Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Anna Pospech Durnova, Ph.D.

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Professorship for Political Sociology

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"Socio-political contexts in which we feel and express our feelings shape our everyday lives and influence political actions." (Anna Durnova)

Curriculum Vitae:

born in 1980 in Brno
1999-2005 studied German, Romance languages and political science at the universities in Brno and Vienna
2002-2003 study visit, Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle
2008 Doctorate, Comparative Literature, Masaryk University Brno
2009 Doctorate, Political Science, University of Vienna
2009-2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LAET- ENTPE- Université de Lyon, France
2012-2015 Hertha Firnberg position, University of Vienna
2015-2021 Forum Editor, Critical Policy Studies (Taylor & Francis)
2016-2021 Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies (2019 - 2021 Elise Richter position, funded by the FWF Science Fund)
since 2016 external employee of the foreign editorial team of the Czech Radio (ČRO)
2017 Visiting Research Fellow, Yale University Center for Cultural Sociology (since 2017 Faculty Fellow)
2018-2021 Researcher, Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague
2019 Habilitation de Recherche, Sciences PO Paris
2019 Visiting Researcher, Concordia University, Canada
2019 Promotion Prize of the City of Vienna (Category: Humanities, Cultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law)
since November 2021 Professor of Political Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna


Research areas:

* Sociology of emotions
* Interface expertise, culture, politics
* Social polarization in times of crisis
* Politicization of intimacy and physicality
* Women's health
* Interpretive research and exploration of vulnerable and marginalized groups

"The pandemic is renegotiating the boundaries between private and public. Emotions - as expressions of our feelings and as the context of the polarizing discussions surrounding social developments - play a central role. However, one thing is often ignored: feelings and emotional attitudes have structural causes and their sociological investigation reveals why the emotional burden or personal crisis is easier or more difficult to cope with. Socio-political contexts in which we feel and express our feelings shape our everyday life and influence political actions." (Anna Durnova)