The Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History is a research facility of the humanities, combining basic research with innovative international theoretical approaches. The goal of research activities at the IKT, the only exclusively transdisciplinary research unit at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is the analysis of complex cultural systems.
Investigations focus on the creation, conveyance and use of collective memory and identity by means of narrative, staging and translation. The Institute represents a research approach that meets the social challenges of our world today, characterized by increasingly heterogeneous and competing identity constructs, and contributes to the pressing issues of European identity.
The IKT is thereby connected to major national and foreign research institutes.