Constituent Members

AAAS • Austrian Association for American Studies

Updated December 17, 2016

Christian Quendler – President

Department of American Studies
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

Silvia Schultermandl – Vicepresident

Institute of American Studies

Karl-Franzens University

Attemsgasse 25

8010 Graz


Cornelia Klecker – Secretary

Department of American Studies
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

Leopold Lippert – Treasurer

Department of English and American Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2-4/Hof 8.3

1090 Wien


AAAS Annual 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.

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.

2018: “American Im/Mobilities”, 45th AAAS (Austrian Association of American Studies) conference, 16-18 November 2018, Vienna, Austria:


“Women Frontstage: Female Polemics and the American Revolution”, 12th Meeting of the European Study Group of 19th Century American Literature, 13-14 September 2018, University of Salzburg, Austria: tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=843&cHash=a42ae9ff429ac66e43ef461afe0445eb

AYA (Austrian Young Americanists) Workshop "Shifting Dynamics of American Studies", October 12-13, 2018, University of Salzburg, Austria:  


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