Here you find the events organized and supported by the Bavarian AMerican Academy of the past years.

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Friday, 6 February - Saturday, 7 February 2015


University of Regensburg


Der Themenverbund Ost-West-Transfers lädt in Kooperation mit der Graduiertenschule der Universität Regensburg zu einen Workshop zum Thema Föderalismus.


Organizers: University of Regensburg, Bavarian American Academy


Sunday 10 May - Saturday, 23 May 2015


Seventh international BAA-Summer Academy
Material Cultures

Munich and Regensburg, not open to the public


     One may look at material objects as presence, evidence, as relics of a historical alterity, or as fetishized objects, to name a few possible angles; regardless of the angle of view, this prompts particular theoretical and methodological considerations: how do we ‘read,‘ interpret, and analyze material objects in the study of (American) culture, literature, and history? What constitutes ‘thingness‘ in the first place?
How are materiality effects created against the backdrop of widely accepted mind/matter-dichotomies? What is the role of affects and affective economies for the production and consumption of things? And how does materiality connect to aesthetics? These are some of the questions that our summer school will address and discuss in the context of a more general ‘turn‘ to material culture. We encourage applications from doctoral (and postdoctoral) candidates working in the field of American studies (in its broadest sense) on matters of material culture(s).


For further informations please click in "Shortcuts" on the right side on SUMMER ACADEMY.


Generously funded by the DAAD.


Organizers:  Bavarian America Academy, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, University of Augsburg, University of Regensburg, University of Uppsala and Wayne State University



Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 6 p.m.


American Art History: A Snapshot of Current Trends in the Field

Munich, Amerika-Institut LMU, Schellingstr. 3 VG


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    Jennifer A. Greenhill is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American art and visual culture, with an emphasis on intermedial and intercultural objects, race and the politics of visuality, and intersections between elite and popular forms of expression.

In her lecture Greenhill will focus on the recent concepts and theoretical positions of American art history, relating especiall to the publication of Wiley Blackwell A Companion to American Art (2015). More info at http://www.amerikanistik.uni-muenchen.de/index.html.


Organizer: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American Academy


Thursday, 18 June 2015, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.



The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and the 19th-Century American Literature

Regensburg, European and American Forum at the University of Regensburg


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Christopher Lukasik is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University. In his lecture he examines the explosive growth of illustration within American literary culture in fifty years running from 1825 to 1875.  


Organizers: Regensburg European and American Forum, University Regensburg, Bavarian American Academy


Saturday, 20 June 2015 - Sunday, 21 June 2015


Compact course with two speakers

Canadian Universities: Present Issues and Historical Perspectives

Munich, Amerika-Institut of LMU, Schellingstr. 3 VG



Lisa Panayotidis is Professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Calgary, Paul Stortz is Associate Professor at the Department of History at the University of Calgary.


 Dr. E. Lisa Panayotidis

The compact course will take a comparative look at the academic culture(s) within North America and also include the European perspective. Among other things, the course will examine teh development of curricula and institutions, the different dimensions of the "student experence" as well as social and political challenges to universities - both past and present. 


Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American Academy


Thursday, 2 July 2015



The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and the 19th-Century American Literature

Passau, American Studies at the University of Passau


Christopher Lukasik is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University. In his lecture he examines the explosive growth of illustration within American literary culture in fifty years running from 1825 to 1875. By understanding the rise of theimage (from book illustration to Photography and film) as an extension, Lukasik hopes to challenge the received notions of word/image relations, the progressive understanding of technology‘s relationship to culture, and the critical tendency to conceive of literary and cultural history independent of media and visual studies.


 Christopher Lukasik


Organizers: American Studies der Universität Passau, Bavarian American Academy


Tusday, 7. July 2015, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.



Precarious Subjects: Child Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border and the Question of Representation

Passau, American Studies at the University of Passau




Jane Juffer is Associate Professor of English and Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. The lecture considers the recent increase in migration of unacompanied children from Central America and Mexico and argues that U.S. border control and immigrant officials have been unprepared to address specific experiences of youth.


Organizers: American Studies, University of Passau, Bavarian American Academy


Thursday, 9 July - Saturday, 11 July 2015


15. International Conference of the Bavarian American Academy

Cultures of Inequality

Munich, Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3




The process of industrialization in the 19th century and deindustrialization and globalization in the 20th century have increased inequality but have had different effects on society in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The BAA conference addresses the complex topic of inequality from different perspectives - historical, political, geographical, and cultural.


To get to the conference site please click on the right side at "Shortcuts" on 2015 BAA CONFERENCE.


Organizer: Bavarian American Academy


Monday, 27 July - Saturday, 1 August 2015



International Whitman Week

Munich, LMU München, Amerika-Institut, Schellingstr. 3


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Founded in Paris in 2007, the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students, researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its 8th annual Whitman Week, consisting of a Seminar for advanced students interested in Whitman and Whitman‘s poetry, and a Symposium bringing together international scholars and graduate students. 


For more information click here.

Previous Whitman Weeks have been held at Universität Dortmund, Germany (2008), Université Francois Rabelais, France (2009), Università di Macerata, Italy (2010), Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil (2011), Szczecin University, Poland (2012), Northwestern University, USA (2013), and Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, Germany (2014).   


Organizers: Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Bavarian American-Academy


Thursday, 30 July - Friday, 31 July 2015


International Conference

Cultures of Solitude

Würzburg, University Building "Philosophiegebäude", Campus Hubland Süd, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg  



The withdrawal from society is an international and transhistorical, yet also culturally specific phenomenon. This international and interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore American cultures of solitude and their representations in cultural products from the colonial era to the present time. Representations of hermits and recluses - whether fictional or historical, deliberately seeking or forced into isolation, temporarily or finally withdrawing from society -, abound in American cultural history.


For further information please click here


Organizers: English and American Studies, University of Würzburg, Bavarian American-Academy


Friday, 16 October 2015, 5 p.m.


Lecture and discussion

Refugees in Europe: Time for a Global Response?

München, Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3




Thousands of refugees from countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are heading to Europe in the quest for better and more secure living conditions. In the attempt to cope with the sheer amount of incoming refugees European as well as national institutions and infrastructure have been constantly under pressure. Meanwhile, the US and Canadian governments treat the crisis as a local problem, offering only limited alleviation for the precarious situation across the Atlantic. Prof. Michael Ignatieff - one of the most influential public advocates of human rights

policies in North America and former leader of the liberal party in Canada - urged the US and Canada to live up to their moral responsibility. He demands that both countries should drastically increase the number of refugees admitted into these countries and treat the situation as what it is: a global crisis requiring a global answer.


Discussion participants:
Prof. Dr. Michael Ignatieff holds the Chair for Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He is among the most renowned Human Rights theorists and regularly promotes human rights issues in contributions to the New York Times. He used to be the leader of the liberal party of Canada and challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the 2011 elections.
Stefan Kornelius is the head of the foreign policy department at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Among his areas of expertise are security policies, defense as well as the transatlantic relations between Europe and North America.

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


Friday, 23 October - Saturday, 24 October 2015


International Conference

Perilous Passages - The Birth of Risk in 19th Century American Culture

Schloss Thurnau, Marktplatz 1, 95349 Thurnau



This conference explores the "birth of risk," or how the semantics of risk emerged in the nineteenth century in the transatlantic North American context. We seek to illuminate a period of change when, in economic, social, and literary discourse alike, notions of the future moved from a paradigm of providence and predestination towards one of openness and contingency. 

For further information please click here


Organizer: American Studies, University of Bayreuth, Bavarian American-Academy


Thursday, 12 November 2015, 7-9 p.m.

Academic Colloquium
Neue weltpolitische Konstellationen - neue Krisen: Wo steht der Westen, wo steht Deutschland in einer Welt im Umbruch?
Munich, Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3

Von Afghanistan bis Libyen erstreckt sich heute eine in sich vielschichtige  Zone des gewaltsamen Konflikts, dessen mörderische Konsequenzen die internationale Politik bestimmen. Ein schwächelnder amerikanischer Hegemon und eine nur bedingt handlungsfähige Europäische Union stehen politisch, militärisch und ökonomisch vor Herausforderungen, denen sie zunehmend weniger gewachsen sind, nicht zuletzt angesichts der jüngsten imperialen Aspirationen Russlands. Deutschland  wächst in der transatlantischen Gemeinschaft mehr oder weniger ungewollt  eine politische  Rolle zu, die ein Höchstmaß an politischer Klugheit  und eine nüchterne Einschätzung möglicher Handlungsoptionen erfordern wird.


Für eine empirisch fundierte und theoretisch aufgeklärte Diagnose der fundamentalen Probleme der transatlantischen und internationalen Politik stehen die beiden wissenschaftlich hervorragend ausgewiesenen Referenten, Professor Herfried Münkler und Professor Carlo Masala.


Prof. Dr. Herfried Münkler, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

"Deutsche Hegemonie in Europa? Über die Zukunft der transatlantischen Beziehungen"


Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala, Universität der Bundeswehr München

"Die neue Weltunordnung und Deutschlands Rolle im Spannungsfeld der Mächte"


Moderation: Prof. Dr. Karsten Fischer, LMU München


Organizers: Bavarian American Academy, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 8 p.m.



The "Open Sesame" for New Music in America // In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Henry Cowell’s death  
Piano music of Henry Cowell and John Cage, interpreted by Sabine Liebner

München, Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3


      Henry Cowell, den sein Schüler John Cage das personifizierte „Sesam-öffne-Dich" der neuen Musik der USA nannte, gehört zu den originellsten und produktivsten Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts. 1897 im kalifornischen Menlo Park geboren und am 10. Dezember 1965 in der Nähe von New York gestorben, schuf Cowell bereits als Teenager einen Kosmos an Klängen und Techniken, der sich auf vielen Gebieten - insbesondere aber dem

der Klaviermusik - als visionär und wegweisend erwies. So nutzte Cowell die Saiten als gleichberechtigte Klangerzeuger und gilt als Erfinder des sog. „Clusters" (der Tontraube).


Anlässlich seines 50. Todestags spielt Sabine Liebner einige der revolutionären Klavierstücke aus den 1910er und 1920er Jahren sowie frühe Klavierstücke John Cages, die Cowells Ideen aufgreifen. Wolfgang Rathert wird eine Einführung in das Leben und Werk Cowells geben und im gemeinsamen Gespräch mit Sabine Liebner die Besonderheiten der Stücke erläutern.




Die mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnete Münchner Pianistin Sabine Liebner genießt als Interpretin neuer Musik und insbesondere des Klavierwerks von John Cage international höchstes Ansehen. Zahlreiche Rundfunk-, Fernseh- und CD-Aufnahmen sowie Einladungen als Solistin und Kammermusikerin zu internationalen Festivals dokumentieren ihre außergewöhnliche künstlerische Arbeit. Projektbezogen arbeitete sie immer wieder mit Komponisten sowie bildenden Künstlern zusammen und realisierte zahlreiche Ur- und Erstaufführungen. In den letzten Jahren galt ihr

künstlerisches Interesse besonders der amerikanischen Klaviermusik des 20. Jahrhunderts; vor kurzem erschien bei Wergo die CD Amiable Conversation mit Musik von Cowell und Cage. Gegenwärtig nimmt Sabine Liebner die Klavierstücke von Karlheinz Stockhausen auf.


Wolfgang Rathert wird eine Einführung in das Leben und Werk Cowells geben und im gemeinsamen Gespräch mit Sabine Liebner die Besonderheiten der Stücke erläutern. Rathert ist seit 2002 Professor für Historische Musikwissenschaft an der LMU München mit Schwerpunkt 20. Jahrhundert bis zur Musik der Gegenwart; sein besonderes Interesse gilt der amerikanischen Musik seit Charles Ives. Er ist Mitherausgeber des Bandes Crosscurrents. European and American Music in Interaction, 1900-2000 (2014) und Mitglied des Stiftungsrates der Paul Sacher Stiftung Basel.



Veranstalter: Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus; in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Musikwissenschaft der LMU München und mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch den Amerika Haus Verein, die Bayerische Amerika-Akademie und den Verein der Freunde der Musikwissenschaft München