Elisabeth Tuider (Dr. phil.), born 1973, studied Education and Psychology at the Universities of Vienna, Stockholm, and Uppsala. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Kiel for her thesis on a quantitative comparison of sex education in Swedish and Austrian schools. For five years she was a Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Münster, Germany, where she worked on her post-doctoral thesis on third gender in Southern Mexico / Juchitán. In the last year she was a guest professor at the University of Hildesheim, Germany.
In my work as a fellow, I will especially focus the question of processes of the homogenization, institutionalization/cooptation, and diversification of social movements. In doing so I will establish links to my empirical observations on the feminist and the Zapatista movements in Mexico. On a theoretical level I will prove the usefulness of Michel Foucault's considerations of the governmentalization of the self and Stuart Hall's elaborations of subject positioning for the explanation of recent processes in the field of identity politics. In my perspective, these concepts (of Hall and Foucault) can help us to understand the intersection of different social differences. At least I will try to give some methodological and methodical inputs on the question how to conduct empirical research in the field of identity politics.