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.
To share your thoughts and memories, we invite you to leave a birthday message:
The IWM is famous for its very special and stimulating intellectual atmosphere, extremely helpful and friendly staff, a possibility to discuss one's research with world-known experts (permanent fellows and guests), unlimited freedom to focus on your own research, strong and useful networking opportunities, and delicious meals.
All the best for your 35th birthday!
I blame you for my fellowship, because during this time I had to:
1) realise, through your intense interdisciplinarity, that my discipline does not own the whole truth.
2) revise some opinions through the many lectures and conferences I had to attend.
3) admit, because of the many discussions, that I am not right in all points.
4) go to the optician because of your library.
5) increase my weight by 5 kilograms because of your kitchen.
6) limit the time for computer games because of some new friendships made here.
But for all that, I wish you to remain as you are: continue to bring the best intellectuals to Vienna, build civil society and spoil the Fellows with the best desserts!
With this in mind, Happy Birthday!
It also helps me bridge academy and mainstream journalism, channel scholarly perspectives into my daily work which I cherish a lot.
Anyway, long live, IWM!