History of the Research Platform Center Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck (CGI)

In the fields of critical women's and gender studies, feminist research and gender studies, teaching and research has been carried out at the University of Innsbruck for over twenty years. The restructuring of the University of Innsbruck has also led to stronger networking in this field of research.

In the summer of 2005, the inter-faculty research focus was established, which was upgraded to the research platform (FP) Gender Studies: Identities - Discourses - Transformations on 1 January 2008.

In 2019, the research network was expanded to become the research platform Center for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck (CGI). With the establishment of the centre, the possibility was also created to connect academic positions to the CGI.

Since 1 September 2021, Prof.in Gundula Ludwig and Prof.in Levke Harders have been institutionally assigned to the CGI for the first time.

 Directors of the FP CGI since 2005:

Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Gundula Ludwig, Center Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck (since 2021)

Assoz. Prof.in Dr.in Kordula Schnegg, Department of Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (2018 - 2021)

Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Nikita Dhawan, Department of Political Science (2015 - 2018)

Mag.a Dr.in Maria Heidegger, Department of History and European Ethnology (2013 - 2015)

Univ.-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Erna Appelt, Department of Political Science (2005 - 2013)

Coordinators of the FP CGI since 2005:

Mag.a Julia Tschuggnall (since 2019)

Mag.a Marion Jarosch (2009 - 2019)

Mag.a Andrea Urthaler (2015 - 2016, Maternity leave replacement)

Dr.in Mag.a Andrea Ellmeier (2008 - 2009)

Dr.in Mag.a Alexandra Weiss (2005 - 2008) 

Farewells to members of the research platform CGI

Gruppenbild von links nach rechts alle drei mit Blumen in der Hand Levke Haders, Kordula Schnegg, Gundula Ludwig

On 8 October 2021, the official farewell of Kordula Schnegg as FP-leader took place. We thank her for her commitment and wish her all the best!

Gruppenbild mit CGI Mitglieder*innen unter anderem mit Kordula Schnegg und Marion Jorsch

On Monday, 18.11.2019, the official farewell of Marion Jarosch took place. We wish her all the best!

Gruppenbild mit Maria Heidegger, Kordula Schnegg, Nikita Dhawan

On Thursday, 16.05.2019, the official farewell of Nikita Dhawan took place. We wish her all the best!

Gruppenbild drei Personen mit Max Preglau

On Tuesday, 13 December 2016, the farewell ceremony for Max Preglau took place in the Kaiser-Leopold-Saal. We wish him all the best in his retirement!

Eine Frau überreicht Erika Thruner eine Rose

On Monday, 12 December 2016, Erika Thurner retired. We wish her all the best in her retirement!

On Monday, 3 October, the farewell symposium for Erna Appelt took place in a festive setting. We wish her all the best in her retirement!

Newsroom article: Erna Appelt verabschiedet

A word of farewell


During the Summer Colloquium 2016, we celebrated Elisabeth Grabner-Niels' farewell to the university after 14 years of activities in the field of gender studies.

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