HCA Spring Academy:
American History, Culture & Politics
The HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture & Politics is an annual, one-week interdisciplinary conference at Heidelberg University for Ph.D. candidates working in different fields of American studies. It has been very successful in establishing an international network of young and aspiring researchers.
Every year the HCA invites outstanding Ph.D. students from diverse academic disciplines to Heidelberg to present their dissertation projects in the field of American Studies. All presentations are thematically arranged into ten panels. Participants are requested to prepare a twenty-minute presentation of their research projects which is followed by a forty-minute discussion session. The participants of the HCA Spring Academy greatly benefit from the insights generated by this cross-disciplinary and intercultural dialogue.
Additionally, the HCA invites international scholars to share their expertise with the participants of the Spring Academy. To this end, the conference is complemented by workshops, a panel discussion, and an excursion.
Possible topics for discussion are American literature and culture, U.S. history, domestic and foreign policy, as well as the economy and aspects of jurisprudence. Race, class, and gender are frequently employed analytical categories. This diversity of disciplines and approaches enables students from different academic backgrounds to become part of a unique international intellectual network which has been successfully established and broadened by the HCA over the past years.
The HCA Spring Academy is facilitated by Ms. Spring Academy, Dr. Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, and Mr. Spring Academy, Dr. Wilfried Mausbach. Katia Rostetter and Stella Müller are in charge of the Spring Academy and can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HCA Spring Academy takes place in our new annex, which was completed in October 2009. Located in the center of old Heidelberg, the Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais affords ideal conditions for the conference, offering an atrium and two well-equipped lecture rooms.
The HCA Spring Academy is hosted in cooperation with John Deere. Without the support of this transatlantic corporation, our symposium on American and transnational issues would not be possible.
In 1837, John Deere founded the company that would come to bear his name. Incorporated as Deere & Company in 1868, it has grown from a one-man blacksmith shop into a worldwide corporation. In 1956, the company purchased a majority share of the Lanz tractor factory in Mannheim, Germany, close to Heidelberg, taking its first steps toward becoming a multinational corporation. Today, John Deere does business in more than 160 countries and employs more than 50,000 people worldwide. John Deere, one of the oldest industrial companies in the United States, is the world’s leading producer of farm equipment. It is also a major producer of construction and forestry equipment and lawn care products, as well as a provider of financial solutions and health care services. Since its founding, the company has been guided by the core values exhibited by its founder: integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. As a part of this commitment, John Deere has generously supported the HCA Spring Academy since 2005.
Thanks to the generous support of HCA benefactor Herbert A. Jung, the HCA has also been able to cover travel expenses for participants registered and residing in developing and soft-currency countries.