Centre for Irish Studies (CIS)

Welcome to the Vienna Centre for Irish Studies

In 2009, the Embassy of Ireland and the University of Vienna, under the aegis of Prof. Werner Huber, devised a partnership programme with a view to fostering and strengthening the study of Ireland. Under this scheme the Centre for Irish Studies has been organising readings, lectures, workshops and conferences relating to the 'matter of Ireland.' 

We acknowledge the generous support of The Embassy of Ireland in Austria; The Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin; Culture Ireland.


Research and Teaching Foci:

Austria- & Southeastern Europe-Related Cultural Transfer & Circulation

Contemporary Feminist Activism in Ireland

Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance

Cultural Production during the Celtic Tiger

Irish (Post)Modernism, James Joyce, Flann O’Brien

Postcolonial Ireland and Ambivalent Irish Whitenesses 

Narrative and Filmic Assessments of Irishness as a National Identity

Stage Irishness

The Literary Hoax

The Tudor Conquest and Its Consequences


Research Cooperations:

Charles University Prague; Leeds Beckett University; Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg; University College Dublin(UCD); University of Exeter; University of Ljubljana; EFACIS: The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies; IASIL: The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures; The International James Joyce Foundation; The James Joyce Italian Foundation (Roma III). 
The Irish Studies Centre entertains friendly relations with CDE, NISN, SOFEIR, BAIS.


Research Projects:

Anglophone High Modernism and Southeastern Europe (application)

Cultural mediation in producing and teaching British and American plays in Austria and Slovenia (OeAd)

The Relative Skin: Whiteness in Contemporary Irish Literature and Film (book project)

Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities: International Conference (2016) and Publication (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

Stage Irish: The Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theory Summer School (2018), International EFACIS Conference (2019) and publication (WVT, 2021)

The Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theory Summer School: “The Irish Carnivalesque” (July 2017); “Stage Irishness” (July 2018); “Bull Island” – The Nonhuman Turn in Irish Studies (July 2019) 



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