Former Projects

Polemical Christianity: Jan Patočka’s Concept of Religion and the Crisis of Modernity

The project dealt with the question of religion in the philosophical work of Jan Patočka and its importance for what is often referred to as the „crisis of modernity“.
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From September 2012 to January 2014 the IWM participated in the EU FP7-funded project Neujobs. Creating and Adapting Jobs in Europe in the Context of the Socio-Ecological Transition. IWM Permanent Fellow János Mátyás Kovács directed the project’s Work Package 2, entitled “Good Jobs” in a “Good Economy”.
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Religious Traditionalism and Politics


This research-focus aims at the comparative study of these and other traditionalist religious actors and their political agendas.
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Pavel Florensky and the Nature of Russian Religious Philosophy: Overcoming the Religious-Secular Divide


This project studied religion and secularism in the writings of Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), one of the main representatives of Russian religious philosophy. Funded by the Austrian Fund of Sciences (FWF).
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The Phantasmagoria as a Focus of Modernity: Genealogy and Function of a Philosophical Concept


The project investigates phantasmagoria both as historical and as systematic category at the interface
of aesthetics, economics, technology and politics. Funded by the Austrian Fund of Sciences (FWF).
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The Symbolic Power of Biology: Articulations of Biological Knowledge in Naturphilosophie around 1800


The project scrutinized the extent to which the discourses of natural philosophy contributed to the politicalethical formation of biological knowledge at the turn of the 19th century. Funded by the Austrian Fund of Sciences (FWF).
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CAPITO – Understanding Nascent Capitalism in Eastern Europe


CAPITO aimed at comparing the emerging capitalist regimes in six countries of Eastern Europe. The project applied a simple scheme of “tradition-emulation-invention” to identify the origins of institutional change in the economies of the region, and define the real types of nascent capitalism in an East-East and an East-West comparison. The research period started in April 2010 and ended in December 2011. The project was supported by a grant of the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank.
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QUING – Quality in Gender+ Equality Policies


The European Union values diversity and inclusion; yet at the level of its member states, many examples of exclusion and polarisation can be found, whether the focus is on gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. The research project “Quality in Gender+ Equality Policies (QUING)” tackled these issues to provide the knowledge for inclusive gender+ equality policies. QUING was funded within the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme over a period of 54 months (2006-2011).
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DIOSCURI: Eastern Enlargement – Western Enlargement


Invoking the mythological figures Castor and Pollux, DIOSCURI focused on current encounters in Europe to predict the ways of cohabitation between the twin economic cultures of the “East” and the “West”.
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MAGEEQ – Policy Frames and Implementation Problems: The Case of Gender Mainstreaming


MAGEEQ was a three-year research project funded within the European Commission’s 5th Framework Programme that started in January 2003. Next to a comparative study on the framing of gender inequality as a policy problem in Austria, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain, the project resulted in a conceptual framework on various dimensions of gender equality policy frames, a method for the assessment of inconsistencies in gender equality policy frames and in a set of debates at national and international level.
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