BIAAS actively promotes the work of our grantees, fellows and other Austrian-American Scholars through our podcast series.

Saturday night gathering of Austrian-Italian members of the Venetia Giulia fraternity, an International Workers' Order in New York, 1943.

The Botstiber Austrian-American Podcast

The Botstiber Austrian-American Podcast features interviews with scholars who specialize in the field of Austrian-American studies. Interviews cover topics relating to history, literature, politics, and cultural studies.

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New Podcast! ruth weiss: Poet, Performer, Grand Dame of the Beat Generation with Thomas Antonic

BIAAS grantee Thomas Antonic recently completed a film about Austrian-American Beat poet ruth weiss, One More Step West Is the Sea, which won “Best International Documentary Feature” in the New York Independent Cinema 2021 Awards. Under-acknowledged for much of her artistic life, ruth innovated “Jazz and Poetry” performance. She died in 2020, but recognition of her work and contributions to Beat poetry continues to grow on both sides of the Atlantic.

Designing His Life: Victor Papanek with Alison J. Clarke

Dr. Alison J. Clarke discusses her new book, “Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World,” a biography of social design’s Austrian-American trailblazer. Victor Papanek wrote “Design for the Real World,” a book that augured the ascent of socially and ecologically sustainable design movements many years later. Published in 1971, the impact and relevance of his book persists globally. Dr. Clarke argues that Papanek’s Austrian and émigré experiences are significant for understanding the designer and his theories.

Transatlantic Journeys in Musical Practice with Christiane Tewinkel

Dr. Christiane Tewinkel discusses her musicology research as related to Theodor Leschetizky and his American students. Born in Galicia in 1830, Theodor Leschetizky, a pianist and composer himself, became internationally famous as a piano teacher with over 1,000 students. Of these, 350-400 were American.

Although Leschetizky had enormous influence during his time, his personal records had never been studied. That is, until now. Christiane Tewinkel traveled to the Leschetizky Association in New York to see their special collection for herself. Her findings are fascinating, revealing so much about a man, his “Method,” students, transatlantic relations, musicology, and more.

A Sense of Belonging: The Camphill Movement and its Origins with Katherine E. Sorrels–Part II

In this second part of the podcast, Dr. Katherine Sorrels elaborates on specific elements of the Camphill Movement:  anthroposophy, counterculture, approaches to disability, Karl Koenig’s relationship with Hans Asperger, and more. As it has developed as a global network of intentional communities for abled and intellectually disabled people, the Camphill Movement has engaged in a vibrant, meaningful dialogue of transatlantic influences and exchanges.

A Sense of Belonging: The Camphill Movement and its Origins with Katherine E. Sorrels–Part I

The Camphill Movement is a global network of intentional communities for abled and intellectually disabled people. With over 100 communities today, Camphill began in 1939 after Dr. Karl Koenig, his wife Tilla, and a group of volunteers—all having fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938—rejoined in Aberdeen, Scotland.  There they undertook the care of Austrian- and German-Jewish refugee children, as well as British children, with disabilities. From that first Camphill Special School, a fusion of Jewish diasporas with Austrian and German spiritual movements and the U.S. counterculture all developed Camphill’s extraordinary approach to disability.

In this first podcast of a two part-series, Dr. Katherine Sorrels explains the Camphill Movement as it exists today and as it was founded 80+ years ago.

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