ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Birgit Sauer

Fellow

FotoDepartment of Political Science,
University of Vienna, Austria
E-Mail: birgit.sauer@univie.ac.at
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©Otto Penz

CV

Birgit Sauer is professor of political science at the University of Vienna since 2006. After studies of Political Science and German Philology at the University of Tübingen and Freie Universität Berlin she was predoc-researcher at the Department of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin (1987-1992). After her PhD she held several international visiting professorships, was assistant professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Freiburg (1995-1996) and at the Department of Political Science at University of Vienna. She is speaker of the network "Gender and transformation" at the faculty of Social Sciences and from 2014 to 2018 she was speaker of the Research Network "Gender and Agency" at the University of Vienna. Since 2018 she is deputy dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She was member of several EU research projects, including projects on gender, migration and religion, gender and right-wing populism, on violence against women. She conducted research projects on affective state transformation.

Current Main Research Interests

Recently Birgit Sauer is PI of the Project Populism and Media, Austrian PI of the international project CURE (Cultures of rejection) and MICREATE (Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe). She is also member of the international research network GEPP (Gender Equality Politics in Practice) and coordinates the topic Political representation of women. Her research fields include comparative gender equality policies, right-wing populism and racism, feminist state theory, democracy and politics of emotions and affects.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Penz, Otto; Sauer, Birgit 2016: Affektives Kapital. Die Ökonomisierung der Gefühle im Arbeitsleben, Frankfurt/M./New York: Campus, 2016
  • Atzmüller, Roland; Aulenbacher, Brigitte; Brand, Ulrich; Décieux, Fabienne, Fischer, Karin; Sauer, Birgit (eds.) 2019: Capitalism in Transformation. Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century, Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar
  • Pühl, Katharina; Sauer, Birgit (eds.) 2018: Kapitalismuskritische Gesellschaftsanalyse. Queer-feministische Positionen, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot
  • Sauer, Birgit 2018: Anti-feministische Mobilisierung in Europa. Kampf um eine neue politische Hegemonie?, in: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft,13(3) 2019, 339-352. DOI: 10.1007/s12286-019-00430-8
  • Mayer, Stefanie; Sauer, Birgit; Sori, Iztok 2016: Gendering „the people„: heteronormativity and „ethno-masochism“ in populist imaginery, in: Raniera, Maria (ed.), Populism, Media and Education. Challenging discrimination in contemporary digital societies, London/New York (Routledge), 84-104