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About EAAS Constituent Members
AAAS • Austrian Association for American Studies
Website: http://www.univie.ac.at/Anglistik/aaas/
Updated December 17, 2016

Hanna Wallinger – President

University of Salzburg
Department of English and American Studies
Erzabt-Klotz-Str.
1
5020 Salzburg
Austria

hanna.wallinger@sbg.ac.at

 Alexandra Ganser – Vicepresident 

Department of English
University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2-4
1090 Wien
Austria
alexandra.ganser@univie.ac.at

Joshua Parker – Secretary

University of Salzburg
Department of English and American Studies
Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
5020 Salzburg
Austria
joshua.parker@sbg.ac.at

Christian Quendler – Treasurer

Department of American Studies
University of
Innsbruck
Innrain
52
6020
Innsbruck
Austria
christian.quendler@uibk.ac.at

AAAS Annual Conferences

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? The Changing Nature of American Studies" Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, November 3-5, 2017

AAAS Conference 2017:
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
The Changing Nature of American Studies"
Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, November 3-5, 2017
Organized by the Department of English and American Studies, University of Salzburg

Call for Papers:

Ever since American studies was introduced to Austria in Salzburg in 1947, students of American studies have been fascinated by its component of free open dialogue between researchers and learners and its broadening of horizons and expectations. Participants of the first seminar for American studies stayed at the lakeside palace, Schloss Leopoldskron, once owned by Max Reinhardt, the Austrian-born American theater and film director. They shared rooms and meals during intensive weeks of lectures and discussions with some of America's most talented scholars (including literary critics F.O. Matthiessen and Alfred Kazin, and anthropologist Margaret Mead). For them, and many who followed, it was a life-changing experience. For some, it still is.

American studies in Europe (1947-2017) was inclusive from its start: in a sense it was the study of modernity, or even futurity, hopeful, sublime or repugnant. American studies nourished Cultural studies, a new star breaking on the academic horizon, as well as focusing on inter-American Studies, which added additional spatial elements. If the contributions of European Americanists were sometimes too easily overlooked by their North American counterparts, their work remains some of the finest in the field. The fact that American studies continues as an important and bustling field in Austria today, seventy years later, is due to the lasting influence of their work.

The continuity of American studies lies not only in its ever-ready willingness to tackle frontiers and enourage discourse, but also in the continuities, transgressions, and interruptions of the United States itself. In this spirit, the title of Joyce Carol Oates's 1966 story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" resurfaces in the context of recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan's lyrics. This conference seeks questions and answers on where American studies has been, where it is, and where it is going. On this seventieth anniversary, the AAAS meets in Salzburg to discuss the past, present and future of American studies - and of the Americas.

Possible areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:

• Passionate new discoveries and directions in American studies
• Transcending boundaries: the spoils and merits of multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research
• Transatlantic/pacific mobility, human or digital
• America's image in European culture, past, present, and/or future
• Writing about the Americas
• Scholarship and activism, past, present, future
• Europe and European scholarship, its place in American studies and culture
• Research on the history of American studies
• Pre- and post-racial and feminist eras
• Linguistic influences and crossovers
• Teaching-related activities

Organization: The conference will be organized by Hanna Wallinger and Joshua Parker (University of Salzburg)
Location: The conference will be held at Schloss Leopoldskron ( http://www.schloss-leopoldskron.com )
Contact: Proposals for entire panels are more than welcome. For paper and panel proposals, please send your abstract (about 200 words, suitable for 20-minute papers) and a short scholarly biography (in one file) by May 15, 2017 to the conference organizers: joshua.parker@sbg.ac.at and Hanna.wallinger@sbg.ac.at

Recent activity

CONFERENCES:
 

2012: The AAAS Conference 2012 (39th International Conference) took place at the University of Zürich on November 9-10 in conjunction with the Swiss Association for North American Studies (SANAS): The theme was "Cultures in Conflict / Conflicting Cultures." Co-organized by Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen (University of Zürich), Prof. Dr. Mario Klarer (University of Innsbruck), and PD Dr. Christina Ljungberg (University of Zürich), the conference brought together American Studies scholars from the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. This was an international meeting of great importance to Austrian Americanists, which also allowed our graduate students to present their research before an international audience.

2013: The AAAS Conference 2013 “American Utopias” was held from November 8-10, 2013 in Salzburg. The 40th International Conference was organized by the University of Salzburg, Department of English and American Studies. The conference venue was the Salzburg Global Seminar, Schloss Leopoldskron. The intention of the forum was to look back at the early American colonial endeavors of the Puritans who viewed the New World as a place to create a New Canaan, to revisit the utopian communities of the 19th century, to look ahead to visions of ecological and economic future worlds. Guest speakers were José Esteban Muñoz from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Jaap Verheul from Utrecht University. Franz Kabelka read from his recent short fiction collection Die Muschel. Workshops covered topics such as eco(dys)topias, early American utopias, African-American utopias, corporate utopias, and transnational utopian connections.

 
OTHER ACTIVITIES:
 
PUBLICATIONS:

Eckhard, Petra, Klaus Rieser and Silvia Schustermandl, eds. Contact Spaces of American Culture: Globalizing Local Phenomena. American Studies in Austria. Vol. 12. Münster/Wien: LIT-Verlag, 2012.

Fellner, Astrid M., Susanne Hamscha, Klaus Heissenberger, and Jennifer Moos, eds. Is It 'Cause It's Cool? Affective Encounters With American Culture. Münster/Wien: LIT Verlag (forthcoming November 2013).

Last updated Nov. 15, 2013

Hanna Wallinger – President

University of Salzburg

Department of English and American Studies

Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1

5020 Salzburg

Austria

hanna.wallinger@sbg.ac.at

 

Alexandra Ganser – Vicepresident 

Department of English

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2-4

1090 Wien

Austria

alexandra.ganser@univie.ac.at

 

Joshua Parker – Secretary

University of Salzburg

Department of English and American Studies

Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1

5020 Salzburg

Austria

joshua.parker@sbg.ac.at

 

Christian Quendler – Treasurer

Department of American Studies

University of Innsbruck

Innrain 52

6020 Innsbruck

Austria

christian.quendler@uibk.ac.at

 

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Call for Papers: Deadline January 20, 2017

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