These are the incoming research questions and ideas from our community partners (citizens and non-profit organizations) for CEU students and faculty to pick up. We keep this list updated throughout the academic year, constantly adding new ones and stripping those off that are taken. Get in touch with us via email (email@example.com) to see how it can become your thesis or capstone project, internship, course project or volunteer gig.
|gender, art, masculanity, feminism||UnMASC||UnMASC is a project that aims to deconstruct white-hetero-cis concepts of gender that conflict with a social development towards more justice and equality. It addresses an oppressive system that is not limited to gender roles, but structurally determines our lives on all levels. We want to take off the masks that patriarchy is putting on us. We want to deconstruct toxic, violent, dominant and outdated gender images. We want to challenge narratives that put us into boxes where we don’t fit in. We want to create spaces where counter-narratives are built. Images that reflect the complexity of our identities.
Specific research ideas are welcome from students along the scope and mission of the project. The guiding questions are: why do so many people feel threatened by traditional gender roles and identities being challenged? How are stereotypical gender roles reproduced in everyday life? How can we create counternarratives?
|urban studies, environment, art, philosophy, history, social studies||G A N G
walking as relation – une pratique artistique
|toZOMIA is an art collective and community space, located in the Helmut-Zilk-Park, close to the campus. Antoine Effroy, part of that collective, is a French choreographic artist. His project welcomes student research interest, as detailed here below.
Can walking as an artistic practice in the public space – the space of the public – become a utopian walk that changes our relationship to the world? In the current context of crises caused by centuries of reckless exploitation of planetary resources, walking in the city can take on a new meaning. Walking may have artistic and political potential to positively change people's attitudes towards their living space. The aim is to explore the conditions for the body-to-body relationship with the city in order to develop an artistic practice that opens up the relationship to the urban space. It is neither a thematic city tour nor a sport, but walking as a "revelation of the pedestrian's relationships with himself, with others as well as with his environment".
|Antoine Effroy, toZomia|
|media, minorities, representation, public discourse||Representation of minority groups in mainstream media||How gender / ethnic minorities are represented in the mainstream media. The research project would focus on how to approach the issue and set up a research framework.||Radio Orange, community radio|
|cultural studies, access programs, museum, communities||Access to culture? Should admission to museums, theatres, concerts etc. be free?||At Kulturhaus Brotfabrik, art and culture are created by everyone and for everyone. Kulturhaus Brotfabrik aims to build bridges between different communities with the help of arts and culture and to make the arts and artistic expression accessible to people whose access to mainstream institutions of art is limited and/or impeded through societal mechanisms of exclusion.
Kulturhaus is looking for a collaboration on an empirical investigation that addresses attitudes and opinions around the accessibility of arts (e.g. "Should admission to museums, theatres, concerts etc. be free?" or "Should taxes be used to make culture & arts offerings free?"). Focus of the investigation should be Favoriten.
|Migration, guest workers, urban planning, history, culture, education||Research on the Guest Workers' Monument||Volkshilfe have been working on the idea to erect a Guest Workers’ Monument and a connected educational space at the main train station in Vienna, to recognize their contribution to the country. The goal is to present different contexts and aspects of guest workers within the recent history of the city. The monument also aims to educate the broader public on the history of migration in Austria, and to bring the topic into the school curriculum.
During the spring 2023 course of "Conducting Interdisciplinary Research in Nationalism Studies", students conducted interviews with experts and citizens who live and work in Favoriten to map the diverse perspectives people have in relation to
More interviews and research is needed as a next step. Volkshilfe is interested in continuing this line of research as well as new approaches in relation to the given topic.
|Diversity, community and civic engagement, migrant cultures||How to reach beyond the "usual suspects" and attract a more diverse audience and participants in the Community Work initiative?||Volkshilfe Community Work supports people who plan initiatives for a peaceful, solidary and inclusive co-existence in Vienna. They need research support on how to get closer to the diverse citizens and communities of the Favoriten district, how to widen their outreach and to go beyond the usual suspects for projects, programs and events.||Volkshilfe|
|Social media||Social media content management||Volkshilfe is looking for help with managing its social media content. Multilinguals welcome. This is an unpaid internship.||Volkshilfe|
|Social aspects of finance, non-profit finance||Social return on investment (SROI) calculation||Vielmehr is a Vienna-based human rights organization. Among others, they run a school, community space and buddy program for children and young adults with refugee background.
Similarly, SROI (social return on investment) calculations could be also useful for making a case with future donors.
|Non-profit finance, planning, operational excellence, reporting||Improving operations, with special focus on financial planning and reporting||Vielmehr would like to have a better understanding of their finances and see what’s out there that can support financial planning, reporting as well as proofing the work from a financial perspective. For example, knowning the total cost of the program per student would help them to fundraise better, an information they currently don’t have.||Vielmehr|
|Social movements, voluntarism||Volunteers’ motivation in the context of social movements and collective action.||Flüchtlinge Wilkommen (FlüWi), is an independent organization focusing on finding new homes for refugees in private accommodation: in flat shares or with families who offer a room. FlüWi put four students in contact with hosts having experience with long-term private housing for refugees arriving in Austria||Refugees Welcome Austria (FlüWI)|
|Housing, refugees, inclusion, discrimination||Qualitative Research on the benefits of co-housing for refugees regarding mechanisms of social inclusion.||Flüchtlinge Wilkommen (FlüWi), is an independent organization focusing on finding new homes for refugees in private accommodation: in flat shares or with families who offer a room. FlüWi put four students in contact with hosts having experience with long-term private housing for refugees arriving in Austria||Refugees Welcome Austria (FlüWI)|
|Housing, refugees, inclusion, discrimination||Discrimination of migrants and refugees in the Viennese housing market, and the barriers for refugees accessing the social housing||Flüchtlinge Wilkommen (FlüWi), is an independent organization focusing on finding new homes for refugees in private accommodation: in flat shares or with families who offer a room. FlüWi put four students in contact with hosts having experience with long-term private housing for refugees arriving in Austria||Refugees Welcome Austria (FlüWI)|
|Housing, refugees, inclusion, discrimination||A systematic review on existing literature on the benefits of homestay for the social inclusion of refugees.||Flüchtlinge Wilkommen (FlüWi), is an independent organization focusing on finding new homes for refugees in private accommodation: in flat shares or with families who offer a room. FlüWi put four students in contact with hosts having experience with long-term private housing for refugees arriving in Austria.
FlüWI is looking for research and bibliography on „homestay” format of asylum and refugee support.
|Refugees Welcome Austria (FlüWI)|
|Social economy||Internship: Social Economy||FlüWI is offering an internship around the topic of social economy. The tasks focus on project management and coordination.||Refugees Welcome Austria (FlüWI)|
|Social media||Internship: social media content management||FlüWI is looking for help with managing its social media content. Multilinguals welcome but German language is essential.||Refugees Welcome Austria (FlüWI)|