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Styria Meets the USA

Undergirded by the observation that business practices are not divorced from culture but are rather a constituent part of it, “Interpreneurship: Styria Meets the USA” sets Styrian entrepreneurial players into an interdisciplinary and intercultural dialog with the American entrepreneurial spirit. Under the aegis of American Studies, Interpreneurship brings together the academic community at the University of Graz (e.g. Center for Inter-American Studies, Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business), local institutions (e.g. WKO Steiermark, Land Steiermark), and bilateral stakeholders (e.g. US Embassy) in an interdisciplinary effort to contribute a much-needed intercultural awareness, thinking, and praxis to Austro-American entrepreneurial ventures.

Regionally anchored yet transnational in its scope, this interdisciplinary project encompasses i) a lecture series (available to the public on YouTube), ii) two undergraduate seminars, and iii) a series of science-to-public outreach activities. Project deliverables include i) a special issue (“The American Entrepreneurial Spirit”) of JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies, a gold open access journal, ii) a made-to-order intercultural communication primer designed to expedite intercultural dialog, exchange, and cooperation between the participants of the annual Transatlantic Entrepreneurship Academy (Graz-Montclair), and iii) an image film showcasing the interpreneurial spirit at work in Styria which is co-produced by Austro-Jewish-American film scholar and filmmaker James Forsher and Kulturverein Kunstkessel.

A humanities perspective, and more specifically an American Studies angle, is all but absent from both the critical study of as well as the actual practice of entrepreneurship even though the American entrepreneurial spirit continues to serve as the idealized reference point for entrepreneurs all around the world. By drawing on American Studies’ productive interdisciplinary character, Interpreneurship opens up the as-yet untapped potential of an intercultural-economic knowledge transfer and dialog. By thinking, teaching, researching, and acting “glocally,” American Studies in Austria is ideally positioned to contribute meaningfully to a more interculturally informed and thus sustainable entrepreneurial practice.

Interpreneurship conducts intercultural translation work in a dialog-based process of helping entrepreneurial actors understand complex identity positions and the values they espouse with a view of enabling them to make more interculturally informed decisions. Consequently, Interpreneurship’s overall goal is “glocal” in terms of studying and engaging with America—and, ultimately, understanding America—within a specific thematic context and from a decidedly regional perspective as well as to examine the impact of and dialogue with transnational processes on the ground in Styria.

Researchers: Roberta Maierhofer, Michael Fuchs, Stefan Rabitsch, Viola Moisesbichler

This project is funded by the Land Steiermark, Referat Wissenschaft und Forschung.



Center for Inter-American Studies
Elisabethstraße 59/II 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8213
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9767

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. M.A.

Roberta Maierhofer

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8198

Please contact me via email. Thank you!

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