The Austrian Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley was founded in 2017. It is an integral part of the Institute of European Studies (IES), home to the leading concentration of researchers and scholars on European affairs and the European Union in the Western United States. The frequent lectures and colloquia sponsored by IES are all open to the general public, adding a vital component to the university’s outreach mission to the Bay Area community.
In the realm of historical scholarship and teaching, Berkeley’s Austrian Studies Program emphasizes the significant role that the multi-national Habsburg Monarchy played in Europe, along with the meaning that this legacy of transnational governance carried – and might continue to carry – for the wider world. The current Austrian Second Republic is studied within the broader framework of regional politics (Alpine and Danubian), as well as within the European Union, of which Austria has been a member since 1995. Our program explores how Austria works to influence E.U. policy and how, in turn, the Republic is influenced by, and profits from, Union membership, especially in the economic sphere. In partnership with the Austrian Marshall Foundation, Berkeley’s Austrian Studies Program fosters ties between the University of California and Austrian universities. Additionally, this initiative supports innovative scholarship across disciplinary lines in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. In accordance with its overarching mission to encourage cooperation between Berkeley and Austria, it has the following objectives:
Strengthen Berkeley’s academic, intellectual and institutional ties to Austrian universities and research centers by promoting the exchange of scholars and joint research projects;
Support, in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, graduate and undergraduate teaching and research on the Berkeley campus about topics relating to Austria, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective;
Support study abroad and internship programs for Berkeley students in Austria;
Cooperate with the network of Austria Centers around the world to foster a global network of Austria scholars;
Provide a platform for conferences, colloquia and public lectures on Austria in order to disseminate knowledge of and interest in Austria in California;
Enrich IES’s research and teaching mission at the Berkeley campus and within the nine sister-campuses of the University of California.
Jeroen Dewulf (Director) and David Clay Large (Associate Director)