10th Marie Jahoda Winter School of Sociology: “Research and Activism” – online event

25 January 2021 to 28 January 2021

Read a review of the Marie Jahoda Winter School here

The Marie Jahoda Winter School 2021 “Research and Activism” will be jointly held by the Department of Sociology of the University of Vienna and the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre.

This online event, for PhD students in sociology and related disciplines from around the world, will address the interrelationship between both scientific and political activism in the 21st century and under the conditions of the digital age. It will provide an 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:

  • they may present and get feedback on their PhD projects in which they analyse the interrelation between research and activism
  • 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.

Public events:

  • On Tuesday 26 January, 14.00 – 16.00 (GMT) you can watch the panel discussion here and access the invitation here.
  • On Wednesday 27 January, 15.00 – 16.30 (GMT) there will be an unmissable theatre performance about the pioneering work of Marie Jahoda and Kathe Leichter on work and inequality, from the amazing portrait theatre Vienna and Theatre Drachengasse.
  • On Thursday 28 January, 14.00 – 13.30 (GMT), Digit’s Prof. Jackie O’Reilly will deliver the keynote address on the topic of ‘Work in the Digital Age: Acceleration and Activism’. Watch the keynote live here.
About the Marie Jahoda Winter School

Since 2010, the Department of Sociology of the University of Vienna has organised a 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 Social Democratic 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.  Applications are currently open for the Digit Marie Jahoda Visiting Fellowship scheme in her memory


Prof Dr Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna, Austria
Dr Brendan Burchell, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof Kate Hardy, University of Leeds, UK
Prof Dr Christoph Reinprecht, University of Vienna, Austria
Prof Mark Stuart, University of Leeds, UK

Programme committee

Prof Dr Jörg Flecker, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Jacqueline O’Reilly, University of Sussex, UK

Administration and contact

Irene Rieder, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Email: irene.rieder@univie.ac.at

Website:  https://www.soz.univie.ac.at/winter-school-2021