CSAS - Center for the Study of the Americas Opens Its Doors at the University of Graz

bridges vol. 13, April 2007 / Institutions & Organizations

Roberta Maierhofer (left), scientific director and Margret Purkarthofer (right), administrative director of the Center for the Studies of the Americas.

With the foundation of the Center for the Study of the Americas, the Karl-Franzens University Graz responds to an internationally rising interest in the changing role of the Americas.

Shifting from a US-centered towards an inter-American approach, the center will dedicate itself to the cross-linked examination of the American societies. The cultural areas North and Latin America will not be considered in isolation from each other. Instead, they will be subjected to an interdisciplinary and intercultural analysis that will explore historical, economic, and sociocultural contexts of this region, thus leading to a supraregional perspective.

CSAS understands itself as a research institution that encourages and promotes research projects that deal with these regions from the above-mentioned transnational point of view and will, in its initial phase, coordinate the following projects:

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick - all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} "Migration and Investigation of Culture Contact," which deals with the description of inter- and transcultural phenomena in language, literature, and culture, phenomena of hybridization, and literary and cultural constructions of the Self/Other, as well as with studies of culture contact in the national literatures.

"Aging Studies" combines present medical and health-related issues with cultural studies perspectives thus facilitating a cooperation between allegedly disconnected fields of cultural studies; this will be set in the context of the Americas.

A further research topic, "Cross-cultural Communication and Educational Cooperations," will explore cross-cultural communication within project work seen from the perspective of successful communication, and in addition will take a closer look at transatlantic collaboration in education and its impact on educational systems in Europe and the Americas.

The research projects "City Climate and Pollution in American Cities" and "Climate Change and its Impact in the Andes" are part of the research field "Environmental Research in the Americas." A law module will analyze the North and Latin American legal frameworks based on European legal understanding and framework.

The idea behind CSAS is to strengthen the field of Study of the Americas on different levels within and outside of the University of Graz and to achieve a greater presence of research activities concerning the Americas. In order to accomplish this challenging mission, the staff and faculty of the center, directed by US-Americanist and expert on aging Roberta Maierhofer and co-directed by Klaus-Dieter Ertler a specialist in Canadian and Latin American Literature, is already planning and working on a variety of activities. These include the organization of a Summer School for 2008, lecture series, guest professorships regarding the Study of the Americas, the promotion of exchanges between the University of Graz and universities in Canada, the US, and Latin America, and the establishment of networks with other institutions in North and Latin America as well as with European institutions that deal with these regions.

The center welcomes proposals for cooperation.

Contact address:
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
CSAS - Center for the Study of the Americas
Margret Purkarthofer
Attemsgasse 25
A-8010 Graz
Tel: +43 316 380 8200 Fax: 9767
E-Mail: centeramericas[at]uni-graz.at