Members of the research area

The members of the research group 'Visual Studies in the Social Sciences' come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and status groups of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna. They share a research interest in visual phenomena as well as approaches grounded in a socio-scientific perspective. 

Since 2009, there has been regular exchange between the group's political scientists, sociologists, cultural and social anthropologists and communication scientists. Researchers who are interested to present and discuss their own project are invited to participate.

Elke Mader

It is with great regret that we were informed that Elke Mader passed away after long illness on August 8, 2021. She advanced the development of the research group from its very beginning, both institutionally and in respect to research. We miss her smart, inspiring and entertaining talks on Bollywood cinema and on new variations of the Krampus run in Austria that were full of visual material. And we miss her kind and open personality.

A detailed obituary can be found here.

Photo: Luiza Puiu

Photo: Luiza Puiu