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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Anton Shekhovtsov Anton Shekhovtsov wrote on 13 June, 2017 at 18:56:
Happy Anniversary, dear IWM! 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.
Happy Anniversary, dear IWM!

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.
Piotr Kubasiak Piotr Kubasiak wrote on 12 June, 2017 at 23:25:
Dear IWM, 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!
Dear IWM,

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!
Paolo Costa Paolo Costa from Trento wrote on 9 June, 2017 at 11:51:
The first time I heard about the IWM I was still a doctoral student. It was June 1995. I was attending a conference on Charles Taylor's oeuvre at Cerisy-la-Salle. It was Charles himself who told me that he was going to Vienna after the conference to spend some time at the Institut fรผr die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. That stirred my imagination. And, well, everybody knows how human imagination works, so it is no surprise if I say that my visionary picture of the Institute got bigger and bigger over the years. This is a familiar risk, which everyone is accustomed to. But you know what? When I was so lucky to get directly involved with the Institute - first at a Summer School in Cortona and then as a visiting fellow - it never disappointed me. Quite the opposite. So, at least for once, reason and imagination did not take... Read more
The first time I heard about the IWM I was still a doctoral student. It was June 1995. I was attending a conference on Charles Taylor's oeuvre at Cerisy-la-Salle. It was Charles himself who told me that he was going to Vienna after the conference to spend some time at the Institut fรผr die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. That stirred my imagination. And, well, everybody knows how human imagination works, so it is no surprise if I say that my visionary picture of the Institute got bigger and bigger over the years. This is a familiar risk, which everyone is accustomed to. But you know what? When I was so lucky to get directly involved with the Institute - first at a Summer School in Cortona and then as a visiting fellow - it never disappointed me. Quite the opposite. So, at least for once, reason and imagination did not take two opposite roads. So I can say with certainty that it was no crush: I am in love with the IWM, which I wish a long and productive life to.
Holly Case Holly Case wrote on 9 June, 2017 at 00:23:
Happy birthday, IWM! You're looking fresh for 35, and I hope you have many more years of inspiring intellectual exchange ahead of you.
Happy birthday, IWM! You're looking fresh for 35, and I hope you have many more years of inspiring intellectual exchange ahead of you.
Rรฉka Kinga Papp Rรฉka Kinga Papp from Budapest wrote on 8 June, 2017 at 14:58:
IWM has been very kind to me. The Jesenkรก journalist fellowship at the IWM is the opportunity every journalist needs: a great time of reflection and research, in an inspiring company and the loveliest work circumstances one might possibly imagine. 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!
IWM has been very kind to me. The Jesenkรก journalist fellowship at the IWM is the opportunity every journalist needs: a great time of reflection and research, in an inspiring company and the loveliest work circumstances one might possibly imagine.

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!