ViDSS Forum: Navigating Intersectionalities and Creating Opportunities in Academia

How do you succeed in academia, a system in which marginalised groups rarely make it to the (top) positions? What challenges likely stand in your way as a woman, as a BIPoC, or LGBTQIA+ and FLINTA of colour, or someone who is experiencing “otherness” discrimination based on other identity markers? While the answers to these questions certainly vary according to the individual background and the institutional setting in which you are embedded, those categorised as “others” often face similar challenges when navigating academic life.

The ViDSS Forum Navigating Intersectionalities and Creating Opportunities in Academia offers a platform for the safe exchange of experiences of discrimination and inequality for researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences. This group provides peer support in dealing with the challenges related to intersecting identities including (non-normative) gender, race or class as an early stage researcher. The Forum also aims at raising awareness for combating racism and discrimination and stands for solidarity, empowerment and support. In addition to the regular meetings, a series of self-organised lectures and tailor-made workshops on these topics will take place.

The platform welcomes all colleagues who feel addressed, want to support and participate.

Organiser: Faime Alpagu

Organising team: Dominique Bauer, Leora Courtney-Wolfman, Zahra Hosseini Khoo, Ahrabhi Kathirgamalingam,  Aytalina Kulichkina,  Lorena Olarte

If you want to participate in one of the meetings and/or be added to the mailing list, please contact Faime Alpagu.

Next meeting

Afternoon Tea for Change: Addressing the need for change in academic spaces
Monday, 18 March 2023, 16:00–17:30

Hybrid format (Please contact the organizer Faime Alpagu for the Zoom link)
Venue: Department of Communication, Room 6.58, 6th Floor, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna

You're invited to join us for an afternoon tea gathering where we'll sip on delightful brews and share conversations. Let's come together to discuss the (pressing) matters on our minds and brainstorm ideas to address them. Join us for tea, talk, and transformation.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Next meetings:

16.04.2024, 16:00–17:30
15.05.2024, 16:00–17:30, Guest speaker, Ani Baghumyan, Ph.D. candidate, Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Bern 
11.06.2024, 16:00–17:30, Wrapping the semester and looking for the upcoming semester


Past meetings

Christmas Market Get-Together
Wednesday, 13 December 2023, 17:30

Christmas Village at the University Campus, first drink will be provided.

 

Lunching for Change: Addressing marginalisation in academic spaces
Monday, 20 November 2023, 12:00–13:30
Hybrid format
Venue: Department of Communication, Room 6.58, 6th Floor, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna
Vera Axyonova (REWIRE Postdoc Fellow) will share some impressions from her chapter in the book Migrant Academic's Narratives of Precarity and Resilience in Europe and we will discuss navigating academia.

General Meeting 
Monday, 23 October 2023, 13:00–15:00
Hybrid format: Please contact the organiser Faime Alpagu for the Zoom link.
Venue: Department of Communication, Room 6.58, 6th Floor, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna 

Collected Knowledge” – extractivist knowledge production? On the interrelatedness of Nature, Knowledge and Coloniality (Workshop)
22–25 May 2023 
Organised by University of Innsbruck, Doctoral College Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalisation and Doctoral College Gender Studies, in collaboration with the Forum Navigating Intersectionalities and Creating Opportunities in Academia at the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences 

Recht auf Erbe in der Migrationsgesellschaft, book presentation (in German)
Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 18:00
Department of Communication, Seminar room 1, OG 01, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna
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General Meeting
Thursday, 15 June 2023, 13:00–15:00

Department of Communication, Seminar room 1, OG 01, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna