PhD projects (since 2010)

Current PhD projects:

Buck, Linda


Das Projekt der kur(at)ierten Seele

© Linda Buck, 2019

complete title: Das Projekt der kur(at)ierten Seele. Die Psyche im Blick der österreichischen Gesundheitspolitik. Ethnographische Analyse der Broschüre „Psychosoziale Gesundheit“ des FGÖ

advisor: ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klara Löffler

description: The health policy focus on "psychosocial health" is a central theme of „Fonds Gesundes Österreich“, Austria's competence center for health promotion and prevention. Research into the category of visibility with reference to Michel Foucault's and Jean-Paul Sartre's theories of the gaze asks how politics organizes and interprets experience, how the subjectivation of "healthy" and "sick" identities takes place within powerful communication relationships, and which orders of visibility are socially constituted in relation to mental illness.

duration: since 2019

Dlabaja, Cornelia


Die umkämpfte Stadt

© Luiza Puiu, 2019

complete title: Die umkämpfte Stadt – Räumliche Transformation und Ausverhandlung Venedigs in Zeiten von Overtourism

advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

description: The project investigates how overtourism has transformed Venice in recent decades. The analysis focuses on the negotiation of space between the city administration, the political actors and the local citizens' initiatives, who claim their "right to the city" through protests and who work for the preservation of the world heritage, the lagoon and better working as well as living conditions. The empirical basis is provided by several months of field research and digital ethnography, which is supplemented by media analyses.

duration: since January 2019

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Karataş, Işıl


Analogue Visual Abstractions, Techno-Aesthetic Emotions and Eco-Cinematic Materiality

complete titel: Analogue Visual Abstractions, Techno-Aesthetic Emotions and Eco-Cinematic Materiality

advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexa Färber

description: What are the historical and contemporary modes of reflexive self-representation through analogue experimental filmmaking and how can we elaborate them as a microstructural everyday practice that is situated at the crossroads of cultural critique, medium-specificity and alternative methods of audio-visual production? My research aims at grasping experimental filmmaking as a countercultural practice of everyday life while questioning the interrelations of self-representation and analogue filmmaking in social, economic and artistic dimensions. As a heuristic concept, I work with the notion of autoethnographic modes of analogue filmmaking that I trace from the 1960s until today.

duration: since April 2020

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Liebig, Manuel


Alltagskonflikte. Eine ethnographische Studie in städtischen Quartieren

complete title: Alltagskonflikte. Eine ethnographische Studie in städtischen Quartieren

advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

description: The dissertation project investigates everyday cultural conflicts in local, urban spaces. The research topics are found in everyday dimensions of living together (use of public space; neighborhood conflicts in the living environment). With an actor-centered perspective, reflections on social positioning as well as value and moral concepts in everyday life are analyzed. By means of an in-depth ethnographic view of everyday negotiations, a picture of the social climate will be drawn in case studies and it will be explored how an increasing "acceptability" of right-wing positions comes about.

duration: since March 2018

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Meloni, Greca Nathascia


Making Honey - Making Identity

complete title: Making Honey - Making Identity. Policies and beekeeping in Sardinia (Italy)

advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

description: The project research Making Honey - Making Identity. Policies and beekeeping in Sardinia (Italy) uses a multimodal approach to investigate the relationship that beekeepers establish with the bees. The fieldwork seems to suggest that doing beekeeping represents an intellectual work that enable beekeepers to elaborate different understanding of the Sardinian identity. Finally, the research highlights how the tensions and conflicts between beekeepers and policymakers on the issues of biodiversity protection and environmental resource management are linked with the processes of identity construction.

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Riedel, Sally Mary


Schwarze Muslimische Narrative und Urban Citizenship Praktiken

complete title: Schwarze Muslimische Narrative und Urban Citizenship Praktiken

advisor: Prof. Dr. Alexa Färber

description: Neben einer raum- und gesellschaftsanalytischen Perspektive von Acts of Citizenship westafrikanischer Moscheevereine in urbanen Räumen, ist ein zentrales Forschungsanliegen meiner Dissertation die Untersuchung der städtischen Alltagsrealitäten von in Hamburg sozialisierten jungen Erwachsenen, welche sich als Schwarz und muslimisch positionieren. Dabei liegt der Schwerpunkt auf der Analyse wie Othering-Prozesse, in der Verschränkung mit verschiedenen strukturellen Herrschafts- und Unterdrückungsverhältnissen, erlebt werden und welche Positionierungsfelder und Praktiken der Selbstermächtigung auf der Individuums- und Organisationenebene  angewendet werden (Agency).

duration: since 2019

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Completed PhD projects:

Dr. Johler, Birgit


Das Volkskundemuseum in Wien in Zeiten politischer Umbrüche

© Alex Kubik, 2016

complete title: Das Volkskundemuseum in Wien in Zeiten politischer Umbrüche

advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

description: The Folklore Museum in Vienna from 1918 until shortly after 1945 is the focus of the dissertation. On the basis of archive and collection holdings, and from an ethnographic, cultural-analytical and museum-scientific point of view, the work deals with museum and scientific positioning, and institutional developments in the context of political periods and historical ruptures. Particularly by analysing museum practice and the various networks, orientations, traditions, continuities, transformations and breaks in the content of the museum and its actors become visible.

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Dr. Nimführ, Sarah


Leben in der Limboscape

© 2019, Marcell Nimführ

complete title: Leben in der Limboscape. Zugehörigkeitsaushandlungen im EUropäischen Grenzregime im Kontext von Nichtabschiebungen

advisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

description: Between 2015-2018, the dissertation project investigated the living situation of refugees who cannot be deported at the EU external border Malta within the framework of an ethnographic border regime analysis. From a micro-analytical perspective and with a multi-actor approach, the negotiations of non-deportability were addressed. The work was carried out at the intersection of science and engagement.

duration: 2014 - 2020

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Dr. Dr. Raile, Paolo MSc


Macht und Rivalität in Briefen.

Arbeitstitel: Eine Analyse der Korrespondenzen tiefenpsychologischer Vereinigungen im Zeitraum von 1902 bis 1938.

Betreuer: Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Bernd Rieken

Kurzbeschreibung: Briefe waren am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts das primäre Mittel für die alltägliche Fernkommunikation. Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Ernest Jones, Carl Gustav Jung, Erwin Wexberg und andere Mitglieder tiefenpsychologischer Vereinigungen beprachen in jenen Korrespondenzschreiben, die das mündliche Gespräch nicht nur ergänzten, sondern oftmals aufgrund der Distanzen ersetzten, nicht nur fachliche Themen, sondern vermittelten und verhandelten darin vor allem Machtverhältnisse und Rivalitäten. Nicht nur innerhalb der psychoanalytischen und der individualpsychologischen Communities traten Rivalitäten zutage, sondern auch zwischen jenen beiden Gruppierungen. Anhand der detaillierten Analyse von 59 Briefen werden die Machtstrukturen und die Rivalitäten minutiös erforscht und Schlussfolgerungen für die heutige Zeit gezogen.

Laufzeit: 2019-2022

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Dr. Rogojanu, Ana


Aushandlungen des Bauens – Gebrauch des Gebauten

complete title: Aushandlungen des Bauens – Gebrauch des Gebauten. Zwei Wohnprojekte in Wien

advisor: a. o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klara Löffler

description: Based on two community-oriented and participatively developed Viennese housing projects, the dissertation looks at architecture as a "medium of the social". Specifically, it asks how visions of living together are reflected in the architecture of the buildings and what effects the resulting architectural structures have on everyday life. Central themes are the negotiation processes in planning and their long-term effects, the structural framing of everyday living practices and joint activities, and the drawing of material and social boundaries in the projects.

duration: 2012 - 2017

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Schadauer, Daniela


Mehr als nur ein Bahnhof

complete title: Mehr als nur ein Bahnhof. Visuelle Strategien bei der Etablierung eines neuen Stadtteils rund um den Hauptbahnhof Wien

advisor: ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klara Löffler

description: The research work is in the field of cultural studies urban research and investigates structures and mechanisms of contemporary urban planning and their visual strategies in the communication around new urban spaces. Within the framework of the research, the planning, production and establishment of the so-called Quartier Belvedere on the site of the former Vienna Südbahnhof and today's main railway station was accompanied by documentary and ethnographic research.

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Dr. Wolfmayr, Georg


„Wels. Es hätte schlimmer kommen können.“

complete title: „Wels. Es hätte schlimmer kommen können.“ Auf der Suche nach dem guten Lebensort zwischen Stadt und Land in Zeiten der Kulturalisierung

advisorUniv.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

description: The dissertation examines with the Upper Austrian middle town of Wels a city "off the map", which is not the center of social and scientific attention. From the 1960s onwards a booming, future-oriented industrial and modern place, Wels can today be understood in the context of culturalization processes as a symbolically shrinking city. This ethnographic work explores the negotiation of city and country, size and smallness, globality and locality by residents and urban institutions.

duration: 2012-2017

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