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Open data ses­sions: Inter­ac­tion & Mul­ti­modal­ity

Monday, 18 March 2024, 12:00-14:00

Meeting room of German Studies (room 409004), Innrain 52d, 6020 Innsbruck // Online (access data will be sent after registration)

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FSP planning calendar

FSPub: Aurora - experiences and opportunities
18 January 2024

FSP advisory board meeting
23 January 2024

In conversation with... Mirjam Zadoff
30 January 2024


Research focus "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts"

Participating research centres

Mission Statement

Our research is fundamentally dedicated to social transformations and their challenges. Mobility, migration, globalisation and cultural transfer, but also language, religion, digitality and socio-ecological sustainability are key topics of our time, which we investigate in aesthetic representations such as literature, art, music, films and media, but also in their everyday life and practices. We analyse cultural dynamics as spaces of creativity and the emergence of the new, but also of conflictual escalation, including war and violence. Like all cultural phenomena, they are historically conditioned and therefore multi-layered and changeable. They reflect power relations and social inequalities, while at the same time they are intertwined with the search for orientation and order.

The research fields of the FSP Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts range from social transformations, migration, globalisation and different concepts of Europe to human-environment relations against the background of current and multiple crises. At the centre are questions of the creation of affiliations and distinctions, the constitution and abolition of borders, concretely in the social and abstractly in the symbolic. By interweaving historical and current, regional and global perspectives, the research focus forms a hub for interdisciplinary initiatives, research projects and networking within the university and beyond.

Communicating science (third mission) is a key task of the research centre. With the involvement of the urban and regional public, we work on current social and political issues and thus provide central impulses for a critical public dialogue. Through various formats and initiatives, we make research visible and tangible, thereby making an important contribution to strengthening trust in science.

We understand our research

  • as a reflexive process that is not only interested in topics, but also considers the role of knowledge and science within them;
  • as a collaboration between different specialist disciplines, each of which contributes its own expertise but learns from and relies on each other;

FSP Days

FSP days offer us the opportunity to examine broader topics from different disciplinary perspectives within the research focus area.

In con­ver­sa­tion with ...

Science thrives on dialogue and discourse. This is why the research focus invites external academics and publicists to Innsbruck twice a year to engage in intensive dialogue with them.

Mul­tilin­gual­ism col­lo­quium

The colloquium "Multilingualism" offers the opportunity to continue the productive interdisciplinary discussion of the Research Day through the joint discussion of current articles on multilingualism research from various disciplines.

Open data ses­sions

Anyone involved in qualitative (social) research will be familiar with the need to share their own empirical data with other researchers during the research process. To this end, there is a regular opportunity for networking and specific data discussion for all those who work with oral interaction data and analyse it qualitatively.

FSP lec­ture series

Lecture series of the research focus "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts" on current topics.

Habil­i­ta­tion net­work meet­ing

The newly founded Innsbruck Habilitation Network aims to connect postdoctoral researchers at the University of Innsbruck beyond faculty structures.

The­matic focus

Diversity in film: Thematic focus 2022/23 of the FSP as part of the diversity strategy of the University of Innsbruck


Exciting contributions from the areas of "Young Research", "Academic Sidelights" and "Research Positions".

FSP Publication Fund

Current calls for proposals

// There are currently no calls for funding. Calls for proposals are issued once a year, in December, for publications in the following calendar year. One further call per calendar year is possible depending on the availability of funds.

General funding guidelines

Funding is provided for the publication of monographs, anthologies and editions, in particular qualification publications (outstanding MA theses, dissertations and habilitation theses), which were written at the University of Innsbruck and will be published by the end of 2023.

The printing costs will be subsidised with a grant of up to € 1,000, subject to available funds.

Award conditions and application documents

  1. Funding is available for publication projects from the humanities, cultural and social sciences as well as from theological disciplines at the University of Innsbruck, which are initiated and supported by at least one member of the research focus area (FSP) "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts" (information on FSP membership at
  2. Special funding is available for the printing of qualification publications, publication projects with an interdisciplinary approach, projects with an open access strategy (green or gold) and publication projects that are subject to a peer review process.
  3. The following must be submitted
    (a) A description of the topic of the publication project of approximately one page,
    (b) the planned date of publication (31 December 2023 at the latest) and the applicant's connection to the FSP
    (c) the preliminary table of contents of the publication project
    (d) for qualification publications: all expert reports,
    (e) a complete cost breakdown of the publication project,
    (f) an overview of other grants awarded or applied for.
  4. Grants will be paid directly to the invoicing party on presentation of a specimen copy and an original invoice. The entitlement to funding expires six months after the publication date stated in the application.
  5. Acceptance of funding is linked to the obligation to refer to the funding body in the title of the funded publication in the following form: "[Funded by the] Research Centre 'Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts' of the [Leopold-Franzens] University of Innsbruck".

Applications will be subject to expert review by the FSP Advisory Board.

Applications with the required enclosures in pdf format must be entered into the project database by the responsible project database officer of the respective institute. At the same time, please send your application by e-mail to

The guidelines and information for the project database officer can be found at yesterday

FSP event funding

Current calls for proposals

// Funding applications for the first half of 2024 can be submitted until 01 December 2023. Applications must be submitted digitally to the research focus (, the required form can be found at here. The funding guidelines below apply.

General funding guidelines

The Research Centre supports inter- or transdisciplinary projects that are located at the interface of two or more disciplines. Preference is given to projects that are supported by at least two members from different disciplines of the research focus, internationally visible projects, preparatory work for third-party funding applications and prospective networking activities within the research focus. Events should be held in Innsbruck or the surrounding area, otherwise a justification is required. Translation services and printing cannot be subsidised (please refer to the FSP Publication Fund). Fees can only be subsidised in exceptional cases and for artistically active persons.

Please note that membership of the FSP is a prerequisite for funding. Anyone who assigns their research achievements to the FSP in the research achievement database is automatically a member (multiple credits are possible).

The following are funded in connection with the research focus

  • Workshops,
  • Conferences/congresses (with external speakers),
  • transfer- or application-orientated projects.

The following are not covered

  • Scholarships,
  • Research stays (please refer to the research grant),
  • projects that have already been completed and
  • activities with no recognisable connection to the research focus in terms of content or personnel.

Depending on the funds available, the amount of funding awarded is based on the criteria mentioned above. Funding for workshops and comparable activities amounts to a maximum of €800 and for conferences/congresses a maximum of €2,000. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed and comprehensible cost breakdown of the overall event.

There is no legal entitlement to funding. Grants awarded must be claimed by the beginning of December of each year; otherwise a new application must be submitted in the following year. If funding is awarded, we ask that reference be made to the research focus, that Logo be used on printed materials and/or in digital formats and that the funded activity(ies) be assigned to the research focus in the research performance documentation.

For the processing of approved funding, please refer to our Merkblatt.

Dissertations are a core element of university research. Accordingly, as a research focus, we endeavour to promote young talent in line with the times. A number of dissertations are produced in five internal doctoral programmes under the umbrella of the research focus, but also under individual supervision. In addition, we have been running a scholarship programme for many years, which enables young researchers to spend four weeks in Innsbruck for research purposes and brings them into contact with local academics.



With the support of the International Relations Office, the research focus area organises three fellowships each year, which enable young academics to spend four weeks conducting research in Innsbruck.


The FSPub is our DK-wide regulars' table for all doctoral students of our research focus and other interested parties who want to discuss topics related to doctoral studies, careers in science and the like in a cosy atmosphere or simply chat with like-minded people and spend a nice evening.

Fur­ther doc­toral projects

Associated doctoral projects and completed doctorates

Management & Coordination

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Silke Meyer
Head of the research focus

+43 512 507-43351

Catherine Gruber
student assistant


Dr Teresa Millesi
Coordinator of the research focus

+43 512 507-39820


University Professor Dr Birgit Mertz-Baumgartner
Associate Professor Dr Andreas Oberprantacher, MA
Associate Professor Dr Eva Pfanzelter
Dr Brigitte Rath
Associate Professor Dr Dietmar Regensburger
Associate Professor Dr Dirk Rose
Associate Professor Dr Dirk Rupnow
Associate Professor Dr Kurt Scharr
Associate Professor Dr Jörg Schwarz
ao. Associate Professor Dr Thomas Steppan
Associate Professor Dr Ulrike Tanzer
ao. Associate Professor Dr Andreas Vonach
Associate Prof. Dr Nikolaus Wandinger
Priv.Doz. Dr Ursula Schattner-Rieser
Assoc. Prof. Dr Rina Alluri
Dr Eva Binder
Associate Professor Dr Stefan Ehrenpreis
Assoc. Prof. Dr Andreas Exenberger
Priv.-Doz. Dr Christian Heitz
Associate Professor Dr Stefan Hofmann
ao. Professor Dr Julia Hörmann-Thurn and Taxis
Associate Prof. Dr Christine Konecny

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