Recharging Austro-American Relations

"Recharging Austro-American Relations" asked scholars, together with commercial, cultural and political leaders to open a discussion whose subject was the profound long-term relationship between Austria and the United States. Organised around four panels and two round tables, with topics ranging from restitution, economic history, culture and high technology to Habsburg historiography and an assessment of the current predicament, the conference was both an ambitious, two-day review of Austro-American legacies and a rare opportunity to consider Austria and the United States in a bilateral context.

"Recharging Austro-American Relations" was devoted to revisiting and learning from the past; it was an occasion to highlight new research; and it was an invitation to discuss what should come next.

The conference was organised by the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies (DA) in cooperation with its partners, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and held at the DA from 8-10 June 2022:

  • Festive Event on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan (8 June)
  • Opening remarks by Emil Brix, Siegfried Beer, Martin Polaschek, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Martin Weiss and Eva Nowotny (9 June)
  • Session I: "Restitution: Looking Back and Lessons for the Future" (9 June)
  • Session II: "Austrian-US Economic History: The Memory of Financial Crises" (9 June)
  • Round table: "Historiography: Austrian History Made in the USA" (9 June)
  • Session III: "Arts and Culture: Kitsch and Death, Revisited" (10 June)
  • Session IV: "The Brave New Tech World: Silicon Valley Mythmaking in the USA & Austria" (10 June)
  • Round table: "The Future of Austro-American Relations" (10 June)

Recordings of all sessions are available below.

Study on Austrian-US R&I cooperation

During his opening remarks, the Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research, Martin Polaschek, presented findings from a recent study on the cooperation and networking of Austrian and North American researchers and R&I institutions. The study was conducted by the Centre for Social Innovation and the Vienna Science and Technology Fund and is available at the repository of the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation at In addition, a dashboard providing extensive data and charts can be found at

Reboot Austro-US Relations

Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS)

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Opening remarks

Recharging Austro-American Relations

Round table


Session I


Session III

Arts and Culture

Round table

The Future of Austro-American Relations

Session II

Economic History

Session IV

Brave New Tech World

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