Discussion: Thinking Europe’s Future.The role of think tanks between policy expertise and normative vision

The Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) and the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague, invite you to the first online oiip – IIR discussion series.

Dr. Vera Axyonova (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Ondřej Ditrych (Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague)
Dr. Katarzyna Jezierska (oiip|University of Gothenburg)

Chair: Dr. Saskia Stachowitsch (oiip | IPW, University of Vienna)

Tuesday, 17 June 2021, 12.00 – 01.15 p.m.
Registration for the Zoom-link


Abstract: Launching our new discussion series with IIR Prague, this event explores the role of think tanks in international politics. We will unpack the concept of “think tanks”, their impact in different parts of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as their relations with elites, governments, and civil society. With scholars working on and for think tanks, we will explore how these institutions matter in processes of Europeanization and democratization, but also in anti-EU movements and authoritarian politics.

Podcast: Security and Feminism

Josefa Stiegler, political scientist in the field of Critical Security Studies and International Politics at the University of Vienna talked with Katharina Prochart of Femality on Radio Radieschen about security and feminist security studies (in german).

Here you can listen to the podcast on the website of Radio Radieschen.

CEU Hosts FWF-Project “Risky Borders: Gender and Race in EU Border Security”

“This spring, CEU will launch its first funded projects with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). FWF, Austria’s central funding organization for basic research, supports the ongoing development of Austrian science and basic research at a high international level. CEU’s first stand-alone project “Risky Borders: Gender and Race in EU Border Security” is a collaboration with CEU’s Department of International Relations and Department of Gender Studies hosting International Relations Professor Saskia Stachowitsch from the University of Vienna.”

Read more on the CEU Website: CEU Hosts Its First Projects Funded by the Austrian Science Fund.

IPW Lecture: Rio de Janeiro. Mega-Events and Rapid Urban Change in the ‘Divided City’

Speaker: Theresa Williamson, Ph.D. (Catalytic Communities, Rio de Janeiro)
Chair: Josefa Stiegler (IPW, University of Vienna)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 6 p.m.
Zoom online-event: https://univienna.zoom.us/j/3262110409?pwd=enhjbHN2QVZoOHFCcW13RWY3ZjFxUT09
Meeting ID: 326 211 0409

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In the wake of Rio de Janeiro’s recent mega-event driven urban reconfigurations, the transformative years when Rio hosted the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games raised hope for actual investments and improvements in the city’s favelas – the city’s most chronically underserved communities. The presentation will provide an introduction to Rio and its social struggles, including the city’s racial history, particularly focusing on the rapid transformation of the city from 2009 through 2016. It offers an overview of Rio’s recent boom and bust’s impact on favelas and a detailed look at how communities have responded, developed and grown resistance strategies in response to these policies. Specifically, the talk discusses the question: what do Rio’s Olympic years teach us about poor urban planning and development policies, as well as effective community organizing and resistance?

New team member

We are welcoming our new team member Columba Achilleos-Sarll! She is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Vienna and an affiliated Visiting Research Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip). Currently conducting research on gender, race, and EU border security, Columba also brings expertise on the UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, Feminist International Relations and UK Foreign Policy to the team.

Podcast: Women, Peace and Security. The Privatisation of War

Jamie Hagen and Saskia Stachowitsch talked about the privatisation of military and security actors and it’s consequences for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the  War Studies Podcast by King’s College London.

Abstract: In the second episode of our three-part series celebrating 20 years of Women, Peace and Security (WPS), we look at the escalating threat that private companies, hired to provide military and security services, pose to the rights of women and minorities in conflict settings. This privatisation of war can have incredibly damaging consequences. Private companies often occupy a murky territory outside the legal frameworks of states and international organisations, meaning human rights abuses, including gender-based and sexual violence, are committed under their watch with little or no comeuppance for the perpetrators.
Dr Jamie Hagen, Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, and Professor Saskia Stachowitsch, from the University of Vienna, join Dr Amanda Chisholm from our own School, to discuss the challenge of this threat, in particular for women and the LGBTQ community. And how Women, Peace and Security might be leveraged to highlight these atrocities and bring justice to the communities affected.

New publication: “Gender and Security Studies Today”: A Conversation with Four Scientists [in German]

Gewalt, Krieg und Flucht///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// by Saskia Stachowitsch, Annick Wibben, Simone Wisotzki and Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel

Published in “Violence, War and Flight. Feminist Perspectives on Security” [in German], Politics and Gender Vol. 32, edited by Antje Daniel, Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel, Melanie Richter-Montpetit and Tanja Scheiterbauer, Publisher Barbara Budrich: Leverkusen.


Lecture: The US Elections 2020 – What Future for Democracy, Social Movements, and Human Rights?


Deva Woodly (The New School for Social Research, New York)
Tina Kempin Reuter (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Chair: Saskia Stachowitsch (IPW, University of Vienna | oiip)

Monday, 30 November 2020, 05:00 – 06:30 p.m.
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants, please register here

The US Elections 2020: What Future for Democracy, Social Movements, and Human Rights?Abstract: While Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections, it is clear that the Trump presidency was not an aberration in the democratic tradition of the US, but reflects a broader shift towards authoritarian politics that is also mirrored on the global scale. This panel discussion reflects on the domestic and international effects of these shifts on social movements, marginalized populations, human rights, and global peace-making. Together with renowned experts, we will explore the future of social justice, inclusion, and participation in the US and beyond under a Biden administration that is faced with the conditions of populism, persistent white supremacy, and rising authoritarianism.