OPEN ACCESS: Politics, Religion and Gender. Framing and Regulating the Veil

The book ‘Politics, Religion and Gender. Framing and Regulating the Veil. London: Routledge, 2011’ by Sieglinde Rosenberger and Birgit Sauer is now available free of charge.

The publication is available at the following link:–Religion-and-Gender-Framing-and-Regulating-the-Veil/Rosenberger-Sauer/p/book/9780415705134#sup

Latest publication: Cultures of rejection in the Covid-19 crisis

Under the following link you find the latest publication of Prof. Birgit Sauer together with

Benjamin Opratko, Manuela Bojadžijev, Sanja M. Bojanić, Irena Fiket, Alexander Harder, Stefan Jonsson, Mirjana Nećak, Anders Neegard, Celina Ortega Soto, Gazela Pudar Draško & Kristina Stojanović Čehajić (2021): Cultures of rejection in the Covid-19 crisis. In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44 (5), pp. 893-905.


IPW Lecture: Mike Laufenberg – Radical Care. For a paradoxical concept of care citizenship
Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 18:30 | online
Speaker: Mike Laufenberg (FSU, Jena)
Moderation: Verena Kettner (IPW | University of Vienna)

Abstract: Faced with a global crisis of social reproduction, states and markets everywhere fail to provide social security for the majority of the world’s population. Against this background, collective practices of radical care have gained importance in many places and for many people in order to ensure life and survival in an unequal and insecure world. The lecture will discuss the emancipatory potentials, but also the structural limits and negative flipsides of radical care intersectionally from the perspective of welfare state theory and feminist theories of social reproduction. The focus is on current articulations of care-citizenship in the global North and its contradictory relations to the welfare state. Theoretically and conceptually, the lecture aims at overcoming the reductionist opposition of care-citizenship vs. the welfare state, which is often carried out by both protagonists and critics of community-based strategies of care. Instead, a concept of the paradoxical politics of caregiving citizenship is developed, which enters into a strategic tension with welfare state institutions in order to contribute to a radical democratic and solidary renewal of the welfare state from below.

Further information is available at

Office Hour will be held online!

Dear students,

during the lock-down in Austria (until 6.12.2020) the office hour will be held online.

Latest publication: “Authoritarian Right-Wing Populism as Masculinist Identity Politics. The Role of Affects”

The most recent publication by Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer was recently published as an article in the book “Right-Wing Populism and Gender – European Perspectives and Beyond” by Gabriele Dietze and Julia Roth.
The article is entitled “Authoritarian Right-Wing Populism as Masculinist Identity Politics. The Role of Affects”.

New examination dates for lectures M1a and BAK 14 from the winter semester 2019/20

The next examination dates for the lectures M1a and BAK 14 from the winter semester 2019/20 are

M1a: May 11th, 3 pm

BAK 14: May 14th, 1 pm

The exam is held online as “Digital written exam with a downloadable exam sheet”.
Further information can be found in the following document:


The MICREATE project has published the first policy brief!

Omission of office hours from March to September 2020 due to research leave semester

In the summer semester (March-September 2020) Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer is on research leave.
Therefore there will be no office hours during this period.

Book presentation “Governing Affects” on 12 March, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Dr. Otto Penz and Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer will present their latest publication on 12 March. The monograph “Governing Affects” deals with the changes in statehood in recent decades using the example of public services.

The book presentation will present various facets of the fundamental process of state and political transformation, such as the gender connotations of neo-bureaucratic work. Subsequently, two lectures by prominent representatives of an emotion-theoretical sociology will discuss further important political problems of the recent past. While Emma Dowling’s lecture will present the gender-specific emotional aspects of domestic and care work, Sighard Neckel’s lecture will focus on questions of democracy and post-democratic challenges posed by an emotionally charged right-wing populism and extremism.

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More information about the Event: Sauer_Penz_Einladung_Sujet Erlesenes Erforschen_03_2020

Postponement of Consultation Hour on 29.01. to 30.01. at 3-4pm.

Due to a bereavement the consultation hours on Wednesday, 29.01. have to be postponed to Thursday, 30.01. 3-4pm.