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

21-23 October 2022 // University of Salzburg

Narrative, Environment, Social Justice

Recent years have seen a re-politicization of the US public sphere and dominant discourses. This re-politicization of often revolves around two inherently intertwined dimensions: the environment and social justice, with environmental justice movements like Fridays for Future or Extinction Rebellion and more pronounced foci around race and gender (such as the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements), and on the other hand economic justice movements like ATTAC or Occupy Wall Street, asking whether any possible alternative to neoliberal capitalism is imaginable at all. A similar pattern of polarization is at work with right- wing populist movements questioning the legitimacy of calls for social justice, instead telling their own stories of neglect and apparent marginalization.

The 49th annual conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies seeks to explore the stories we tell about our environment, or about pressing social issues of the past or present: How do we frame our experiences in these areas through narratives, and to whom do we tell them, when, where, and why?

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Previous AAAS Conferences

October 20-29, 2021
Digital Americas
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
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