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  • Ambivalente Denkmäler: IWM Rektorin Shalini Randeria im ZiB 2-Interview

    Im ersten Wiener Gemeindebezirk steht ein Denkmal des ehemaligen Wiener Bürgermeisters Karl Lueger. Da Lueger auch glühender Antisemit war, wird das Denkmal seit Wochen regelmäßig beschmiert. Wie soll mit derartigen Statuen und Denkmälern  umgegangen werden? IWM Rektorin Shalini Randeria im ZiB 2-Interview mit Regina Pöll über den Umgang mit Denkmälern im post-kolonialen Kontext.
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  • The New Republic of Letters. Central Europe after COVID-19

    The first iteration of the dialogue over distance embodied in the idea of the new Republic of Letters concerns the visions of future Central Europe in view of the COVID-19 crisis that confronts societies of the region with new or newly dynamized challenges while opening a historical space for thinking through but also acting on political alternatives. In cooperation with the Institute of International Relations Prague.
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  • ERC Mentoring Initiative: Call for Applications

    The IWM, an independent institute of advanced study in the humanities and social sciences, has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe since 2016.
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  • Made in IWM

    WissenschaftlerInnen, ÜbersetzerInnen und JournalistInnen ein inspirierendes wie ungestörtes Umfeld zum Verfassen ihrer Arbeiten zu bieten, war immer eine Kerntätigkeit des Instituts. Das IWM ermöglicht Fellows, sich losgelöst von anderweitigen beruflichen Verpflichtungen der Arbeit an Buchmanuskripten zu widmen. Daraus gingen vieldiskutierte Publikationen international renommierter Senior Fellows genauso wie Erstlingswerke von Junior Fellows hervor. Mit einer neuen …
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  • COVID-19 Prevention Measures

    Following the lockdown relaxation measures adopted by the Austrian Federal Government in May 2020, the IWM has gradually resumed its research and administrative activities in its premises in compliance with the general safety regulations. As a preventive measure, flexible attendance regulations still apply to staff and fellows. For questions regarding future events, fellowship applications etc., please do not hesitate to contact us preferably by email, see details.
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  • How can a Library Be Closed, but Active?

    But what happens when the doors to a library have to shut? The (beautiful) physical space might be taken away, but the work continues. The work of an institutional library goes beyond the physical book and access to large publishing houses and databases. An institutional library cannot – and should not – compete with its larger pendants. Its value lies in the small things, in the kind of service only a closer relationship to research projects and the people connected to them can bring.
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  • IWM Rektorin Shalini Randeria im Die Zeit-Portrait

    Globalisierung - Die Heimatlose: "Durch Corona sind plötzlich Sachen politisch möglich geworden, die Umweltaktivisten seit Jahrzehnten fordern. Die Frage ist, wie nachhaltig diese Änderungen sein werden.", Shalini Randeria.
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  • IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev wins Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing

    The publisher Klett-Cotta and the Allianz Kulturstiftung award the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020 to the outstanding intellectual and publicist Ivan Krastev.
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  • IWM closed until further notice

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, both nationally and globally. In accordance with the most recent recommendations from government and health officials, and in the best interests of our visiting fellows, staff and guests, the IWM is temporarily closing until it is possible to safely reopen the Institute. All events and programs scheduled during …
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  • Witness: Ukraine in the Photographs of Aleksandr Chekmenev

    The exhibition includes photo series produced by the photographer over the past 17 years.
    Curated by Konstantin Akinsha and Alisa Lozhkina
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  • IWM Permanent Fellow Charles Taylor wins Ratzinger Prize 2019

    Philosopher Charles Taylor is one of the laureates of the 9th edition of the “Ratzinger Prize.”
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  • ERC Mentoring Initiative: Call for Applications

    Together with the Polish Academy of Sciences and generously supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the IWM has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This mentoring initiative is addressed in particular to researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, as well as cultural and literary studies aiming to submit in 2020 – 2023.
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  • In Memoriam Agnes Heller (1929-2019)

    Von Ludger Hagedorn Am 19. Juli starb die große ungarische Philosophin Ágnes Heller im Ferienort Balatonalmádi am Plattensee. Sie starb, wie sie lebte – unbeirrt und mutig: Sie sei, so berichten Augenzeugen, weit hinausgeschwommen in den See, so wie immer, aber diesmal kehrte sie nicht ans Ufer zurück. Vor einigen Wochen war sie 90 geworden. …
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  • Ausstellung von Paul Horn und Lotte Lyon: Neufundland

    In Kooperation mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen zeigt die Knoll Galerie Wien in den IWM Räumlichkeiten eine Werkauswahl der Multimediakünstler Paul Horn und Lotte Lyon aus ihrer Serie „Neufundland“. Ausstellungsdauer: Juli bis September 2019 Ort: Stiegenhaus des IWM Besuch: im Rahmen der allgemeinen Öffnungszeit (8:30-14:30) Eintritt frei.     NEUFUNDLAND Fotoserie+Postkartenserie Kooperation …
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  • Between Kyiv and Vienna: Histories of People, Ideas, and Objects in Circulation and Motion

    The Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv), and Ukrainian Institute (Kyiv) invite paper proposals for a conference to be held in Vienna on 4-7 December 2019. The conference is organized in cooperation with the Jerzy Giedroyc Centre for Polish and European Studies at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv) and the Department of History of Central European University (Budapest).
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  • IWM Rector Shalini Randeria appointed Destinguished Fellow at Munk School

    The IWM is happy to announce that IWM Rector Shalini Randeria has been appointed Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
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  • ERC Mentoring Initiative: Call for Applications

    Together with the Polish Academy of Sciences and supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the IWM has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This mentoring initiative is addressed in particular to researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, as well as cultural and literary studies.
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  • IWM

    Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde (1930-2019)

    His deep commitment to IWM and the afterlife of his dictum A very few are privileged to have their name associated with a sentence that shapes the political sensibilities of a republic/nation. Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde will always be remembered for his famous dictum: “The liberal, secularized state draws its life from preconditions it cannot itself guarantee.” …
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  • Ausstellung von Svätopluk Mikyta: Die Monochrome. Überdenken der Vergangenheit, Interpretation der Gegenwart

    In Kooperation mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen zeigt die Knoll Galerie Wien in den IWM Räumlichkeiten eine Werkauswahl des slowakischen Künstlers Svätopluk Mikyta, aus seiner Serie „Die Monochrome“. Eröffnung: 12. Februar 2019 [Details] Ausstellungsdauer: Februar bis Juni 2019 Ort: Stiegenhaus des IWM Besuch: im Rahmen der allgemeinen Öffnungszeit (8:30-14:30), auf Anfrage oder …
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  • Ayse Caglar Becomes a New Permanent Fellow

    The IWM is pleased to announce that Ayse Caglar, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Deputy Head of Department at the University of Vienna, joined the IWM as Permanent Fellow in October 2018. Ayse Caglar is a Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna University and a Permanent Fellow at IWM. …
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  • Art Exhibition by Maxim Kantor:
    Faust Cycle 2018

    'Faust 2018' is one of Maxim Kantors “livres d’artiste” productions.
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  • ERC Mentoring Initiative: Call for Applications

    Together with the Polish Academy of Sciences and supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the IWM has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This mentoring initiative is addressed in particular to researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, as well as cultural and literary studies.
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  • IWM Visiting Fellow Ruth Wodak receives the ‘Lebenswerk Preis’

    The IWM warmly congratulates Ruth Wodak, an exceptional scholar of political discourse and the radical right, who will receive the prestigious Lebenswerk-Preis.
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  • IWM Permanent Fellow Charles Taylor receives the Blue Metropolis’s International Literary Grand Prix

    The IWM warmly congratulates Charles Taylor for the Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix.
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  • Marci Shore wins Guggenheim Fellowship 2018

    The IWM is happy to announce that Marci Shore, associate Professor of History at Yale University, who will be back as a Visiting Fellow at the IWM in summer 2018, has been awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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  • Moishe Postone (1942-2018)

    The IWM deeply mourns the passing away of its Visiting Fellow, Moishe Postone, after a valiant battle against cancer. A renowned Marxist historian, critical theorist and political philosopher, he was the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Modern History at the University and the College, as well as the Center of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.
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  • ERC Mentoring Initiative: Call for Applications

    Together with the Polish Academy of Sciences and supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the IWM has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This mentoring initiative is addressed in particular to researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, as well as cultural and literary studies aiming to submit in 2018 – 2020.
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  • Art Exhibition by András J. Nagy:
    No One Saw It Twice

    The black-and-white photographs András J. Nagy created as he roamed the planet not only document the diverse environments in which he found himself; more importantly, they tease out the subtile compositions of those places.
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  • Video Installation: Zsófia Meller

    The primary theme of this work ist a personal interview with the leftist philosopher Ágnes Heller. The origninal intent of the artist was to focus on the roles of exceptional women through their family stories. The Zsófia Meller Movie brings the story about what influence the model of a strong woman in the family - the Grandmother, had on the life journey of a world renowned female intellectual.
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  • Was bleibt von 1989? Jubiläumsausgabe von Transit zieht Bilanz

    Das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) feiert in diesem Jahr sein 35-jähriges Bestehen. Pünktlich zum Jubiläum ist nun die 50. und letzte Ausgabe der renommierten Zeitschrift Transit – Europäische Revue erschienen. Herausgegeben von IWM-Mitbegründer Klaus Nellen hat die Zeitschrift seit ihrer Gründung die Transformationsprozesse in Zentral- und Osteuropa begleitet und kritisch analysiert.
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  • 35 Jahre IWM: Jubiläumsfeierlichkeiten in der Hofburg

    Das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), 1982 als eine geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungseinrichtung in Wien gegründet, feiert im November sein 35.-jähriges Bestehen. Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen hat anlässlich dieses Jubiläums am 6. November zu einem feierlichen Empfang in die Hofburg geladen, an dem zahlreiche international renommierte Wissenschaftler und langjährige Wegbegleiter und Unterstützer …
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  • Ivan Krastev wins Elemér Hantos Prize 2017

    The Bulgarian political scientist and bestselling author Ivan Krastev from the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna has been awarded the Elemér Hantos Prize 2017. The Elemér Hantos Prize, named after the Hungarian economist and politician Elemér Hantos (1881-1942), is awarded annually by the Central Europe Foundation of Zurich, Switzerland, to persons and organizations for …
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  • Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Film Posters of the 1920s

    In contrast to late-1920s Russian graphic design, Ukrainian film posters remain practically unknown to the broader public, both in Ukraine and internationally. Only in the last five years have publications on Ukrainian poster design of the 1920s – 1930s begun to appear. This exhibition includes reproductions of the works of artists such as Ibrahym Litynskyi, …
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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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