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Sterneckstraße 15
9010 Klagenfurt, Austria
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8010 Graz, Austria
Phone: +43/316/813909-0
Fax: +43/316/813909-11


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transFAIRmation receives the Fairness Award 2014

The partner school of the IFZ in the project transFAIRmation, the new middle school Albert Schweitzer Graz, received the Fairness Award 2014 (1st place in the age range 11-14) from the Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs. In transFAIRmation 7th grade pupils and teachers together with Birgit Hofstätter und Thomas Berger from the IFZ test a didactical concept for an integrated media-technology based instruction. The main topic is fairness in the pupils' most favourite TV shows. Selected episodes of „Two and a half men“ were analysed and discussed in regard to sexism, homo- and transphobia, the „Simpsons“ in regard to environmentalism and classism. The goal of transFAIRmation, though, is to be creative and to tell new and fair storied by remixing the original material.

The project's blog:

The Ministry's press release in German can be found here. 



1st Sustainabiliy Lecture as part of the research cluster Sustainability at the AAU

On the way to the "great transformation"? Global politic at the beginning of the 21st century - this was the title of the 1st Sustainability Lecture held by Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind (Wuppertal Institut) on Thursday, June 5.

Details on the lecture as well as on the lecturer can be found here.



Research Cluster Sustainability at the AAU: 2. Research Day

The working group at the AAU's multidisciplinary research cluster Sustainability invited to the 2nd research day on June 3, 2014.

More information in German can be found here.



Long Night of Research at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt with IFZ participation

The IFZ was participating with two stations at the Long Night of Research that was being held on Friday, April 4, 2014 all over Austria. At Station U24 Anita Thaler and students adressed the question of where and how we learn to deal with everyday technologies. At Station U25 Birgit Hofstätter together with young adults showed how to encourage youth in a critical and creative dealing with media. Both stations gave insight into current research at the IFZ research unit Women - Technology - Environment and offered visitors the opportunity to get informed, discuss, and try things out.



Call for Papers: DE/STABILISIERUNGEN Theorie | Transfer | Selbst | Gesellschaft

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Austrian Society for Gender Studies (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung, ÖGGF) is being organised by the Unit for Gender Studies of the University of Graz and the Interuniversity Research Center for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ). It will take place at the Meerscheinschlössl, Mozartgasse 3, 8010 Graz from December 4 - 6, 2014.

Papers can be submitted until May 31 - more information on the call for papers can be found here.



Women & technology: system change

For many years now politics and universities are trying their best to increase the number of females in technological and natural sciences research. Measures seem to be of limited success. Slowly the realization becomes prevalent that it is not enough to adjust women to the structures if the goal is to include gender in innovation.

Birgit Hofstätter from the IFZ was interviewed for the article "System change" (p. 8) that can be found in the newest edition of Austria Innovation.



TO BE PUBLISHED - Thesis on the topic gender rolls / migration -

The unit for gender studies, women's studies and women's funding, the institute of sociology - research focus gender sociology as well as the IFZ invite to the series TO BE PUBLISHED

On March 26, 2014 from 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. gender studies students will present newest research results at the Zentrum für Weiterbildung, Harrachgasse 23/2, 8010 Graz.

On the presentations ...



Societal metabolism, biomass and sustainable development

The ressource biomass is an important component in strategies of sustainable development. A look at the global societal metabolism shows that the usage of biomass creates conflicts that must be considered for a sustainable usage at regional level. Keeping this in mind the potentials seem to be more limited than often anticipated.

Fridolin Krausmann, professor for sustainable ressource usage at the Viennese Institut for Social Ecology of the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt pinpoints at potentials and limits in the usage of bio-energy at a global level in the newest edition of the SOZIALE TECHNIK.

More on this German article ...


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Conference Proceedings are online!

STS Conference Graz 2014
Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies
May 5-6, 2014

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Doctoral School "Science and Technology Studies" (DocSTS)

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