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Contaminated books – symbols of the state and ownership marks in the books of the Library of the University of Vienna

Time and again students and users of the University Library point out that various books carry stamps containing a swastika. Markus Stumpf, head of the Contemporary History Library at the University of Vienna, provides us an insight into this complex topic. Traces of the Nazi regime such as stamps in the books of the University … Continued


Living Book Day – Review by Flor Trillo

As part of the 650th Anniversary of the University of Vienna, the “Living Book Day” took place on 29 April, in collaboration with the career service [UNIPORT] and the Main Library that are both part of the University of Vienna. The event was characterised by the presence of 65 renowned people including students or academics of … Continued


Life as a student mum

It is March. The first week of the new semester. Or the period when most of the students are at the University -– apart from the exam week, however. The reasons why the first week is especially important are that it not only provides information on the modes of assessment but also guarantees a place … Continued


A warm welcome to all ERASMUS students

Dear exchange students, on behalf of the departmental coordinators I would like to give you a very warm welcome at the University of Vienna. I am an anthropologist, and when anthropologists are asked to contribute they usually tend to tell a story, often from personal experience, and departing from that story they draw wider conclusions, … Continued


A Key Change for Austria (part 3)

Exactly one year from today, the final of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to take place in Austria. I returned to Vienna on Monday from this year’s contest in Copenhagen, and I came back to a changed country. Before I left Vienna for Copenhagen, there was not widespread interest in Austria for Eurovision, … Continued


Why academic writing should be more social

Der Beitrag ist im Juni 2013 auf Samuel Bredl’s Blog unter http://sambredl.com/ erschienen. It’s that time of the year again. Finals are coming up and I should be doing anything but writing this blog post. But somehow it fits this very moment so here it goes. The way we are writing theses is 200 years … Continued


Why Greece matters: it is personal

Am Donnerstag, 30. Jänner 2014, 18.30 Uhr, findet am Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft der Universität Wien in der Währinger Straße 29 ein ORF-DialogForum zum Thema “Why Greece matters” statt. Ausgangspunkt dafür ist die ORF-Dokumentation “Schwarzbild – Aus für Griechenlands TV”. Der Regisseur der Sendung, Yorgos Avgeropoulos, diskutiert mit  Dimitrios Droutsas, Abgeordneter zum Europäischen Parlament, … Continued


One for all and all for one

I started my PhD in Organic Chemistry at the end of 2010 in Germany. One might ask: “why Chemistry?”, to which my reply would simply be ‘Why not?’. I don’t know why, but people are usually so scared of it. Chemistry is like every other branch of science: you need to work very hard and … Continued

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