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University Assistant Predoctoral, Philological and Cultural Studies

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Annual gross salary of EUR 40.860
Closing date
6 May 2024

45 Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies
Startdate: 01.10.2024 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: 30.09.2026
Reference no.: 2354

In the project Queer Cinema Austria. Assembling LGBTIQ* viewing strategies of film, video and television production in Austria 1906-2022 (, a pre-doc position will be filled for 2 years from October 1, 2024 and will complete the project team (project leader Andrea B. Braidt, co-PI Nicole Kandioler-Biet; project post-doc Jul Tirler).

The project Queer Cinema Austria: Assembling LGBTIQ* viewing strategies of film, video and television production in Austria 1906-2022 (QCA) aims to create an overdue historiography of LGBTIQ* viewing strategies on film, video, TV productions from Austria. The methodological triangulation of historical research (new cinema history), cultural/queer theory and empirical research (individual interviews and group workshops) makes it possible both to compile different viewing strategies of LGBTIQ* audiences and to create a comprehensive corpus of all relevant works (filmography). The concept of "assemblage" is derived from an understanding of queer cinema (including video and TV) as a "queer-inflected medium" and not as a "neutral site of LGBTIQ* representations" (Schoonover/Galt 2016, 6; Puar 2017), thus overcoming a (purely) representation-critical approach. Instead, the dual qualitative empirical approach draws on a cultural analytical research design that analyzes reception strategies (including subtexting, reading against the grain, appropriation, and disidentification) to deepen our understanding of how viewing strategies function in relation to the (preliminary) corpus. Through this methodological triangulation between material historiography, cultural theory and empirical research, the project aims to capture Queer Cinema Austria from the perspective of the viewers - an approach that guarantees a high degree of innovation, an interdisciplinary perspective and a thorough validation of our findings.

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a university assistant prae doc, you will support the research team around the FWF-project Queer Cinema Austria.

The focus of our research: qualitative methods - semi-structured individual interviews - group workshops

Your future tasks:

  • Scientific support support as well as organization and implementation of group workshops
  • Conducting individual biographical interviews
  • Coding the collected data

This is part of your personality:

  • a degree in media studies and/or social sciences (with a focus on media)
  • Experience with empirical research work (e.g. as part of your MA thesis), in particular with coding interviews and/or conducting, recording and evaluating group workshops
  • Experience in academic work with queer theory, LGBTIQ* studies or gender media studies, feminist film and media studies
  • Knowledge of empirical methods, source criticism, empirical research

What we offer:

  • Interesting tasks and creative opportunities in a motivated research team
  • Opportunity to work on a dissertation project (if this is within the narrower scope of the project tasks)
  • Clear task definition, good division of labor, appropriate earning potential according to the FWF salary scheme; employment at the University of Vienna (Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies)
  • Annual gross salary of EUR 40.860 (for 30h/week)
  • Workplace at the University of Vienna (presence work desired; possibility of home office given)
  • Affiliation with the Department of Theater, Film and Media Studies at the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna
  • Network with international cooperation partners (see
  • Regular, close exchange within the project team

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae / letter of intent
  • With your summary of research interests / ideas for a prospective doctoral project proposal
  • Master Degree  /  Diploma
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply now -  button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Andrea Braidt

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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​Application deadline: 05/06/2024

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