American Studies Annual Meeting on “American Im/Mobilities”

Dance Performance POLARIZE, students of the Musik and Arts University, Vienna

From November 16-18, the Austrian Association for American Studies held its 45th annual meeting on “American Im/Mobilities” at the University of Vienna, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Amerika Haus. The conference, which brought together more than 100 scholars of American Studies and related disciplines from Austria, other European countries, and the United States, set out to examine the concept of mobility and challenges to it from an American perspective.

 Following opening remarks by conference convener Prof. Alexandra Ganser (Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna) and greetings by U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Dr. Daniel Mattern, Fulbright Austria Executive Director Dr. Lonnie Johnson presented the Fulbright Prizes for best master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation in American Studies.

Alexandra Ganser (left) and Lonnie Johnson (3rd from left) with the prize winner

Prior to and during the conference, Prof. Hester Blum, Penn State University, investigated the U.S. perception of and involvement in the arctic. In addition, students from the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna delivered a dance performance “POLARIZE” choreographed by MUK Prof. Esther Balfe at Amerika Haus.

Hester Blum