Stories portraying students studying at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Klagenfurt

Writing texts for the Internet

Sanat Seidekhanov is currently spending three months at the university’s Department of Slavonic Studies as a visiting researcher. Originally from Kazakhstan, the linguist is particularly interested in texts that appear on the Internet. Ursula Doleschal, head of the department, will provide methodological support.

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Media and Convergence Management: Ideally qualified for professional challenges!

Isabell Koinig is the programme director of the Master’s degree in Media and Convergence Management. Her research interests are broad and cover a spectrum that includes the science of advertising and market research, media economics, and international management. She spoke to us about interface management, nomophobia, and her personal approach to media studies.

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Psychologically healthy children are more likely to grow into healthy adults


Nearly half of all mental illnesses have their origins in the early childhood years of the affected persons. In adulthood, these often emerge as chronic illnesses with negative consequences for the individual’s social life, economic productivity, and quality of life.

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When will we (finally) choose a better world?

The world appears to lie in ruins: Climate change is making itself felt in environmental disasters. People in need are heading north; politics responds with nationalism. The concept of “do-gooders” bears negative connotations, although what we do need is people doing “good”; people who put their actions at the service of a better world. We spoke to the cognitive psychologist Stephan Dickert and the philosopher Alice Pechriggl about why it is so difficult to implement a change of mind.

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The end of the West?

Within the scope of an introductory seminar course, Johannes Dafinger and his students Anna Ogris and Julia Schator are studying Americanisation and Westernisation in the years following the Second World War and up to the early 1970s. Over the course of this quarter century, Austria and (Western) Germany were firmly integrated into the “Western” community of values. At the same time, the role model of the US-American “way of life” radiated across (Western) Europe and other parts of the world. Dafinger and his students explored the diverse manifestations of the Americanisation of culture, politics and economics and finally asked themselves the question: is the West at an end?

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Beautiful, fit Instagram world

The way we perceive ourselves and our bodies is increasingly influenced by images in Social Media. Katrin Döveling, Department of Media and Communications Science, has studied which effects the use of Social Media has on one’s own body image and self-perception, and how online discussions about images of beauty frequently unfold. An appeal for media competence in the digital age.

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„Wenn man literarisch schreibt, muss man sich immer aufs Spiel setzen.“

Artur R. Boelderl fragt nach dem Wesen der Literatur. Mit ad astra hat er über körperliche und seelische Grenzerfahrungen bei Lesenden und Schreibenden gesprochen.

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How safe is safe enough?

Ein Gespräch über Medienverantwortung und Rechenschaftspflicht mit dem Kommunikationswissenschaftler Matthias Karmasin.

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Wie viel Emotion braucht die pädagogische Beziehung? Über Kuschelpädagogik und Ängste beim Lernen

Agnes Turner fragt nach der Bedeutung von Emotion und Gefühl in der pädagogischen Beziehung. Mit ad astra sprach sie darüber, ob ein Lehrer auch ein Kind unsympathisch finden und dies trotzdem zu einer fairen Behandlung und Leistungsbeurteilung führen kann.

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Sportliches Lesen

Flüssiges und sinnerfassendes Lesen ist nach wie vor eine große Schwäche bei vielen SchülerInnen. Durch einfache Methoden können Lehrkräfte und Eltern den Kindern helfen, diese Defizite zu überwinden und die Lust aufs Lesen zu wecken. Wie das gelingen kann, darüber spricht Markus Pissarek mit ad astra.

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