Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society), LBI (

LBI has a longstanding focus on visual history. Established in 1977 at the University of Salzburg, and transferred in 1979 to the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna, LBI has been housed at the Vienna Hofburg since 2010. Lead by Erika Weinzierl 1977-2005 and by Siegfried Mattl 2005-2015, LBI has been lead by Ingo Zechner since 2015. Non-theatrical and other ephemeral films have played a key role in many of LBI's thematically linked joint projects with the Austrian Film Museum (OFM), like "Film. City. Vienna: A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Vienna as a Cinematic City" (2009-2011), "Sponsored Films" (2010-2013), "Amateur Film Archeology: Excavations in Modern Visual Culture" (2011-2013), "Ephemeren Films: National Socialism in Austria" (2011-2016), "Exploring the interwar world: The travelogues of Colin Ross (1885-1945)" (2015-2017), "Doing Amateur Film. Social and aesthetic Practices in Austrian Amateur Films between the 1920s and the 1980s" (2016-2019), and "I-Media-Cities" (2016-2019)".

LBI is part of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG), Austria's independent research Inkubator with a focus on the health sciences and on the humanities. Currently LBG operates 18 research institutes und clusters with about 600 employees. Acting according to its motto "Research for people", LBG deals with socially relevant research questions, both in the field of health sciences and in the field of the humanities.

LBI, OFM and USHMM (together with IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies) have hosted a Film Retrospective and an International Symposium on "Liberation Footage - Agrocity Pictures" in Vienna in 2015: 

Film Retrospective "Liberation Footage - Atrocity Pictures" (May 3-7, 2015) - LINK

Symposium "Liberation Footage - Atrocity Pictures" (May 7-8, 2015) -- LINK