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Austrian Association for American Studies

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien


Annual Conferences

Every Year, the AAAS hosts an international conference.
The next conference explores "Digital Americas."
It takes place virtually in October as well as on-site at the University of Graz.


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

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.

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


Dr. Michael Fuchs

Universität Oldenburg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik


Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Joshua Parker

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


Dr. Stefan “Steve” Rabitsch

Universität Graz
Zentrum für Inter-Amerikanische Studien

Universität Klagenfurt
Institut für Geschichte


Dr. Cornelia Klecker

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

Regular Board Members

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gessner

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

Dr. Matthias Klestil

Universität Klagenfurt
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universitätsstrasse 65 – 67

A-9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

Prof. Dr. Klaus Rieser

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

Eva Maria Schörgenhuber, MA

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


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