Past Events2019-06-21T10:48:26+00:00


Past conferences, lectures, and events that support scholarship on the historic relationship between Austria and the United States.

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.