Farid Hafez (Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, University of Salzburg) will be hosted by University of California, Berkeley’s by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Asian American Studies. He will conduct a research project titled “Understanding Islamophobia in a Global and Comparative Perspective. The main goal of his research will increase the mutual understanding and create an academic dialogue between scholars on Islamophobia in Austria and the United States. First he will ask which notions of Islamophobia have been employed in Islamophobia Studies and have been used since the term was first coined in 1997. In the second step, epistemological assumptions of different usages of Islamophobia will be investigated with a special emphasis put on German-speaking literature and studies influenced by anti-Semitism-Studies and the Anglo-Saxon literature.
Marc Landry (Postdoctoral Scholar at
the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah State University) will
be hosted by the Institute of History and European Ethnology at the
University of Innsbruck. He will conduct research project titled Energetic
Transformations: The United States, Kaprun, and the Postwar Austrian
Landscape. His project will promote the understanding of the historical
relationship between Austria and the United States by teaching and
performing collaborative research in the history of energy. His course on
modern world energy history, will cover (among other
things) the role of United States economic aid in the creation of the postwar Austrian electricity supply. He also plans to complete research for his current book project on the environmental history of electrification in Europe by composing a chapter on the environmental impacts of American-financed, postwar Austrian hydroelectric development.