American Corner Innsbruck


    directed by: Ass.-Prof. Dr. Margaret F. Davidson

    funded by: US Embassy Vienna/U.S. Department of State

    co-sponsored by: University of Innsbruck, University of New Orleans/Innsbruck Program, Austro-American Society/Tirol

    Tel: +43 512 507-32808
    Fax: +43 512 507-9824

    Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 3, 1. Stock (Altstadt, Claudiana) 
    6020 Innsbruck 
    [link to photos and directions]


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    Opening hours: 

    Monday: 09.00 - 14.00
    Tuesday: 09.00 - 14.00
    Wednesday: 09.00 - 14.00
    Thursday: 09.00 - 14.00
    Friday: 09.00 - 14.00

    Office Assistants:

    Jacob Wade
    Emily Hotard
    Gretchen Moretti
    Majan Schmid




    Thank you for contacting the American Corner Innsbruck (ACI).  The Consular Section of the U.S. embassy Vienna was planning to come to Innsbruck April 18 for American Citizen's Services, but they have had to cancel.  The ACI cannot perform consular services. 
    If you have a question:
    If you are a U.S. citizen and need emergency assistance, please call (+43 1) 313 39 7535 during regular working hours or
    (+43 1) 31339-0 for after-hours assistance.

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    If you are conducting research on U.S. foreign policy, please visit for an overview of current policy issues.
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    On Tuesday, 29th January 2013, the Campusradio of the University of Innsbruck (in cooperation with Welle 1) conducted an interview with the ACI director Ass.-Prof. Dr. Margaret F. Davidson. Click here to listen to the full interview!

    The American Studies Department at the University of Innsbruck now has its own Facebook page, make sure to check it out for info concerning American-related events as well as study abroad information! Don't forget to like the page. 


    The ACI now has four Kindles that can be checked out!
    Click here for a full list of the Kindle contents.

    All of the books on our bookshelf in front of our office are registered with - - an international book exchange program. Come by and check it out!


    For our Hurricane Katrina Commemoration Lecture Series

    If you missed our Hurricane Katrina Lecture Series, come by the office and check out our selection of books, graphic novels, and dvds on the topic of the desaster, the flood, and the time after the storm had hit the Big Easy. 


    The American Corner Innsbruck at the University of
    Innsbruck cordially invites you to the international conference:

    Europe‘s Staging – Staging Europe

    International Conference 28–29 June 2018, Start: 9.00 a.m.

    Conference venue:
    Claudiana, Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 3, Innsbruck


    Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures (Innsbruck)
    Department for Music and Dance Studies (Salzburg)






    The Department of American Studies, the American Corner Innsbruck at the University of
    Innsbruck and the Center for Interamerican Studies (ZIAS) cordially invite you to a talk by


    Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alexandra Ganser (University of Vienna)


    The Many Faces of American Piracy, 1678-1861


    Monday / June 25 / 2018 / 7.00 p.m. / HS 6 / Humanities Building


    From the colonial era to the twenty-first century, pirates have remained fascinating figures in transatlantic American literature and popular culture. In my talk, I ask about the causes of this popularity and explore in what ways the cultural imaginary teased out the pirate’s ambivalent potential as a figure of identification and Othering. I will touch on Puritan execution sermons, early American broadsides, antebellum historical romances and popular plays, and caricatures of alleged secessionist ‘pirates’ at the beginning of the Civil War. I argue that in all of these cases, piracy functions as a discursive category moving in a continuum between the propagation of (post-)colonial adventure and accumulation on the one hand and critical commentary on exploitation and colonial oppression on the other.

    Alexandra Ganser is professor for American Studies and Executive Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna. She received her PhD from the University of Erlangen (Roads of Her Own: Gendered Space and Mobility in American Women’s Road Narratives, 1970-2000, Rodopi 2009). She was Christoph-Daniel-Ebeling Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and is a Fulbright Alumna. Her research interests center on mobility studies (Key Researcher, interdisciplinary platform Mobile Cultures and Societies, U of Vienna), popular culture, gender studies, transatlantic American studies, and ecocriticism. Her current  FWF-sponsored project Crisis and Discourses of Legitimacy in Transatlantic Narratives of Piracy, 1678-1865 is forthcoming as a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan.




    The Department of American Studies, the American Corner Innsbruck at the University of
    Innsbruck and the Center for Interamerican Studies (ZIAS) cordially invite you to a talk by


    Dr. James C. Chatters (Applied Paleoscience)


    The First Americans’ Faces


    Monday / June 11 / 2018 / 7.00 p.m. / HS 6 / Humanities Building


    Remains of ancient people are commonly treated as specimens and their humanity fails to be conveyed properly.  Although this is thought by many academics to be the proper way to do science, it is more rewarding, and easier to communicate to the lay public when we humanize our ancient predecessors.  We give them names, like Lucy or Ötzi and recreate their faces.  In this presentation Dr. Chatters describes the processes he followed to recreate the images of two widely publicized early Americans: Kennewick Man and Naia of Hoyo Negro.  It begins with the scientific research into their diets, development, and activity patterns and is completed through forensic sculptural reconstruction.  The latter requires decisions informed by science and must avoid the pressures of politics, ethnocentrism, and nationalism to achieve the most objective and accurate representation possible.

    Dr. James Chatters is an archaeologist and paleontologist with over fifty years of research experience. He has been involved in the recovery and first studies of ten of North America’s fifty oldest skeletons.  He has presented his research around the world and has appeared articles in numerous leading journals such as Science, Quaternary Science Reviews, Quaternary International, World Archaeology, Journal of World Prehistory, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology as well as the book Ancient Encounters. His work has appeared in many documentaries, and is central to PBS NOVA’s “Mystery of the First Americans” and “The First Face of America.”  He lives in Bothell, Washington, USA.






     Further Events and Dates TBA