Univ. Ass.in Josefine Wagner, Ph.D. 


Arbeitsbereich Inklusive Pädagogik 
Institut für LehrerInnenbildung und Schulforschung
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
Fürstenweg 176 (Raum 31), A-6020 Innsbruck


E-Mail: josefine.wagner@uibk.ac.at



Josefine Wagner is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. She is an educational anthropologist and a former secondary school teacher. In her research she focuses on inclusive pedagogy, disability studies and critical race theory in education, the historiography of special needs education in Central Europe as well as the Holocaust. As a past Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow of the European Doctorate in Teacher Education (grant agreement no. 676452), she is an alumni of the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland and the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her doctoral work, a multi-sited ethnography of inclusive policies and practices in Poland, Austria, and Germany, earned her the 2019 Concha Delgado Gaitan award of the Council on Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association. Josefine is a former fellow of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.


 Am ILS seit 12/2020 




  • Ethnographische Schulforschung
  • Inklusive Pädagogik & Disability Studies
  • Kritische Policy Forschung
  • Historiographie und Professionsforschung der Sonderpädagogik & Holocaust Studies


 Aufgabenbereiche am ILS:

  • Forschung: Inklusive Pädagogik, Geschichte der Sonderschule in Tirol, UNBRK, Intersektionale Bildungsforschung
  • Lehre: PS Bildung und Erziehung von Jugendlichen mit besonderen Problemlagen & Seminar mit Bacherlorarbeit


Publikationen und Beiträge:



Wagner, J. (2021). Flags, Crucifix and Language Regimes: Space-marking in three Central European primary schools. JSSE (Journal for Social Science Education), 20:4, 1-28. (https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-4517). 

Wagner, J. (2020). Resisting Performativity Measures through Local Activism: A Critical Exploration of the 2019 Polish Teacher Strike. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 18:3, 1-28. (http://www.jceps.com/archives/10141)

 Wagner, J. (2019). “Weakness of the Soul:” The Special Education Tradition at the Intersection of Eugenic Discourses, Race Hygiene and Education Policies. Conatus (Special Issue: Bioethics and the Holocaust), 4:2, 83-104. (doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/cjp.21073)

Wagner, J. (2019).  Struggling for Educational Justice in Disabling Societies: A Multi-Sited School-Based Ethnography of Inclusive Policies and Practices in Poland, Austria and Germany. In M. Schratz, H. Cervinkova, G. Halasz, M. Pol, L. Tinoca (Eds.): European Doctorate in Teacher Education: Researching Policy and Practice, (pp. 206-219). Wroclaw: University of Lower Silesia Press. (http://www.edite.eu/news/2019/11/edite-final-book-has-been-published/)

Wagner, J. (2018). DisCrit: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education, (Review of the book DisCrit: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education by D. J. Connor, B. A. Ferri and S. A. Annamma). CEPS Journal, 8:3, 215-220.

Rasinski, L., Toth, T., and Wagner, J. (Eds.) (2017). European Perspectives in Transformative Education. Wroclaw: University of Lower Silesia Press.

Wagner, J., Muhammad, S., Stocker, E., and B. Telatynska (2017). Pippi Longstocking: Reading Beyond an Empowerment Icon. In L. Rasinski, T. Toth and J. Wagner (Eds.): European Perspectives in Transformative Education (pp. 99-120). Wroclaw: University of Lower Silesia Press. (https://opub.dsw.edu.pl/bitstream/11479/295/1/European_Perspectives_in_Transformative_Education.pdf)

Wagner, J., (2016). Teachers in Disarray: Clashes Between Inclusive Policy and Practice in a German School. Forum Oswiatowe, 65-82. (http://forumoswiatowe.pl/index.php/czasopismo/article/viewFile/464/295)



Western Galilee College: Holocaust Research in Challenging Times: An Online Conference of Holocaust Research. Presentation: Education for Inferiority: Race Hygienic Discourses in Special Needs Education, 11. Mai 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7bWbbK2zfc; 38:34-48).

Diskutantin des Dokumentarfilms “The Unconditional” für das ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston of Boston Jewish Film,27. März 2020 (ReelAbililties Boston 2020 - March 27 Online Q+A).


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