Research Projects

 

Research Projects at the IWM

  • Between Bukharin and Balcerowicz:
    A Comparative History of Economic Thought under Communism

    In April 2014, the IWM launched a long-term comparative research project on the history of economic ideas in nine communist countries: Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
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  • Democracy in Question

    What are the causes of the current disappointment with democracy, and how will they affect the capacity of democratic societies to remain self-correcting? This project offers a platform to discuss these fundamental questions.
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  • Europe’s Futures

    Led by Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures sets out to research some of the key risks and problems Europe and its liberal democratic order are facing.
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  • International Law and Multinormativity

    International law is only one system of rules next to other normative fields: its manifold and complex interactions with other normativities will be analyzed from the perspective of ‘multi-normativity’.
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  • Re-thinking Europe in a Post-European Age

    “Europe” is a key concept in Patocka's writings. This project, launched in 2015, will focus on the philosophical idea of Europe and its meaning in today's globalized (post-European) world.
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  • Religion and Secularism

    This research project explores the ways in which globalization impacts the relationship between religion and secularism, thus intertwining the perspectives of different cultures, religions and theoretical backgrounds.
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  • Russia in Global Dialogue

    There is an urgent need for re-engagement between the Russian debate on the global future and European debate on the choices that Russia faces. With Russia’s recent return to power politics and the fears of a new Cold War, this need is even more acute.
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  • Scales of Justice and Legal Pluralism

    This research project addresses the ambivalences of juridification, which parallel a judicialisation of politics at various scales along with growing legal activism and a judicialisation of politics from the local to the global scale.
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  • The Balkans as Europe

    A current project within the research project United Europe – Divided History, “The Balkans as Europe,” takes a new approach to understanding the history of the Balkans and, in turn, Europe as a whole. This project places the Balkans at the center of European developments, not as a conflict-ridden problem zone, but rather as a full-fledged European region.
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  • The Philosophical Work of Jan Patočka

    Jan Patočka is considered one of the most important Central European thinkers of the 20th century. This research project aims at collecting, exploring and disseminating his oeuvre.
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  • Ukraine in European Dialogue

    Understanding Ukraine and the nature of the current conflict with Russia is vital for the future of the European endeavor. The project Ukraine in European Dialogue seeks to contribute to this exchange.
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  • Ukraine, Russia and the Future of the West

    The object of this project is the production of the manuscript of a short and accessible book on the recent events and ongoing war in Ukraine, meant as a guide to possible policy reactions and as an inquiry into the state of American and European public discourse as well as a description of the place of Ukraine in the contemporary world.
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  • United Europe – Divided History

    This research project seeks to overcome divisions among national historiographies and between East and West through scholarly history conceived in a novel way.
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Former Projects

  • Economic Ideas and Institutions in Eastern Europe

    This research project aims at understanding institutional and cultural change in Eastern Europe in conjunction with recent developments on the global marketplace of ideas.
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  • Sources of Inequality

    Modernization and globalization have not only aggravated existing social inequalities but have also produced new forms of inequality. The latter, and their underlying causes, lie at the core of the research focus Sources of Inequality. This project concentrates on crucial issues of social policy: the care for children and adolescents, the sick and the elderly as well as people with disabilities.
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  • 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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  • Neujobs

    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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