IPW Lecture by Nikolas Rose

The world-leading sociologist and theorist Nikolas Rose (King’s College London; will visit CeSCoS for a week in December 2019. The highlight of his visit will be a lecture on the topic of his latest book, Our Psychiatric Future: Is another psychiatric biopolitics possible?

When: Wednesday 11th December 2019 | 18:00
Where: Aula am Campus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna


Psychiatry, since it took its modern form in the mid-nineteenth century, has always been a ‘political’  science - historically in relation to degeneracy and eugenics, mental hygiene, and the management of ‘dangerous individuals’ in the court and psychiatric system’;  today in relation to the ‘economic burden’ of mental ill health, the Global Mental Health Movement seeking to expand Euro-America psychiatry to the Global South, the challenges of mental disorder refugees, migrants and children in the Global North and so forth.   While much focus has been on the emergence of new ‘neurobiological’ styles of thought in psychiatric research, there are signs that a new psychiatric strategy is taking shape. This new biopolitics of psychiatry would focus less on treatment in the clinic, and more on the integration of psychiatry into the domain of public health.  In this talk I will consider the possibilities that psychiatry could become a branch of social medicine, identifying and addressing the forms of social adversity that give rise to mental distress, understanding the pathways by which they act, and transforming the power relations that have always characterised this form of expert knowledge. I will suggest that we are at a potential turning point and outline the possibilities for a new, different and politically progressive psychiatric biopolitics.

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Barbara Prainsack will hold a talk within the lecture series "Taming the Machines"

On 4. December 2019 Barbara Prainsack will give a talk on "The Value of Data in Healthcare: Beyond Nudging". The talk takes place within the lecture series "Taming the Machines" organised by the Department of Informatics (University of Hamburg). This public lecture series invites internationally renowned scholars to discuss major normative questions related to the design, use and regulation of information technology for a good society.

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Wanda Spahl bei Podiumsdiskussion zu "Mobile Solidaritäten. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Ambivalenzen und Grenzen von Solidarität"

Am 14. November 2019 findet von 18 - 20 Uhr eine öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion im Rahmen von "Mobile Solidaritäten. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Ambivalenzen und Grenzen von Solidarität" statt. Dabei wird Wanda Spahl (CeSCoS | IPW) zusammen mit Eric Burton (Institut für Zeitgeschichte | Universität Innsbruck), Pedram Dersch (Aktivist von "Fridays for Future"), Monika Salzer (Autorin und Aktivistin bei "Omas gegen Rechts") und Walter Sauer (Historiker und Aktivist, Dokumentations- und Kooperationszentrum Südliches) diskutieren.

Das Podium zu Mobilen Solidaritäten schafft einen Raum für aktivistische, akademische und inter-disziplinäre Positionen und bringt unterschiedliche Akteure aus dem Wiener Raum für eine Debatte zusammen.
Wer erklärt sich mit wem, wann und warum solidarisch? Welche Grenzen des solidarischen Handelns existieren und welche Räume müssen für solidarisches Handeln gegeben sein? Wie wird Solidarität ideologisch, kulturell oder regional begrenzt?

Darüber hinaus finden am 15. November 2019 von 9 - 10:30 noch öffentliche Inputs und eine Dikussion, moderiert von Ulrich Brand (IPW) und Birgit Englert (Institut für Afrikawissenschaften) statt.

Das Programm finden Sie hier.

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Am Donnerstag, 7. November 2019 findet die 9. regionale Armutskonferenz mit dem Thema "Solidarität... Es war einmal?" in St. Virgil statt. Barbara Prainsack wird einen Vortrag zu "Solidarität in Zeiten wachsender sozialer Ungleichheit" halten bzw. zusammen mit Birgit Buchinger, Peter Rhumannseder und Christoph Artner-Sulzer über "Gelebte Solidarität" diskutieren.

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 Call for participation: Master Class with Dr Mark Flear

In November, Dr Mark Flear is going to visit the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity. On November 20, Mark will give an invited lecture in the lecture series of the Department of Political Science.  In addition, we also organize a Master Class for doctoral students and early career researchers. The idea of the class is to enable early career researchers to discuss their work and ideas with Mark and to provide a space that allows them to enter into conversation with one another. Doctoral students and early career researchers from all departments and disciplines are welcome (including law, political science, science and technology studies, and others!)

When: November 21, 2019, 10.00-13.00
Where: University of Vienna, Department of Political Science, Conference Room (Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 2nd floor, Trakt A)

If you are interested in presenting and discussing your work, please send a short message to Ingrid Metzler ( by October 5, 2019. It would be helpful if you could describe the project, dissertation or paper that you wish to discuss in a couple of sentences. Moreover, we will ask you to send an extended abstract of approximately 1000-1500 words by November 17. These abstracts will be shared among all participants of the Master Class.

Dr Mark Flear is Reader/Associate Professor in Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Flear’s work explores the interactions between European law, science and technology, with a focus on public health and new health technologies. Dr Flear has a special interest in citizen participation in science-based issues and using it to tease out the normative implications of the scientific and technical. Dr Flear contributes widely to all these areas, including through his monograph Governing Public Health (Hart Publishing 2015 pb; 2018 hb). This book provided the first examination of the EU as a biopolitical actor and reframed public health as a matter for citizen participation. Dr Flear is also the lead editor of and a key contributor to the pioneering European Law and New Health Technologies (OUP 2013). Through the latter Dr Flear identified the field and mapped out its broad contours. Dr Flear publishes in other leading collections on European law, and in journals such as the Medical Law Review and the Human Rights Law Review. Dr Flear is currently finalising the manuscript for a special issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, which he is co-editing with Professor Richard Ashcroft. Dr Flear is also working with scholars from across Europe, Asia and Australia on a white paper on applying adaptive governance to health technologies.
Dr Flear has been a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge and the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He has provided his expert view to the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, and has given invited lectures on a number of topics within his research areas, including at the Mason Institute, University of Edinburgh. Mark also has a regulatory role as an independent Member of the Northern Ireland DNA Database Governance Board.

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The Masterclass is organized by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCos), the Department of Political Science, the Department of Science and Technology Studies, and the Research Focus Knowledge Societies in Turbulent Times.

New book: Debating Unemployment Policy - Political Communication and the Labour Market in Western Europe

The new book will be published by Cambridge University Press and will be available by May 2019.
Edited by Laurent Bernhard, University of Zurich, Flavia Fossati, University of Vienna, Regula Hänggli, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland and Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, Florence.


In 2008 the world experienced the Great Recession, a financial and economic crisis of enormous proportions and the greatest economic downturn since the 1930s. In its wake, unemployment became a key preoccupation of West European publics and politicians. This comparative study considers the policy debates surrounding unemployment in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland since 2008. With an over-arching focus on drawing out cross-national commonalities and differences, the authors ask whether patterns of political communication vary across countries. Their analysis draws on interviews with labour market policy-makers in the six selected countries, and paints a revealing picture. Appealing to researchers in comparative politics, political communication and welfare state research, this book will also interest practitioners involved in labour market policy.

Get your copy here.

 Open Round Table on Gene Editing - European Group on Ethics and New Technologies

On 16th October 2019 the event "Open Round Table on Gene Editing" will take place in Brussels and is organised by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. The event is divided into four parts. The first round table deals with Gene Editing in Humans, while the second round table discusses Gene Editing in Animals. Afterwards there will be a round table on Gene Editing in plants, biodiversity and gene drives. The event will conclude with a talk by Barbara Prainsack on "Conclusions: the role of ethics in the governance of new technologies".

Watch the Livestream starting at 16th October at 9 a.m.

Find the programme and further information here.

Lecture von Gerd Antes: Big Data und Künstliche Intelligenz - das Ende der Evidenzbasierung?

Am 3. Juli fand der Vortrag von Gerd Antes mit dem Titel "Big Data und Künstlische Intelligenz - das Ende der Evidenzbasierung?" statt. Professor Dr. Gerd Antes ist Mathematiker und Biometriker. Er gilt als ein Wegbereiter der evidenzbasierten Medizin in Deutschland.

Vortragender: Gerd Antes
Moderation: Christiane Druml & Barbara Prainsack
Wann: 3. Juli 2019, 17 - 19 Uhr
Wo: Aula am Campus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1, 1090 Wien

Hier können Sie die Aufzeichnung nachhören

Die Folien zum Vortrag finden Sie hier.

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Barbara Prainsack will give a keynote at the „Nudging and Beyond“ conference in Utrecht, NL

The Nudging and Beyond conference will take place on June 19 & 20 at the University Hall Utrecht (NL).


Barbara Prainsack, Professor of Comparative Policy Analysis at the University of Vienna and King’s College London, and author of Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21stCentury (2017)

Eldar Shafir, Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, author of the best-selling book Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, and co-founder of ideas42, a non-profit organization that uses behavioral insights to solve tough societal issues.

Furthermore, the conference will feature a panel session with European policy makers on the ‘state of affairs on nudging in policy-making’ and an international debate on vaccination, as one pressing societal issue with diverging views on the potential role of nudging. Katharina T. Paul will be part of the panel session on vaccination.

Find an interview with Barbara Prainsack and further information here:

In der Reihe "BSA Kontrvoers" werden aktuelle politische Themen von verschiedenen Standpunkten beleuchtet. Am 28. Mai 2019 um 18.30 Uhr wird Barbara Prainsack zusammen mit anderen ExpertInnen über das Thema "Recht auf Arbeit oder Recht auf Geld?" sprechen.

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Seminar by Alec Morton "Understanding equity: a research journey"

Research seminar by Alec Morton on "Understanding equity: a research journey”, taking place on Tuesday 28 May, 9:45-11:15. The talk will be co-hosted by the Department of Economic Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity at the Department of Political Science. The presentation will take place in Seminar Room 15, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien.


This talk will cover some theoretical and practical problems in the handing of situations where decision makers can take a number of policy actions which have differential impacts across a population. We will contextualise and motivate our discussion by presenting a case study of healthcare prioritisation on the Isle of Wight (England, UK) and present some novel technical machinery which might help support decision making when there is a concern about inequality but a reluctance to specify precise tradeoffs between gains to different population subgroups. The research journey reported in the talk covers 10 years from motivating case study through reflection and theoretic development to the publication of the final research outputs. I will conclude with some reflections on the relationship between theory and practice in Management Science.

Save the date: IPW Lecture mit MEP Eugen Freund


Am 20. Mai 2019 wird Eugen Freund (Abgeordneter zum Europäischen Parlament) eine IPW Lecture mit dem Titel „Europe Has to Get its Act Together: Ein Plädoyer für eine selbstbewusste gemeinsame europäische Außenpolitik“ halten.

Wann: Montag, 20. Mai 2019 | 17:30 Uhr
Wo: oiip - Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik, Berggasse 7, 1090 Wien
Moderation: Barbara Prainsack (IPW | Uni Wien) & Saskia Stachowitsch-Clar (IPW | Uni Wien & oiip - Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik.

Die Veranstaltung ist gemeinsam vom Bereich Vergleichende Politikfeldanalyse | Solidaritätsstudien, Internationale Politik und dem oiip (Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik) organisiert. 


In der abgelaufenen Legislaturperiode des EU-Parlaments gab es zahlreiche Ereignisse, die die europäische Außenpolitik - oder was davon vorhanden ist - auf Trab gehalten haben. Von den Konflikten in Syrien und Libyen, über Brexit bis zu Transformationen in der Türkei, China, Russland und der Ukraine - selten zuvor waren die Herausforderungen so groß und so vielschichtig. Hinzu kommt der Wandel der transatlantischen Beziehungen, die in der Vergangenheit immer zu den konstanten Faktoren zählten. Gerade dieses Thema, aber auch die zuvor genannten, machen eines deutlich: ohne eine effektive, mit Selbstbewusstsein ausgestattete, gemeinsame EU-Außenpolitik wird sich Europa auf der Weltbühne nicht behaupten können.

Das Plakat zur Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.

Barbara Prainsack hielt Vortrag im Presseclub Concordia

Am 7. Mai 2019 um 17:30 Uhr hielt Barbara Prainsack im Presseclub Concordia einen Vortag mit dem Titel "Welche Zukunft wollen wir? Und wie sicher sind unsere Gesundheitsdaten?".

In der Veranstaltungsreihe Welche Zukunft wollen wir? fragt der Presseclub ExpertInnen nach Lösungen zu den ganz großen Zukunftsfragen - und wie der Journalismus beitragen kann.

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Seminar with Shiri Shkedi-Rafid "The biopolitics of pregnancy: Prenatal genetic testing in Israel and beyond"

Seminar by Shiri Shkedi-Rafid on "The biopolitics of pregnancy: Prenatal genetic testing in Israel and beyond".

Listen here to the audio recording of the seminar.

The seminar took place on 3 June 2019.

Discussant: Dr Ingrid Metzler (Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna)


Advanced genomic tests are becoming an integral part of clinical care. The main advantage of these tests is their increased detection rate compared to traditional tests. Yet the detailed examination of the genome also means increased probability of identifying variants of uncertain clinical significance and secondary findings (i.e. pathogenic variants not related to the condition for which testing was initiated). Consequently, unlike in the past, when people could choose whether or not to be tested, policy today ranges from full disclosure of all results, to tailoring the results to individuals' request. Using advanced genomic tests carried out in pregnancy, empirical data will be presented about Israeli healthcare professionals', parents', and post-partum women's attitudes toward disclosure policy, as well as their experience with individual choice.  Implication for policy will be discussed whilst comparing practices in various countries.


Bio Shiri Shkedi-Rafid, PhD

Dr Shiri Shkedi-Rafid is the director for the genetic counselling master program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a principal genetic counsellor at the Hadassah Medical Centre, Jerusalem. In her research, she is focusing on the implementation of advanced genomic technologies into clinical practice with special reference to genomic tests carried out in pregnancy, and cancer genetics.

Shiri achieved a BSc (Hons) in Basic Medical Sciences in 2000 and an MSc in Human Genetics, specializing in genetic counselling (Hons) in 2003, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

In her doctoral work, which was undertaken at the Hebrew University and at King’s College London, she focused on genetic testing in individuals with no family history of the tested condition.

Shiri did her post-doctoral research at CELS (Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton), UK. She studied health-care professionals’ attitudes towards pre-natal genomic technologies.

Lecture by Ilpo Helén: From apparatuses of security to solidarity machine

On June 6th 2019, 3 p.m. Ilpo Helén (University of Eastern Finland) will hold a lecture on the topic "From apparatuses of security to solidarity machine". He will visit CeSCoS at the deparment as professorial research | solidarity fellow. 

When: June 6th 2019, 3 p.m.
Where: conference room, Department of Political Science, Universitätsstraße 7, 2nd Floor, 1010 Vienna


In my talk, I will examine how two aspects of the Nordic welfare state are aligned with each other: first, functioning of welfare state policy-making and public services as a ‘solidarity machine’ and, second, evolving and maintenance of ‘all-encompassing’ public infrastructure for collection, management and utilization of data on functions of society and its population and members. I analyze Finnish public health care and health insurance as an example Nordic arrangements and practices that make solidarity as if automatic. I examine how a variety of ‘universal’ mechanisms of public health care system both make personal ‘sacrifices’ for common good and other people routinized and automated, and generate an ethos of belonging, equality and reciprocity – also called and ‘generalized trust’ (Bo Stråth) – that ties different walks of society together.  In addition, I show that this requires and allows extensive collection, distribution and utilization health-related data of population, persons and institutions. This, in turn, is dedicated to comprehensive data management machinery, which I see as a key characteristic of the Nordic welfare state.

Barbara Prainsack held a Keynote at the Consent and Truth-Telling Conference

On 10 May 2019, Barbara Prainsack held a keynote on "Consent and Truth Telling: A Collective Agency Perspective" at the McGill University.   

This conference, which is organized by the Centre de Recherche en Éthique (CRÉ), aims at bringing together scholars who work in normative ethics, medical ethics and political philosophy to explore the normative significance of consent, its relation to truth-telling, and its role in medical and political contexts.

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Katharina T. Paul im Interview auf SWR2

Am 3. April 2019 um 8:30 Uhr wurde das Interview mit Katharina T. Paul zum Thema "Impfen - warum sind Eltern dagegen" auf SWR2 ausgestrahlt.

Hier geht es zum Beitrag:

Ehrung erfolgreicher KongressveranstalterInnen: Solidarität in Forschung und Praxis - warum jetzt?

Barbara Prainsack wird für den Kongress "Solidarität in Forschung und Praxis - warum jetzt?" geehrt.

Als Anerkennung des Engagements von Barbara Prainsack und ihrer Forschungruppe laden die Stadt Wien, die Witschaftskammer Wien und das Vienna Convention Bureau im Namen des Bürgermeisters Dr. Michael Ludwig zu der Ehrung für erfolgreiche Kongressveranstalter ein.

Im November 2018 fand die Auftaktveranstaltung der Forschungsgruppe Zeitgenössische Solidaritätsstudien (CeSCoS), geleitet von Barbara Prainsack statt. Den Nachbericht und Aufzeichnungen der Vorträge finden Sie unter:

Am 21.02.2019 hielt Katharina T. Paul einen Vortrag bei dem Deutschen Ethikrat zu dem Thema "Fragen der Governance im Zusammenhang mit Schutzimpfungen". Der Deutsche Ethikrat diskutierte im Rahmen einer öffentlichen Anhörung am 21. Februar 2019 mit den geladenen Sachverständigen, warum nationale und internationale Impfprogramme teilweise ihre Ziele nicht erreichen und welche regulatorischen Maßnahmen zur Durchsetzung von Impfzielen ethisch und rechtlich akzeptabel beziehungsweise sinnvoll sind.

Finden Sie die Folien von Katharina T. Pauls Vortrag hier.

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Medienbeiträge dazu:

Barbara Prainsack gave the keynote at this inaugural event to a seminar series hosted by the Centre for Personalised Medicine at St Anne’s College, Oxford University, and the NIHR Oxford BRC Partnership for Health, Wealth and Innovation.

When: 21.03.2019 | 8:30 - 16:30
Where: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS, United Kingdom

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Vortrag zu künstlicher Intelligenz im Europäischen Parlament

Von links nach rechts: MEP Mady Delvaux, Kommissar Carlos Moedas, EP-Vizepräsidentin Mairead McGuiness, Barbara Prainsack, MEP Pavel Svoboda


“Dialogseminar Art.17: Ethische Aspekte der Künstlichen Intelligenz”



Barbara Prainsack referierte auf Einladung der Vizepräsidentin des Europäischen Parlamentes (EP), Mairead McGuiness, am 19. März 2019 im EP in Brüssel zu gesellschaftlichen und ethischen Aspekten der künstlichen Intelligenz. Die Veranstaltung wurde vom Präsidenten des EP, Antonio Tajani, der Vizepräsidentin Mairead Guiness, und dem Europäischen Kommissar für Forschung und Innovation, Carlos Moedas, geleitet.

The keynote speaker at the workshop is Margaret McMillan (Tufts University). The workshop will also feature a high-profile policy panel chaired by Kunal Sen (UNU-WIDER). This workshop is, amongst others, organised by Lukas Schlögl.

When: 19.-20. September 2019
Where: Vienna
Deadline: 1. April 2019

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Barbara Prainsack spoke at the National Italian Bioethics Council

Barbara Prainsack has been invited by the Italian Committee for Bioethics to give a talk on the topic "From Personalised to Precision medicine: What is new?".
The hearing took place on April 11th 2019 at the group of work between the Italian Committee for Bioethics and the Italian Committee for Biosecurity.