Welcome to the homepage
the Cultural Studies group
at the University of Vienna
Our group was formed in 1998 by teachers
and researchers from different disciplines and faculties.
Our aim is to institutionalize research and teaching in Cultural
Studies at the University of Vienna.
We share a scientific commitment that eschews traditional
boundaries between academic disciplines. Our aim is to focus
on the cultural process (i.e. the motivations, orientations,
and regulations which permeate all areas of work and life),
and also to analyse cultural production.
We cooperate with institutions beyond the university, not
only to strengthen Cultural Studies at the university, but
also to raise the profile of Vienna as a centre of Cultural
Studies research. Furthermore, we seek to share research in
Cultural Studies with a broader audience.
Past and present issues of our work:
in Cultural Studies
In 2002 we developed an optional Cultural Studies programme
for the University of Vienna. Students could choose this as
a part of their elective fields of concentration (freie Wahlfächer).
Since the beginning, this programme is realized in close cooperation
of teachers from several disciplines, faculties, and universities
curriculum in Cultural Studies (since October 2008)
Until the winter semester 2008/2009, most studies at the University
of Vienna have been adapted to the requirements of the Bologna
process. This has been realized by developing BA- and MA-programmes.
To allow students an increased flexibility of studies following
the major-minor-model, the University of Vienna offers complementary
curricula as structured module groups. Our group developed
a complementary curriculum in Cultural Studies; this programme
ist offered for the first time in the winter semester 2008/2009.
of graduate students
The support of young scientists is one of our most important
concerns. In recent years, we have developed and organised
international conferences for postgraduates at the University
of Vienna, and have published the results thereof in several
volumes. These conferences are filling the gap in the training
of young scientists at a doctoral level in Austria.