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

November 22-24, 2019 // University of Innsbruck

Mediating Mountains

Mountains confront us in many guises. They are often borderlands and contested zones of war and migration. They are sites of tourism and industrialization, deposits of waste, and repositories of cultural memory. This polymorphous and fluid nature turns mountains into a “dynamic medium” (W.J.T. Mitchell) that both reflects and grounds subjectivities. Mountains are not only objects of reflection that mirror, archive, and project human and cultural investments, but they can also be conceived of as “hyperobjects” (Timothy Morton) that affect the ways we come to think about existence, earth, and society. The conference “Mediating Mountains” sets out to explore mountains as objects and agents of mediation in all artforms and media, including painting, literature, theater, music, film, television, performance and video art, video gaming, photography, and architecture.

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Previous AAAS Conferences

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