The Bavarian American Academy Dissertation Award 2021 goes to...


Each year, our Bavarian American Academy awards an exceptional dissertation project with a prize. In 2021, the honor goes to L. Sasha Gora (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia).


The dissertation award was granted in a festive ceremony during the 20th Annual International Academy Conference by the BAA and comes with a €1,500 prize.


The board of the BAA and its director, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, would like to congratulate this outstanding scholar on her great achievement!



About L. Sasha Gora

L. Sasha Gora is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art. In 2020, she received a PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. She is currently an environmental humanities research fellow at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, where she is researching culinary reactions to climate change. From 2015-2020, she taught undergraduate courses about North American history at LMU Munich’s Amerika-Institut, and has given talks at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Ocean Space, Venice, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, the University of California Berkeley, and elsewhere.


Her dissertation project "Culinary Claims: A Cultural History of Indigenous Restaurants in Canada" is about interchanges between wild plants and introduced animals, the domesticated and the rogue, Indigenous foodways and Canadian regulations, cooks and customers. A mix of environmental history and food studies, "Culinary Claims" uses cuisine to write about the history of social and political issues regarding cultural representation, restaurants, and food sovereignty.


(Photo: L. Sasha Gora ©Amerikahaus Munich)


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