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The history of human rights and democracy is a major field of activity in which the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna is engaged. Gerald Stourzh, professor emeritus of modern history and one of the most renowned Austrian historians of his generation, has prominently positioned the history of human rights and democracy at the University of Vienna during nearly three decades of research and teaching. At the same time, his academic achievements in the field have provided profound and lasting incentives internationally.

The annual Gerald Stourzh Lectures on the History of Human Rights and Democracy are organized in cooperation with the Department of History and, since 2014, with the Forschungsschwerpunkt "Diktaturen, Gewalt, Genozide". Distinguished scholars present new insights in the field of the History of Human Rights and Democracy and put them up for discussion. Their lectures are published on this website.


9th Gerald Stourzh Lecture on the History of Human Rights and Democracy

Richard Bourke (Queen Mary University of London)

Inventing Democracy

Wednesday, May 10th 2017, 6:30 PM, lecture hall 41

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