The institute was established in 1984 to introduce "contemporary history" (Zeitgeschichte) as an independent area in teaching and research at the University of Innsbruck. Currently the institute consists of five full-time faculty members and about a dozen project assistants.
Its basic funding comes from the University of Innsbruck. Research activities, publications and public events are also supported by regional, national, and international institutions and foundations.
The institute regularly co-operates with different regional, national, and international partners (academic institutions, public institutions, NGO's etc.).
In research and teaching the institute focusses on the history of the 20th and the beginning 21st century in the region (Tyrol, Vorarlberg, South Tyrol), Austria, and Europe as well as the Mediterranean and the Americas - in a global perspective and with their transnational connections.
Main areas of interest are: international (diplomatic) history, cultural history, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, migration, intellectual history, Digital Humanities, cultures of memory/politics of history.
current research focus on the history of migration and social change in postwar Austria (including public events, conferences, exhibitions etc.)
working group "Archive of Migration"
academic expertise in the different areas that the institute focusses on
create an awareness for the plurality / diversity of our current societies through our research and activities
plan and host events such as symposia, seminars, exhibitions etc.
partner in research projects
extend the ALF network to Western Austria
bring the institute's own network of other institutions and individuals to ALF
The Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck shares with the ALF the interest in an intercultural dialogue.