Catherine Raya Polishchuk Clivaz, B.A. MA


Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor
Room: C0408


Research Focus Areas

  • citizenship
  • sovereignty
  • exclusion
  • semantics of state, law and exception
  • phenomenological reality of the state

Short Biography

Catherine Polishchuk completed her BA at the University of Zurich, and her MA at the Graduate Institute Geneva in anthropology and sociology of development. In her MA-thesis, she analyzes how values that are mobilized in public discourse are reappropriated by individuals in their own ethical stance on (im-)migration. Her current work too scrutinizes the fault lines of inclusion and exclusion, as they are produced and reproduced in everyday and seemingly ordinary instances. She has obtained the Vienna Science and Research stipend and is an ÖAW Doc fellow (received April 2020).

PhD Project

Catherine's PhD-project traces the semantics of participation in urban renewal processes in the city of Vienna. There is a lack of transparency of legal and other normative structures underpinning these processes that induces repeated extralegal negotiations among the involved sets of actors. Her work questions the proclaimed inclusiveness of these policies and asks the larger question of whom these policies serve in what ways. Who actually joins participatory events during which the future built environment is at times heatedly debated and how is the data gathered at such events then politically mobilized?