Annual Conferences
of the AAAS

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

Upcoming AAAS Conferences

October 30-31, 2020 // University of Graz

American Studies
as Vulnerability Studies?

We are thrilled to invite you to join us for an exciting workshop and roundtable discussion on the cutting-edge yet under-theorized topic of vulnerability in American Studies. We understand ‘vulnerability’ as both a shared condition of oppression and as emerging resistance and solidarity. As a critical intervention in American Studies, we ask: which themes, theories, and disciplinary directions in American studies can productively engage with questions of vulnerability, and to what extent does current critical work against racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism cohere around a shared sense of vulnerability? What are the prevalent idioms of vulnerability in American Studies, and how have they shaped critical practices in areas such as Affect Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminism, Critical Race Theory, Trans Studies, among others? How can we theorize vulnerability within the context of the United States’ own history of internal and international colonization? How is vulnerability culturally produced and what are the ethics of mediating vulnerability?

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Previous AAAS Conferences

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
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
University of Vienna
October 26-28, 2001
The Embodyment of American Culture
University of Klagenfurt