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WHO WE ARE

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) promotes an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including the lands of the former Habsburg empire, by awarding grants and fellowships, organizing lectures and conferences, and publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History.  We engage with a broader public audience through digital programming, including videos, podcasts and blog posts.

LATEST NEWS

Transatlantic Migration & Ethnic Identity

Listen Now: The Botstiber Podcast Ep.2 with Dr. Deborah Cohen

Following WWI, five American journalists carved out their legacies abroad as foreign correspondents. These five, referred to as the “Inner Circle” by Professor Cohen, were paramount to reporting on the dismaying rise of dictators and fascism in the early-mid 20th century.

From uncertain interviews with Hitler to friendly letters with Nehru, listen in as Professor Cohen and Luke discuss the experiences that helped the Inner Circle warn fellow Americans of a looming war in Europe, and how their duties as reporters overlapped with their personal lives.

Event: Recharging Austrian-American Relations Conference

Taking place June 9th-10th 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. Among the distinguished speakers were Victoria Kennedy, the U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Martin Weiss, the Austrian Ambassador to the U.S., and Alexander Schallenberg, the Austrian Foreign Minister.

OSS Operation Greenup. 2017 Grant Recipient Peter Pirker’s subject in Codename Brooklyn From left, Franz Weber, Hans Wynberg, Fred Mayer.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

BIAAS supports grant and fellowship proposals for projects that promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria in the fields of history, politics, economics, law, cultural studies, and public history.

2017 BIAAS Conference

EVENTS

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.

The Journal of Austrian-American History is an open-access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies and published by Penn State University Press.

PUBLICATIONS

The Journal of Austrian-American History is an open-access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal sponsored by BIAAS and published by Penn State University Press.

Mrs. Joan Fertig, Hungarian-born librarian in Pittsburgh, PA, 1943

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