Austrian Studies Association CONFERENCE 2024

APRIL 11 – 14, 2024

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY, West Chester, Pennsylvania 

In collaboration with the UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA



TOPIC: AUSTRIA WITHIN EUROPE: In Cultural History and Today/From the Habsburg Empire to the European Union


This conference is dedicated to the scholarly examination of historical, political, literary, and cinematic approaches to examining Austria’s place within Europe.

The period focus of the conference stretches from the Renaissance Habsburg Empire to the present-day Second Republic of Austria within the European Union. Paper proposals may also examine Austria in conjunction with other European countries and especially former territories of the historic Habsburg Empire. Presentations that examine Austria within Europe through life-stories, multilingualism, migration, LGBTQ+ identity, and notions of home are especially welcome. Proposals/Panels on the pedagogy of teaching Austrian Studies are also encouraged.

The primary conference languages are English, and German.

Writer in attendance at ASA 2024: Teresa Präauer


Please submit your abstract (250 to 300 words), panels are encouraged (no more than 2 presenters from the same institution) together with a brief, one-paragraph biographical statement. Conference organizers, Joseph W. Moser (WCU), Roxane Petit-Rasselle (WCU), and Vance Byrd (University of Pennsylvania). 

The submission deadline is November 27, 2023. Paper acceptances will be emailed in mid-December 2023.

At this year’s conference, we will offer an open-topic poster session specifically for undergraduate students. Please encourage outstanding undergraduates to submit an abstract (150-200 words) on any topic related to Austrian literature, culture, history, and film to participate in the poster session.

ASA 2024 is made possible with generous support from the University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and West Chester University, College of Arts and Humanities.


The Hotel Warner is located walking distance from WCU's campus in downtown West Chester at 120 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380. 610-692-6920

Rates range $139-$152 and include breakfast. Guests must book by 3/14/24 by calling 610-692-6920 and identify themselves as being part of the Austrian Studies Assoc. Conference in order to get the discounted rate. Please book as early as possible.

The Sheraton Great Valley is located 7 miles north of WCU's campus and may accessed by Uber or Lyft (10-15 minute ride) at 707 East Lancaster Ave., Frazer, PA 19355. 610-524-5500.

Rate: $139 includes breakfast. Guests must book by 3/11/24 using the link above or calling the hotel.


Philadelphia International Airport

West Chester University is located 25 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport, from where it can be reached in 40 minutes with an Uber, Lyft, or taxi.

Train from New York City or Philadelphia

West Chester University is located 6 miles from the Exton train station, served by Amtrak directly from New York Penn Station (book in advance) and SEPTA regional rail from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. From the Exton train station it is a 10 minute Uber or Lyft ride to campus.