Aktuelle Drittmittelprojekte


Projekttitel: Summer School “Spaces for Future: Processes of Rural and Urban Transformation in Southern Africa”

Projektgeber: Volkswagen Stiftung Programme “Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Projektmittel: 49.900 Euro


Prof Reimer Gronemeyer, Institute of Sociology, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
Dr Carmen Ludwig
, Institute of Sociology, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
Prof Mutjinde Katjiua
, Head of Department of Land and Property Science, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Dr Lameck Mwewa
, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Prof Kirsten Rüther
, History, African Studies Department, University of Vienna
Prof Antje Daniel
, Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Vienna

The summer school aims at offering an interdisciplinary space for scientists coming from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences in order to get an comprehensive understanding of rural-urban relations and recent challenges of migration and climate change.

Countries in Southern Africa are in the process of a major transition from rural to urban-based societies. As estimated by the UN, 77 percent of the population in Southern Africa will live in urban areas by the middle of this century. These developments increase the already existing challenges in the provision of urban infrastructure, transportation, social services and housing. It furthermore raises questions on the development of social and spatial inequalities that follow in the wake of the expansion of urban centres.

On the other hand, land reforms to overcome the strains of apartheid and colonialism and to address its spatial structures of inequality remains one of the most pressing issues in Southern Africa.  The unresolved land question in rural and urban spaces significantly impacts societies' capacities for cohesion or severe social conflict.

While research mostly either focusses on rural or urban challenges the summer school seeks to interrogate the dynamics of change by combining the rural and urban studies for a new understanding and will address the following questions:

  • In which ways are processes of transformation between rural and urban spaces interconnected and shape each other?
  • Who are relevant agents of transformation processes and resistance?
  • In which ways can the future of urban and rural areas be imagined in new ways or by learning from past concepts and experiences?

Two important dimensions - climate change and migration - identified as particularly influential in shaping the dynamics of rural-urban transformation in Southern Africa will provide a useful analytical lens to analyse rural-urban-transformation processes and its interrelations.

Projekttitel: “Concepts of development in postcolonial Kenyan literature”

Projektgeber: FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung - Elise-Richter-Stipendium

Projektleiterin: Martina Kopf
Projektlaufzeit: 01.07.2017-30.06.2021
Projektmittel: 269.474,94 Euro

Projekthomepage: https://kenyan-literature.univie.ac.at/

Projekttitel: “PhD Programme Cultural Mobility Studies” (doc.funds)
Kurztitel: "Cultural Mobility Studies"

Projektgeber: FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Projektnummer: Doc56-G30

Projektleiterin: Kirsten Rüther (01.07.2019-28.02.2021)
Principal investigators: Pelz, Annegret; Ganser-Blumenau, Alexandra; Rüther, Kirsten; Sakdapolrak, Patrick; Macho, Thomas; Sauer, Birgit; Dannecker, Petra.

Mit 7 prae-doc Stellen.

Projektmitarbeiterin Afrikawissenschaften: Daniela Atanasova.
Projektlaufzeit: 01.10.2019-30.09.2023
Projektmittel: 1.331.836,48 Euro

Projekthomepage: http://mobilecultures.univie.ac.at/docfunds/

Projekttitel: “Research Platform: Mobile Cultures and Societies.”

Projektgeber: Universität Wien

Projektleiterin: Kirsten Rüther (01.07.2019 - 28.02.2021)
Vize-Leitung: Birgit Englert (01.07.2019 - 28.02.2021)

Projektmitarbeiter: Immanuel Harisch (Afrikawissenschaften)
Projektmitarbeiterin: Sigrid Thomson (Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft)

Key Researcher: Kirsten Rüther, Birgit Englert

Projektlaufzeit: 01.12.2018-30.09.2023
Projektmittel: 349.000,00 Euro

Projekthomepage: http://mobilecultures.univie.ac.at