IFK_ Academy 2018: August 19-25



IFK_Summer Academy 2018: August 19-25, Austria

In recent years, questions regarding different forms of belonging have resurfaced. They have intensified due to political debates concerning nationality, language, culture and religion, but also due to increased mobility, new media and digitization, the reorganization of kinship relations and a longing for reliable friendships.

Since the beginnings of modernity, genealogical orders have been (re)shaped and put in perspective: The extended family is succeeded by the nuclear family, and the nuclear family by the patchwork family. In addition, factors like genetic research, reproduction technologies and legal equality for homosexual couples have, over the last few decades, redefined established systems of kinship and inheritance law; at the same time, house and living communities have significantly expanded – currently to include pets, prospectively to include robots. The processes that transform perceptions of belonging are also reflected in a rise of nationalist and racist propaganda. Deeply connected with this sadly current observation are questions about the history of nationalism, racism and other constructions of belonging – to cultures, classes or religions. How is it even possible to “belong” to a state, a population, a culture, or a religion? And how may such a proposition of belonging be reconciled with an unprecedented level of mobility, which is imposed – technologically (transport, media), politically (flight and expulsion, World and Civil Wars) and economically (work migration) – in the course of modernization and globalization? During the IFK_Summer Academy 2018, the diverse facets of this modern shift in belonging will be processed and discussed in five sections:  




Section 1: Concepts of Friendship:

Iso Camartin, Zurich


Section 2: Transformations of Kinship:

Ulrike Vedder, Berlin


Section 3: History of Nationalism and Racism:

Christian Geulen, Coblenz


Section 4: Belonging and Mobility:

Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka


Section 5: Future Prospects of Digital Networking:

Claus Pias, Lüneburg



Young academics and artists who are well-versed in cultural studies and particularly interested in the study of culture(s). Austrian applicants, or individuals working at Austrian scientific institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit applications.



Application forms will be available for download around mid-February. The stipend includes board and accommodation in a single room, as well as working documents. Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses to Upper Austria.

The IFK_Summer Academy, which has been organized annually since 2003, aims at:

→ reinforcing methods, procedures and perspectives for the study of culture(s) in the Humanities, the Social and Art Sciences.

→ promoting junior scientists by providing a framework for intensive collaboration between young and established researchers

In order to facilitate intellectual exchange among the participants of the academy, we expect at least a minimal command of German. Most of the lectures will be held in German and you can find further particulars on the sections as well as the application form on our German-language website. Presentations, however, can be held in English.