Universität Innsbruck



Innsbruck Doctoral College Politics, Power and Language

Politics, power and language are three concepts that, today, are highly contested and with it their relationship. Politics, power and language and their interconnectedness are at the centre of the doctoral college Politics, Power and Language (PPL), which addresses these three concepts through the exchange between different disciplines within and beyond the social sciences and humanities (e.g., computer science, digital humanities, economics, gender studies, history, linguistics, media and communication, philosophy, political science, sociology).

The DC PPL promotes theory-led basic research, critical reflection and empirical analysis in an interdisciplinary way. Our doctoral college is intended as an offer to analyse research questions regarding the (normative) design, (empirical or discursive) description, discursive (re)production, validation, and explanation of political power. We invite members of the DC to explore, discuss and question related phenomena and processes of the generation, justification, dynamics, control, and critique of “power”. Given the variety of the term’s definitions and meanings, the DC will serve as a key platform for deepening knowledge with regard to (a) the corresponding basic belief systems – “Grundverständnisse”, (b) operational functions, instruments, and institutions, (c) actor-specific, institutional or instrumental role profiles and perceptions, and (d) the resulting, intersectional constellations relevant to the social sciences and humanities.

The DC PPL offers PhD students support for the dissertation projects beyond the supervision services of the dissertation agreement through annual retreats, regular training workshops and joint research workshops to deepen theoretical, methodological and writing skills, it offers to participate in research and publication projects of the DC, and it provides the infrastructure for DC students to increase the visibility of their research (e.g., publishing working papers, creating blog posts, podcasts and personal websites).

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DK Klau­sur

In einer 3-tägigen Klausur von 31. März bis 2. April nahmen sich die Mitglieder des Doktoratskollegs Political Institutions and Leadership in a Contingent World Zeit die vielen Änderungen der letzen Monate gemeinsam zu besprechen und die individuellen PhD Projekte individuell, aber auch in der Gruppe voranzutreiben.


Uta Rußmann (Department of Media, Society and Communication)

Marcelo Jenny (Department of Political Science)

Student representative: Susanne Reitmair-Juárez (Department of Political Science)

Faculty Members

Sarah Berens (Department of Political Science)

Sarah Dingler (Department of Political Science)

Dominik Duell (Department of Political Science)

Franz Eder (Department of Political Science)

Fabian Habersack (Department of Political Science)

Lore Hayek (Department of Political Science)

Adam Jatowt (Digital Science Center)

Lisa Lechner (Department of Political Science)

Camilla Mariotto (Department of Political Science)

Andreas Maurer (Department of Political Science)

Claudia Posch (Department of Linguistics)

Martin Senn (Department of Political Science)

David Willumsen (Department of Political Science)

The Doctoral College provides an environment that features theory-led basic research, critical reflection and empirical analysis in an interdisciplinary way.

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