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Forschungszentrum “Kulturen in Kontakt”, Universität Innsbruck – Research Focus “Cultures in Contact”, University of Innsbruck (Forschungsplattform “CEnT” – Research Platform “Cultural Encounters and Transfers”, University of Innsbruck)

National Network: 
Innrain 52
A-6020 Innsbruck
Organisation Type: 
Public Institution
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

structure of the organisation, including number of staff employed and/ or partners:
1 head, 1 vice, 39 members
budgetary resources available in a year:
4 000, 00 Euro for all of projects and administrative activities
sources of funding:
University of Innsbruck, Austrian Ministry of Science
modalities of action (concrete projects, exchanges, seminars, scholarships, conferences etc):
concrete projects, conferences and symposiums, seminars and lectures, publications
main partners involved in the organisation’s projects/ activities:
research groups with similar foci, primarily at European and North-American Universities and universities of the MENA region

Mission and Objectives: 

Research on modalities, structures, implications, mechanisms, strategies, consequences etc. of cultural encounters and transfers aiming at a better understanding of the aspects mentioned and being devoted to a cultural studies definition of “culture” and a both creative and innovative research approach aiming at a better understanding.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Projects (in alphabetical order) - Selection
Breaking the Stereotype. Oriental and Occidental Stereotypes in the Course of Time (director: Veronika Bernard;
Hotel Jugoslavija. Die literarische und mediale Wahrnehmung der Balkankonflikte (directors: Martin Sexl, Arno Gisinger)
IMAGES – BILDER, die man sich macht. An interdisciplinary project on cultural encounters, migration, and ideologies (upcoming; director: Veronika Bernard)
MigrationsautorInnen in Frankreich (1981-2008), ein "literarisches Wörterbuch" (directors and eds.: Ursula Moser und Birgit Mertz-Baumgartner)
Russische Moderne und Intermedialität - Literatur und Film (director: Dunja Brötz)
Conferences/ Symposiums (in alphabetical order) - Selection
An den Grenzen der Sprache: Kommunikation von Unsagbarem im Kulturkontakt.
Internationales und interdisziplinäres Symposium, Universität Innsbruck, 18.-19. Dezember 2009 (coordinators: Manfred Kienpointner, Julia Pröll, Ulla Ratheiser)
Breaking the Stereotype 2010. From Orient and Occident to a Mutual Understanding of Images. An international and interdisciplinary conference, Istanbul 2010 Arts Production Centre, Istanbul, October 22-27, 2010 (coordinators: Veronika Bernard und Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous)
Migrant Europe, NIHMP, Rome, February 11, 2009 (coordinator: Veronika Bernard)
Racism, Slavery, and Literature. Internationales Symposium, Universität Innsbruck, 2.-5. Dezember 2008 (coordinators: Wolfgang Zach, Ulrich Pallua )
Responsibility to Protect: A Canadian Heritage. Peacekeeping, Diplomacy, Media, and Literature Responding to Humanitarian Challenges. Internationales und interdisziplinäres Symposium, Universität Innsbruck, 11.-14. November 2009 (coordinators: Ursula Moser, Thomas Spielbüchler)
for exhaustive information on research, teaching etc. activities see

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Veronika Bernard
Head of the organisation: 
Prof. Ursula Moser