Botstiber Visiting Professorship

Karin LiebhartThe Austrian Studies Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Karin Liebhart (University of Vienna) has been selected as the inaugural Botstiber Visiting Professor for 2022. Dr. Liebhart will teach the Spring 2022 UC Berkeley Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies, on the topic of "Right-wing Politics and Political Communication in Austria." Offering an overview of right-wing politics, discourses and related imagery from the mid-1980s to the present, this graduate seminar will consider recent trends and phenomena related to both right-­wing party politics and civil society activism in Austria. The course will shed light on how these developments are reflected in verbal and visual political communication such as political rhetoric, campaign material, and social media.

Karin Liebhart is a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her research, teaching and publications focus on visual political communication, cultural studies, and gender studies, with an emphasis on political iconography and advertisements; political self-representations; visual representations of political memory; and visual representations of gender. Among her teaching appointments, she previously served as Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota (2018), and as Visiting Professor and Marshall Plan Anniversary Chair at the Department of Political Science, University of New Orleans (2014-15). She is also a member of the Executive Team of the Postgraduate Program "Global Citizenship Education", based at the University of Klagenfurt.

The next Botstiber Compact Seminar will be offered in Spring 2023. Please see below for application instructions. The deadline for applications for the 2023 Compact Seminar is May 31, 2022. The selection of the successful candidate will take place in early June 2022.

The Austrian Studies Program at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies is pleased to welcome faculty applications for the position of Visiting Professor, to teach the newly created Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies, established with the generous support of The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS).

The next Botstiber Compact Seminar in Austrian Studies at UC Berkeley will be offered in the Spring 2023 semester (February-April 2023).

We invite seminar topics related to Austrian literature, history, or culture, in the broadest sense. Interdisciplinary approaches and themes are encouraged.

Eligibility: Any associate or full professor with a permanent teaching position in the Humanities or Social Sciences at an Austrian university

Details: The compact seminar is an official UC Berkeley course, offered for credit (2 units) through the UC Berkeley Department of German, to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all UC Berkeley departments. The course will take place over 5 weeks, with three hours of instruction per week, plus office hours for meeting with students.

UC Berkeley is a premier university, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Visiting Professor is required to be physically present in the Berkeley area for the duration of the course and may be asked to teach the compact seminar in the German language. The Visiting Professor will receive a salary of $12,000 to cover teaching, travel, and accommodation costs.  The salary will be subject to both California state and United States federal taxes, in accordance with the UC Berkeley employment and payroll practices. Visiting professors must organize their own travel, accommodation, and health insurance coverage during their stay at Berkeley. The visa application and hiring process will be coordinated by the UC Berkeley Department of German, where the visiting professor will be based.

During his/her stay, the selected Visiting Professor will also give a public lecture—the “Botstiber Lecture”—at the Institute of European Studies. In accordance with the mission of The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS), the public lecture should refer to the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including lands of the former Habsburg Empire.

Application Instructions: Applicants must submit the following:

  • a CV (max 2 pages)
  • a course description and syllabus with weekly course content and bibliography (max 2 pages)
  • a brief description of up to three possible topics for the Botstiber Lecture (max 1 page)

Please submit application materials as a single PDF file to the Austrian Studies Program Director Jeroen Dewulf:

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Proposals will be evaluated by a board composed of UC Berkeley faculty that will announce the selected candidate by June 30, 2021. The board will include a representative of The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) in the discussion on the topic to be chosen for the Botstiber lecture.

For further information, please contact Jeroen Dewulf at