Digital Ethnography Initiative (DEI)

The Digital Ethnography Initiative (DEI) is the first step towards greater visibility of ethnographic work on “the digital” at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna. It aims to establish an open space where department-based expertise, experience and research is visible to colleagues, students and the general public, thus also contributing to ongoing interdisciplinary dialogues and public engagements. Although DEI acknowledges and encourages the inherent interdisciplinary nature of digital ethnography, it also places particular attention on the in-depth understanding of historical developments within ethnography in general and its proximity to the discipline of social and cultural anthropology.

DEI is an attempt to establish a space, where longstanding anthropological interest in ethnography meets interdisciplinary dialogue. We do not only aim to engage in the discussion of what digital ethnography means across disciplinary boundaries but also to address specific issues, theories and methods. By providing an online open-access platform for sharing resources, making local expertise and research projects visible, and by organizing regular events, the initiative aims to provide orientation in a messy world of boundaries-crossing methods for researchers and students alike.

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Founders: Philipp Budka, Suzana Jovicic, Monika Palmberger

Their research and teaching engage with various aspects of “the digital” – be it a topic of inquiry or digital forms of research.


Care and State (CaSt)

The acronym CaSt stands for Care and State. It denotes a network of anthropologists interested in the relational co-constitution of care and the state. Starting from a small team in Vienna, we have expanded to a decentralised network of independent scholars convinced that bringing these fields together engenders innovative insights, important not only for academics but also diverse fields of policy development.

The group members’ research is characterised by a relational approach to the state and the (re-)production as well as the dissolution of significant relations and difference through care. Thereby, care has immense political importance for political subjectivities, belonging and the reproduction of the state at different layers. The individual projects cover diverse fields, that have in common to centre around interfaces between the private and public spheres. One focus is the performativity and impact of welfare practices on the reproduction of social marginalisation based on constructions of cultural difference within institutions like public childcare or senior citizen welfare. A second focus consists of the reproduction and reconfiguration of political subjectivities in boundary work through care. That includes the co-production of kinship and state as separate units as well as ecological activism around caring for the environment. In both instances translations of globally circulating ideas and concepts of care are central.

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Refugee Outreach and Research Network (ROR-n)

Founded in Vienna in 2015 by initiative of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA), The Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n) is an independent and transdisciplinary transnational network composed of research institutes and experts on refugee studies in particular, and human (im)mobility at large, along with general public supporters. ROR-n aims at permanent and ad hoc collaboration with institutions and individuals, scholars, civil society representatives, or policy makers, to produce and share knowledge about processes of human displacement in the world in general, and in Central and East Europe in particular. Our main goal is to integrate scholarly knowledge and public outreach, especially by researching ongoing processes relating to refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and beyond, and by addressing general misinformation about such processes and subjects. Moreover, we are committed to integrating displaced academicians within our own network, and reintegrating displaced scholars and students into academia.

EnMoTe - Environments, Mobilities, Technologies

EnMoTe delineates a field of anthropological inquiry focusing on human-environmental relations, including built environments and infrastructures, as well as on the flows and movements of human and non-human beings, things, and ideas. The two regional focus areas are 1) the circumpolar North and other remote “resource frontiers,” and 2) the former Soviet Union and other post-socialist areas. While our team consists primarily of anthropologists, EnMoTe acknowledges the necessity to work with scholars from other social science disciplines, the humanities, arts and natural sciences in order to properly understand the world we live in.

Verwandtschaft und Politik. Eine konzeptionelle Trennung und ihre epistemischen Folgen in den Sozialwissenschaften

Forschungsgruppe 2016/2017 am Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZIF) an der Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland. Die Gruppe fokussiert auf die epistemischen Folgen der konzeptionellen Trennung von Verwandtschaft und Politik und nahm im Oktober 2016 die Arbeit auf.

Leitung: Erdmute Alber (Bayreuth, Deutschland), David Warren Sabean (Los Angeles, USA), Simon Teuscher (Zürich, Schweiz), Tatjana Thelen (Wien, Österreich)

Nähere Informationen finden Sie beim: Zentrum für Interdiszplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld

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Projektleitung: Erdmute Alber (Bayreuth, Deutschland), David Warren Sabean (Los Angeles, USA), Simon Teuscher (Zürich, Schweiz), Tatjana Thelen (Wien, Österreich)


Geschlecht – Macht – Kultur: Anthropologische Perspektiven?

Der Forschungsschwerpunkt ist eine Vernetzung von Forscher_innen, die sich dem Thema feministische Anthropologie – Gender Forschung einschließlich Männlichkeitsforschung aus anthropologischer Sicht widmen.

Thematische Schwerpunkte
  • Geschlecht und Handlungsmacht
  • Geschlecht und Gewalt
  • Geschlecht und Hegemonie
  • Geschlecht und „otherwise“ (nicht-menschliche Wesenheiten)
  • Ethnisierung von Sexismus
  • Rassialisierung/Rassifizierung von Geschlecht und vergeschlechtlichte Formen von Rassenkonstruktion
  • Geschlecht und Migration/Flucht
  • Gender und Tourismus/Reisen
  • Geschlecht und Pluralität
  • Multiple Geschlechter
  • Freiheit und Geschlecht
  • Intersektionalität
  • Geschlecht im Spätkapitalismus/Neoliberalismus
  • „Antifeminismus“ und „Antigenderismus“
  • Wissenschafts- und Institutionengeschichte
Theoretisch-methodologische Perspektiven
  • Geschlecht als Strukturkategorie, d.h. als zentrale Analysekategorie von Gesellschaft
  • Queerfeministische Perspektiven mit gesellschaftstheoretischer Fundierung
  • Intersektionale Ansätze mit Blick auf globale Strukturen der Ungleichheit
  • Das systematische Zusammendenken feministischer Theorie und kritischer Kulturkonzepte
  • Die Verknüpfung von queer-/feministischen Perspektiven und Ansätzen zu Männlichkeit
  • Postkolonial-feministische Theorie
  • Postcolonial Studies und dekoloniale Perspektiven in ihrer Verknüpfung mit Geschlechterverhältnissen
  • Ontological turn/New Materialism
  • Geschlechterkonstruktionen vor dem Hintergrund kolonialer und rezenter globaler Dynamiken

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Mitwirkende: Brigitte Fuchs, Barbara Grubner, Gabriele Habinger, Monika Jank, Christa Markom, Herta Nöbauer, Adelheid Pichler, Victoria Reitter, Mona Röhm, Jana Salat, Irina Schaltegger, Sabrina Steindl-Kopf, Jelena Tosic, Sanda Üllen, Aurelia Weikert, Patricia Zuckerhut