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Austria’s Young Americanists Society (AYA)

Monday, 22 February 2021

Nicole Haring and Dagmar Wallenstorfer (both staff members at the C.IAS) are new board members of the AYA.

Austria’s Young Americanists (AYA) is a network for graduate students and early career researchers in the field of American Studies at Austrian universities. The network is affiliated with the Austrian Association for American Studies and part of a general initiative undertaken by the European Association for American Studies that aims to improve the transparency of research on the PhD level across Europe. First and foremost, AYA is designed to enhance the communication between students at Austrian universities and to facilitate exchange about ongoing research projects.

Nicole is a PhD candidate at the Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds two master’s degrees, one in education (ESL/EFL & Geography) and one in English and American Studies, both from the University of Graz. From 2019-20, she received a Fulbright grant for the University of Oklahoma, USA, to work as a foreign language teacher in German and to study. Currently, she holds a fellowship at the University of Graz, working on masculinity and aging in popular culture. As part of the Narrative Didactics Research Group, her research focus lies on storytelling, American women’s literature, feminist theory, gender studies, age/ing studies, and education. In her dissertation she is working on the tool of storytelling to highlight intersectionality in education. She is the co-founder of the Inter.Reading Book Club at the University of Graz.

Dagmar is a PhD candidate at the University of Graz, Austria, and project coordinator for the Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG). From 2016-18 she worked as a high school teacher for ESL/EFL and Biology in Austria, as well as a German language instructor for adults. Her research focuses on the effects of cultural diversity in classroom settings, the relation between culture and identity, and the question of how teachers can support students in becoming culturally aware members of society. As member of the Narrative Didactics Research Group and co-founder of the Inter.Reading Book Club, set at the Center for Inter-American Studies (CIAS) at the University of Graz, she focuses on American literature and culture.

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