2 02 2018

2018 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association

May 30-June 1, 2018

University of Vermont, Burlington VT

The 2018 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association will focus on Austria’s rich and complex relationship with the East throughout its history. The presentations will offer an interdisciplinary view of the cultural, political, and social exchanges between Austria and the East—Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and the Far East. “Eastern Europe” also includes the crownlands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and all their later incarnations (e.g. as Czechoslovakia and as the Czech Republic and Slovakia; as Yugoslavia and as Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia).

Conference Schedule and Keynote Information

  • The current program is available here.
  • A restaurant guide is available ASA Restaurant Guide. The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is June 1-10.
  • The keynote speech on Thursday evening will be given by Professor Maureen Healy, Associate Professor of History and Director of Exploration & Discovery, Lewis Clark University. She will speak on “Seeing and Selling: Austrian Economic Visions in the ‘Orient’ in the Early Twentieth Century.”
  • The opening reception on Wednesday evening begins at 5:30pm in the Sugar Maple Ballroom of the Davis Center and is generously sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.
  • The conference sessions will be at the Davis Center on Thursday and Friday.
  • The closing reception will be held at the Davis Center Sugar Maple Ballroom on Friday evening.

Accommodations and Travel

The local airport is Burlington International (BTV), and there is also train service to nearby Essex Junction from New York City. All conference events will take place in the Davis Center at the University of Vermont, which is in easy walking distance of the conference hotel.

The conference hotel is the Burlington Doubletree by Hilton. See the travel/accommodation tab for detailed  hotel information. Please make your reservations through the hotel booking site so that we receive credit toward our obligation to the hotel. Our block of rooms is not large, but they must be used.

Conference Registration

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and break-time snacks on Thursday and Friday and the receptions on Wednesday and Friday.

Speakers on the program are required to register and should be members of the Austrian Studies Association. Guests are welcome to attend sessions and public events.

Sponsoring Organizations

This conference would not be possible without the support of the following units at the University of Vermont:

  • The Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies
  • The Humanities Center
  • The Department of German and Russian
  • The Department of History
  • The Department of English
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Honors College

We are also grateful for the generous sponsorship of:

  • The Austrian Cultural Forum New York
  • The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
  • Fulbright Austria

The Austrian Studies Association, formerly the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association, was founded in 1968 to support the cause of Austrian, Habsburg, and Central European studies in North America and Europe, especially through its peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Austrian Studies, now in its 46th year. Its annual conferences are interdisciplinary and transcultural, and each focuses on a different theme.

To join the Association, subscribe to its journal by going to the ASA website and clicking on the “membership” link in the menu bar, which will take you to the website of the University of Nebraska Press, publisher of JAS.

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