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The Austrian-Palestinian Encounter and its National and Religious Flows

Projektleitung: Leonardo Schiocchet
Projektlaufzeit: 01.05.2015-30.04.2017
Lise-Meitner-Programm (FWF)

The main axis of Palestinian fluxes in Europe was Germany in the 1960s and Scandinavia in the 1980s-1990s. However, since Chancellor Bruno Kreisky's era, Vienna has played a decisive role in fostering and supporting Palestinian civil society and a secular Palestinian nationalism. Despite the relative absence of academic research on the Austrian case, in the last 10 years the Palestinian community in Vienna has been officially represented or directly supported by many Palestinian-Austrian, Arab and Austrian institutions, and deeply tied to main Austrian political parties. However, religious institutions also aggregate Palestinians and reclaim the polyphonic concept "The Palestinian Cause". How do nationalism and religion flow through transnational Palestinian networks engaged in the Austrian-Palestinian encounter? Do these flows intersect and, if so, how? How does Europe, and particularly Vienna, influence the relation between these variables?