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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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.

The Crisis Specialist: Clemens von Pirquet with Michael Burri

Clemens von Pirquet, an Austrian pediatrician and scientist, held a prominent role in the international post-WWI humanitarian relief efforts during Austria’s hunger crisis. Pirquet directed his unique, scientific-based system of nutrition (no cocoa here, please) with the support of the American Relief Administration. As a result of this transatlantic partnership, hundreds of thousands of Austrian children were saved from starvation.

Vic Huber: A Life Promoting Music, Arts, and Cultural Ties

Vic Huber is an American Honorary Consul in Vienna and the Programme Director of the Austro-American Society in Vienna. He shares his own personal story about growing up in post-war Vienna and his lifelong journey with American culture with Jonathan Singerton.

Kurt Bednar: The Paper War between the United States and Austria-Hungary

In his book, The Paper War between the United States and Austria-Hungary, historian Kurt Bednar looks at the final years of the Habsburg Monarchy through an American lens. He discusses the research for his book, his findings, and his views on one of the most pivotal chapters in Austrian-American relations with Jonathan Singerton.

Marion Romberg: America in religious Allegories

Marion Romberg discusses how the image of America (with feather crowns, parrots, and crocodiles) was popularized in early modern times with Jonathan Singerton. Marion Romberg is a research associate at the Department of Habsburg and Balkan Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria), the network editor of the Habsburg Discussion Network, and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Austrian Society for 18th Century Studies.

Relevant links:
1) Marion Romberg: https://marionromberg.eu
2) Department of Habsburg and Balkan Studies: https://www.oeaw.ac.at/en/inz/
3) Habsburg Discussion Network: http://www.h-net.org/~habsweb/
4) Austrian Society for 18th Century Studies: https://oege18.org

William O’Reilly: Soul Sellers and Transatlantic Migration from Central Europe: 1700-1800

William O’Reilly, senior lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge and full-time fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University, discusses his research for his forthcoming book, Selling Souls, with Jonathan Singerton.  Early human traffickers, soul-sellers (Seelenverkäufer) were in the business of enlisting and conveying German-speaking migrants to North America and Central and Eastern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.