Call for Applications: “The Futures of American Studies Institute”


Our Bavarian American Academy funds two PhD-students or Postdocs to participate in the “The Futures of American Studies Institute” at Dartmouth College (Director: Professor Donald E. Pease). 

The Institute which is taking place from Monday June 17- Sunday June 23, 2019, was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars.

The Institute is divided into plenary sessions that feature talks from Institute faculty, research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress, and participant-organized sessions.


This years talks include:


  •     "Latinx Queer Studies":

        Lawrence La Fountain Stokes (University of Michigan)
        Israel Reyes (Dartmouth)
        Karen Jaime (Cornell)


  •     "José Muñoz’s Futurity Now":

        Ricardo Montez (New School)
        Tavia Nyong'o (Yale)
        Jack Halberstam (Columbia)


  •     "Celebrating Hortense Spillers":

        Saidiya Hartman (Columbia)
        Joshua Bennett (Dartmouth)
        Kyla Tompkins (Pomona College)
        Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt)


  •     "Ontologies of Vibration":

        Jennifer Stoever (SUNY Binghamton)
        Alexandra Vazquez (NYU)
        Emily Lordi (Vanderbilt)


  •     "Contemporary Refugee Crisis":

        Sonya Posmentier (NYU)
        Yogita Goyal (UCLA)
        Donatella Izzo (University of Naples Orientale)


  •     "Settler Colonialism and the Question of Sovereignty":

        Anthony Barrymore Bogues (Brown)
        Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern)
        N. Bruce Duthu (Dartmouth)


  •     "Re-Thinking Afro-Pessimism":

        Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown)
        Paige McGinley (Washington University, St. Louis)
        Kevin Quashie (Brown)
        Robert Patterson (Georgetown)


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

Applications should include a brief description of the project (not more than one page), a CV, a writing sample (10–15 pages), and one letter of recommendation.

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The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019.


Please send your application in one PDF-document to: Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (Heike.Paul@fau.de) and
Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm (schweiger-wilhelm@amerika-akademie.de)