Contemporary Austria remains greatly influenced by post-1945 efforts to re-establish an Austrian state and forge a new "Austrian" identity. This volume focuses on the Austrian Second Republic and seeks, in particular, to explore aspects of nation-building and state-building. It adopts a multi-disciplinary perspective, bringing together insights from history, sociology, and cultural studies. With topics ranging from the role of South Tyrol in the formation of Austrian identity, national symbology, immigration, monuments, music, Austrian literature, and energy infrastructure, the volume presents a snapshot of current research on the Austrian Second Republic.
Marc Landry is Joseph Logsdon Professor in Undergraduate Education at the University of New Orleans. Landry has held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsches Museum, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was the Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor in Austrian-American Studies at the University of Innsbruck in 2016. His research interests center on the environmental history of Europe's tumultuous nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the environmental contexts of industrialization and the two world wars. His research has appeared in the journals Environmental History and Journal of Global History. As Associate Director of Center Austria, he co-edits the annual series Contemporary Austrian Studies. His current book manuscript is entitled Europe's Battery: The Alps, Water, and Power in the Fossil Fuel Age.
Eva Pfanzelter is Professor of Contemporary History and Deputy Head of the Institute of Contemporary History, and Deputy Head of the Research Center of Digital Humanities at the University of Innsbruck. She is an expert in Digital History, Migration and Minority History, and Central European Contemporary History. She was co-founder of Austria's first online contemporary history portal, Zeitgeschichte-Informations-System (1996–2003) and is co-editor of the online, gold-open-access peer-review Journal historia.scribere. Her current research interests and projects include: Humanities in digital newspaper corpora: (H2020 project 2018-2021); Memorializing migration history: Digitizing, documenting and exhibiting the "Option" of the South Tyrol in 1939 and its aftermaths (2019-2020); Holocaust and Genocide Websites Between Media Discourse, Politics of Memory and Politicking (book project).