Democracy and Identitiy

Politics and Religion

Politics and religion share a long history and are in a relationship of tension and dependence. From time immemorial, there has been a mutual influence. The relationship between politics and religion, however, is not only observed in empirical studies, but is also the subject of much theoretical reflection.

Migration - Diaspora - On the Run

There are more displaced people worldwide than ever before, and humanitarian crises often occur in unstable and inaccessible places. One group whose efforts are receiving recognition is diasporas. Diasporas are made up of former migrants and refugees who can play a role in supporting their country of origin through fundraising, development work, and in some cases political activity.

„Die Freiheit, frei zu sein“. Talks about democracy and solidarity

„Die Freiheit, frei zu sein” (Hannah Arendt) is the title of a new talk series about solidarity and democracy curated and moderated by film director and radio host Elisabeth Scharang.


Science Talks

Particularly in times of crisis, it becomes apparent that complex situations and problems require scientific knowledge in order to find appropriate solution strategies. The series Science Talks deals with research fields in economics, politics and society.


Amid the omnipresent talk of globalization and international community, new border fences and walls are being erected all over the world: around states, occupied territories, residential complexes, and to separate public from private space. Many of these borders are visible from afar, others are drawn by language tests or using biometric procedures.


Es ist ein gutes Land

In 2018 we celebrated the centenary of the foundation of the Republic of Austria. But what does Austria actually mean?
In our series “Es ist ein gutes Land. Republikanische Geschichtsstunde(n)“ (It is a good country. Republican history lesson/s), Wolfgang Maderthaner and his discussion partners discuss the history and topical events of this region, which within changing borders and a wide range of attributed meanings has come to bear the name “Austria”.


In terms of democratic politics, the Corona situation has brought about a complete switch: a switching of the political mode. The layer of democratic politics that is otherwise always hidden now emerges openly.

Previous Series

Broken Identities curated by Isolde Charim

We live in a pluralistic society. That is a relatively new fact. And it is an inescapable fact: we cannot go back. There is no way back to a non-pluralistic, to a homogeneous society. That is a simple statement. Not quite so simple is the clarification of what exactly that means. What is a pluralized society? And what are its implications? In other words, what does it mean to live in a pluralized society?