Mag. Katharina Gartner, MA
T: +43-1-4277-43251

Consultation hours: on appointment

Research associate and lecturer


Gartner, K. (2019). Striving Shabomen. Young Musicians in Accra and some Reflections on the Production of Masculinities in Ghanaian Music.. 8th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Gartner, K. (Interviewee), & Mackowski, K. (Editorial Journalist). (2018). Radiokolleg - Was klingt denn da? Musik und Zeichentheorie. Radio show



Gartner, K. (2014). Verlängerte Adoleszenz und musikalische Übergangsräume in Accra, Ghana: Eine fallstudienbasierte, qualitative Untersuchung. Poster session presented at Internationales Doktorandenkolloquium Psychoanalytische Forschung 2014, Wien, Austria.



Gartner, K. (2008). Psychoanalytisch-pädagogisches Fernreisen: Über meine Arbeit mit Jugendlichen und Familien mit Migrationshintergrund. In H. Figdor (Ed.), "Denn wir können die Kinder nach unserem Sinne nicht formen ..." (Goethe): Festschrift zum 10jährigen Bestehen der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Psychoanalytische Pädagogik (pp. 262-288). Empirie-Verlag.



Katharina Gartner

Researcher and Lecturer on Youth, Music, and Expressive Cultures

Contact

katharina.gartner@univie.ac.at
Department of African Studies, University of Vienna
Phone: +43-1-4277-43251
Fax: +43-1-4277-843251
afrika.univie.ac.at

Current Research Foci: Emerging Adulthood, Music, Creativity

Major themes: Youth and young adulthood; music, expressive and popular cultures; transculturality and creativity; relations and relationships
Regions: Urban West Africa (especially Ghana), Malawi, Europe
Methods: Ethnography with multiple methods of documentation, biography

Short Bio

Katharina Gartner is a researcher and lecturer on youth, music, and expressive cultures. She works at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna, and she also lectures at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Currently, she conducts her Ph.D. research on young instrumental musicians in Accra, Ghana, focusing on questions of emergent adulthood and creativity in a setting of accelerated global flows, digital revolution, rapid urbanisation, and increased precarity.
Gartner’s research stems from an interdisciplinary background: She studied in Vienna and Paris and earned a Mag.phil. in educational and human development studies and an M.A. in psychoanalysis of childhood and youth, before specializing in cultural studies, with a focus on transculturality (D.U.), African studies, and anthropology of music. Gartner’s academic work is inspired by her practical experiences as a counselor for youths and their families, and as a performing musician. In addition to Ghana and Austria, field research has led her to Togo, Cameroon, Malawi, and New Orleans so far.

International Experience

February-March 2020 guest lecturer at University of Ghana, Legon
2014-2020 research in Ghana (mainly Accra), 10 months
2016-2017 research in Malawi, 2 months
2014-2015 research in Togo, 2 months
2014 research in Cameroon, 1 month
May 2013 archival research in New Orleans, U.S., Hogan Jazz Archive
2008 - 2009 postgraduate studies, Université de Paris, France, 1 year

Academic Teaching

University of Ghana, Department of Sociology and Institute of African Studies
February-March 2020: Guest Lecturer on Youth and Popular Music in various African contexts

University of Vienna, Department of African Studies
2020W: "Music, Popular Culture(s), and transcontinental Relations", BA lecture2020S: "Popular Culture in African Societies - from the 1950s to the Present", BA course with Birgit Englert2019S: “About DJs, Shabomen and Maadagraundi. Youth and Popular Culture in Africa”, MA lecture, with Birgit Englert2018W: “’Freedom is coming tomorrow!’ Music and Liberation. Vignettes from Ghana and South Africa”, BA course, with Kirsten Rüther2018S: “Youth and Expressive Cultures in Ghana since the 1980s”, BA course
University of Vienna, Department of Education
2013S, 2012S, 2010S: “Scientific Methods with Focus on Psychoanalytic Understanding of Education and Upbringing Processes”, BA course2010W: “Biography and Age: Migration and Biographic Courses”, BA course2002S – 2004S: Student tutor for “Psychoanalysis and Education”, MA course, with Helmuth Figdor
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Learning Buddy Program for Social Inclusion
Since 2010S workshops in every term: “Everyday Lives of Marginalized Youths”, “Aspects of Developmental Psychology”, “Youths, Cultures and Migration”

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Psychoanalytische Pädagogik (APP), Vienna, postgraduate training
2020S, 2015W: “Cultures and Migration in Counseling”2018W, 2013W: “Psychoanalytic Developmental Theory of Childhood and Youth”

Transkontinental zirkulierende Tanztrends

Katharina Gartner (Speaker)
16 Jun 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Creative Young Adulthood. Preliminary Findings on Young Instrumental Musicians in Accra, Ghana

Katharina Gartner (Speaker)
5 Mar 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


New Social Consciousness in Ghana's Young Creative Culture?

Katharina Gartner (Speaker)
28 Feb 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Striving Shabomen. Young Musicians in Accra and some Reflections on the Production of Masculinities in Ghanaian Music

Katharina Gartner (Speaker)
13 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


"Ernst schleuderte, Lisa bellte, und die Lehrerin hexte. Vom Sinn des Unsinns. Psychoanalytische Entdeckungen zum kindlichen Spiel." Keynote

Katharina Gartner (Speaker)
18 May 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Moderation Panel "Ubulungiswa/Justice Collective" (ZA), Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Accra, Ghana

Katharina Gartner (Selected presenter)
22 Aug 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public



Geschichten von und mit jungen Musikern in Accra

Katharina Gartner (Speaker)
9 Jan 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Department of African Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5 (Campus)
1090 Wien
Room: 2M-O1-18

T: +43-1-4277-43251
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katharina.gartner@univie.ac.at