Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2021, 09:00 - 18:00 iCal

Research and Activism

10th Marie Jahoda Winter School of Sociology

Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Rooseveltplatz 2, 1090 Vienna

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

Weitere Termine

Montag, 25. Januar 2021, 09:00 - 18:00

Dienstag, 26. Januar 2021, 09:00 - 18:00

Mittwoch, 27. Januar 2021, 09:00 - 18:00

Since 2010, the Department of Sociology of the University of Vienna has organized its summer/winter school named after Marie Jahoda. To mark the 10th anniversary, the content of this event will be related more closely to the life and work of Marie Jahoda.

In her early years as a researcher in Vienna, when Marie Jahoda conducted, among others, the famous study “The Unemployed of Marienthal”, she was an active member of the Socialdemocratic Workers’ Party. Around 1930, she was convinced that, after a democratic and non-violent upheaval of society in Austria, she would become minister for education. However, Austro-Fascism took power in 1934, and from then on Marie Jahoda clandestinely worked for the Revolutionary Socialists, without putting aside her research activities. Imprisoned in 1936, she had to leave the country in 1937. From 1948 to 1958 Marie Jahoda was a professor of social psychology at New York University and from 1965 to 1973 at the University of Sussex.

The Marie Jahoda Winter School 2021 “Research and Activism” will address the interrelationship between both scientific and political activism in the 21st century and under the conditions of the digital age. The winter school will jointly be held by the Department of Sociology of the University of Vienna and the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre from the Universities of Sussex and Leeds in the UK. To PhD students in sociology and related disciplines from around the world, the winter school will provide the opportunity to reflect and to exchange insights on the link between academic research and political or societal activism. Students will benefit from the winter school in two major ways: First, they may present and get feedback on their PhD projects in which they analyse the interrelation between research and activism. Second, PhD students who are activists themselves may present their research and discuss how they reconcile these roles. The PhD projects may be based on a wide range of research methods including action research.

The international faculty of the winter school will provide feedback to the PhD projects, support students in preparing for publication the papers they present at the winter school and together with the participants draw conclusions on the role of research and academia in the current societal and political dynamics. The winter school will include a public keynote and lectures by leading international scholars and a theatre play on Marie Jahoda and Käthe Leichter.



Prof Dr Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Brendan Burchell, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof Dr Kate Hardy, University of Leeds, UK

Prof Dr Christoph Reinprecht, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Dr Mark Stuart, University of Leeds, UK


Programme committee:

Prof Dr Jörg Flecker, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Dr Jacqueline O’Reilly, University of Sussex, UK

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Deparment of Sociology, University of Vienna

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200 Euros

Two bursaries to cover the participation fee as well as travel and accommodation costs up to 1,000 Euros each are available to participants from the Global South who cannot cover these costs.


Irene Rieder
Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
+43 (0)1 4277 49250