Aktuelle Drittmittelprojekte

Projekttitel: "Rastafari reasonings on Africa in historical perspective"

Projektgeber: FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Projektnummer: P 35987 (Einzelprojekt)
Projektmittel: 155.505,00 €
Projektleiterin: Birgit Englert
Projektmitarbeiter: Dominik Frühwirth

Projektlaufzeit: 01.10.2022-31.01.2027

Keywords: Rastafari, Africa, African History, Translocal History, Reasonings, Mobilities

Projekttitel: "A history of Kenya's female parliamentary pioneers"

Projektgeber: FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung - Elise-Richter-Stipendium
Projektnummer: V 872 Richter-Programm
Projektmittel: 263.982,18 €
Projektleiterin: Anaïs Angelo
Projektlaufzeit: 01.07.2022-30.06.2025  

In the last decades, the number of female parliamentarians has tremendously increased in African countries. Nevertheless, national realities vary greatly: Kenya is among the countries which face enduring difficulties to implement gender parity in legislative institutions. Contemporary political, economic, financial, cultural and social barriers hindering women’s representation in parliaments are well researched. But one question remains: what impact has the erasing of women’s politics from national history on the building of a gender-inclusive democracy in Africa/Kenya?

This project seeks to redress the gaps in the current knowledge about Kenyan women’s political history through the lens of parliamentary politics. Despite their contribution to the decolonization struggle as freedom fighters or political activists, Kenyan women have been largely sidelined in Kenyan politics and political history. Yet, preliminary research on Kenyan women’s fight for parliamentary representation in the 1960s and 1970s shows that the few who dared campaigning for a parliamentary seat in a patriarchal political system and society were particularly vocal about their political ideas and ambitions. Who were these women? Why did they campaign and what did they do afterwards? How can we document and write about their political endeavor?

Building on previous research on Kenyan political history, this project will document the political ideas and agenda these women defended during their parliamentary campaigns and, for the happy few, once in office. At stake is to make women’s political contribution to formal, national politics visible (instead of accounting of their marginalization, absence or invisibility). Extensive archival research will be conducted to retrieve written, oral, public, personal, visual sources from local, national, and global contexts.

This project challenges historical narratives that only remember (male) winners in African politics. Academic and non-academic outcomes will contribute to a more inclusive writing of African history, one that bridges formal and informal politics, focuses both on winners and losers, and introduces diverse sources to both an expert and general audience.


Conference - Call for papers: Women and the history of state building in postcolonial African countries

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