In October 2014 AIANI received a new look and logo, designed by the Büro für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit of the University of Innsbruck. The logo will be used for all print and online appearances of AIANI in the future. It is available in German or English and fits perfectly into the branding concept of the University of Innsbruck.
Dr. Manuela Consonni from the Department of Romance and Latin American Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was the third AIANI Guest Scientist to come to Innsbruck in October 2014. She is currently working on a research project with the title “Exophonies. Primo Levi and the Writing of Difference” in cooperation with Dr. Federico Italiano from the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Innsbruck. This major joint research project is taking place in three different phases, whereas phase one already included a research stay of Dr. Italiano at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in May 2014. Dr. Italiano led a two-day workshop there. The second phase was Dr. Consonni’s stay in Innsbruck, where she taught a seminar on “World Literature and Translation Questions: Shoah Literature: Memory, Gender, Hybridity”.
AIANI-Guest Scientist Dr. Consonni held a public guest lecture on “Primo Levi. Language and Survival” on October 21, 2014, in the Claudiasaal in Old Town Innsbruck. The third phase will be an international conference on Primo Levi that will take place in Innsbruck in 2015. This project is organized in cooperation with the Italy-Center (Italienzentrum) at the University of Innsbruck.
Prof. Benjamin Gidron from the College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) visited the University of Innsbruck on October 16 and 17, 2014. He met with university administrators and colleagues from the Business School to discuss further academic cooperation. Prof. Gidron will come to the University of Innsbruck as “AIANI Guest Scientist” in the Spring of 2015.
On October 13, 2014, the ambassador of the State of Israel to Austria, Mr. Zvi Heifetz, visited the University of Innsbruck on invitation by Rektor Tilmann Märk and AIANI. Ambassador Heifetz was appointed in 2013 as new ambassador in Vienna and it was his first visit to Innsbruck and the university. AIANI is looking forward to a close cooperation with the embassy and ambassador Heifetz in the upcoming years.
The ambassador was welcomed by a delegation from the University of Innsbruck (from left to right: Vice Rektor Roland Psenner, Dr. Sarah Matt-Leubner from transidee, Dr. Mathias Schennach from the International Relations Office, Dr. Barbara Tasser, Head of International Services, Mag. Marion Wieser, Coordinator of AIANI, Prof. Ivo Hajnal, Academic Director of AIANI and President of the University Senate, Ambassador Heifetz, Rektor Tilmann Märk and Vice Rektor Sabine Schindler).