More Projects

Towards a Politics of Intimacy: Rethinking the End-of-life controversy
Dissertation Project, University of Vienna, 2005–2009

“End of life” is a controversial political phenomenon worldwide. Current discussions on the care of the terminally ill and on self-chosen death challenge what was once considered to be natural. “The Politics of Intimacy” suggests a new analytic path to understand the end-of-life controversy: the analysis of acknowledgment of emotions that enter the debate on both the individual and the collective levels. Two empirical case studies – one in France and the other one in the Czech Republic – uncover a conflict between self-governing practices shaped by acknowledgment of individual’s emotions and the State. A new organization of public power seems to arise.

Mediating between “Fat Cats” and “Stupid Activists”: The Planning Controversy over Re-building Brno Railway Station
Project funded by the Laboratoire d’Economie et de Transport, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat , University of Lyon 2009–2010.

Since many years Brno citizens and expert argue about whether to re-build the Brno railway station in its current location or to move it 800 meters down the south. This controversy is a timely example of the role of emotions in understanding planning controversies. The project builds on studies in planning that have dismantled the importance of discourses for enrolling particular policies and shows that we need to pay more attention to emotions that are part of those discourses. Emotions are understood as discursive experiences of values and assumptions that consolidate respective groups of actors.