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  • From Delhi to Vienna: Globalizing the IWM

    Born in Washington D.C., Shalini Randeria studied psychology, sociology and social anthropology at the Universities of Delhi, Oxford and Heidelberg. Her research and teaching took her to Berlin, Zurich, Geneva, Paris and Budapest before she came to Vienna as the Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in 2015. Her research interests range from the concerns of the poorest of the poor - the so-called ‘untouchable’ castes in India - to today’s most powerful global institutions, such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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  • Österreich und Tschechien intensivieren wissenschaftliche Kooperation

    Österreichischer Bundespräsident a.D. Heinz Fischer und tschechischer Außenminister Lubomír Zaorálek unterzeichnen eine Finanzierungsvereinbarung für das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM).
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  • Peter L. Berger (1929 – 2017)

    The IWM mourns the death of the renowned sociologist Peter L. Berger who died at the age of 88.
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  • The IWM Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary!


    To share your thoughts and memories, we invite you to leave a birthday message...
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  • Timothy Garton Ash wins the Charlemagne Prize 2017

    Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University and a member of IWM’s Board of Trustees, was awarded the prestigious Charlemagne Prize on May 25, 2017. Pope Francis was last year's winner of the prize, awarded annually to those who have contributed most to the ideals of post-war Europe.
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  • Royal Honour for Mieke Verloo

    On April 26, IWM Non-Resident Permanent Fellow Mieke Verloo has received the royal honour of being named Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Every year, royal honours are awarded to those who have been of exceptional service to science or society. Mieke Verloo, Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues at Radboud University, is an …
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  • Ivan Vejvoda Becomes a New Permanent Fellow

    Europe is facing tremendous challenges. Liberal democracy is being put to the test both from within and from outside. In addition to the advance of populist parties and the rise of nationalist tendencies, exit plans – see Brexit – jeopardise the stability and future of the European project. To be able to treat the symptoms …
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  • Art Exhibition by Ákos Birkás: Photo Works

    Ákos Birkás is nowadays best-known for his paintings addressing contemporary social structures and their conditions. His early work, however, was in conceptual photography of the 1970s and a deliberate counter-statement to classical painting. These photographs are an organic part of his œuvre and closely linked to his later paintings. Birkás‘ photographs of 1975-78 testify to …
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  • Heinz Fischer wird neuer IWM-Präsident

    Der frühere österreichische Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer wird ab Jänner 2017 dem Vereinsvorstand des Wiener Instituts für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) als Präsident vorstehen. Fischer tritt damit die Nachfolge von Prof. Dr. Helga Nowotny an. Die Wissenschaftsforscherin und ehemalige Präsidentin des Europäischen Forschungsrates (ERC) nimmt 2017 eine Gastprofessur an der Nanyang Technological University (NTU) …
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  • Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017)

    The IWM mourns the death of the renowned Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman who died at the age of 91. Regarded as one of the most influential, critical theorists of our times, Bauman delivered the Jan Patočka Memorial Lecture 2015 entitled “Diasporic Terrorism” (see IWMpost 116). Further reading/listening: Was von Zygmunt Bauman bleiben wird (Interview mit …
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  • Sadik al-Azm (1934-2016)

    The IWM mourns the death of the Syrian philosopher Sadik al-Azm, who died in exile in Berlin on December 11, aged 82. In November 2015, he participated in a Political Salon on Syria at the IWM and had planned to spend the academic year 2016-17 as the Krzysztof Michalski Visiting Fellow at the institute – a wish that remained unfulfilled.
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  • Möblierte Mietwohnungen gesucht!

    Das IWM sucht für seine Fellows und Gäste möblierte Wohnungen zur Zwischenmiete für 1 – 12 Monaten in Wien.
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  • Iva Lucic Receives Westinska Prize for Her Dissertation

    The IWM is happy to announce that IWM Visiting Fellow Iva Lucic from the Department of History at the University of Uppsala has been awarded a prize by the Royal Society of Sciences for her "outstanding dissertation".
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  • Außenminister Zaorálek und Kurz eröffnen das erste tschechisch-österreichische Dialogforum am IWM

    Das erste tschechisch-österreichische Dialogforum wurde am 24. November durch die beiden Außenminister Lubomír Zaorálek und Sebastian Kurz am IWM eröffnet. Das Thema des Dialogforums, an dem Experten beider Länder teilnahmen, war „Politischer Radikalismus als Herausforderung für die demokratische Gesellschaft und Politik“. Am Abend ist der tschechische Minister – zusammen mit dem Politikwissenschaftler Ivan Krastev und …
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  • IWM Permanent Fellow Charles Taylor mit Berggruen-Preis für Philosophie ausgezeichnet

    Zum ersten Mal ist der mit einer Million Dollar (etwa 893.000 Euro) dotierte Berggruen-Preis für Philosophie vergeben worden. Der kanadische Philosoph Charles Taylor erhielt die Auszeichnung. Der 1931 geborene Taylor sei einer der führenden Philosophen weltweit und habe Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften sowie die öffentliche Debatte mitgeprägt, wie das Berggruen-Institut mitteilte. Der Kanadier ist u.a. Permanent …
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  • Großes Publikumsinteresse beim ersten Vienna Humanities Festival

    Rund 3000 Besucherinnen und Besucher haben das erste Vienna Humanities Festival besucht, das von Wien Museum und dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) am vergangenen Wochenende veranstaltet wurde.
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  • Karl Duffek (1962 – 2016)

    We are mourning the loss of Karl Duffek, Director of the Renner Institute, who passed away on August 7 at the age of 54.
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  • Peter Pomerantsev wins 2016 Ondaatje Prize

    British television producer Peter Pomerantsev, who was a Russia in Global Dialogue Fellow at the IWM in 2013, was awarded the £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize for his book Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible. The Surreal Heart of the New Russia published in 2014. His book, “a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry …
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  • Timothy Snyder was Awarded “Man of the Year” Prize by Gazeta Wyborcza

    Gazeta Wyborcza, the first Polish independent broadsheet established in 1989, celebrated its 27th anniversary and awarded its “Man of the Year” prize to Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM.
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  • Parallel Films
    Art Exhibition by Blue Noses

    The Blue Noses Group explores the images and cliches of Russian culture and tradition, parodizing and critizing Russian society, art, politics and religion.
    Exhibition open:
    May 10 – August 31, 2016

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  • Investigative Journalist Paul Cristian Radu Was a IWM Fellow in 2002

    The IWM is proud to announce that Paul Cristian Radu, a former Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow at the IWM, is one of the investigative journalists behind the Panama Papers – a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors of the …
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  • Imre Kertész (1929–2016)

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that the Hungarian writer, Holocaust survivor and Nobel literature prize winner Imre Kertész, who was a Paul Celan Visiting Fellow at the IWM in 1992, died at the age of 86 on March 31.
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  • Stolen Facades
    Photoexhibition by Csaba Nemes

    Csaba Nemes documented the first gradual, then accelerating changes to the Budapest cityscape in the 1990s.

    Exhibition open:
    27 February – 9 May 2016
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  • Miloš Vec Becomes a New Permanent Fellow at the IWM

    The IWM is pleased to announce that Miloš Vec, Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History at Vienna University, joined the IWM as Permanent Fellow in January 2016.
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  • In Memoriam Aleš Debeljak (1961–2016)

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Aleš Debeljak, one of Slovenia’s most renowned poets and a former Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Fellow at the IWM, died in a car accident on January 28 at the age of 55.
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  • In Memoriam Lord Weidenfeld (1919-2016)

    On January 20 2016, Lord Weidenfeld, the Vienna-born publisher and philanthropist, died at the age of 96. The IWM has lost a true friend. The world has lost a versatile builder of many bridges, an intellectual, a statesman, and a passionate European.
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  • Helga Nowotny Elected President of IWM’s Board of Trustees

    We are pleased to announce that Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science at the ETH Zurich, took over as the new President of IWM’s Board of Trustees in May 2015. As a member of the Institute's Academic Advisory Board she has been associated with the IWM since several years. We greatly look forward to her close involvement in the IWM in the coming years.
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  • Opening of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015

    IWM co-curates the “School of Abducted Europe” As a prelude to its new project Ukraine in European Dialogue the IWM will contribute to The School of Kyiv Biennial taking place in the Ukrainian capital from September 8 to November 1, 2015. The Biennial includes an extensive intellectual program organized into “Schools”, with the “School of …
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  • New Project Launched:
    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 new project Ukraine in European Dialogue seeks to contribute to this exchange.
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  • IWM Permanent Fellow Charles Taylor awarded $1.5M Kluge Prize

    Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas, two of the world’s most important philosophers, will share the prestigious $1.5 million John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity awarded by the Library of Congress. “Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor are brilliant philosophers and deeply engaged public intellectuals,” Billington said. “Emerging from different philosophical traditions, …
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  • Aleš Havlíček – In Memoriam

    Mit großer Bestürzung nimmt das IWM Abschied von Aleš Havlíček, der am 22. Juli 2015 plötzlich und unerwartet im Alter von 59 Jahren in Prag verstorben ist.
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  • Claus Offe joins the IWM as Non-Resident Permanent Fellow

    The IWM is pleased to announce that Claus Offe, Professor of Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, will join the Institute as a Non-Resident Permanent Fellow.
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  • Ludger Hagedorn Becomes Head of IWM’s Patočka Archive

    The Institute for Human Sciences is pleased to announce that Ludger Hagedorn will be the new Head of IWM’s Patočka Archive and the related research focus. He has taken over from Klaus Nellen, who was in charge of the archive since the Institute’s inception in 1982. This change comes with a thematic shift. While research …
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  • START-Preis geht an Kristina Stoeckl

    Für ihr Projekt zur Erforschung post-säkularer Konflikte ist Kristina Stoeckl in diesem Jahr als einzige Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlerin mit einem der begehrten START-Preise des österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF) ausgezeichnet worden.
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  • Leon Botstein Becomes a Non-Resident Permanent Fellow at the IWM

    Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities, has been appointed a Non-Resident Permanent Fellow at the IWM
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  • Philipp Ther mit Leipziger Sachbuchpreis ausgezeichnet

    Philipp Thers 2014 erschienenes Buch Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent. Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europas (Rezension auf Transit online), das er vor zehn Jahren als Körber Fellow am IWM fertiggestellt hatte, wurde mit dem Leipziger Sachbuchpreis 2015 ausgezeichnet.
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  • Knut Neumayer is IWM’s New Executive Director

    The Institute for Human Sciences is pleased to announce that Knut Neumayer, former Program Director of ERSTE foundation, will join the IWM as new Executive Director.
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  • Elemér Hankiss (1928-2015)

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Professor Elemér Hankiss, a prominent Hungarian scholar in human sciences and a long-time friend of the IWM, passed away on January 10.
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  • Ulrich Beck (1944—2015)

    At the beginning of the new year, the world received news of the death of Ulrich Beck, one of its most valued sociologists. Along with Claus Offe and Peter Sloterdijk, he represented German social science on a global level, serving as worthy successors to the preceding generation of Jürgen Habermas and Niklas Luhmann.
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  • Timothy Snyder awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

    IWM Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
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  • Call for Proposals: History of Economic Thought Under Communism

    In April 2014, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (www.iwm.at) launched a long-term comparative research project on the history of economic thought under communism. The project covers nine countries (Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia) on which sizeable national monographs will be prepared. We cordially invite junior researchers (up …
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  • Jacek Kochanowicz (1946–2014)

    It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Professor Jacek Kochanowicz, an eminent Polish economic historian and a long-time friend of the IWM, passed away on October 2.
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  • Shalini Randeria Appointed IWM’s New Rector

    Shalini Randeria was appointed IWM’s new Rector by the Institute’s Boards and will take office in January 2015.
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  • Democracy, Citizenship & Education: Reflections on Krzysztof Michalski’s Legacy

    Krzysztof was an inspiring teacher and mentor. He was also a very special friend. After the unexpected news of his death last February, it took me a long while to accept that his departure was indeed final, that we would never again engage in exciting conversations about politics and the challenges of democracy, or any other topic. It took even longer to figure out how to weave all of the memories unleashed by this news into a coherent story, to comprehend and assess the many ways in which his work had influenced other lives, including my own.
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  • Szilárd Borbély (1963–2014)

    On February 16, I received an email from Szilárd, in which he wrote the following: "(…) We are commuting between Vienna and Debrecen, (…), next week I will be in Debrecen, then back and forth again. (…) Slowly, we are awaiting spring and sunshine." On February 19, he committed suicide. I had not known him in person before he came to the IWM to translate a book as part of our Paul Celan Fellowship Program.
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