Botstiber Compact Seminar

In 2020 BIAAS partners with UC Berkeley to support visiting professors in the U.S.

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The Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) is pleased to announce The Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies.

Applications for the position of Visiting Professor to teach the newly created Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies are now open. Interested applicants should propose a topic for the compact seminar, which will take place over five weeks, related to Austrian literature, history, or culture, in the broadest sense. Interdisciplinary approaches and themes are encouraged. The Botstiber Compact Seminar is an official UC Berkeley course, offered for credit (2 units), to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all UC Berkeley Departments. The course will have three hours of instruction per week plus office hours for meeting with students. During his/her stay, the selected Visiting Professor will also give a public lecture—the “Botstiber Lecture”—at the Institute of European Studies. The lecture should refer to the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including lands of the former Habsburg Empire, in accordance with BIAAS’s mission.

The first Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at UC Berkeley will be offered in the Spring 2022 semester (February-April 2022). For more information please visit:

UC Berkeley is a premier university, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Visiting Professor is required to be physically present in the Berkeley area for the duration of the course and may be asked to teach the compact seminar in the German language. The Visiting Professor will receive a salary of $12,000 to cover teaching, travel, and accommodation costs.  The salary will be subject to both California state and United States federal taxes, in accordance with the UC Berkeley employment and payroll practices. Visiting professors will need to organize their own travel, accommodation, and health insurance coverage during their stay at Berkeley. The visa application and hiring process will be coordinated by the UC Berkeley Department of German.

Any associate or full professor with a permanent teaching position in the Humanities or Social Sciences at an Austrian university can apply by submitting a CV (2 pages max.), a course description and syllabus with weekly course content and bibliography (2 pages max.), and a brief description of three possible public lectures (1 page max.) in one pdf-file to Dr. Julia Nelsen at, manager of the Austrian Studies Program. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2021. All proposals will be evaluated by a board composed of UC Berkeley faculty that will announce the selected candidate by June 30, 2021. The board will include a representative of the Botstiber Foundation in the discussion on the topic to be chosen for the Botstiber lecture.