Doing Feminisms (ENG)

Every Tuesday, 18:30-20:00
10 March to 30 June 2020

In the spring semester of 2020, the student-organised lecture series ‚Doing Feminisms‘ took place at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. The student-led lecture series brought together a diverse array of feminist voices with different backgrounds from theory to practice.

Due to the sudden outbreak of the global pandemic of COVID-19, we were forced to get creative and to adjust our modes of teaching. Which is good for you because this made us record a big part of our lecture series, which you can still watch online here.

We can still be contacted via As we are currently on our well-deserved summer break we would like you to know that, however, it might take a little bit of time for you to actually recieve an answer from us.

On our website you will find all important information about the lecture as well as a detailed description of the program. More information about the lecturers and recommended literature can be found under the units. An overview of all dates including topics and literature can be found here:

The lecture aimed to provide a space for various examples of action stemming from feminist-emancipatory practices and, among other things, to investigate questions of transformation within patriarchal structures. We wanted to address the reciprocal relationship between feminist theories and practices and explore questions such as: What is the relationship between agency and discourse? How can feminist theory be operationalized? How can we work with categories without reproducing the underlying power structures? How do theoretical perspectives and their practical implementation influence each other?nderlying power structures? How do theoretical perspectives and their practical implementation influence each other?

Lecture series organised by students

In the Master Programme Development Studies at the University of Vienna, whose students (at the time diploma programme and bachelor students as well as the “basisgruppe”) played an important role in the 2012 university protests, there is a tradition of student-organized critical lecture series (such as „Kritik.Widerspruch.Widerstand“ in the winter semester of 17/18, „Coloniality under De_Construction“ in the spring semester of 17, „Postwachstum“ in the winter semester of 16/17).

Examples of feminist practice (especially those that operate outside of academia) are usually underrepresented in university contexts.
Our motivation in organising the lecture series „Doing Feminisms“ in the summer semester 2020 was to provide a space for feminist voices to be heard within academic contexts. The lecture aims to present a wide range of feminist practices and therefore to motivate and encourage feminist action.

‚Doing Feminisms – What is feminist theory in practice?‘ was organized by Teresa Engelhart, Elisa Fink, Juan Pablo Gerez Haded, Alexander Hass, Swantje Höft, Laura Plochberger, Nadine Taferner, Florentine Schennach, Franziska Sophie Werner and Milena Zilk.

Special thanks go to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Antje Daniel and the Institute of International Development at the University of Vienna for their support.

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In written German, the gender star * is intended to make female, male and all non-binary gender identities visible. The * after a category such as Frau*(woman) or weiblich*(female) is intended to indicate the constructed nature of this category – referring to all those who see themselves as women in terms of their gender identity and who would also like to be perceived as such by others – regardless of the gender assigned at birth. It is also important to emphasize that neither men nor women (nor any socially constructed category) can be understood as homogeneous units.