Scholarly Organizations & Collaborators

The Center for Austrian Studies has both a local and a global impact. It maintains a close working relationship with many organizations at the University of Minnesota, in North America, and in Europe.

University of Minnesota

Center for German & European Studies (CGES) is one of five "Centers of Excellence" supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the United States. The research, training, and educational programs of CGES improve knowledge among teachers and students, strengthen innovative research, and yield significant economic and policy advantages.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), founded in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Feinstein, promotes academic research, education, and public awareness of the Shoah, other genocides, and current forms of mass violence. Three concepts form the core of CHGS’s approach: remembrance, responsibility, and progress.

Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) preserves and promotes the history of the American immigrant experience. The IHRC acts in partnership with various ethnic communities, historical agencies, research specialists, educators, and many others. The IHRC also develops and maintains a library and archival collection, provides research assistance, produces publications, and sponsors academic and public programs.

Institute for Global Studies (IGS) creates an environment for students and scholars at the University of Minnesota to investigate the sets of interrelated processes forming today's increasingly interdependent world. IGS provides a vibrant curriculum for students, brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, and works with the community to create partnerships examining global issues. CAS is one of ten interdisciplinary research centers supported by IGS.

North America

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) is an agency of the Republic of Austria, and part of the Austrian Consulate General in New York. With its architectural landmark building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the ACFNY is the cultural embassy of Austria in the United States. It hosts more than 100 free events annually and showcases Austrian contemporary art, music, literature, and academic thought in New York. It also enjoys long-standing and flourishing partnerships with many venerable cultural and academic institutions throughout the United States. News from the ACFNY is frequently included in the Austrian Studies Newsmagazine.

The Austrian Embassy in Washington DC offers a lecture series jointly with Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, as well as a magazine, Austrian Information, which covers all things Austrian-American and has been published by the Austrian Press and Information Service in the United States since 1948. 

Austrian Studies Association (ASA), formerly the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association (MALCA), continues traditions started in 1961, as the only North American association devoted to scholarship on all aspects of Austrian, Austro-Hungarian, and Habsburg territory cultural life and history from the eighteenth century until today. The ASA publishes a quarterly scholarly journal, the Journal of Austrian Studies.

Center Austria, the Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies at the University of New Orleans, strives to direct international student and faculty mobility between the University of New Orleans and universities in Austria. Center Austria promotes the communication and extension of Austrian and Central European culture through scholarly and artistic activities and academic partnerships. News from Center Austria is included in the Austrian Studies Newsmagazine.

German Studies Association (GSA) is the multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars in German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, fine arts, cultural studies, political science, economics, and more. Its interests span the period from early times to the present-day Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

HABSBURG is the online community within H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Network dealing with the culture and history of the Habsburg Monarchy and its successor states in central Europe from 1500 to the present. HABSBURG features book reviews, essays, syllabi, discussions, and other scholarly resources.

Society for Austrian and Habsburg History (SAHH) is a subgroup of the American Historical Association and was formed in 1957 to encourage, support, and further the study of Austrian history and the history of the Habsburg monarchy and of its successor states insofar as the relationship between these and the Habsburg monarchy is clear.

Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta is one of the leading centers for Central European Studies in North America and the only such institution in Canada. Their mandate is to sponsor and encourage scholarship on Central European subjects across the broad range of disciplines within the University of Alberta Faculty of Arts and to raise the profile of Central Europe and Central European Studies in Canada. News from the Wirth Institute is included in the Austrian Studies Newsmagazine.


Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF), which is led by Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck, collaborates closely with the Center for Austrian Studies. Thanks to Sektionschefin Barbara Weitgruber and Abteilungsleiter Christoph Ramoser, the ministry has funded the BMBWF Graduate Research Fellow since 1992 and provides support for research.