Innsbruck Doctoral College Gender and Gender Relations in Transformation: Spaces - Relations - Representations


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Maria A. Wolf (Department of Educational Science) 

Deputy Head

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Veronika Eberharter (Department of Economic Theory, Policy, and History)

Priv.-Doz. Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Bernahrd Weicht (Institut für Soziologie)


Mag. Julia Tschuggnall (


Spaces - Relations - Representations

The doctoral programme features investigations of the transformation of gender and gender relations in their historical, spatial and reciprocal relationships, conditions and effects. The programme focuses on processes of change, regimes of change and their persistence, including the social struggles and civil society protest constellations that trigger, hinder, mobilize or moderate change. An interdisciplinary, intersectional and transnational/transregional perspective of analysis is essential for this research undertaking.

Research perspectives

The doctoral programme "Gender and Gender Relations in Transformation: Spaces -Relations - Representations" investigates transformations of gender and gender relations in their historical, spatial and reciprocal relationships, conditions and effects.

In order to examine transformation processes in the framework of SPACES, RELATIONS and REPRESENTATIONS the programme fosters and includes new and more recent research perspectives that form a intersection with critical gender studies, such as postcolonial studies, disability, queer and refugee studies, critical masculinity studies, science and technology studies, urban studies and cultural studies.

The theoretical approaches investigating spaces, relations and representations, developed in various disciplines, become productive in an interdisciplinary exchange for the investigation of the transformation processes of gender and gender relations, e.g. when the analysis of relational inequality is expanded to include aspects of space or when literary and/or scientific-historical analyses of the representation of gender introduce other categories of the social.

SPACES are understood as geographical and especially as social and cultural coordinates of action and events, but also as physical places of exclusion, inclusion and transition, acting as borders, barriers and facilitators of participation.

RELATIONS, in turn, are understood as connections between real persons, actors and agents. Additionally, relations describe the connections between individual subjectification and social positioning, which can strengthen but also weaken old and new inequalities, hierarchies and border-demarcating processes.

REPRESENTATIONS are defined as meaningful, legitimizing and delegitimizing systems of symbols, discursive formations and literary or media narratives, which have the potential to create, stabilize but also transform violent forms of subjectivation, social relations and knowledge orders.

The doctoral program hereby focuses on the present and history of successful, unsuccessful, unfortunate or failed attempts for solutions and transformative social struggles and movements.

Faculty Members


Be part of: Research Platform Center Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck (CGI)

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