Cornelia Schadler is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Education at the University of Vienna.

In 2018 she was holding a Back-to-Research-Scholarship form the University of Vienna. Unitl 2017 she was Principal Investigator of the project "Family as a Nexus of Material Discursive Practices" at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. In autumn 2017 she was holding a Mercator Fellowship at the research group Doing Transitions at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. From 2014 to 2016 she was Erwin Schrödinger Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. Until 2014 Cornelia was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. She was responsible for the project "Being and Becoming a(n) (Un)equal Parent" within the consortium FamiliesAndSocieties (funded by the European Commission).

Her dissertation on the topic of transformation processes at the transition to parenthood was fully funded by a DOC-scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She was visiting scholar at the Temple University in Philadelphia, the University of Utrecht and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.


Family as a Nexus of Material-Discursive Practices

Aim: Defining the practices, which build the boundaries between members and non-members of (chosen) family relationships

Extended Abstract


Theory paper in JFTR
Methods paper in Qualitative Research

Key Practices of the Transition to Parenthood

Aim: Defining the practices, which shape mothers, fathers and children at the transition to parenthood
Paper in Current Sociology

Becoming and Being a(n) (Unequal) Parent

Aim: Defining the practices, which include parents who share work (un)equally

Project Website Austria




Show Talks 2008 to 2011
  • August 2011: "Babies First Portrait: From Medicine Technology to Photographing Technology", presented at ICOHTEC conference 'Consumer Choice and Technology' in Glasgow
  • June 2011: "Classified Babies. How Children and Parents Are Fabricated", presented at the conference 'Contested Truths, Re-shaping and Positioning the Politics of Knowledge' in Berlin
  • May 2011: "Becoming Mother, Becoming Father: Subjects, Transformations and the Transition to Parenthood", presented at the conference 'Qualitative Inquiry' in Urbana-Champaign
  • May 2010: "Posthuman Birth: Becoming Parents" presented at the Christina Conference 'Gender, Nature and Culture' in Helsinki
  • June 2010: "Prozessbegleitende Forschung mit Autoethnographie" (Investigating Processes with Autoethnography), presented at the University of Klagenfurt
  • November 2009: "Doing Pregnancy and the Transition to Parenthood: Research from the (Posthumansit) View of the 'Practice Turn'" presented at graduate conference 'Critical Perspectives: Turns, Trends and Theories' in Erlangen
  • January 2009: "When Men Become Fathers: Fathers doing Identity Transition", presented with Claudia Höfner at conference 'Changing Men and Masculinities in Gender Equal Societies', Roskilde University
  • November 2008: "An Autoethnography about Scientific Failure: A Method to Study Social Sciences and Reveal Other 'Unrequested' Influences", presented at the conference 'The Politics of Knowing: Research, Institutions and Gender in the Making' in Prague
  • September 2008: "Fathers Doing Identity Transition: When Men Become Fathers", presented with Claudia Höfner and Rudolf Richter at the interim conference of the ISA Research Committee on Family Research in Lisbon


Cornelia Schadler
Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Rooseveltplatz 2/3, 1090 Vienna
Phone: 0043-1-4277-48255