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April, 2024

Tatjana Thelen joins a discussion of Hilal Alkan’s new book Welfare as Gift: Local Charity, Politics of Redistribution, and Religion in Turkey. The book presentation will take place on 30 April 2024 at 5:00 pm at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin, Germany). For further information click here.

March, 2024

The University of Vienna is looking to hire 7 PhD researchers within the framework of the new interdisciplinary FWF doc.funds program The Dynamics of Change and the Logics of Transformation: State, Society, and Economy at Critical Junctures (with participation of Tatjana Thelen among others) starting on 1 September 2024.
The seven doctoral projects are situated in a field defined by interlocking key themes: the transformation of statehood & sovereignty, of labor, of mobility, and of rights. They focus on Central & Eastern Europe, with important transnational and global extensions. The objective is to combine insights from history and social sciences to study transformations in the wake of major ruptures during the 20th and 21st centuries.
For more details and the application link, please visit:
>>> Application deadline is April 12th 2024. <<<

August, 2023

Ilona Grabmaier has successfully defended her PhD thesis “STAYED AT HOME. RE/CONFIGURING CARE IN RURAL UKRAINE” – congratulations!

Cast congratulates Julia Malik on being awarded a Marietta Blau-Grant! With this scholarship, she is able to continue her fieldwork for her PhD project “Classifying Citizens, Updating the State: How Practicing Digital Welfare Shapes Statehood in Colombia” and to connect with researchers at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá (Colombia).

June, 2023

Anna Žabicka has been awarded the 2023-2024 Dissertation Grant for Graduate Students – congratulations!
With this support, she will join the University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society as a visiting academic for the fall 2023 and continue work on her dissertation project there.

May, 2023

Tatjana Thelen was an expert guest on the German podcast Studio Komplex talking about marriage and its connection to the state – have a listen here.

March, 2023

Christof Lammer’s article Care Scales: Dibao Allowances, State and Family in China (The China Quarterly) is now available online.

January, 2023

As the first anthropologist in this position, Tatjana Thelen will take up the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professorship at Stanford University from January to June 2023. Congratulations!

October, 2022

Ivan Rajković is a guest researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Sciences (University of Belgrad) from 1 October 2022 until 31 March 2023. His stay is funded by the Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH) Grant of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. During his stay, he will work on his project “Whither ecopopulism? Energy transition and popular environmental mobilizations in the Balkans”.

August, 2022

Letizia Bonnano was a guest on the podcast The Familiar Strange, talking about her fieldwork in a social clinic of solidarity in Athens and the impact of austerity policies on people seeking healthcare in Greece at that time.

July, 2022

CaSt congratulates Anna Žabicka on being awarded the Marietta Blau Grant!
The scholarship allows her to continue her PhD project “Aging, care, and imagined futures in rural Latvia” with research stays at the University of Iowa (US) and the University of Oxford (UK) in 2023.

May, 2022

CaSt welcomes Julia Malik (Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt) and Saskya Tschebann (ÖAW DOC Fellow) as new members of our research network.

April, 2022

Tatjana Thelen and Christof Lammer guest-edited the Special Issue of Social Analysis 65 (4) which is out now: Measuring Kinship: Gradual Belonging and Thresholds of Exclusion.

January, 2022

Ilona Grabmaier published the working paper “Negotiating the Limits of Care. Moralised Constructions of (Un)Deservingness in Rural Ukraine.” (= Vienna Working Papers in Ethnography no. 12)

Marlene Persch published the working paper “Der sorgende Staat? Sorgenarrative im Jugendgefängnis in Accra, Ghana.” (= Vienna Working Papers in Ethnography no. 13)

December, 2021

Politics and Kinship: A Reader, edited by Tatjana Thelen and Erdmute Alber is available now.

October, 2021

Ivan Rajković published a book chapter on state paternalism in public-private partnerships: FIAT Automobiles Serbia: the split moral economy of public-private partnerships.

CaSt welcomes Quirin Rieder and Sofía Ugarte as new members.

Olia Kazakevich and Anne Sophie Grauslund join CaSt as guests – welcome!

March, 2021

“Political belonging through elder care: Temporalities, representations and mutuality” by Tatjana Thelen and Cati Coe is now available in Chinese: 养老带来政治归属:时间维度、表征形式以及相互性. Translated by Wu Xiu-jie. Journal of Qinghai Nationalities University 46, no. 4 (2020): 9-21.

February, 2021

Anna Ellmer has started to work at the Department of Health at Bern University for Applied Science in Switzerland. Employed as a Post-Doc, she is pursuing research on the project “Caring about Diversities”, which focusses on everyday practices of elderly care in Swiss nursing homes. Congratulations!

CaSt member Ahmad Moradi has joined Freie Universität Berlin as visiting scholar for 2021-2023. Congratulations!

January, 2021

Open position as University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology under the supervision of Tatjana Thelen (State, Care, Kinship, Property) — Deadline: 31 March 2021.

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November, 2020

CaSt congratulates Marlene Persch on being awarded a scholarship at Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS). Her PhD project “Becoming a State Actor: Prison Officer Training in Accra, Ghana” focuses on the transformation of non-state actors into state actors in the training of prison staff in Ghana and the production of state awareness.

CaSt is happy to welcome two new members: Ahmad Moradi and Letizia Bonanno.

Call for papers – open until November 26:

June, 2020

Lukas Milo Strauss will soon change his institutional affilitation to the Department of Cultural Analyses (Empirical Cultural Analysis / Cultural Anthropology Unit) at Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt. Employed as a PhD candidate he will pursue research on the project “Brokering the care gap: the institutional trajectory of European care migration”. Congratulations!

March, 2020

“There is no doubt that Reconnecting state and kinship could open a new page in the study of the interrelation of kinship and the state […]”
Dmitri M. Bondarenko (International Center of Anthropology, National Research University Higher School of Economics/Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences) reviewed Reconnecting state and kinship (2017), edited by Tatjana Thelen and Erdmute Alber.
Read the whole review in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (Volume 26, Issue 1).

February, 2020

CaSt congratulates Ilona Grabmaier for receiving a Marietta Blau Scholarship and a Leopold Kretzenbacher Scholarship of the Schroubek Fonds Eastern Europe that allows her to persue her research until end of April at the Zentrum für Osteuropa- und Internationale Studien / Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin and from May to July at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Tatjana Thelen will spend the academic year 2020-21 (September – June) as fellow at The Paris Institute for Advanced Study / Institut d’études avancées de Paris.

CaSt welcomes Alexandra Schwell as a new member.

January, 2020

CaSt welcomes Vincent Dubois and Larissa Vetters as new members.

November, 2019

Call for 5th Ethnography Laboratory ‘Mobilities and Care’ open now: click here for further details.

October, 2019

CaSt congratulates Marlene Persch and Lukas Milo Strauss for successfully defending their Master Thesis.

March, 2019

CaSt congratulates Christof Lammer for receiving ‘Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae’!
>>> Read the faculty’s announcement here.

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