My background in brief
I was born in 1955 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. After studies in the humanities and modern languages, I trained in using industrial products for image and sound technology. I then worked in audiovisual media. In the 1970s I became involved in intercultural encounters and later worked in cultural mediation, where I specialised in intercultural contexts and in using audiovisual media. Between 2005 and 2007, I completed a master’s in intercultural studies at Danube University Krems. My dissertation was entitled Different to me – tolerating ambiguity, and encounters with otherness and oneself.
I currently work in the field of intercultural learning, and on researching and developing methodological approaches to encounters in a transcultural space and to triggering sociocognitive processes that will allow people to perceive reality in a way that is as free of dissonance as possible.
I aim to share my knowledge with, among others, advisory boards involved in culture, interculture, social heterogeneity and integration/inclusion, and with teachers, politicians, seminar participants, those affected by clashes of cultural values and norms, and those working in the public and social services.
I live and work in Gmunden am Traunsee (Upper Austria) and in Wiener Neustadt (Lower Austria).