Research group "Figurations of Inequality" 2019

Inequality is currently an issue in society and the media just as in various areas of social, economic and cultural history. This research group focuses on four social and historically especially relevant dimensions of inequality: financial relations, urban-rural relations, gender orders and work conditions.

 The aim of the research group is to create, proceeding from these thematic focuses in a concrete cooperation, multidimensional models of inequality as a transdisciplinary figuration. Figurations (in reference to Norbert Elias) make social processes as dynamic interweavings of relationships and interdependencies identifiable and visible, and allow them in their different dynamics to be placed in relation to each other. The central question aims at understanding which interweavings of relationships and interdependencies can be made out among the inequality figurations in financial relations, urban-rural relations, gender orders and work conditions, and how they can be grasped conceptually and structured.

 The research group intends to intensify exchange within the Faculty, pool expertise and harness this for research grant proposals and the concrete implementation of research designs. In the research group a deepened theoretical-methodological and conceptual foundation for current and planned projects as well as future joint activities and events should be created. Special emphasis is placed on the active involvement of master’s students, doctoral candidates and post-docs.

 Currently synergies exist with the Research Networks “Economy and Society in Historical and Cultural Perspective” and “Global History” as well as with the currently forming work group “urban_land_scapes” (with Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber and Manuel Liebig) and the Young Independent Researcher Group “Space – Spacial Competition and Economic Policies, Discourses, Institutions and Everyday Practices”, approved by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), with Georg Wolfmayr and Ana Rogojanu at the Department of European Ethnology.