Universität Wien

240014 VO VM3 / VM4 - Racisms and anti-racism in Austria (2021W)


weitere für die Lehrveranstaltung verantwortliche Personen:
- Sita Buchberger
- Lisa Perl
- Luisa Leisenheimer
- Ida Hadel
- Paloma Hesch
- Alex Hass


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 999 participants
Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Motivated by historical and current events, the lecture series aims to contribute to solidarity with anti-racist work and to bring the discussion closer to the university. One example is ‘The Movement for Black Lives (Black-Lives-Matter)’ in the USA and the solidarity in Europe after the violent killing of George Floyd by a police officer. In the German-language media, as well as in the broader European discourse, racism was and is often portrayed as a problem of ‘somewhere else’. However, racism is part of everyday life for many people in Austria as well. Not least the brutal murder of Marcus Omofuma in 1999 by Austrian police officers and the covering of the Omofuma monument in December 2020 by right-wing extremists show how deeply rooted racism is in society. Such incidents must not be ‘dismissed’ as individual events but must be named as systemic racism and addressed as an expression of structural power relations! The ongoing Anti-Semitism and Anti-Gypsyism as well as the reshaping of an Anti-Muslim-Racism in Austria can furthermore not be adequately addressed without the historical background of Austria and its Nazi-Past. Nazi-Continuities must be addressed and, not least, dealt with in anti-racist work.Our goal is, among other things, to show that there are different forms of racism and thus also a range of anti-racist struggles. Accordingly, the lecturers will share their knowledge on, for example, anti-Black and anti-Muslim racism with the audience. Furthermore, in the course of the lecture, the interdependencies (i.e. intersectionality) of different co-constructing power relations will be made clear to the audience.In general, the goal of this event is to create an inclusive, participatory and safe environment in which to discuss together and to develop and pass on knowledge. The units will be designed by different lecturers who are in solidarity with antiracist struggles or actively involved in antiracist work in Austria. Literature will be provided by the lecturers. The list of speakers including topics will be available on Moodle.

You can find us also on:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antirarvo/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHxVKGmeEsBnE4zpfxEBMJA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AntiRaRVO/?ref=pages_you_manage

Assessment and permitted materials

Learning objectives of the lecture series:- Create more space for anti-racist discourse and practices at the university- Recognize the need for social change- Problematize the (re)production of structural racisms in Austria- Recognizing the intersectionality of mechanisms of oppression- Knowledge about diverse examples of anti-racist workThe proof of achievement can be provided in the following ways:Case 1: Observation or implementation of an antiracist-interventionist action. Both (audio-) visual documentation and an accompanying 5-page long text (around 8,000 characters) including a reflection of the intervention, its strategies, involved actors, and the societal consequences should be submitted. Furthermore, the mandatory literature and contents of the lecture should be integrated into the text. This final project can also be completed as a group. In the case of a group text, you must have at least 5,000 characters per person (e.g. 3 person group = minimum 15,000 character text without spaces).Case 2: An 5-6-page essay (8,000-10,000 characters) about the contents of the lecture series (mandatory literature and in-class discussion included). In this case you should either design a antiracist intervention analysing its potential for change within capitalist, racist, patriarchal, heteronormative, ableist (among other) relations of domination (including, plan, strategies, involved actors, societal consequences, and a reflection) or you should keep detailed notes of at least three units of the lecture series and subsequently write a reflection on them with regards to content. This final project can also be completed as a group. In this case, your essay must have at least 5,000 characters per person.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Timely submission on Moodle. Besides VM3 and VM4, the lecture series is also creditable for VM1 and VM7.

Examination topics

Lecture content and required reading.

Reading list

Literature as well as PP slides will be available on moodle!

Association in the course directory

VM3; VM4; VM1

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:20