About us


The three coordinators of the ZIAS are:

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gudrun Grabher (Department of American Studies)
  • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Danler (Department of Romance Studies)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Coy (Department of Geographie, Tyrolean section of the Austrian Latin America Institute)


  • Interdisciplinary utilization of professional expertise for the university and the general public
  • Mediation between the cultures of Austria and the Americas
  • Accessibility of the University of Innsbruck for the general public


In addition to its main function as a competent intermediary between Austrian and American research, language and culture, networking and the utilization of existing individual expertise in Innsbruck play an important role in the spectrum of its responsibilities. The interdisciplinary nature of the Center is particularly important because it does not concentrate on individual academic disciplines but is equally committed to the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and other disciplines. Its activities are intended to establish ties between the various fields of research.

The Center for Inter-American Studies does not restrict its activities to the University but attaches great importance to public accessibility. It sees itself as a platform and forum of exchange that is open to both members of the University and the population of Tyrol.

An awareness of the diversity of the Americas and a greater in-depth understanding for the cultural, social and economic differences between the individual regions are major concerns. Not least because of that, the Center frequently organizes cultural events and is very much involved in promoting Austrian-American cultural exchange.