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Whose Austria?

Muslim Youth Challenge Nativist and Closed Notions of Austrian Identity

Farid Hafez

the dominant discourse with their own identity politics as agents. This case study builds on a large body of intimate, first-hand knowledge of an organization of young Muslim men and women. The Austrian Muslim Youth (Muslimische Jugend Österreich – MJÖ

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AUSTRIA’S RETURN TO MITTELEUROPA

Alexandra Schwell

Eastern enlargement of the EU and NATO was not only a technical but also a highly emotional matter. The image of the “East” as untrustworthy, threatening and fundamentally different from an imagined “Western” community is strongly rooted. Drawing upon interviews in Austrian state institutions, this paper argues that the end of the Cold War made it necessary for Austria to redefine its identity as a neutral bridge builder. Using the example of security and police cooperation, it illustrates how Austria’s “return to Mitteleuropa” by consequence may be interpreted as a postcolonial project to recover imperial greatness in a contemporary shape. However, this one-sided movedid not yield the expected results in the former crown lands, which preferred to treat this endeavor instrumentally.1

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Financing Gender Equality

Budgets for Women's Policies in German and Austrian Länder

Ayse Dursun, Sabine Lang, and Birgit Sauer

grow or decline. Germany and Austria were two early European norm entrepreneurs in institutionalizing a women's equality infrastructure. The impulse to create wpa in both federations, however, came from distinctly different sources. In Germany, the

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Refugee studies in Austria today

From challenges to a research horizon

Leonardo Schiocchet, Sabine Bauer-Amin, Maria Six-Hohenbalken, and Andre Gingrich

developing the Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n), an international and interdisciplinary network for the study of forced migration based in Vienna, Austria. Through this experience, in turn, this article engages particular challenges in working on

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Balancing Victimhood and Complicity in Austrian History Textbooks

Visual and Verbal Strategies of Representing the Past in Post-Waldheim Austria

Ina Markova

This article focuses on the impact of images on reconstructions of the past. In order to analyze the function of images in history textbooks, image-discourse analysis is applied to a case study of Austrian postwar memory. The analysis of recent Austrian history textbooks provides insight into strategies by which notions of Austria as both "victim" and "perpetrator" of the National Socialist regime are held in balance. The article also focuses on the intentional framing of iconic depictions of two central Austrian sites of memory, Heroes' Square (Heldenplatz) and the State Treaty (Staatsvertrag).

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Does Gender Play a Role?

A Gendered Frame Analysis of the Pandemic Skeptic Protests in Austria

Antje Daniel, Markus Brunner, and Florian Knasmüller

discontent is a condition for every protest. In this sense, the covid -19 pandemic and the sudden need to transform everyday life, society, and politics challenged Austrian society. In April 2020, the initial protests arose, highlighting the fears and

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Sartre in Austria

Boycott, Scandals, and the Fight for Peace

Juliane Werner

“It means a lot to me that in the Western European countries, namely in Germany, in Switzerland, and in Austria, attention is given and justice is done to my writings.” — Jean-Paul Sartre, Die Presse, 12 July 1952 When Sartre first

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Progressive Judaism in Austria

Evelyn Adunka

in the western part of Austria. One of Sulzer’s collaborators for Schir Zion I was Franz Schubert; he composed for Sulzer the 92nd psalm. Allegedly, according to a report in the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums , Louis Lewandowski also learned with

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Pegida in Parliament?

Explaining the Failure of Pegida in Austria

Farid Hafez

Introduction “ I n Austria, from the very beginning, the fpö has been the real Pegida.” This was the comment by the far-right leader Heinz Christian Strache about the organization Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident

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THE OUTSIDER’S GAZE AS PART OF THE METHODOLOGICAL TOOLKIT?

Gebhard Fartacek

What is the Musikantenstadl? This phenomenon showcasing popular Alpine culture is quite familiar to most people in the German-speaking countries of Europe. But even without ever seeing it, most readers are likely to have an idea what it is about.