Each year BIAAS organizes and supports conferences, lectures, and events in the United States and Europe that support scholarship on the historic relationship between Austria and the United States.
News & Events
The American Revolution and the Habsburg Monarchy - Grantee Publication & Webinar
By Jonathan Singerton
In 1783, the Peace of Paris treaties famously concluded the American Revolution. However, the Revolution could have come to an end two years earlier had diplomats from the Habsburg realms—the largest continental European power—succeeded in their attempts to convene a Congress of Vienna in 1781.
Our 2022 lecture was delivered by the highly-accredited former US Assistant Secretary of State to Europe & Eurasia, A. Wess Mitchell. During the lecture, Mitchell addressed key topics of Austrian-American Relations in the context of the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict. The lecture was followed by a substantial Q&A with the audience.
The Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference
The Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference was hosted on June 9th & 10th by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS), in cooperation with the Diplomatische Akademie Wien and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. Taking place at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the event brought together the world's most prominent scholars and representatives of Austrian-American relations, with the purpose of strengthening the historic bond shared between the two countries.
The 2022 Annual Botstiber Lecture with Dr. A. Wess Mitchell
On Friday, June 3, 2022, Dr. A. Wess Mitchell will deliver the annual Botstiber Lecture in the atrium of the Austrian Embassy at 6:30 pm. As one of the leading specialists on Europe and Russia, Dr. Mitchell will discuss the war in Ukraine and its effect on U.S.-Austrian relations.
Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Appoints New Managing Director
The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies has appointed a new Managing Director to shepherd its many educational and philanthropic initiatives.
Kevin J. McNamara, an experienced non-profit executive, author and editor, and an Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), Philadelphia, will assume his new duties at the Botstiber Institute on November 1, 2021.
The Botstiber Junior Fellowship in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relationships 2022/2023
Applications Open Until July 5, 2021
The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest (IAS CEU) are pleased to invite applications for the fellowship in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relations for junior researchers for the academic year 2022/23.
The Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies
The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) is pleased to announce The Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies.
Applications for the position of Visiting Professor to teach the newly created Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies are now open. Interested applicants should propose a topic for the compact seminar, which will take place over five weeks, related to Austrian literature, history, or culture, in the broadest sense. Interdisciplinary approaches and themes are encouraged. The Botstiber Compact Seminar is an official UC Berkeley course, offered for credit (2 units), to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all UC Berkeley Departments. The course will have three hours of instruction per week plus office hours for meeting with students. During his/her stay, the selected Visiting Professor will also give a public lecture—the “Botstiber Lecture”—at the Institute of European Studies. The lecture should refer to the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including lands of the former Habsburg Empire, in accordance with BIAAS’s mission.
The first Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at UC Berkeley will be offered in the Spring 2022 semester (February-April 2022). Click the link below for detailed application information and instructions.
Congratulations to our 2020 award recipients. View our Database of Funded Research to learn more about the scholars/organizations and their projects which highlight the historic relationship between the United States and Austria. Projects and events funded include: archival research, articles, books, conferences/symposia, digital projects, documentary films, exhibits, lectures, and workshops.
Now Presenting Christiane Tewinkel and Joseph Malherek
In 2016, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) and the Central European University established the Botstiber Fellowship in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relationships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS CEU). The first scholars embarked in the fall of 2017 for the inaugural fellowships at IAS CEU to share their research with their colleagues in a vibrant multidisciplinary center.
‘Richard Neutra California Living Exhibit at the Wien Museum and Los Angeles Modernism Revisited: Houses by Neutra, Schindler, Ain and Contemporaries by Andreas Nierhaus and David Schreyer
Andreas Nierhaus, curator of architecture at the Wien Museum, and David Schreyer, an architecture photographer based in Austria, embarked on a research trip to Los Angeles and southern California during June 2017 with the intent of taking a fresh look at little-known residences of classic modernism.
‘A r c h i t e k t u r z e n t r u m W i e n announces the release of Cold War and Architecture written by Monika Platzer.
A r c h i t e k t u r z e n t r u m W i e n announces the release of Cold War and Architecture written by Monika Platzer.
After Austria’s liberation by the Allies in 1945, Vienna became an important arena of the Cold War. In this book, Monika Platzer contextualizes the role of building activity and its protagonists in a nation lodged between competing systems. The global dimension of the East-West conflict and its ramifications are crucial to the reappraisal of Austrian architectural discourse after 1945.
Each of the four occupying powers established an extensive cultural program. Great Britain, France, the US, and the Soviet Union used architectural exhibitions as platforms through which to transfer cultural, ideological, economic, and technological concepts and ideas. The battle of the different systems after the Second World War was all encompassing, and continued in the cultural arms race of two transnational networks of modernism, namely CIAM Austria and the International Summer Seminar (known today as European Forum Alpbach).
The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies is honored to support the English translation of this important work.
Distributed by Park Books, the English translation of Cold War and Architecture may be purchased via The University of Chicago Press Books here:
From the Post WWI Aid in Austria & Central Europe Symposium
Posted October 8, 2019
From the Post WWI Aid in Austria & Central Europe Symposium
PD. Dr. Friederike Kind-Kovács
1919-2019: The Legacy of Transatlantic and Transnational Aid to Central Europe
PD. Dr. Friederike Kind-Kovács, a former Botstiber-CEU Fellow, discusses the recent conference on “Post World War I Aid in Austria & Central Europe” which took place between September 26 and 27, 2019, at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
‘Cold War and Architecture’ Exhibit at the Architekturzentrum Wien
Posted October 2, 2019
After the liberation of Austria in spring 1945 and the occupation by the four victorious powers of Great Britain, France, USA, and the Soviet Union, Vienna became a central stage for the Cold War. During the ten-year occupation, Austria experienced the transition from an authoritarian system of government to a democratic consumer society as the contrasting political ideologies of the Allies established their architectural visions.
Congratulations to our 2019 award recipients. View our Database of Funded Research to learn more about the scholars/organizations and their projects, which highlight the historic relationship between the United States and Austria. Projects and events funded include: archival research, articles, books, translations, lectures, exhibitions, and documentaries.
Save the Date for Austria Symposium: September 26 - 27, 2019
Posted July 16, 2019
"This year, 2019, marks a hundred years since the end of World War I, which devastated Austria and other Central European countries. Austria in particular suffered from the lack of food and fuel leading to widespread child malnutrition. The American Relief Administration provided on average 300,000 hot meals a day to school children over a period of several years.
Bard Music Festival in New York: August 9 - 11 and 16 - 18, 2019
Posted July 15, 2019
Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, and The Bard Music Festival received a BIAAS grant for its exploration of the life, work, and legacy of Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Taking place over two weekends (August 9–11 and 16–18, 2019), the festival will look at Korngold’s life on both sides of the Atlantic, from his upbringing in Austria, with a focus on how its politics and culture shaped his life, to his time in the United States, where the specific musical language developed during his time in Vienna continued to influence—and infuse—the scores he created for film. The lasting influence on U.S. culture of Korngold and other artists who emigrated from Austria will also be explored.
Blog, Book and Film by Elizabeth Ann Danto (BIAAS Grantee)
July 9, 2019
Former BIAAS grant recipient, Elizabeth Ann Danto, wrote a blog entitled Freud and Tiffany, New York and Vienna, which was based on her book, Freud/Tiffany. Her film Anna Freud and ‘The Conscience of Society’ is a 15 minute digital exhibit which brings to life the fascinating intersection of psychoanalysis and education.
Dr. Anton Pelinka, professor of political science and nationalism studies, shares his insights regarding U.S. and Austria relations since WWII with Dr. Gary Cohen, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, during an interview on May 11, 2019. View videos on BIAAS or YouTube.