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Studying coincidence in literature and films

A position as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of English and American Studies brought Matthias Klestil to Klagenfurt from Bayreuth. His research currently focuses on material from literature and films, which addresses versionality and coincidence. In our interview with Matthias Klestil, he tells us about the paths that led him to Klagenfurt, and he reveals what he finds fascinating about the USA.

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Can novels make us care about others? A study based on ethnic American literatures

When President Donald Trump addresses the nation, he often resorts to discriminatory stereotypes when referring to African American, Mexican American and Muslim American communities. The narrative that suggests that these groups represent a threat to the American nation is shaping a number of current debates, but there are also important counternarratives. Within the scope of a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), scholars from the field of American Studies are investigating how ethnic American literary texts are inviting readers to imaginatively step into the shoes of a character who is different from themselves and to see the world through that character’s eyes.

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A new program supports the mental health of children in Southeast Europe

Nearly half of all psychological disorders can be traced back to the early years of the affected individuals, i.e. to the time before they reached the age of 14. In adulthood, this frequently leads to chronic illnesses, which may in turn exert negative effects on the individuals’ social lives, economic productivity and quality of life. A new project supported by H2020 (European Union) aims to prevent the occurrence of these illnesses during the childhood years. The project’s geographical focus lies on Southeast Europe.

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Pharmaceutical advertising can empower patients

Autumn is flu season and that means it is high season for pharmacies selling over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. Those who aren’t reminded by their own running noses, are sure to be alerted to these types of pharmaceutical drugs by advertisements and posters. A team of researchers has recently studied the extent to which pharmaceutical advertising supports the so-called self-empowerment of patients. The investigation focused on Brazil, the fastest-growing pharmaceutical drug market in the world.

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“The Game is the Mode of our Time“

Irrespective of whichever part of the world we are currently regarding, everything appears to be becoming more playful in the estimation of literary scholar and games researcher Felix Schniz, who is working as a PreDoc Scientist at the Department of English and American Studies while pursuing his doctoral degree. In his studies, he explores the experiences that are gained while playing video games.

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Neue Lernplattform für das Schreiben in einer Fremdsprache

Geht es darum, in einer Fremdsprache eine Bewerbung, ein Reklamationsschreiben oder einen Leserbrief zu verfassen, kommt bei vielen Unbehagen auf. Eine neu entwickelte Lernplattform mit dem Titel „Wrilab2“ soll dem nun mit speziell entwickelten Übungsprogrammen für das Schreiben in den Fremdsprachen Tschechisch, Deutsch, Italienisch und Slowenisch Abhilfe schaffen. Unterstützt wurde das Projekt von der Europäischen Kommission (Lifelong Learning Programme).

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Shaping digital creativity – with laptops, smartphones and other technology

Christian Kruschitz is researching how companies use digital media and applications to shape the workplace, by looking at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) currently undergoing digital transformations in Carinthia, Austria.

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Allow us to introduce: Fräulein Flora

Eva Krallinger-Gruber, from Salzburg, studied Journalism and Communication Studies at AAU. She has worked in France, Belgium, America and Switzerland. Now she is her own boss, and spends her time showing what Salzburg has to offer in the online city magazine ‘Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts’. She runs the blog together with her husband and is planning to publish her own magazine soon. In the interview she explains why she chose to study in Klagenfurt and what advice she would give to students today. Read more

Neues Masterstudium Game Studies & Engineering

An der Alpen-Adria-Universität in Klagenfurt startet im Herbst 2017 ein österreichweit einzigartiges Masterstudium zu “Game Studies & Engineering”. Die Anmeldefrist läuft von 1. Mai bis 31. August 2017. 35 Studienplätze stehen zur Verfügung. Read more

Unter der Spitze des Eisbergs: Tagung zur Textgenese in der digitalen Edition

In den Bücherregalen und E-Book-Readern warten fertige literarische Texte auf ihre Leserinnen und Leser. Durchschnittlich sind es rund 60.000 Wörter, die die Spitze des Eisbergs der literarischen Erzählung bilden und veröffentlicht werden. Die Literaturwissenschaftlerin und Leiterin des Musil-Instituts in Klagenfurt, Anke Bosse, geht aber davon aus, dass insgesamt rund das 10- bis 20-fache an Material entsteht, bis SchriftstellerInnen daraus ihre veröffentlichten Werke fertigstellen. Diese ‚Take-Offs‘ sind bisher nur in komplexen Bucheditionen veröffentlicht. Die Editionswissenschaft bedient sich nun aber immer stärker des Online-Raums, um die Textgenese auch einem breiten Publikum open access zugänglich zu machen. Zu aktuellen Ansätzen dieser Arbeit findet von 20. bis 22. April 2017 nun in Klagenfurt eine internationale Tagung statt. 

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