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.


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 [...]


Michael Haas

Topics: Culture, History, Music
Products: Film

Dr. Michael Hass received a $15,000 BIAAS grant for “Discovering Karol Rathaus,” a film about a Jewish composer of classical music posed to become one of the most influential composers of his generation. With the rise of the Nazis he escaped Germany but failed to reestablish himself in the hostile cultural and political atmosphere of McCarthy America. Hiding behind the facade of ‘happiness’, Rathaus became one of the many unacknowledged casualties of the Holocaust.  The [...]


Samuel Albert

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, [...]


Ben-Gurion University

Topics: History
Products: Conference/ Symposium

The Center of Austrian and German Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will organize an international two-day workshop on the American presence in Vienna between 1945 and 1955. Dr. Nathan Marcus, who teaches at the department of general history, will invite historians to submit papers via a CfP. Historians who are known to be working on the topic will be made personally aware of the call. The papers will be divided into thematic panels [...]


The Center at Camden County College

Topics: Psychology
Products: Lecture, Lecture Series

The Center at Camden County College will be offering a five-part speaker series focusing on the influential Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud.  The series will span from his prolific activities in Austria during the last century to his enormous impact on current culture, science, and the field of psychology in the United States.  Audiences will gain an understanding of Austrian and US culture and life during the earlier part of the 20th century; and they will [...]


Oskar Czendze

Topics: Culture, History
Products: Dissertation

Oskar Czendze received a $3,500 BIAAS grant for his project, “From Loss to Invention: Galician Jews Between New York and East Central Europe, 1890-1938.” His project investigates the daily life experiences of Jewish immigrants from Austrian Galicia in New York’s Lower East Side. With the help of the Botstiber Research Grant, Czendze will collect autobiographical, Jewish communal and institutional records in archives in Austria, Poland, and Ukraine which will highlight the transnational nature of the [...]


David H. Miller

Topics: Culture, History, Music
Products: Book

David H. Miller received a $2,250 BIAAS grant to conduct research in the state of Washington for his monograph project “Musical Modernisms, Manuscripts, and Mountains, from the Austrian Alps to the North Cascades.” This project is centered around Hans and Rosaleen Moldenhauer, musicologists and music manuscript collectors from Spokane, WA who played key roles in shaping the circulation of music by Austrian modernist composers such as Anton Webern and Ernst Krenek during the second half [...]


James Morrow

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 [...]


The Nanovic Institute for European Studies

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 [...]

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