All lectures are held as ifk live lectures via Zoom - provided the consent of the lecturers. For participation in the  conferences and events outside of the  house, please refer to the calendar on our website in the calendar.



ifk Lectures


During the semester the ifk regularly organizes events aimed at interesting both academics and the broader public, these are generally held on Mondays. You will find information regarding the most popular event formats on this website. Unless otherwise announced, all ifk events are open to the public, free of charge, and require no pre-booking.

The ifk Events Program:

On the calendar on this website you will find both current and past ifk Events (currently archived to 2010). If you would like to receive email notification about future events, please subscribe to our electronic newsletter here. You can order the biannual ifk NOW print magazine, which contains the semester program here.

 ifk Lectures are generally held on Mondays or Wednesdays at 18:15, and close with an open discussion. Thereafter, you can round off the evening with a glass of water or wine, and take an opportunity to chat with other event attendees.

 Most ifk Lectures are given by current ifk Fellows, who use the opportunity to present their portions of their current work.

Carl E. Schorske
Lecture Series


The Carl E. Schorske Lecture in honor of cultural historian Carl E. Schorske (1915-2015) is held annually during the summer semester. Lecturers are selected by the ifk.


> 8. Carl E. Schorske Lecture/Helmut Konrad »Die Wienermacher«

> 9. Carl E. Schorske Lecture/Edmund Leites »In Praise of Alfred Polgar«

> 10. Carl E. Schorske Lecture/Pieter Judson »Eine rassifizierte Kulturpolitik im späten Habsburgerreich«


ifk / aka Lecture


aka / ifk Lecture 2023 - Claudia Simma, »Roh übersetzen. Über die »Fertigungs«-Prozesse bei der Übersetzungsarbeit«
11. Jänner 2023

aka / ifk Lecture 2024 - Mieke Bal, »Reading the World. The Urgency of Semiotic Thinking«
24. Jänner 2024

Eric Wolf
Lecture Series


The Eric Wolf Lecture is held annually in the autumn and is a cooperation initiative involving the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) and the ifk International Research Center for Cultural Studies | University of Art and Design Linz in Vienna. The series is held in honor of social anthropologist Eric Wolf (1923-1999), who was born in Vienna and immigrated to the USA.

 Eminent scholars from the world of social anthropology are invited to Vienna for the Eric Wolf Lecture. The format is a lecture and a subsequent seminar that takes place at the ifk on the following day. The seminar provides an opportunity to discuss the presentation with the lecturer or lecturers in a smaller group format.


> 12th Eric Wolf Lecture - Arjun Appadurai  »The future of the European Enlightenment in the Age of Globalization«

> 13th Eric Wolf Lecture - Didier Fassin »Of Plots and Men. The Heuristics of Conspiracy Theories«

> 15th Eric Wolf Lecture - Heike Behrend - »Echos der Präsenz. Bemerkungen zur Geschichte der ethnografischen Feldforschung«

> 16th Eric Wolf Lecture - Akhil Gupta - »Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Climate Change. Some Anthropological Questions«