In 1992, Anton Pelinka, a political scientist at the University of Innsbruck, and Günter Bischof, a historian at UNO, started Contemporary Austrian Studies (CAS) as an annual publication.
Contemporary Austrian Studies is an interdisciplinary social studies journal that covers Austria since 1918 and is designed to complement the older Austrian History Yearbook, which concentrates more on Habsburg history.
CAS was published for seventeen years by Transaction of New Brunswick, NJ, and for the past three years jointly by UNO Press and innsbruck university press. Volumes are dedicated to a specific theme chosen annually, with non-topical essays, forums, historiography, roundtables, review essays, book reviews and annual review of Austrian politics complementing each volume.
To date, twenty volumes have been published. After Anton Pelinka’s retirement in Innsbruck, Fritz Plasser, a fellow political scientist, took over the Innsbruck editorship (see Appendix IX).