May 16 to May 24, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. The eight-day program entails keynote lectures by U.S. and European speakers and work-in-progress presentations by doctoral students and junior faculty. The keynote lecturers this year include: Sandy Alexandre (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), DaMaris Hill (University of Kentucky), Carol Mason (University of Kentucky), Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky), Diane Negra (UC Dublin), Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg), Donald Pease (Dartmouth), Katja Sarkowsky (Augsburg University), Martha Schoolman (Florida International University), and Birgit Spengler (University of Wuppertal). 


What is this year's program?

Participants will acquaint themselves with the area through different cultural activities in and around Lexington, such as an evening at a local blues bar, tours of a thoroughbred horse farm, the Woodford bourbon distillery, the Underground Railroad Freedom Museum in Cincinnati, and the Henry Clay Estate.


How much does it cost?

The registration fee of $450 (USD) covers full tuition, accommodation, transportation, tour tickets, and three dinners. Acceptance also includes an up to 750 Euro subsidy towards transatlantic transportation.


How can I apply?

If you are a doctoral student or junior faculty member at one of the Bavarian universities, we are looking forward to receiving your application by February 15th, 2020. Please send us a letter of application, your CV, a project description and one letter of recommendation to baa2020@uky.edu.


We would like to thank the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research, the University of Kentucky School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Kentucky English Department and the William T. Bryan Chair of Endowment for their generous funding. 


For more information, visit https://www.amerikahaus.de/akademie/portfolio/summer-academy/ or https://baa2020.uky.edu/ for details.


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