The tenth HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held from
18-22 March 2013. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications
for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with
the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. 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.
We encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social
sciences and pursue 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, transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, gender, literature, issues of
ethnicity, film studies, as well as various aspects of American history, religion, and
Participants are requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their research project,
which will be followed by a 40-minute discussion. Proposals should be a maximum of 300
words with a provisional title. These will be arranged into ten panel groups. In
addition, each participant will be asked to start the discussion for one of their fellow
participants who is presenting a paper on a similar topic.
Besides cross-disciplinary and international discussions during the panels, the Spring
Academy aims at creating a pleasant collegial atmosphere for further scholarly exchange
Accommodation will be provided by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.
Thanks to the generous support of HCA benefactor Herbert A. Jung, we have a small Travel
Fund available to cover travel expenses for participants from developing and
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 their doctoral advisor is required.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED: September 1 - December 15, 2012
SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE BY: January 15, 2013
PLEASE USE OUR ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM: www.hca-springacademy.de
MORE INFORMATION: www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de
FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Academy (Katia Rostetter and Timo Schrader)
Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
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