On the occasion of the 39th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) in Washington, D.C. and to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Austrian-American Fulbright Program, the Embassy of Austria and Fulbright Austria hosted Austrian Fulbright alumni and Austrianists from the GSA conference at a reception at the Embassy on October 3, 2015.
Following introductory remarks by Ambassador Hans Peter Manz, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, executive director of Fulbright Austria, gave an overview of the development of the Fulbright program in Austria.
In addition to Fulbright Austria, event partners included the Austrian Press- and Information Service, the Austrian Cultural Fora in Washington and New York, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, and the Office of Science and Technology Austria in Washington, D.C.
Furthermore, on the occasion of the evening, several grants and prizes were awarded: the R. John Rath Prize for the best article in the Austrian History Yearbook 2015 went to Balint Varga for his article "The Rise and Fall of an Austrian Identity in the Provincial Historiography of Bukovina." The Radomir Luza Prize for an outstanding work in the field of Austrian or Czechoslovak World War II studies (awarded by the American friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance/Vienna and supported by Center Austria/New Orleans) was awarded to Dr. Sarah Cramsey from Tulane University for her University of California – Berkeley dissertation directed by John Connolly "Uncertain Citizenship: Jewish Belonging and the Ethnic Revolution in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1938-1948."
In addition, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy awarded travel grants to young scholars participating in the GSA conference.
For more information on Fulbright Austria, please visit http://www.fulbright.at