HCA Spring Academy
The Spring Academy on American History, Culture & Politics is an annual, one-week interdisciplinary conference for Ph.D. candidates at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). The conference is targeted at at Ph.D. candidates working in different fields of American studies.
Possible topics for discussion are American literature and culture, U.S. history, domestic and foreign policy, geography, religion, and musicology as well as economic and sociological issues, 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 of young and aspiring researchers which has been successfully established by the HCA over the past years and is continuously expanded.
Every year the HCA invites twenty outstanding Ph.D. students from diverse academic disciplines to Heidelberg to present their dissertation projects in the field of American Studies. The presentations are thematically arranged into ten two-person panels. Participants are requested to prepare a twenty-minute presentation of their research projects. Each presentation 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.
The HCA Spring Academy is facilitated by Ms. Spring Academy, Dr. Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, and Mr. Spring Academy, Dr. Wilfried Mausbach. Katia Rostetter and Polly Ho are in charge of the Spring Academy and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spring Academy takes place in the HCA’s Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais, which is centrally located in Heidelberg’s old town. The more than 300-year-old baroque townhouse 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. 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. 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 global 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 thirty countries and employs almost 70,000 people worldwide. As a part of this commitment to internationality and thanks to the endorsement by Dr. Oliver Neumann, the Public Relations Manager for Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East, John Deere has generously supported the HCA Spring Academy since 2005. Without the support of this international corporation, our one-week conference on American and transnational issues would not be possible.
Thanks to another philanthropic contribution, by chemist-turned-artist Herbert A. Jung, the HCA has been able to cover travel expenses for a limited number of participants registered and residing in developing and soft-currency countries since 2010.