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Every year, the Austrian Association for American Studies hosts an international conference where scholars from the field present their latest research and discuss ideas.

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22-22 October 2023 // University of Klagenfurt

Versions of America: Speculative Pasts, Presents, Futures

The 50th conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies sets out to explore America through its versions, understood as cultural practices of imagination and speculation that shape our perceived realities and that can manifest, for example, through single works and their variants, across media, and in various discourses, ideologies, or disciplines. As the notion of a version always implies a potential for plurality and interlinkages, we ask how past, present, and future versions of America function and interact: Which versions of America have emerged historically, when, where, and why? How do some of these create or celebrate awareness of their status as versions, while others obscure their versionality, aiming to naturalize themselves as a-versional in order to maintain the hegemony, e.g. of heteronormativity, patriarchy or white supremacy? How do versions of America emerge through one another, creating the U.S. as a multi-layered phenomenon? How are they told through different media, genres, modes and forms of storytelling? How is America perceived as multi-versional in the U.S. and abroad? What are the political potentials of thinking through versions and how may such thinking engender new forms of resistance and resilience?

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Previous AAAS Conferences

October 20-29, 2021
Digital Americas
Virtual (hosted by the University of Graz)
October 30-31, 2020
American Studies as Vulnerability Studies?
Virtually (hosted by the University of Graz)
November 22-24, 2019
Mediating Mountains
University of Innsbruck
November 16-18, 2018
American Im/Mobilities
University of Vienna
November 3-5 2017
70 Years American Studies in Austria:"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" –The Changing Nature of American Studies
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
November 11-13, 2016
America Through the Small Screen:Television and Its Transformations
University of Innsbruck
November 6-8, 2015
Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America
University of Graz
November 21-23, 2014
Space Oddities:Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange
University of Graz
November 8-10, 2013
American Utopias
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
November 9-10, 2012
Cultures in Conflict / Conflicting Cultures
University of Zurich
November 4-6, 2011
Is It 'Cause It's Cool?Affective Encounters with American Culture.
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
November 12-14, 2010
The Visual Culture of Modernism
University of Innsbruck
October 22-25, 2009
Contact Spaces of American Culture:Localizing Global Phenomena
University of Graz
October 24 -26, 2008
Almighty Dollar
Velden am Wörthersee
October 22-25, 2007
American Studies in Austria
Graz
November 17-19, 2006
Native Americans and First Nations:A Transnational Challenge
University of Vienna
November 8-10, 2005
The South, New Orleans,
the Caribbean and Discourses of Creolization
//Cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina //
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
November 5-7, 2004
Transitions:Race, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
November 7-9, 2003
US Icons and Iconicity
University of Graz
November 8-10, 2002
(Anti-)Americanisms
University of Vienna
October 26-28, 2001
The Embodyment of American Culture
University of Klagenfurt