Innsbruck Doctoral College Politics, Power and Language


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Uta Rußmann (Department of Media, Society and Communication)

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Marcelo Jenny (Department of Political Science)

Coordinator Eva Zipperle-Mirwald (FSP EPoS)

Student representativ

Susanne Reitmair-Juarez (Department of Political Science)


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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