Sandeep Katragada: Exchange with international students at the University of Klagenfurt

Alumni Sandeep Katragada has completed the PhD program “Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE)” at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems. Technical innovations and their journey from idea to market launch are his passion. Read more

Der Atlas Novus mit der ersten wirklichkeitsnahen Karte von China

Der Atlas Novus, bekannt auch als Atlas Blaeu, zählt zu den umfangreichsten Kartenwerken des 17. Jahrhunderts. Die Universitätsbibliothek präsentiert die Bände Europa, England, Schottland und China der lateinischen Ausgabe aus der Zeit von 1648 bis 1655 aus dem eigenen Besitz. Die Eröffnung der 20. Ausstellung in der Reihe Kostbarkeiten aus der Bibliothek findet am 4. Dezember mit einem Vortrag von Petra Svatek von der ÖAW statt.

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Best Paper Award ICWI19

The paper by Claudia Steinberger and Joachim Frießer “Why and How to Capture the Semantics of Web User Interfaces” was regarded as one of the best papers of ICWI19 and received the Best Paper Award on November 9, 2019 in Cagliari.

Best Paper Awadr ICWI2019

CFP for International Conference “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures”

Conveners: Alexa Weik von Mossner, Marijana Mikić, and Mario Grill

Location: University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Dates: September 17-19, 2020


Taking a cue from pioneering efforts at the intersection of context-oriented approaches in race and ethnicity studies and post-classical narratology, this conference is interested in the relationship between narrative, race, and ethnicity in the United States.

Reading so-called “ethnic” American literatures means encountering characters and storyworlds imagined by writers associated with minority communities in the United States. Without doubt, the formal study of narrative can help us gain a deeper understanding of such encounters, but until recently, narratologists rarely grappled with the question of how issues of race and ethnicity force us to rethink the formal study of narrative.

Attesting that the relative “race/ethnicity-blindness” of narrative theory is a severe limitation, scholars such as James Donahue have called for a “critical race narratology” (2017, 3) that addresses this lacuna. A range of recent book publications (e.g. Aldama 2005; Donahue 2019; Donahue, Ho, and Morgan 2017; Fetta 2018; Gonzáles 2017; Kim 2013; Moya 2016; Wyatt and George 2020) demonstrate that a variety of insights can be gained from narratological approaches that open themselves up to issues of race and ethnicity in conjunction with other important identity markers including class, religion, gender, and sexuality. And, as Sue Kim has noted, there are shared interests in understanding the ways in which such narratives “operate within larger social structures as well as an investment in the scrutiny of how minds and subjectivity work in and through narratives” (2017, 16).

How do ethnic American literary texts use narrative form to engage readers in issues related to race and ethnicity? What narrative strategies do they employ to interweave these issues with other important identity markers such as class, religion, gender, and sexuality? How do they involve readers emotionally in their storyworlds and how do they relate such involvements to the racial politics and history of the United States? And how does paying attention to the strategies and formal features of ethnic American literatures change our understanding of narrative theory? These are some of the questions we hope to address at this conference.


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Frederick Luis Aldama, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

Patrick Colm Hogan, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut

Paula Moya, Danily C. and Laura Louise Bell Professor of the Humanities, Stanford University


We invite paper proposals on topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • Theoretical intersections of race/ethnicity and narrative theory
  • Narrative worldmaking and ethnic American storyworlds in fiction and nonfiction
  • Narrative strategies of representing racial and ethnic histories
  • Intersectional narratologies
  • Narrative identification and disidentification
  • Performativity and ethnic identity
  • Cognitive approaches to ethnic American literatures
  • Narrative engagement, simulation, embodiment, and emotion
  • Affective reader response and the empathic imagination
  • Unnatural narratives and non-normative narrators
  • Narrative ethics, race, and the environmental imagination
  • Empirical reception studies related to ethnic American literatures


The conference is supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in the context of the Narrative Encounters Project at the University of Klagenfurt (

There are plans to publish an edited collection related to the conference theme; selected papers will be considered for inclusion.

Abstracts (300-400 words) for 20-minute papers and a short bio note should be submitted by email no later than Jan 31, 2020 to: narrative [dot] encounters [at] aau [dot] at

For questions and queries, please contact narrative [dot] encounters [at] aau [dot] at.

Stellenausschreibung Webprogrammierer (m/w)

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Alle Infos findest Du hier: JOBINSERAT _ Webprogrammierer 2019.


This semester we’ve planned a book club of firsts. Firsts of what? The first book in a series! From November to February, each text that we’ll be reading is the first in a trilogy or series.
We hope that reading the first one will whet your appetite for finishing the series on your own. We’ll meet at Uniwirt at 5 pm each month (see flyer for dates) to discuss the book informally.
The purpose of the group is to allow you to talk about what you’ve read in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

The discussions will be facilitated by Patricia Keren <pakeren [at] edu [dot] aau [dot] at> and/or Blake Shedd <blake [dot] shedd [at] aau [dot] at>.
If you’re interested in helping out or planning the book club for the summer term, let us know! We look forward to seeing you there!

Book Club

Refugees and Displaced Persons in Postwar Austria: A Class Exhibition

The following website contains work completed by students in Professor Andrew Urban’s seminar, “Gatekeeping Nations: The Politics of Migration Control in the United States and Europe,” which took place during the spring 2019 term.

Migration Studies and Narratives of Displacement: A Class Project at the University of Klagenfurt

The site is divided into three sections, and features a student-curated online exhibition on Displaced Persons in Austria and Europe during the years 1945 to 1947, and posts that address firsthand accounts of migration and how migration is covered by the media.


ELT 2020


Friday, 17 January, 2020
8:20 – 5:00 pm
Stiftungssaal der Kärntner Sparkasse (O.0.1)


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sarah Mercer, KFU Graz
Dr. Volker Eisenlauer, Universität der Bundeswehr München
Dr. Thorsten Merse, LMU München
Max von Blanckenburg, MA, LMU München
Dinorah Sapp, MA, University of Mississippi
Neil Stainthorpe, MA, Pädagogische Hochschule d. D. Linz
Mag. Verena Novak-Geiger, BA, Universität Klagenfurt

ELT 2020