Posterausstellung Forschungsschwerpunkt Gender and Transformation

Gender and transformation

This key research area engages in gender-sensitive theorising and analyses of contemporary transformations of society, economy, politics, media and culture. The themes covered include, for instance, affects, bodies, representations, mobility, migration, violence, participation, knowledge and (in)visibility. Gender is regarded as intrinsically interrelated with other structural categories of society, such as class, ethnicity, 'race', sexuality, religion and disability.

In view of current economic and ecological crises and the rise in social inequality at global, transnational and national levels, in addition to crises of democratic representation, this perspective is of increasing importance: both their social causes and the political, cultural, social and media-related ways of coping, as well as their effects, are gendered. This research area mainly studies questions of changing gender and sex dispositifs, in which the production of social inequality and exclusion, for instance by (gendered) affective and visual technologies as well as body technologies, are key dimensions. Additional analyses study gender policies relevant for the development of democracy and new forms of political participation, as well as for migration patterns and problems of (non-)belonging. The different transformation processes of the present day are understood as being embedded in global transformation processes and studied from a comparative and a transnational perspective.

Study Programme associated with this area of research:

Master Gender Studies, Gender Research Office, University of Vienna


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer, Department of Political Science