Posterausstellung Forschungsschwerpunkt Gender and Transformation

Gender and transformation

This research area aims to provide gender-sensitive theories and analyses concerning the contemporary transformation of societies, economies, politics, media and culture. Gender is regarded as intrinsically intersecting with other structural categories of society, such as class, ethnicity, 'race', sexuality, religion and disability.

In view of the current financial and economic crises, this research perspective has become increasingly important, as both the social causes of these crises and the political, cultural, social and mediarelated coping strategies applied are, in fact, gendered. The main questions studied relate to Europe in a changing world (see Horizon 2020 research programme), where gender and social inequalities, as well as exclusion, for instance, produced through visual and body technologies are key dimensions. Additional analyses study gender politics, which is considered crucial for the development of democracy, and new forms of political participation and of (non-)belonging. These changes across Europe are regarded as embedded in global processes of transformation, and are therefore examined from a comparative and 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