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Austrian Association for American Studies

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien


Annual Conferences

Every year, the AAAS hosts an international conference.
The upcoming conference focuses on “Education, the Arts, and American Studies”
It takes place on 17-19 October 2024 at the University College of Teacher Education Vorarlberg.


Stipends & Prizes

Together with collaborating organizations and institutions, the AAAS regularly supports promising projects and awards prizes for outstanding work.



Find out about the AAAS's book series, journal, and individual publications by members of the Association.


News, Events, and Calls

Heidelberg Center for American Studies 20th Annual Spring Academy Conference

By Call for Papers

The twentieth HCA Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion will be held from March 20-24, 2023. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their…

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About AAAS

The Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS) is an academic non-profit organization that sets out to support American Studies in Austria at academic institutions and to promote transatlantic understanding.

Currently, the AAAS has more than 110 active members. They represent the Association at practically all Austrian universities and academic institutions with departments focusing on American Studies. The AAAS is a member of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS).

We organize an annual international conference that is thematically focussed in Austria. In addition, and in collaboration with other organizations and institutions such as Fulbright Austria, the AAAS supports promising projects and young researchers through grants and scholarly awards.

AAAS Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is designed to promote the safety and well-being of all members of our community.  The AAAS consciously works to diminish and reflect upon implicit and explicit biases, and we strongly condemn any form of intimidation, harassment or bias pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, class, institution, rank, age, or religious beliefs.

We follow EAAS policy in that we pledge that all participants, members, students, guests, exhibitors, and related event-site vendors and staff be treated with dignity and respect. This policy applies in all AAAS event locations, physical or virtual.

Our Mission

When the Austrian Association for American Studies was founded in 1975, its articles declared a four-fold purpose:

American Studies

We aim to stimulate the establishment, extension, and intensification of American Studies at Austrian universities and other academic institutions.


the Exchange of Ideas

We aim to allow for the exchange of ideas and information in the field of American Studies.


Research and Scholars

We aim to promote the research activities and plans of Austrian scholars in the field of American Studies.

Extend Networks –

In and Beyond Austria

We aim to establish contacts with organizations of the same kind in Europe, America, and elsewhere.

Current Board


Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gessner

Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg
English and American Studies
Liechtensteinerstraße 33-37
A-6800 Feldkirch


Prof. Dr. Alexandra Ganser

Universität Wien
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Spitalgasse 2-4/Hof 8.3
A-1090 Wien


Mag. Dr. Angelika Ilg, M.A.

Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg
Liechtensteinerstraße 33-37
6800 Feldkirch


Dr. Robert A. Winkler

Universität Salzburg
Fachbereich Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1 (Unipark)
A-5020 Salzburg

Regular Board Members

Marie Dücker

Dr. Marie Dücker, M.A.

Institut für Amerikanistik
8010 Graz, Attemsgasse 25/II
A-8010 Graz

Dr. Cornelia Klecker

Universität Innsbruck
Institut für Amerikastudien
Innrain 52d
A-6020 Innsbruck

Juliann Knaus, MA

Universität Graz
Zentrum für Intermedialität in Graz
Attemsgasse 25/II
A-8010 Graz

Postdoc-Ass. Dr. Matthias Klestil

Universität Klagenfurt
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universitätsstrasse 65 – 67

A-9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee


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