Dear Readers, I’d like to give you a quick update about new developments with regards to this weblog:
- We are currently working on putting together an Advisory Board of Experts that will accompany the development of an Austrian Research Web space and will give invaluable input on how to spark numerous discussions about all things ‘Austrian Research-related’ in the UK.
- We are looking into possibilities to set up a network of research profiles, where Academics that are working on Austrian topics will find a space to present their research and engage in informal discussions with colleagues and the public.
- This Web space will be devoted to complement the realm of Austrian research-related journals and other publications by featuring the enriching and fascinating discussions that revolve around the academic topics treated in print publications. Academic researchers of all levels, from Professors to Postgraduate students, will be invited to comment on their own research and communicate to a greater public what it is that we do!
- Reflecting on culture and literature is a universal process and the research we are doing is to the benefit of everyone in a society, may it be global or local. This Weblog attempts to open up Austrian Studies to a wide audience and will generate a new form of integrative academic discourse by inviting relevant comments from scholars and the interested public.
The world is changing constantly and so is our perception of Europe, of history, of culture and of the people that populate this world. If we accept that we all are the product of our socio-historical, geographical or political context, then reading and analysing foreign cultures helps us to understand our own background – our ‘politics of daily life’.
Cultural and literary analysis is universal in its attempt to reflect upon the factors of precondition, change and agency. Austrian Studies in the English speaking context is particularly interesting in this respect because it centrally involves the ever prominent questions about national identity, about historical agency, collective and individual guilt, the experimental and the conservative in the Arts and in Philosophy, Multiculturalism in theory and practice, religion, and a long tradition of musical and literary ingenuity that is inextricably linked with political and geographical conditions.
What are “Austrian Studies in the UK” and who are the people involved in answering that in the scholarly domain? Following this Weblog will give you an insight in a thriving field of research.