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Projects at the Department of Human Resource Management



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Renate Ortlieb, Department of Human Resource Management personalpolitik.uni-graz.at/de/institut/renate-ortlieb-institutsleiterin/


1. Work parties and the (re)production of gender relations in organizations

Based on the theoretical approaches by Joan Acker and Silvia Gherardi, it is being examined how gender relations are (re)produced in the context of work parties and similar events. The empirical foundation consists of more than 200 short texts describing personal experiences, written interviews of approximately 500 subjects as well as other texts and images from business events. The project is being conducted in cooperation with Barbara Sieben of the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and is, among other things, incorporated in two lectures at the University of Graz.

2. Equal opportunities via human resource management

This project is particularly interconnected with the eponymous edited volume. This standard reference, which is being issued in cooperation with Gertraude Krell, Free University of Berlin, and Barbara Sieben, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, is now being published in its sixth edition by the Gabler publishing company in Wiesbaden. Theoretically established, it examines instruments of human resource policy and (for e.g. in the context of personnel selection, remuneration systems or human resource management) proceedings regarding their discrimination and equality potential as well as giving recommendations for a practical application in the following. The volume includes contributions which illustrate theoretical concepts and recent research findings as well as numerous practical examples.

3. Work-life balance and career prospects at the University of Graz

Embedded into the “Work-Life-Balance” core program at the University of Graz, which is being coordinated by Barbara Hey of the Coordination Centre for Women’s Studies, Gender Research and Equal Opportunities for Women, it has been conducted an online survey of the entire academic staff at the University of Graz. The objective of this project is to develop a university specific concept of work-life balance and to enable all employees to improve their work-life balance as well as career opportunities. During the research process which is based on this survey, gender-related questions are being analyzed, for e.g. regarding different career developments, handling of conflicts between professional and private life, scientific concepts, or social affiliation at the workplace.

4. Illness-related absences from work by women and men

The empirical research on operational sick leaves provides contradictory findings regarding the degree of illness-related absences from work by women and men. While some studies suggest a higher number of absences by women, others do the exact opposite. Respective theoretical explanations are similarly contradictory. This project is aimed to empirically and theoretically itemize these inconsistencies. Thereby, it is not only focused on the working conditions of women and men, but also on the private context.


After Bologna. Gender Studies in Entrepreneurial Universities

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Angelika Wetterer, Mag. Dr. Gerlinde Malli, Mag. Susanne Sackl und Elisabeth Zehetner, Department of Sociology

The research project “After Bologna. Gender Studies in Entrepreneurial Universities” is part of the transnational research group “Entrepreneurial University and Gender Change” (http://www.genderchange-academia.eu/) and is being conducted in cooperation between the Chair of Sociology of Gender Relations at the University of Graz (Angelika Wetterer) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Gender Studies at the Technical University of Berlin (Sabine Hark) – Project duration: 04/2012 – 10/2014.

Project team members in Graz: Mag. Dr. Gerlinde Malli, Mag. Susanne Sackl and Elisabeth Zehetner.

The „Gender Studies in Entrepreneurial Universities” project is focusing exemplarily on the new gender studies courses which were introduced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1997, essentially at the same time of the Bologna reform. Its objective is to reconstruct the processes of implementation of the gender studies and, at the same time, to identify local stages and paths of implementation.

By carrying out qualitative, actor-centered case studies on the implementation process of gender studies, the project will assess (1) the knowledge, theories, methods, and fields of application that have entered the curricula and are thus declared relevant scientific knowledge on gender, (2) the negotiation processes that started even before the implementation process and accompanied it, (3) the actors usually involved in the process, and (4) the impact of the imperatives of the entrepreneurial university and the Bologna reforms on the present gender studies curricula.

The examination of these questions is intended as a contribution to the analysis of the academic transformation processes associated with Bologna and the entrepreneurial university, which is not only instructive for the implementation of gender studies. Using gender studies as example, it is possible to gain new insights on a number of issues which are currently being intensively discussed in the scientific and academic research associated with Bologna.

First methodical reflections on the expert interviews conducted in the context of the project will soon be published in the anthology “Geschlechtergerechtigkeit und Geschlechterwissen in der (unternehmerischen) Hochschule” [Gender Equality and Gender Knowledge in the (Entrepreneurial) University] by Westfälisches Dampfboot publishing and will be titled “Interaction Dynamics and Methodological Challenges in the Context of Higher Education Research” (Gerlinde Malli & Susanne Sackl). Initial results of the study have not been released due to methodical reasons.


The Impact of Multiple Discrimination on Careers of Affected

Coordination: a.o. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Margareta Kreimer, Department of Economics

In the economically relevant fields of education and labor market, the project, assuming a social perspective, examines the question if multiple discrimination has an impact on the careers of the affected and how it is manifested.

Additional information: http://www.etc-graz.at/typo3/index.php?id=1156#c2582


 Research and teaching core area of gender 

Department of History, University of Graz, www.uni-graz.at/geschlechtergeschichte

Contact and coordination: Univ.-Ass.in Mag.a Dr.in Heidrun Zettelbauer, heidrun.zettelbauer(at)uni-graz.at, Phone +43/(0)316/380-2382



Gender studies and gender history are among the most innovative research fields in humanities, social, and cultural studies. In the last decades, gender studies not only provided central impulses to the further development of the single disciplines of humanities, social, and cultural studies as well as history, but it also shaped the development of interdisciplinary questions and research projects to a large extent. For many years, at the Department of History of the University of Graz, predominantly (externally funded) research has been conducted in the fields of women’s and gender history in different disciplines, which at the same time is being incorporated into teaching methods and scientific promotion of young talent.

The gender history research and teaching core area was initiated in 2009 by Karin M. Schmidlechner (contemporary history), Käthe Sonnleitner (Middle Ages) and Heidrun Zettelbauer (Austrian history) and is aimed to illustrate the established activities in the field of gender history and theory at the Department of History as well as to develop and conduct following inter/disciplinary research and teaching projects.


Contact: heidrun.zettelbauer(at)uni-graz.at

Find additional information on projects, publications, events here: www.uni-graz.at/geschlechtergeschichte


Leda Network and publication of the eponymous book series

A.o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Evelyn Höbenreich, Department of Roman Law, Ancient Legal History and History of Private Law


2008 foundation of the Leda Network with peers in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain (2009 addition of the Netherlands and Poland) for cooperation in research and teaching in the fields of ancient Roman law as well as its tradition up to the modern codices with particular focus on gender law aspects.

Organization of symposia (Graz 2009, Buenos Aires 2010, Lecce 2011, Bilbao/San Sebastián 2012).

Publication of the Leda series (together with Viviana Kühne). To date, four monographs in Spanish and two multilingual conference papers have been published; additional book projects are in progress. The publications focus, among other things, on questions of biologism with regard to the definition of women’s and men’s role through the law, its creators and representatives; with questions on justice as well as issues of violence in the gender discourse.

Website (in progress): http://leda-network.uni-graz.at/leda/


Doctoral program "Interdisciplinary Gender Studies"


Gender studies are aimed to be multidisciplinary and, therefore, require an interdisciplinary discussion. Since 2009, the interfaculty doctoral program for interdisciplinary gender studies offers students of all subjects support by a team of professors with various contentual and theoretical backgrounds. Doctoral students also have the possibility to attend this doctoral program only for certain semesters, for e.g. to extend a section of a dissertation not primarily focused on gender issues. Additionally, it offers the opportunity to connect and exchange.


Spokesperson: a.o. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Käthe Sonnleitner (Department of History)

Substitute: Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer (Institute for Old Testament Biblical Studies)

Contact: Manuela Pezzetto: manuela.pezzetto(at)uni-graz.at


International Doctorate and Post-Doc Forum for Gender Studies in Theology

International Doctorate and Post-Doc Forum for Gender Studies in Theology

The research core area “Women’s and Gender Studies” has been established at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Graz in 1994. In 2010, this form of research colloquium has been established in order to promote internationalization and to provide other faculties as well as universities where the theological gender competence is underrepresented or missing with its specific expertise. It is conducive to the doctoral education as well as to the support of researchers during their habilitation and is primarily aimed at those who would like to discuss gender-relevant theological questions in their doctoral or habilitation thesis with qualified research scientists. Participants from other than the theological field are welcome as well with their gender-related questions (for e.g. reception of biblical texts in literature or art history). The tender process takes place every year; applications will be accepted regarding scholarships (travel and accommodation expenses). To date, the forums have been attended by scholarship holders from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Greece, Great Britain, Chile, India, Indonesia and Korea.

Coordination:    Univ. Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer




 Research core area "Theological Women's and Gender Studies"

In 1994, the Faculty of Theology in Graz established the faculty’s research core area “Theological Women’s and Gender Studies”, which has been determined top research area of the faculty at the most recent evaluation. Apart from publications, predominantly in the fields of Old Testament studies, church history, pastoral theology, patrology, and religious studies, this loose research group is also active in teaching for the regional master’s degree “Interdisciplinary Gender Studies” and the joint degree “Gender Studies”. Further, it is possible to attend the respective optional subject “Religion and Gender” at the faculty.

In 2001, in order to promote theological women’s and gender research, the Elisabeth Gössmann Award, named after the first honorary doctor of the faculty (1984), has been initiated and is periodically awarded to young researchers for their dissertations, but also diploma or master thesis.

Find participating researchers and their publications as well as current events on our website: http://www-theol.uni-graz.at/static/fgf/aktuelles/

The core area celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014. The single events are published on our website.




International research project „The Bible and Women“

The international research project “The Bible and Women”, with the participation of about 300 scientist worldwide including several from Graz, and whose results are being published in German, English, Italian, and Spanish in 20 volumes, is located as an externally funded project at the University of Graz. Irmtraud Fischer is, together with Adriana Valerio (Naples), responsible for the initiation and coordination of the project which examines the history of reception of biblical female figures as well as women’s role as exegetes of the Bible through history and also dedicates itself to specific fields which had a particularly gender-relevant impact trough the course of history (for e.g. pure – impure, marriage, women lacking legal capacity). In the process, not only the history of reception in the Christian denominations and Judaism is being examined, but also those in the field of the arts (art and theater history, music) or archeology and history of law. Each volume is being published by two internationally renowned scientists and edited by a research colloquium. The International as well as National Meeting of Biblical Literature are taking place every year, whereby research networks on gender studies are being initiated and consolidated.

Additional information on the quadrilingual website: www.bibleandwomen.org

Contact and coordination: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer, Institute for Old Testament Biblical Studies, University of Graz



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