Symposium: Austrian-American Studies and the Future of Study Abroad in Austria

June 9-11, 2022


Call for Presentations

This symposium, hosted in Salzburg, will bring together faculty and leaders of study abroad programs for American students in Austria to explore ways of modernizing and refining our curricular and co-curricular activities. By engaging more deeply with recent and continuing work in Austrian-American studies in a collaborative way, we can help ensure the continued relevance of study abroad in Austria to the educational and professional goals of American university students.

We invite contributions from a range of disciplinary perspectives on the Austrian-American relation (e.g. history, cultural studies, philosophy, language, memory studies) and relevant themes (e.g. migration, cultural crossover and hybridity, identity and representation, political and religious conflict). Proposals should address our organizing question: What can the field of Austrian-American studies contribute to the educational experiences of American students in Austria? For the purposes of this symposium, “Austrian” includes the former lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and “American” includes all of the Americas.

Rather than academic papers, the format of each proposed session should be one of the following:

  • a seminar session, in which a scholarly text(s) in Austrian-American studies informs an individual or group presentation and discussion;
  • a roundtable, convened to discuss pedagogical or curricular design questions;
  • a workshop, in which a classroom or excursion activity designed to engage students in a comparative or trans-Atlantic approach is modelled and discussed.

Seminar sessions and round tables should be convened for 2 hours and workshops may be planned as a half-day activity.

The conference language will be English.

Forming a panel in advance is strongly encouraged, although the program committee will work to group individual proposals into sessions as appropriate. Proposals should be no longer than 500 words and submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf form. Please include the names and contact information (email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation) of all participants. Budget for local travel or entrance fees is available if a session proposes a site visit or other local activity. Preliminary costs should be included in the proposal.

Submission deadline: Please send proposals to by October 1, 2021. Attendees will be notified by November 1, 2021.

Any questions can be addressed to:



Host: University of Redlands Salzburg Program

Co-hosts: University of Portland and Bowling Green State University Salzburg programs with generous support from the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies

Participants: Representatives of study abroad programs in Austria or individuals engaged with study abroad in Austria or Central Europe.


Travel, Accommodation, Meals

Participants will be eligible for a travel grant of $500 if flying internationally. It is expected that participants own institutions will help cover any remaining cost. Travel within Austria will be covered completely.

A room at the Marketenderschlößl (see brochure here) will be made available to conference participants who do not reside locally, free of cost. Alternatively, participants may elect to make a reservation at a local guest house or hotel of their choice, at their own expense.

A continental breakfast, cafeteria-style lunch, and afternoon coffee service will be available June 9-11. Group dinners will be organized for each evening on an opt-in basis.