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When Immigrants Were Welcome

When Immigrants Were Welcome

Since anyone can remember, residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo have been feeding the pigeons that swarmed the city’s central market Bascarsija. It didn’t matter to the hungry birds whose hands – Muslim, Croat, Serb, Roma or Jewish – dispensed the corn and bread in this multi-ethnic city. What mattered were the crumbs, and […]

Theory Meets Practice with Media Activism

Theory Meets Practice with Media Activism

  Media Activism is a series of events organised by the University of Vienna’s department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies. The events explore the relationship between media theory and media practice. How does contemporary media shape our world-view? How have technological advances changed the way modern media works? Once a year, protagonists and antagonists […]

Vienna’s Science Slam: Rapping for Research

Vienna’s Science Slam: Rapping for Research

Few people would stand up in public and admit that they can’t read and write. Yet to be scientifically illiterate?  Strangely, that’s entirely socially acceptable. There are mitigating factors. Science at school is widely perceived to be difficult or boring, so people keep their distance. Which is fine with the scientists, who have often been […]

Book Review: Europe’s Promise, by Steven Hill

The European Way Despair, debt, and doubt – all have dragged down the economy of the United States over the past few years. Politicians offer the latest remedy for the ailing giant, but no matter what the country tries, growth seems slow in coming. While the nation is trying to lift itself out of a […]

Zimbardo on Evil

Fame comes in curious ways: In the early seventies, a young Stanford professor made national headlines with a social psychological study that went completely out of control. Informed students participating had been assigned the roles of prisoners and guards, and they adapted to their roles so thoroughly, created such excesses of authoritarianism and resigned submission […]

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