The Annual Spring Academy at the HCA
The HCA Spring Academy, hosted annually at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies each March, is a one-week interdisciplinary conference for Ph.D. students. This annual event, now taking place for the 16th time, serves as a meeting point where local and international students can reflect upon, exchange, and discuss ideas within the field of American Studies.
During the week of the conference, the students are given the opportunity to present their research and approaches regarding their dissertations, which tend to be focused on American culture, economics, geography, history, literature, politics, and religion. The student also get to work with distinguished scholars from Heidelberg and the U.S. and have to opportunity of touring the John Deere Factory in Mannheim, whose generous support has enhanced the Spring Academy over many years. It is especially the diversity of disciplines that brings together students from different academic as well as geographical backgrounds to become part of a unique intellectual network of young and ambitious researchers, which has been growing since the academy’s first gathering in 2004.
Look out for posts on the Spring Academy on the HCA Graduate Blog!
For further information, or if you plan on becoming a participant of the HCA Spring Academy of 2020, you can visit here!