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, particularly in Eastern and Central Europe.
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. 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 2014 ASN Book Prize: Book Prize announcement.
ASN Members (as of May 18, 2013)
The Swedish Institute for American Studies
Uppsala Universitet English Park Campus - Centre for the Humanities
Thunbergsv 3 L
75120 Uppsala, Sweden
Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos: Benjamin Franklin
Colegio de Trinitarios
Calle Trinidad 1
28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (Salzburg)
American Studies Center (Mons)
Center for American Studies (Odense)
John F. Kennedy Institute (Berlin)
Heidelberg Center for American Studies (Heidelberg)
The Center for United States Studies (Halle-Wittenberg) closed down on December 31, 2013.
The David Bruce Centre for American Studies (Keele)
Eccles Center for American Studies (London)
Rothermere American Institute (Oxford)
Clinton Centre for American Studies, University College, Dublin
Centro Studi Americani (Rome)
Roosevelt Study Center (Middelburg)
American Studies Center (Warsaw)
Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos “Benjamin Franklin” (Alcalá de Henares)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (Uppsala)
In 2013 he ASN has welcomed two associated members from outside of Europe:
The United States Studies Center at the University of Sidney
and the American Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
The ASN has also formed an affiliation with its Chinese counterpart, the UCSET American Studies Network:
http://www.uscet.net/asn-partnerships which will hold its Tenth anniversary conference at HKU in November 2013: http://www.amstudy.hku.hk/news/20131115.html
Updated April 7, 2014