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.

2021-09-17T15:02:18+00:00

Megan Brandow-Faller

2021
Topics: Art, Gender, History, Migration
Products: Articles, Book

The cult of child creativity taking root in postwar America—or notions that all children are inherently creative with unique access to expressive powers—remains ubiquitous in contemporary American society. But rarely are such discourses connected to their intellectual roots in Secessionist Vienna. My project spotlights the critical role of pedagogue, craftswoman and designer Emmy Zweybrück-Prochaska (1890-1956), a partially-Jewish Austrian-American émigré, in shaping and popularizing Secessionist ideals of child creativity in postwar America. The goal of the grant is fund research for two peer-reviewed essays on Zweybrück’s American influence while feeding into a book project entitled Inventing Child Art in Secessionist Vienna.

2021-09-17T14:46:00+00:00

Kirsten A. Krick-Aigner

2021
Topics: Art, History
Products: Articles, Digital repository

Dr. Kirsten A. Krick-Aigner received a $10,000 BIAAS grant for “Jewish Austrian Women Artists in Exile: Bettina Ehrlich, Lisel Salzer, and Lisl Weil,” a research project which recognizes the artistic work of three underrepresented 20th-century Jewish Austrian artists, whose contributions to the cultural life of the U.S. was founded in knowledge acquired during their upbringing in Vienna and their training at the Viennese School of Applied Arts. While Ehrlich and Weil went on to write and illustrate children’s books, some documenting their exile experience, Salzer would become a prominent enamel artist in Seattle. Her research on the artists’ contributions will be published in articles and a culminating digital repository highlighting the artists’ work, as well as link to resources, such as oral interviews, art exhibits, manuscripts, and letters.

2021-03-25T21:50:02+00:00

Samuel Albert

2020
Topics: Art, Culture, History, Painting
Products: Article, Book, Digital Project

Dr. Samuel David Albert received a $11,432 BIAAS grant for his project, "Bound but Unjoined: Austrian, Hungarian, and Austro-Hungarian Art Exhibits."  Dr. Albert’s project is a documentation and investigation of Austro-Hungarian, Austrian, and Hungarian international art exhibitions in the first four decades of the 20th century, which will explore the interrelationship between nationalism and artistic modernity as reflecting a strategy of national (and nationalist) representation. The grant will enable archival research in Vienna and Budapest, [...]

2021-03-25T21:53:39+00:00

James Morrow

2020
Topics: Art, Culture, History, Photography
Products: Article, Book, Exhibit, Journal/Magazine

Jim Morrow received a $5,000 BIAAS grant for the project “Designing the American Salzburg: Habsburg Austrian Culture in Colorado Mountain Communities,” which will examine how Habsburg Austrians who settled in Colorado used architecture and design to create a sense of togetherness. The proposed research has two objectives. The first will document how Habsburg Austrian emigres in two Colorado towns, Crested Butte and Aspen, influenced the development of American alpine culture. The second will give detail [...]

2020-07-28T15:07:32+00:00

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies

2020
Topics: Art, Culture, Film, History, Political Science
Products: Exhibit, Workshop

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies received a BIAAS grant for a 2.5-day workshop dedicated to creating a “moral biography” of the 1921 US-Austria Peace Treaty. On August 24, 1921, the United States and Austria signed a Peace Treaty in Vienna in the aftermath of the First World War. This step was necessary for peace building purposes since the US Senate refused to consent to the ratification of the multilateral Treaty of Saint Germain in [...]

2021-03-25T22:12:53+00:00

Oliver Sukrow – Alternative Spaces of Innovation. A Comparative Study of 19th-Century Spa Towns as Regional Innovation Clusters

2020
Topics: Architecture, Art, Culture, History, Science
Products: Article, Book, Conference Presentation

  Dr. Oliver Sukrow received a $21,118 BIAAS grant for his research project “Alternative Spaces of Innovation. A Comparative Study of 19th-Century Spa Towns as Regional Innovation Clusters.” His interdisciplinary project aims from a historical-comparative perspective at exploring how 19th-century spa towns in Austria and California became regional innovation clusters. This project argues that innovation in 19th-century Austria and California also occurred in ‘alternative’ spaces such as spa towns. He is particularly interested in exploring [...]

2019-09-30T14:51:49+00:00

Sang Pil Lee – Hans Hollein’s Expanded Environments: Austrian and American Architectural Exchange in the First Electronic Age, 1956–1976

2019
Topics: Architecture, Art, Culture
Products: Conference Presentation, Dissertation, Workshop

Sang Pil Lee received a 2019 Botstiber grant to pursue research in Vienna for his project “Hans Hollein’s Expanded Environments: Austrian and American Architectural Exchange in the First Electronic Age, 1956–1976.” […]

2019-08-21T19:45:56+00:00

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

2019
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. […]

2019-08-21T17:12:59+00:00

Ohad Reiss-Sorokin – The Rise of the New Mandarins: The Story of the “Geistkreis” from Vienna to the New World

2019
Topics: Art, History, Psychology
Products: Dissertation, Research

Ohad Reiss-Sorokin’s Ph.D. dissertation “The Rise of the New Mandarins: The Story of the ‘Geistkreis’ from Vienna to the New world”, follows the story of the ‘Geistkreis,’ an interdisciplinary intellectual circle that took place in Vienna in the Interwar period. […]

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