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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.

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Recent Events

Annual Botstiber Lecture 2022

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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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:

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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.

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.

2019 Botstiber Public Lecture with Dr. Anton Pelinka

May 9, 2019

On May 9th, 2019 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Dr. Anton Pelinka, professor of political science and nationalism studies, delivered a public lecture entitled “Good Uncle Sam, Bad Uncle Sam: The Perception of the United States in Post-Habsburg Austria.”

2019 Cultural Politics and Propaganda Conference in Vienna, Austria

March 28-30, 2019

"Cultural Politics and Propaganda: Mediated Narratives and Images in Austrian-American Relations (1900-2000)" Conference took place from March 28 - 30, 2019 at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. "Culture Politics and Propaganda" was hosted by the North Atlantic Triangle Commission and sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation.

Past Events

2018 Summit of Austrian - American Organizations

November 12-13, 2018

A summit of diplomatic, scholarly and advocacy organizations focused on cultural and academic exchanges between the U.S. and Austria convened in New Orleans Nov. 12-13 to explore opportunities for joining forces in areas of mutual interest and benefit.

2018 German Studies Association Conference

September 27-30, 2018

Join us at the 2018 GSA to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies! Check back to find out more details about our BIAAS anniversary reception on Saturday, September 29th. The 10th Anniversary Reception will be open to all conference attendees.

BIAAS will also sponsor a panel focusing on "Americans in Europe: Exploring Moments in Transatlantic Culture Exchange." The session will feature talks by Nadine Zimmerli, Alison Orton, Emily Gioelli, and Andrew Behrendt.

2018 Botstiber Lecture with Dr. Leon Botstein

May 11, 2018

Dr. Leon Botstein presented the 2018 Botstiber Lecture at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a division of Johns Hopkins University, located in Washington, D.C. Dr. Botstein is President of Bard College and Chairman of the Board of Central European University. His lecture, “The Cunning of History: The Politics of Today and the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the Past,” examined the political history of Eastern and Central Europe since the end of the First World War.

2018 Central European University Conference

March 8-10, 2018

BIAAS co-organized this conference with Central European University's Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Presenters at the conference included former recipients of BIAAS grants and fellowships as well as former Botstiber/IAS Fellows, who have received the Botstiber Fellowship in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relationships. Selected papers from this conference will comprise volume 2, issue 1 of the Journal of Austrian-American History. Click below to watch the keynote lecture presented by Dr. William O'Reilly of Cambridge University.

2018 Florida State University Conference

February 16, 2018

Scholars from across the United States and Europe participated in panel sessions focused on new approaches to collecting, preserving, and disseminating letters of migrants and immigrants. The conference was hosted by Florida State University's Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and Department of History. BIAAS provided partial funding for this conference. Selected papers from "Letters in Troubled Times" will comprise volume 2, issue 2 of the Journal of Austrian-American History.

2017 Botstiber Lecture with Dr. Heinz Fischer

June 2, 2017

Former President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer presented the 2017 Botstiber Lecture at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Click below to hear Dr. Fischer's talk titled, “Austria 1918-2018,” and learn about the political history of Austrian throughout the 20th century.

2016 Botstiber Lecture - Panel Discussion

May 20, 2016

The 2016 Botstiber Lecture featured a panel discussion on "The Politics of Migration in America and Austria." Hosted at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the panel featured presentations by Farid Hafez of the University of Salzburg and James "Jim" Hollifield of Southern Methodist University. Tara Zahra, Professor of East European History at the University of Chicago, moderated the discussion. Click below to listen to an audio recording of the panel discussion.

News

Annual Botstiber Lecture 2022

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.

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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.

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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.

Austrian Children and Youth Fleeing Nazi Austria Podcast Series

with Guest Host Jacqueline Vansant

Only a limited number of Jewish children, accompanied or alone, immigrated to the United States during WWII. As a result perhaps, research examining this subject has been largely overlooked. Austrian children and youth who fled Nazi-occupied Austria to land safely, against all the odds, in the United States has been even more neglected in terms of academic research. Here, however, in this extraordinary podcast series to support the related Journal of Austrian-American History Special Issue, guest host Jacqueline Vansant, professor emerita of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, discusses three different research perspectives examining Austrian-Jewish Child Migration during WWII with expert and engaging guests.

Woodrow Wilson’s Emancipatory Perspective: The Ottoman and Habsburg Empires

By Larry Wolff

Historian Larry Wolff chronicles the evolution of US President Woodrow Wilson's anti-imperial ideology towards the Habsburg Empire in this article. Though Wilson called for the autonomy of the Habsburg peoples in Point Ten of his Fourteen Points speech in January of 1918, he did not arrive at a fully frank opposition to the empire's existence until that October--a year and a half after America entered World War I. Wilson's thinking about the Habsburg monarchy was shaped by his perspective on the Ottoman empire, his youthful admiration for British Liberal leader William Gladstone, and his sense of Abraham Lincoln's legacy of emancipation.

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ruth weiss: Poet, Performer, Grand Dame of the Beat Generation

with Thomas Antonic

BIAAS's latest podcast presents BIAAS grantee Thomas Antonic, whose film about Austrian-American Beat poet ruth weiss, One More Step West Is the Sea, recently won the New York Independent Cinema Awards 2021 in the category "Best International Documentary Feature."

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Code Name Mary: The Extraordinary Life of Muriel Gardiner

By Carol Seigel

Muriel Gardiner had an extraordinary, multi-faceted life--a young American woman who courageously fought fascism in 1930s Austria; a member of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic circle in 1930s Vienna, who became a psychoanalyst herself, practising and writing in the US in the post war decades, and closely connected to Freud’s most famous patient, the Wolf Man, about whom she wrote a seminal book; and the founder of the Freud Museum London with her friend Anna Freud, Sigmund’s daughter. Muriel is also believed to be the model for Lillian Hellman’s character 'Julia' in the 1977 Oscar winning film.

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Unterweger’s Signature Knot: The “Austrian Jack the Ripper’s” Murder Spree in the Vienna Woods and the Hollywood Hills

By Kristina E. Poznan

Austrian serial killer Johann “Jack” Unterweger was back in entertainment news after a brief discussion of him in an episode of Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. Unterweger committed three murders in Los Angeles in 1991 while on a freelance assignment for an Austrian newspaper to write an article comparing red light districts in Austria and the United States. He was apprehended in Florida in February of the following year, having gone back to Austria in between and then fled from Salzburg police back to the United States. Unterweger may have the distinction of being the only known Austrian-American serial killer.

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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.

Say Hello to "Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!" and Ernst Papanek with Lilly Maier

with Lilly Maier

Lilly Maier is the author of the recent biography of Ernst Papanek, "Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder!: Ernst Papanek. Revolutionär, Reformpädagoge und Retter jüdischer Kinder." In this podcast, she discusses the remarkable life of the Viennese-born socialist and educator who saved the lives of almost 300 children from the Nazis.

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