News published by the University of Klagenfurt concerning the Faculty of Humanities

Heading to Silicon Valley with a degree in Media and Communications

Silke English studied Media and Communications at the University of Klagenfurt. Shortly after graduating, she joined a start-up which later relocated to Silicon Valley, taking her along. Today, she still has a wide range of responsibilities there, and in this interview she tells us how she manages to juggle all of these projects, how much her university degree helped her to start her career and what she still associates with the university today.

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Media and Convergence Management: The perfect blend for a unique degree programme

Media and technology are transforming our lives. The blurring of boundaries in the TIMES sector (Technology, Information, Media, Entertainment and Security) requires sound cross-sector expertise. The English-language Master’s degree programme in Media and Convergence Management provides students with knowledge in the fields of cultural studies, media studies, economics and technical sciences and thus provides the best possible preparation for their future careers. Rebecca Scheiber opted for this unique Master’s programme and tells us about her experience of studying and about tackling change in a responsible and creative way.

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Insights into KuWi teaching… 3 questions for Nursen Gömceli

What happens to feminism in the digital age? With her course, Nursen Gömceli offers students an opportunity to get insights into how digitalization has changed feminist activity in the 21st century. Students are engaged to find out how digital tools can be used to change things for the better. 

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English idioms: Simplifying the acquisition of idioms for learners

Idioms are regarded as particularly challenging when it comes to learning a second language. And yet, the comprehension and appropriate use of these expressions can serve to demonstrate greater linguistic proficiency. An Austrian-Russian project is now set to explore how English language learners from two different linguistic and cultural backgrounds approach the challenge of learning idioms. The project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

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“You are not alone.”

“Firstly, you are not alone – you will hear us and see us daily as we guide New Zealand through this period”, these were the words of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in March 2020. At the same time, the French President Emmanuel Macron declared war on the coronavirus with “Nous sommes en guerre.” We interviewed linguist Marta Degani to talk about different linguistic strategies in politics.

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Journalism needs to reach out and engage

Social discourse is becoming increasingly heated and radicalised. Why is it that the movements that threaten democracy are more successful in drawing people in than those seeking to promote democracy?

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English Language Teaching Today: Trends and Challenges

Guest professor Irena Vodopija-Krstanovic has many links to the University of Klagenfurt. She is an alumna, had a guest professorship in the English Department in 2014 and co-organized an Alps-Adriatic-Adriatic-Anglistics conference with a colleague of the Department in Klagenfurt. We had a lot to talk about, including her current guest lecture “English Language Teaching Today: Trends and Challenges”.

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Game Studies and Engineering: It’s the passion that drives me

After achieving a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at IIIT Una, India, Shivi Vats decided to come to Klagenfurt to continue studying with the master’s programme Games Studies and Engineering. In this interview he talks about why one should study at AAU and what advantages Klagenfurt has over a big city like Delhi, India.

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From Cape Town to Klagenfurt: In conversation with advertising photographer Daniel Waschnig

Daniel Waschnig originally comes from Cape Town in South Africa but has been living and working in Klagenfurt for 10 years. The advertising photographer holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications and is currently studying for a master’s degree in Media and Convergence Management. He tells us how his studies helped him to turn his hobby into his profession, what it means to be an advertising photographer and what still connects him to the AAU today.

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Game Studies and Engineering: Studying in an enthusiastic and balanced teaching environment

When he started to study, all he thought of were career prospects not personal interest. Fortunately, Benjamin Hanußek soon realised that it takes more than that and so, the German switched his studies from Economic Psychology to Archaeology. Gladly, because there he found out about his true passion: working intellectually with games. He specialised on ancient Egyptian board games, attended conferences and published articles on that topic. Now, to find out about what has changed since the 3rd millennium BCE, he is studying Game Studies and Engineering in Klagenfurt.

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