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HCA Spring Academy 2020 Applications Due November 15

Call for Papers

The 17th Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion will be held from March 23-27, 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. HCA invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides 20 international PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss their PhD projects. 

The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week.

HCA encourages applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social science and pursues an interdisciplinary approach. Papers can be presented on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Possible topics include American identity, issues of ethnicity, gender, transatlantic relations, U.S. domestic and foreign policy, economics, as well as various parts of American history, literature, religion, geography, law, musicology, and culture. 

Participants are requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their research project, which will be followed by a 40-minute discussion. Proposals should include a preliminary title and run to no more than 300 words. These will be arranged into ten panel groups.

In addition to cross-disciplinary and international discussions during the panel sessions, the Spring Academy aims at creating a pleasant collegial atmosphere for further scholarly exchange and contact.

Accommodation will be provided by HCA.

Thanks to a small travel fund, the Spring Academy is able to subsidize travel expenses for participants registered and residing in developing and soft-currency countries. Scholarship applicants will need to document the necessity for financial aid and explain how they plan to cover any potentially remaining expenses. In addition, a letter of recommendation from the doctoral adviser is required.

Applications are due by Friday, November 15. Selections will be made in January 2020. Learn more.

Categories: Broad Interest