The IKT Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History is a research institution of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the field of humanities, social and cultural sciences. We conduct theory-based transdisciplinary basic research on topics of social relevance.

The IKT's research aims to analyse complex cultural processes to gain an evidence-based understanding of regulative social action in the past and present. We examine how collective memory and collective identities are generated, communicated and represented through knowledge production, narrative and translation.

Cultural studies research at the IKT is carried out by historians, literary scholars and political scientists within three clusters:

The IKT’s work takes place within three clusters:

Our research is oriented to current theories, concepts and methods in history, social sciences and cultural studies. Outcomes include:

  • Publications that open up new perspectives in the study of historical and contemporary processes in Central Europe, Europe and the world
  • Science communication (including events, exhibitions, and media coverage)
  • Evidence-based policy advice

The IKT is networked with high-ranking research institutions at home and abroad. Our international Advisory Board continuously monitors and accompanies our research.

The IKT offers talented young researchers (Masters and PhD students) the opportunity to work on projects on an internship or freelance contract basis. We also host international visiting researchers in relevant disciplines.


The Institute's activities include: