The INST was founded on 14 November by a group of international scholars. Its development has always been reflected precisely in its contributions. Informational materials, analyses and presentations resulting from given projects are, among other things, contained in the following books:
Cultural Study – Transdisciplinary, Transnational, Online (1999; 2nd expanded and revised edition 2001) (in German)
TRANS. Documentation of an Attempt at a Cultural Studies’ Polylog on the WWW 1997 to 2002. (Book + CD with the TRANS Contributions up to 2002) (in German)
Reality and Virtuality of Mountains (2002) (in German)
The Unifying Aspects of Cultures (2003: Book + CD with the INST Homepage + DVD with a documentary film about the project) (in German, English and French)
Additional documentations of the INST’s activities may be found in the Internet journal TRANS, in the INST book series and in the section entitled "Documents/ Documentations"on this Homepage.
The main focus of the INST’s research is the importance of the production of knowledge in (contemporary) cultural processes - regional and transnational.
The languages used by the INST for communication at conferences and for publications are German, English and French. The main areas of the organization’s activity are meetings (presentations, seminars, symposia, conferences), research projects and publications (Homepage, books, brochures, exhibits, films, virtual presentations).
The members of the INST work in more than 50 countries. The information found on the Homepage is viewed by approximately 60,.000 people from more than 100 countries each month. The highpoint of the INST’s activities to date has been the conference "The Unifying Aspects of Cultures"("Das Verbindende der Kulturen"), in which some 4000 people from more than 70 countries participated.
Legally the INST is a public, Austrian, transdisciplinary organization, defacto it is a transnational association, which is based on common interests in the production of knowledge.The financial basis of the INST activities is the income from the various projects. Even after a decade of productive endeavors, which have gained worldwide acceptance and recognition, the INST still has to struggle to obtain sufficient public funds to support its infrastructure.