poetics of resistance...

... that's what it's all about, if not superficially, then ultimately on these pages: 

about the connection between poetry and politics, between a poetic and a rational approach to the world; about the energy, beauty and imagination that every resistance requires; about the energy, beauty and imagination that every resistance inspires; but also about the resistance of poetry to the political world, in which resistance is also at home; for the possibility of feeling at home in an unhomed world; for the strength to say no in principle, but not on principle; about the refusal to conform and about being undeterred by all doubts... 

Is there a grammar of the resistance, i.e. a description of its rules and procedures? Is there a poetics of resistance that goes beyond the grammar and calculates the incalculable, honors deviations from the rule that allows for surprises? Wouldn't that be the highest attainable degree of freedom and effectiveness: without escaping the laws of being, escaping natural circumstances and without wanting to escape human nature, without ignoring one's own limitations, without glossing over the oppressive circumstances, but in a poetics of Working in resistance, clinging to the hope that anything is still possible? 

And isn't that the point where resistance and peace merge?

Ever since I was a student, I have always considered myself a scholar practitioner understood, i.e. as someone who sees scientific, educational and political work as a unit and connects these areas with each other. In this respect, the separation into a (scientific) curriculum vitae and political commitment on this website is artificial and is only for the purpose of better clarity. In addition, the six fields of work presented here are closely intertwined because, in the spirit of Edgar Morin, I am concerned about the transdisciplinary connection of the individual sciences. Accordingly, peace education or Alps-Adriatic activities can also be found, for example, in the field of "German didactics".

Scientific CV

1951 Born in Vienna

1970-1976 Studied Romance Studies (French) and German Studies at the University of Vienna 

1976 – 1987 German and French teacher at a BHS in Klagenfurt

1986 – 2003 Federal teacher in university service: German didactic (and peace pedagogue) at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Klagenfurt

1998 Dissertation: pedagogy of the other. Building blocks for a peace education in the postmodern age

2003 Habilitation (Venia: Didactics of German Language and Literature)

2004 aO Univ.-Prof. for didactics of the German language and literature

2005 Foundation and management of the "Center for Peace Research and Peace Education" 

2005 (Winter term) Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Teachers College (Center for Peace Education), Columbia University, New York

2006 Founding and management of the “Austrian Competence Center for German Didactics”

2007 University professorship for didactics of the German language and literature

2009 Short-term guest professorship at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

2011-2016 Head of the "Conflict-Peace-Democracy" cluster (University of Klagenfurt, ÖSFK Stadtschlaining, Democracy Center Vienna, Institute for Conflict Research)

2012-2018 Scientific director of the university course with a master's degree Global Citizenship Education at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, then member of the management team

2016 retirement

Political commitment


1970s Member of a left student group in Vienna

1970s Organization of activities in Carinthia against the planned Zwentendorf nuclear power plant 

Since 1970s Practical and journalistic engagement for the rights of Carinthian Slovenes

1980s Founder of the Villach Peace Committee

1980s Co-founder of the Villach Greens: Collaboration on the “Stattzeitung”, elaboration of an action program to improve the city library and to promote reading, publisher of the book “Villach – City of the Future, Future of the City”

1990s Co-founder of the association "Remember Villach" to commemorate the victims of National Socialism

1990s Co-founder of the association "Alpen-Adria-Alternative", Villach and Graz

1992-2000 Co-organizer of the "European Youth Academy" in Villach

2010s Board Member of the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, Vienna/Jerusalem.

2014-2020 Participation in the project "Dealing with the Past - Peace Region Alps-Adriatic (PRAA)

2018 Development of the "Alps-Adriatic Peace Manifesto"

2021/2022 Participation in the "Homeland Earth" campaign of the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in Stadtschlaining

2022- Participation in the project "Dialogic Remembrance in Educational Practice" (for the Alps-Adriatic region)

literature and biography

Haenny Wintersteiner: VIENNA CHILDHOOD AROUND 1900. Children's stories, poems, memories. Edited and annotated by Werner Wintersteiner. Vienna: Verlagshaus Hernals. ISBN 978-3-903442-17-7.


Hans Adler. The ideal. Stories. Selected and with an afterword by Werner Wintersteiner. Düsseldorf: Lilienfeld 2011. ISBN 978-3-940357-18-2.


Hans Adler: The town. With an afterword by Werner Wintersteiner. Düsseldorf: Lilienfeld Verlag 2009. ISBN 978-3-940357-13-7.



2008 Federal Decoration of Honor of the Republic of Austria "in recognition of honorary and unpaid services in the field of intercultural dialogue"

2010 Erhard Friedrich Prize for German Didactics (2010)

2015 ITB Berlin Book Prize in the category ITB Special Management Award for the International Handbook on Tourism and Peace (with Cordula Wohlmuter)

2018 Sustainability Award of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research in the field of teaching and curricula for the university course "Global Citizenship Education" (with Heidi Grobbauer)

2021 GENE Award "Quality and good practice in Global Education across Europe" for the university course "Global Citizenship Education" (with the management team of the ULG)

2023 Great decoration of the state of Carinthia for scientific peace work