Database of Funded Projects

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies has generously funded academic research and public history projects that promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria. The following search tools make it possible to explore these projects and to learn more about the scholars and organizations who have received BIAAS grants and fellowships.


Julia Secklehner

Topics: Research
Products: Conference, Digital Project, Exhibit

This online, six-week seminar series will bring together scholars focusing on pedagogy and design in a transatlantic network of exchange. Participants are selected from an open call for papers. There will also be two invited keynote speakers, including Prof. Rebecca House (Northern Illinois University). The seminar offers a platform of exchange and for new research. A website provides additional information with blog posts and an online exhibition.


German-American Heritage Center

Topics: History, Migration
Products: Conference, Exhibit, Workshop

The GAHC seeks to present an exhibition, conference, and related events and publications exploring the impact of emigres from Vienna to Iowa from 1846-1868. Several thousand Hapsburg emigres came to Iowa during and after the revolutions of 1848 seeking liberty and freedom. Many of these individuals and families had a lasting impact on the culture, economy, and civic direction of the state, although many returned to Vienna after 1868. We will explore the stories of these emigres and their lasting influence in Iowa. In collaboration with scholars, other cultural organizations, and a Community Advisory Committee, the GAHC will produce a traveling and virtual exhibition on this topic. The main event promoting the exhibition and scholarly work will be a conference held in Davenport, Iowa with participants joining in-person and virtually. The conference will consist of an opening reception, keynote speaker address, workshop, and historic walking tour.


University of Innsbruck

Topics: Film, History
Products: Conference

The Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) is hosting an online conference in conjunction with an on-campus symposium that explores the manifold relationships between mountains and cinema. A special focus of this conference will be on transatlantic encounters and historical trajectories that connect Central European and North American film cultures. The conference is part of the research project "Delocating Mountains: Cinematic Landscapes and the Alpine Model" ( run by Christian Quendler [...]


Leon Botstein and The Bard Music Festival

Topics: Culture, Film, History, Music
Products: Conference, Festival, Film, Lecture Series, Music Festival, Presentation, Workshop

Leon Botstein and The Bard Music Festival received a BIAAS grant for its exploration of the life, work, and legacy of Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Korngold and His World: Bard Music Festival 2019 took take place at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, in August 2019. […]


Sina Hoche – VALIE EXPORT in Context: Transatlantic Affinities between Performance Art and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Austria and the U.S.

Topics: Art, Culture, Gender, History, Literature
Products: Article, Conference, Journal/Magazine

Sina Hoche received a BIAAS grant for her project “VALIE EXPORT in Context: Transatlantic Affinities between Performance Art and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Austria and the U.S.”  in which she will be examining sketches, drafts, recordings, and other works stored at the VALIE EXPORT Research Center in Linz, Austria and the MoMA in New York City. […]


Paul Lerner – Vienna in Hollywood

Topics: Culture, Film, History
Products: Conference, Film

BIAAS issued a grant for $10,000 to Paul Lerner (working in cooperation with Doris Berger (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures), Regina Range (University of Alabama), and Michaela Ullmann (USC Libraries) to fund a two-day symposium in 2020 on the topic of Austrians in Hollywood and Austrian-American cinematic connections. […]