The IWM Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary!

 

35 years ago, a group of young scholars founded the IWM as an Institute for Advanced Study in Vienna, wishing to foster the intellectual discourse between East and West in the Humanities and Social Sciences. What, in the beginning, seemed to be a crazy idea turned out as a success story. During the years, the IWM became a vibrant center of intellectual life in Vienna. Since its inception, the Institute hosted about 1.500 scholars, journalists and translators from all over the world and organized a large number of public debates, lectures and conferences.

We want to thank all fellows, guests, friends, supporters, cooperation and media partners, who joined us on this exciting journey, and look forward to good, cooperative partnerships as well as inspiring and stimulating discussions in the future.

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Franz Fischler Franz Fischler from Vienna wrote on 22 November, 2017 at 16:04:
In den 35 Jahren seit seiner Gründung hat das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen durch seine Publikation und Veranstaltungen, aber besonders in seiner Rolle als Gastgeber für Studienaufenthalte von WissenschaftlerInnen und Intellektuellen einen enorm wertvollen Beitrag zur Förderung der Humanitas in Europa und der Welt geleistet. Dafür gebührt dem Institut großer Dank, allerdings verbunden mit der Bitte, seine Arbeit fortzusetzen zu unser aller Wohl und zur Verwirklichung von mehr Menschlichkeit.
In den 35 Jahren seit seiner Gründung hat das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen durch seine Publikation und Veranstaltungen, aber besonders in seiner Rolle als Gastgeber für Studienaufenthalte von WissenschaftlerInnen und Intellektuellen einen enorm wertvollen Beitrag zur Förderung der Humanitas in Europa und der Welt geleistet. Dafür gebührt dem Institut großer Dank, allerdings verbunden mit der Bitte, seine Arbeit fortzusetzen zu unser aller Wohl und zur Verwirklichung von mehr Menschlichkeit.
Maria Livanos Cattaui Maria Livanos Cattaui from Switzerland wrote on 20 November, 2017 at 11:05:
Many congratulations to IWM on the occasion of its 35th anniversary. I echo all the admiration of the many people who have praised the outstanding success and importance of the institution. IWM has achieved high recognition, with brilliant, provocative, and influential scholars and activities. My thanks to all those who have made IWM so significant in the world.
Many congratulations to IWM on the occasion of its 35th anniversary. I echo all the admiration of the many people who have praised the outstanding success and importance of the institution. IWM has achieved high recognition, with brilliant, provocative, and influential scholars and activities. My thanks to all those who have made IWM so significant in the world.
Wolfgang Knöbl Wolfgang Knöbl from Hamburg wrote on 6 November, 2017 at 08:50:
Einen herzlichen Geburtstagsglückwunsch ans IWM aus Hamburg! Es ist vielleicht nicht so ungewöhnlich, dass eine wissenschaftliche Einrichtung 35 Jahre alt wird. Ungewöhnlich ist es aber schon, wenn eine organisatorisch so komplexe Institution wie das IWM von Jahr zu Jahr eine immer größere Ausstrahlungskraft entwickelt. Und noch ungewöhnlicher ist vielleicht, dass es das IWM geschafft hat, nicht nur in die internationale Gemeinschaft der Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen hinein zu wirken, sondern auch zum Zentrum intellektueller und politischer Debatten in Wien zu werden. Dass das IWM all dies erreicht hat, macht es zum Vorbild für viele andere Institutionen, die immer wieder voller Staunen und gelegentlich wohl etwas neidisch nach Wien blicken dürften! Herzlichen Glückwunsch IWM Wolfgang Knöbl Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
Einen herzlichen Geburtstagsglückwunsch ans IWM aus Hamburg!

Es ist vielleicht nicht so ungewöhnlich, dass eine wissenschaftliche Einrichtung 35 Jahre alt wird. Ungewöhnlich ist es aber schon, wenn eine organisatorisch so komplexe Institution wie das IWM von Jahr zu Jahr eine immer größere Ausstrahlungskraft entwickelt. Und noch ungewöhnlicher ist vielleicht, dass es das IWM geschafft hat, nicht nur in die internationale Gemeinschaft der Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen hinein zu wirken, sondern auch zum Zentrum intellektueller und politischer Debatten in Wien zu werden. Dass das IWM all dies erreicht hat, macht es zum Vorbild für viele andere Institutionen, die immer wieder voller Staunen und gelegentlich wohl etwas neidisch nach Wien blicken dürften!

Herzlichen Glückwunsch IWM
Wolfgang Knöbl
Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
Ivana Červenková Ivana Červenková from Prague wrote on 26 October, 2017 at 09:41:
Das Ministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten der Tschechischen Republik freut sich aufrichtig über einwandfreie Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen und schließt sich dem Kreis der Gratulanten an. Wir schätzen besonders die bewundernswerte Themenbreite der Forschung, die sich mit dringenden Herausforderungen der Gesellschaft, Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur auseinandersetzt und nach praxisorientierten Lösungen sucht. Europa ist heute zwar nicht mehr zwischen zwei feindlich gesinnte Gruppierungen geteilt, doch der Dialog zwischen West und Ost bleibt unersetzlich.
Das Ministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten der Tschechischen Republik freut sich aufrichtig über einwandfreie Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen und schließt sich dem Kreis der Gratulanten an. Wir schätzen besonders die bewundernswerte Themenbreite der Forschung, die sich mit dringenden Herausforderungen der Gesellschaft, Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur auseinandersetzt und nach praxisorientierten Lösungen sucht. Europa ist heute zwar nicht mehr zwischen zwei feindlich gesinnte Gruppierungen geteilt, doch der Dialog zwischen West und Ost bleibt unersetzlich.
Lubomír Zaorálek Lubomír Zaorálek from Prague wrote on 26 October, 2017 at 09:37:
I have great pleasure in conveying to the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen my warmest congratulations on its 35th founding anniversary. My special thanks go to the IWM for the attention it pays to the intellectual legacy of the outstanding Czech philosopher Jan Patočka. As the world is getting more complex, there is urgent need of broad-based discussions and research on phenomena of global outreach and on their mutual ties. The Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen is encouraging such an exchange of ideas not only between Eastern and Western Europe but also among people all over the world. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is truly honored to support the IWM that has been playing an irreplaceable role for 35 years.
I have great pleasure in conveying to the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen my warmest congratulations on its 35th founding anniversary. My special thanks go to the IWM for the attention it pays to the intellectual legacy of the outstanding Czech philosopher Jan Patočka. As the world is getting more complex, there is urgent need of broad-based discussions and research on phenomena of global outreach and on their mutual ties. The Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen is encouraging such an exchange of ideas not only between Eastern and Western Europe but also among people all over the world. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is truly honored to support the IWM that has been playing an irreplaceable role for 35 years.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Confederation feels honored to support the cooperation between the IWM and The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. We are convinced that this benefits not only International Vienna and International Geneva as well as Austria and Switzerland, but also contributes to fostering exchanges and opportunities of mutual learning between Est and West as well as South and North. Let us add that we treasure the IWM’s long-standing expertise as a center of scientific excellence and let us express our compliments for its commitment to broaden its focus from the problem of transition to democracy to issues of a transformation of democracy on a global scale.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Confederation feels honored to support the cooperation between the IWM and The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. We are convinced that this benefits not only International Vienna and International Geneva as well as Austria and Switzerland, but also contributes to fostering exchanges and opportunities of mutual learning between Est and West as well as South and North. Let us add that we treasure the IWM’s long-standing expertise as a center of scientific excellence and let us express our compliments for its commitment to broaden its focus from the problem of transition to democracy to issues of a transformation of democracy on a global scale.
Helga Nowotny Helga Nowotny from Vienna wrote on 19 September, 2017 at 10:54:
I had the privilege to be a member of IWM’s Advisory Board from its very beginning. After some years of intermission due to my activities at the European Research Council I was invited to renew my engagement when Shalini Randeria took the helm at IWM. Serving as president of the Board of Trustees until last year, I could experience its intellectual energy and vivacity from inside. The high quality of the Fellows and the societal outreach through its much appreciated public events have earned the IWM a special place in Austria and far beyond. IWM has never wavered in taking a stand on controversial issues of societal relevance and is in the process of expanding the intellectual and societal range of its contributions. May it continue to radiate as a beacon of intellectual fermentation and a wonderful place of social gregariousness. May it also continue to speak out loudly whenever... Read more
I had the privilege to be a member of IWM’s Advisory Board from its very beginning. After some years of intermission due to my activities at the European Research Council I was invited to renew my engagement when Shalini Randeria took the helm at IWM. Serving as president of the Board of Trustees until last year, I could experience its intellectual energy and vivacity from inside. The high quality of the Fellows and the societal outreach through its much appreciated public events have earned the IWM a special place in Austria and far beyond. IWM has never wavered in taking a stand on controversial issues of societal relevance and is in the process of expanding the intellectual and societal range of its contributions.
May it continue to radiate as a beacon of intellectual fermentation and a wonderful place of social gregariousness. May it also continue to speak out loudly whenever it matters that its voice is being heard.
Rafał Zawisza Rafał Zawisza from Warsaw wrote on 31 August, 2017 at 14:13:
“I entered and left the IWM with an excellent impression. It provided me a hospitable environment in every way full of staff pleased to assist and support fellows. The intellectual climate of the institution is shaped by the sheer variety of its guests: in my opinion it is a brilliant idea for academics to share the same space with translators and journalists, who invigorated many of our meetings and seminars by posing pertinent, probing questions. The world expands and deepens in our minds when we can see it in a plurality of perspectives—and the Institute is a place, which helps one do just that.”
“I entered and left the IWM with an excellent impression. It provided me a hospitable environment in every way full of staff pleased to assist and support fellows. The intellectual climate of the institution is shaped by the sheer variety of its guests: in my opinion it is a brilliant idea for academics to share the same space with translators and journalists, who invigorated many of our meetings and seminars by posing pertinent, probing questions. The world expands and deepens in our minds when we can see it in a plurality of perspectives—and the Institute is a place, which helps one do just that.”
Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson from Columbia wrote on 28 August, 2017 at 14:12:
“IWM is an intellectual gem, at ease with bordercrossings that are geographic, scholarly, human, while bringing deep knowledge into democratic public life.”
“IWM is an intellectual gem, at ease with bordercrossings that are geographic, scholarly, human, while bringing deep knowledge into democratic public life.”
Karel Schwarzenberg Karel Schwarzenberg from Prag wrote on 28 August, 2017 at 14:09:
„Ich habe die Ehre, mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen schon seit seiner Entstehung zusammen arbeiten zu können. Die intensive Beziehung ist nicht zuletzt auf den unvergesslichen Professor Michalski, welcher das Institut gegründet hatte, zurückzuführen. Es gibt kaum eine Institution, von der ich mehr Anregungen und Information empfangen habe. Es ist eine reine Freude für mich zu sehen, dass es weiterhin gedeiht und so ein anregendes Umfeld für hervorragende Mitarbeiter und Fellows bietet. Ad multos annos.“
„Ich habe die Ehre, mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen schon seit seiner Entstehung zusammen arbeiten zu können. Die intensive Beziehung ist nicht zuletzt auf den unvergesslichen Professor Michalski, welcher das Institut gegründet hatte, zurückzuführen. Es gibt kaum eine Institution, von der ich mehr Anregungen und Information empfangen habe. Es ist eine reine Freude für mich zu sehen, dass es weiterhin gedeiht und so ein anregendes Umfeld für hervorragende Mitarbeiter und Fellows bietet. Ad multos annos.“
Armand Van Nimmen Armand Van Nimmen from Wien wrote on 26 August, 2017 at 12:34:
In 1996, after retirement in the US, my wife and I decided to start a new life in Vienna. We had many reasons to do so but, to our surprise we discovered here the IWM as a most interesting and high-quality center for learning and debate. Top notch. Congratulations on your birthday. Keep up the good work.
In 1996, after retirement in the US, my wife and I decided to start a new life in Vienna. We had many reasons to do so but, to our surprise we discovered here the IWM as a most interesting and high-quality center for learning and debate. Top notch. Congratulations on your birthday. Keep up the good work.
Erhard Busek Erhard Busek from Vienna wrote on 22 August, 2017 at 15:58:
The existence of IWM is of great importance. Not only for Vienna and Austria, but in general in the situation of Europe. It is not sustainable what is going on, but it is quite necessary to be active and to have an influence on it. Not only on political decisions, but also in the way of ideas and thoughts. I am always saying we do not need only “think tanks”, we need “do tanks”. IWM is a do tank!
The existence of IWM is of great importance. Not only for Vienna and Austria, but in general in the situation of Europe. It is not sustainable what is going on, but it is quite necessary to be active and to have an influence on it. Not only on political decisions, but also in the way of ideas and thoughts. I am always saying we do not need only “think tanks”, we need “do tanks”. IWM is a do tank!
Valeria Korablyova Valeria Korablyova from Kyiv wrote on 18 August, 2017 at 12:38:
For me, the IWM is not a mere line in my CV but a life-changing experience that started before my fellowship (and hopefully will continue after)). I assume I had heard about the Institute before 2014 but it was precisely then that it clicked. In May 2014 when my country was crossing an existential Rubicon Tim Snyder and Leon Wieseltier brought to Kyiv (which was quite a risky enterprise in itself!) almost all renown intellectuals speaking on behalf of or in support of Ukraine. It was a powerful message and a strong sign but beyond that I was totally charmed with academic integrity and the style of scholarship presented at the gathering. It was something I got motivated to involve into and experience personally. And so I did, a year after. I discovered that the Institute was not only about bridging the West and the East, or – more recently... Read more
For me, the IWM is not a mere line in my CV but a life-changing experience that started before my fellowship (and hopefully will continue after)). I assume I had heard about the Institute before 2014 but it was precisely then that it clicked. In May 2014 when my country was crossing an existential Rubicon Tim Snyder and Leon Wieseltier brought to Kyiv (which was quite a risky enterprise in itself!) almost all renown intellectuals speaking on behalf of or in support of Ukraine. It was a powerful message and a strong sign but beyond that I was totally charmed with academic integrity and the style of scholarship presented at the gathering. It was something I got motivated to involve into and experience personally. And so I did, a year after. I discovered that the Institute was not only about bridging the West and the East, or – more recently – global North and South, but it was a meeting point for many local truths. Each of us knew a lot about the ‘West’ and was eager to be seen and heard internationally but we knew ridiculously little about each other. It turned out that getting to know neighboring stories, listening to local voices from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary and Rumania was surprisingly refreshing and far more important than speaking myself or challenging ‘Western epistemological hegemony.’ Indeed, as Tony Blair insightfully mentioned back in 2007 the major divide defining the 21st century would be between openness and closedness. And the IWM has a strong take in this debate. Bon anniversaire! *)
Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny wrote on 9 August, 2017 at 09:54:
Located in Vienna, between East and West, the IWM has helped us to understand more of an ever more complex world. Thus, on behalf the City of Vienna I’d like to join in the very well-deserved congratulations und thank IWM for creating opportunities for scholars from around the world to do their research in Vienna. Happy birthday!
Located in Vienna, between East and West, the IWM has helped us to understand more of an ever more complex world. Thus, on behalf the City of Vienna I’d like to join in the very well-deserved congratulations und thank IWM for creating opportunities for scholars from around the world to do their research in Vienna. Happy birthday!
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid Alexandra Föderl-Schmid from Vienna wrote on 8 August, 2017 at 16:50:
Think tanks are rare in Austria and it is therefore so important to have this institution in Vienna. IWM is an intellectual landmark and Der Standard is proud to be a partner in organizing events like Debating Europe/Europa im Diskurs for ten years now. Happy birthday and all the best!
Think tanks are rare in Austria and it is therefore so important to have this institution in Vienna. IWM is an intellectual landmark and Der Standard is proud to be a partner in organizing events like Debating Europe/Europa im Diskurs for ten years now. Happy birthday and all the best!
ERSTE Foundation ERSTE Foundation from Vienna wrote on 7 August, 2017 at 16:20:
Dear IWM, we would like to congratulate you on 35 amazing years of critical discussions and reflections, intellectual exchange, profound research, inspiration and success! We are honored to be your partner on this journey and look forward to the many years ahead!
Dear IWM, we would like to congratulate you on 35 amazing years of critical discussions and reflections, intellectual exchange, profound research, inspiration and success! We are honored to be your partner on this journey and look forward to the many years ahead!
Marci Shore Marci Shore from New Haven wrote on 6 August, 2017 at 22:34:
I would like to raise a virtual toast in memory of Jan Patocka, Jozef Tischner, and Krzysztof Michalski. I am grateful to them and others for the past 35 years and looking forward to many more in the company of colleagues and friends.
I would like to raise a virtual toast in memory of Jan Patocka, Jozef Tischner, and Krzysztof Michalski. I am grateful to them and others for the past 35 years and looking forward to many more in the company of colleagues and friends.
James Thomson James Thomson from Vienna wrote on 4 August, 2017 at 18:41:
Congratulations to everyone at the IWM on this milestone. The IWM is one of the institutions that helps put Vienna at the top table internationally, and makes it such a good place to live for locals and international residents alike. Cooperating with the IWM’s friendly and professional staff is a pleasure, and its research fellows and alumni are a consistently rich source of outstanding, thought-provoking work and ideas. Please keep up the great work!
Congratulations to everyone at the IWM on this milestone. The IWM is one of the institutions that helps put Vienna at the top table internationally, and makes it such a good place to live for locals and international residents alike. Cooperating with the IWM’s friendly and professional staff is a pleasure, and its research fellows and alumni are a consistently rich source of outstanding, thought-provoking work and ideas. Please keep up the great work!
Matti Bunzl Matti Bunzl from Vienna wrote on 1 August, 2017 at 09:50:
Dear Colleagues! The IWM is a pillar of Vienna's intellectual and cultural life. In its 35 years, it has been a steadfast force for good, promoting academic exchange, not just between East and West, but on a global scale. In the process, it has made Vienna's intellectual scene a global player. I am deeply grateful for all the inspiration you are bringing to the city. Thank you and best of luck for the next 35 years!
Dear Colleagues! The IWM is a pillar of Vienna's intellectual and cultural life. In its 35 years, it has been a steadfast force for good, promoting academic exchange, not just between East and West, but on a global scale. In the process, it has made Vienna's intellectual scene a global player. I am deeply grateful for all the inspiration you are bringing to the city. Thank you and best of luck for the next 35 years!
Lilia Shevtsova Lilia Shevtsova from Moscow wrote on 27 June, 2017 at 17:57:
Dear IWM colleagues and friends! Happy Anniversary! You are doing fantastic job not only bringing East and West. You have created a platform for intellectual dialogue and cooperation between communities and people. You have succeeded to turn Vienna into a powerful intellectual European Center. I personally owe you for your hospitality and wonderful debates. I wish you further Drive, Intellectual Courage and Ambition! Happy Birthday! Yours, Lilia
Dear IWM colleagues and friends!
Happy Anniversary! You are doing fantastic job not only bringing East and West. You have created a platform for intellectual dialogue and cooperation between communities and people. You have succeeded to turn Vienna into a powerful intellectual European Center.
I personally owe you for your hospitality and wonderful debates.
I wish you further Drive, Intellectual Courage and Ambition! Happy Birthday!
Yours, Lilia