Intermediality studies participate in scholarly inquiries into continuously evolving ways of understanding “arts” and “media.” Insights gained by studying intermediality contribute greatly to current debates about new definitions of art and equally topical controversies regarding digital media, particularly pertaining to their impact on our understanding of art in the widest sense and of producers and recipients as members of pluralistic societies. Multidisciplinary research, on the one hand, facilitates grasping the ways in which aesthetic structures are created and employed in specific intermedial cultural practices; on the other hand, such detailed knowledge prepares well-informed studies of (inter-)medial forms of artistic expression as well as of their respective receptive history and sociopolitical context.
The Centre for Intermediality Studies in Graz has been participating prominently in the increasingly interdisciplinary efforts at theorizing the field and at providing foundational research. The CIMIG engages the disciplinary breadth of the Division of Humanities at the University of Graz in order to network across disciplinary and departmental boundaries and in order to contribute to the university’s research foci. Furthermore, the CIMIG cooperates with other academic institutions in Graz and with research partners nationally and internationally.