American Studies Network

The American Studies Network (ASN) is a group of European centers involved in American Studies. The idea of a network of centers arose during the European Association for American Studies (EAAS) meeting in London in April, 1990. The ASN was founded in November, 1990 in Berlin at a meeting of interested directors of American Studies centers. The initial group of eight members has expanded to include 17 institutions from all over Europe and is now welcoming associated members from outside of Europe.

All members take an interdisciplinary approach to American Studies; are independent organizations with some of their own sources of funding, not exclusively linked to a university; have some research facilities; and are committed to a role of public service to the community at large. ASN works in close association with the EAAS. Its goals are those of promoting the study of the United States by close cooperation of the different institutions interested in this area of study.The ASN exists to provide mutual support for all the centers involved, help channel the flow of information on resources among the mem bers and the community, establish joint projects that will increase cooperation and productivity and thus integrate the European studies of America. The ASN is willing to act as an advisory group to encourage the development of American Studies.

One of the key activities of the ASN is the networking of resources and information such as the availability of visiting scholars for lecturing at the different institutions. Through different means of communication, the ASN hopes to make available to members the library resources of each center and establish an interlibrary loan. Another goal is that of promoting the exchange of scholars and students of the different centers. One of the specific ASN projects is the establishment of the American Studies Network Book Prize, a prize of €1,000 for a remarkable book published in English by a European scholar on any aspect of American Studies. The jury for that biennial prize, presented at the EAAS conferences, is comprised of representatives from the EAAS and the ASN. The deadline for submitting books for this prize is announced on the EAAS's website in the year preceding the EAAS conference.


The Directors of the ASN member centers meet every year to discuss the joint projects and accept new members. The presidency of the ASN rotates among the current directors and teaching staff. In order to become a member, an institution should write and apply to the current president. The prospective institution should include a dossier with information on itself. Any institution that wishes to become a member should comply with the following four criteria:

1. Be an independent organization with some kind of external funding, although it may be linked to another institution such as a university or library.
2. Be of an interdisciplinary nature
3. Have research facilities and carry out research
4. Be of public service to the community by, for example, providing a public library or research archive.

The American Studies Network Book Prize 2020

At the EAAS Conference in Warsaw in 2020, the ASN will again award its biennial prize for a remarkable monograph published in English in the field of American Studies. The awardee will receive Euro 500,--. Please consider submitting suitable works!

The criteria are as follows: The monograph (not an edited volume) should have been published in 2018 or 2019; the author must be a European scholar who through membership of her/his national American Studies association is a member of the EAAS; three review copies of the book should be submitted before December 31, 2019 to:

Prof. Markus Heide
Swedish Institute for North American Studies
Uppsala University
BOX 527
75120 Uppsala
Sweden

 

The 2016 ASN Book Prize.

The 2014 ASN Book Prize

The 2012 ASN Book Prize.

 

ASN Members (as of September 20, 2019)

President
Markus Heide
The Swedish Institute for American Studies
Uppsala Universitet English Park Campus - Centre for the Humanities
Thunbergsv 3 L
Box 527
75120 Uppsala, Sweden
markus.heide@engelska.uu.se

Vice-President
Benita Heiskanen
Director John Morton Center
University of Turku, Finland

Treasurer
Julio Cañero
Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos: Benjamin Franklin
Colegio de Trinitarios
Calle Trinidad 1 
28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain 
julio.canero@uah.es 

Austria

Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (Salzburg)
http://www.SalzburgGlobal.org

Belgium

American Studies Center (Mons)
http://www.umh.ac.be/ASC/

Denmark

Center for American Studies (Odense)
http://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/institutter_centre/c_amerika

 Finland

The John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku
https://www.utu.fi/en/university/faculty-of-social-sciences/john-morton-center

Germany

John F. Kennedy Institute (Berlin)
http://www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/

Heidelberg Center for American Studies (Heidelberg)
http://hca.uni-hd.de/

Great Britain

The David Bruce Centre for American Studies (Keele)
http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/as/Dbruce/bruce.htm

Eccles Center for American Studies (London)
http://www.bl.uk/ecclescentre</a>

Arthur Miller Center for American Studies (Norwich)
http://www.uea.ac.uk/eas/centres/miller/miller.intro.shtml

Rothermere American Institute (Oxford)
http://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/

Ireland

Clinton Centre for American Studies, University College, Dublin 
http://Www.ucdclinton.ie

Italy

Centro Studi Americani (Rome)
http://www.centrostudiamericani.org

Netherlands

Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS)
www.roosevelt.nl

Poland

American Studies Center (Warsaw)
http://www.asc.uw.edu.pl/

Spain

Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos “Benjamin Franklin” (Alcalá de Henares)
http://www.institutofranklin.net

Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Idurangi@filol.ucm.es

Sweden

The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (Uppsala)
http://www.engelska.uu.se/sinas/

Associated members

The United States Studies Center at the University of Sidney
http://ussc.edu.au/

and the American Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
http://www.amstudy.hku.hk/

The ASN has also formed an affiliation with its Chinese counterpart, the UCSET American Studies Network:
http://www.uscet.net/asn-partnerships 

Updated September 20, 2019