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Linguistic Study on the Grammatical Aspects of German and English High-Contact Varieties.
[posted 10/31/2020]
Prof. Stephanie Hackert, an English linguist at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, works together with other colleagues on a study of the grammatical aspects in German and English high-contact varieties. The team has developed a questionnaire for the tense of the perfect which you can find HERE. If you speak a variety of German in North America or know someone who does, please fill out this survey or pass it along. Directions are included in the attachment.  
Please contact Dr. Hackert if you have questions. 

Stephanie Hackert , Department of English and American Studies 
University of Munich (LMU) 
Schellingstr. 3 80799 Munich, Germany 
+49 89 2180 6161

German Historical Institute, Washington, DC: German Immigrant Letters Contest
[posted 10/23/2020]
German Heritage in Letters, a project of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, is continuing its search for collections of German immigrant correspondence from the years 1800 to 1920. This month, it is launching an immigrant letter submission contest sponsored by Wunderbar Together USA 2020. Anyone holding collections of these letters is invited to send an email to sharing the number of letters in their collections, any relevant family/personal names, and any available information about the origin(s) and destination(s) of their letters. Contestants will receive a certain number of entries scaled to the size of the collection they are sharing, and one entry will be selected in each of the next three months (October, November, and December) to win a package of signed copies of three useful books for German genealogy research: The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany, by James M. Beidler, and The Magic of German Church Records and Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting by Katherine Schober. To learn more, please visit

2021 AICGS/DAAD Fellowship Opportunities
[posted 10/16/2020]
For decades, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and the German Academic Exchange Service have been hosting scholars through AICGS/DAAD fellowships, providing valuable insights into the transatlantic relationships and building a network across the world in key fields for the United States and for Germany.  In particular, junior fellowships have helped promote the careers of rising scholars in early stages of their careers. This year, because of the pandemic, the fellowships will be virtual, with three new fellows coming on board this week and staying until the end of the year.

Fall 2020 Events at the Max Kade German-American Center at IUPUI, Indianapolis.
Events include the MKC Book Club, a conference on Decentering German Cinema, and a conversation with Filmmaker Sheri Hagen. 

Fall 2020 Events at the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
This fall, the MKI is offering a new live Virtual Speaker Series. Scholars from around the country and Europe will give lectures on a variety of German-American topics.
Also, visit a display of MKI’s traveling exhibit “Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin-German Experience.” For a list of venues click here, or check out the exhibit online

Funding Opportunities from the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. 
The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) seeks grant proposals for projects that promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria (including Habsburg Austria) in the fields of history, politics, economics, law, cultural studies, and public history.