academic profile

Birgit Wolf, Dr.
researcher,
gender & communication professional

Wolf_Birgit 2Born: 1965
Nationality: Austria, Syrian roots.

Current affiliation

 Academic Portfolio

Focus & Specialties:

  • Communication and Policy Research
  • Gender Studies, Feminist Studies
  • Gender and Equality Issues
  • Refugees, Post-Migration, Inclusion
  • Interactive Media, ICT, Media monitoring, Media  Representation
  • Post-Structuralism, De-Constructivism, Discourse & Dispositive Analysis

Interests: Research and management in gender-, social- and/or equality related issues, interdisciplinary working approach

VISIONS: Bridging gaps, social justice, diversity, gender equality, connecting people, communicating, organizing and researching for a life in dignity, free of violence and with free access to education, information and decent work for all.

Vision: Open borders, ridging gaps, social justice, diversity, gender equality, connecting people, communicating, organizing and researching for a life in dignity, free of violence and with free access to education, information and decent work for all.

Memberships

Academic Education

  • 2019        Certificate Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Sigmund Freud University Linz, Austria
  • 2014        UPEACE Certificate “Trafficking in Persons”, at Human Rights Center, University for Peace – United Nations, Costa Rica
  • 2013        UAB Doctor (Dr. phil.)  in Communication Science
  • 2010        UAB Master (MII) in History and Theory of Audiovisual Representation
  • 2009-13  PhD scholarship at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain)
  • 2006-07  Postgraduate Course in Research for Social Sciences (SORA); Vienna
  • 2004        Master (MA) in Communication Science & Journalism, University of Vienna
  • 2004      „MUTIK“ Training course for multipliers in ICT, Danube University Krems
  • 2000-04 Studies Studies in Communication Science & Journalism, and in a Combination of Political Science and Media Studies, University of Vienna

Continuing Education

  • 2018/09             Train-the-trainer Training “Violence against women and girls in the internet”, Weisser Ring, Austria
  • 2018/09             Workshop “Violence Protection and Residence Law”, Asylcoordination, Vienna, Austria
  • 2018/06             CoE training seminar “Mapping support services for victims of violence against women in line with the Istanbul Convention standards”, Strasbourg
  • 2016/11             Workshop “Gender based violence in the context of escape and asylum”, Workshop, MEN | FEM Health Center, Vienna, Austria
  • 2014/05              HORIZON2020 Competitive Proposal Writing
  • 2013-2014          International Coaching Certification by ICC, EMCC, ICF,
    certified in June 2014, title obtained: International Certified Coach
  • 2011/07                Body, memory, and representation. Dialogue between Adriana Cavarero and Judith Butler, Summer Course, 11-13 July; at UAB- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • 2007                    Expert Seminary on Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
    with Joana Adesuwa Reiterer (Nigeria), Association EXIT (Vienna)
    combating human trafficking from Africa to Europe,
    organised by the Autonomous Women’s Shelter Network, Austria
  • 2007                    Expert Seminary on Mental Health Problems
    in consequence of intimate partner violence, organised by the Autonomous Women’s Shelter Network, Austria
  • 2006-07              Postgraduate Course in Research for Social Sciences (SORA); Vienna
  • 2007                    English for Human Rights and Social Sciences, Language Center,
    University of Vienna, Austria

PhD Thesis: Wolf, B. (2013) ‘Shaping the Visual’ of gender-based violence. How visual discourse on intimate partner violence and European anti-violence initiatives construct accounts of the social world. UAB; Spain.

Languages: German (Native Speaker), English, Spanish

Academic /Professional  Experiences

  • March 2015-present: Lecturer, University of Vienna, Dept. of Communication <https://publizistik.univie.ac.at/en/home/&gt;
  • March 2017-present: Project Coordinator, Social Scientist,  Verein Notruf.Beratung (Emergency.Counseling for raped women & girls) 1170 Vienna, Austria <www.frauenberatung.at>
  • Dec. 2015-June2017: Social Services & Project Coordination, Johanniter Refugee Aid, Refugee Camps in Vienna, Johanniter NÖ-Wien Rettungs- und Einsatzdienste mildtätige GmbH, Vienna Austria
  • 2014-present  Academic Supervisor at Danube University Krems
  • 2013-present  Gender Expert in project RedEN – Reduction of energy poverty through building renovation with the participation of the residents; ksoe.at
  • Since 06/2014 International Certified Coach, by ICC, EMCC, ICF
  •  04-05/2014    External Reviewer, NWO – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • 2014-2018   Academic Supervisor, (2013-2014 Member of Research Staff), Interactive Media and Educational Technologies (IMB) at Danube University Krems
  • 2013-present: Gender Expert in project RedEN – Reduction of energy poverty through building renovation with the participation of the residents; ksoe.at
  • 2012/2013  Lecturer in Journalism – special information on audiovisual communication, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • 2012/06      Facilitator for the WAVE Coordination Committee at WAVE Task Force Meeting  June 25-26,  WAVE – Women Against Violence Europe in Vienna.
  • 2012              Lecturer in Production and expression in journalism and interactive multimedia, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • 2011              Lecturer in Script writing at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • 2011-pres.   Consultant of Hèlia – association to support women suffering from gender violence.
  • 2009-2013  Ph.D. Researcher, Academic Staff, Dep. for Audiovisual Communication and Advertising, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • 2009-11       Lecturer in Cinematography at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • 2008            Facilitator at ECREA Women’s Network Panel, European Conference of Communication ECREA, November 27, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007-08      Public Relation Officer, Autonomous Women´s Shelter Network, Information Centre against violence, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2007             Press Officer for International Conference “Stop domestic violence against women – Ten years of Austrian anti-violence legislation in the international context”; 5 and 6 November 2007, Vienna, Palais Auersperg.
  • 2006             Co-Organizer of the International Congress: Crisis Communication, International Risk and Disaster for Businesses, Associations, Authorities and Politicians, in cooperation with Internationaler Krisengipfel, at Danube University Krems, Centre for International Journalism, March 23, Krems, Austria.
  • 2006             Lecturer in “Politics & Media”; at the University of Salzburg, Department for Communication Sciences.
  • 2005-07      Researcher, Course Director of the MSc “PR & Integrated Communication”, International Journalism Center, at Danube University Krems, Austria.
  • 2005             Lecturer in “Methods of Gender Studies: Practising Frigga Haug’s ‘Erinnerungsarbeit'”; at the University of Vienna, Department for Communication Science & Journalism.
  • 2004-2005 Academic  Consultant,  WEST Women East Smuggling Trafficking, (Interreg IIIA Project);  at Mountain Unlimited Association (Austria)
  • 2004             Gender Mainstreaming Officer; Project NOEL – new opportunities for equality in Lower Austria; Project contractor: Women’s Department, State Government of Lower Austria.
  • 2003-04       Tutoring: Seminary for Gender Studies, Seminary for Gender Methodologies ”Erinnerungsarbeit”; Dep. for Communication Science & Journalism, University of Vienna

Research Experience – Research Projects

  • 2018: Concept for nationwide specialised services for women and girls (from 14) as victims of sexual violence and rape
  • 2016: “Free of Fear”, “More than food” – psychotherapeutic projects to cope with trauma and post-migration stress in refugee shelters.
  • 2013-2015: Consultancy on gender Issues, RedEN – Reduction of energy poverty through building renovation with the participation of the residents; ksoe.at
  • 12/2013-2014/06: VALERUValidation of non-formal/informal learning in Russian Higher Education
  • 10/2013-present: PIAAC Austria – Expert analysis: ICT competences in contexts of employment
  • 03/2013-present: ICT-Go-Girls! – Promoting secondary school girls entrepreneurship through ICT. LLP Comenius program, project partner Danube University Krems.
  • 03/2013- present: Europortfolio. A European Network of ePortfolio Experts and Practitioners. LLP Trancersal programm, project partner Danube University Krems.
  • 2010         Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP 2010), country report of Spain. Monitoring researcher in the Spanish Team coordinated by Elvira Altés, Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • 2007           Initiative – Women Topics in the Media. Gender media monitoring research in Lower Austria with Silvia Ettl-Huber, Danube University Krems, Project contractor: Women’s Department, State Government of Lower Austria.
  • 2007           Potentials in Communication to Increase EU-Acceptance. Forum for EUrope. Research on the EU skepticism in Lower Austria, (Interreg IIIA-Project Austria-Slovakia) Head of Research together with Ettl-Huber Silva, Project contractor: Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna.
  • 2006           Breaking Patterns New Role Models for Men in Leadership. (EU Project) Project Evaluation, Danube University Krems, Project contractor: Women’s Department, State Government of Lower Austria
  • 2004-2005           WEST Women East Smuggling Trafficking, (Interreg IIIA Project); Scientific  Consultant; Mountain Unlimited Association, Project contractor: Regione Emilia-Romagna – Assessorato Politiche Sociali, Italy.
  • 2004           Project NOEL – new opportunities for equality in Lower Austria. (EU-Project) Project Evaluator with Hanna Risku, Noella Edelman at Danube University Krems, Project contractor: Women’s Department, State Government of Lower Austria.

Conferences and presentations

  • 2018/09/19 Niederschwellige Unterstützung bei Trauma und Postmigrationsstress. Eine Feldbeobachtung der Good Practice im Integrationsprozess. (Support for trauma and postmigration stress. A field observation of good practice in the integration process Paper presentation, Dialog-Forum, Danube University Krems, (with A. Razmaria)
  • 2017/11/09 Gender, refugees and violence during postmigration. Practical experience report. [orig. titel in German,  Gender, Flucht und Gewalt in der Phase der Postmigration: Ein Praxisbericht.] Consultation meeting “Social Inclusion of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants from the Gender Perspective” for the ,,Women´s Development Summit 2017/2018“ , Frankfurt.
  • 2017/10/12 Women, Escape and Violence. Lecture in the context of the training series “Violence makes you sick”, Vienna Program for Women’s Health
  • 2016/9/25 – Media, Refugees and EU Borders: Ethic Principles Abandoned, paper presentation at 1st International Conference on “Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders”, September 23rd-25th, 2016 in Athens, Greece
  • 2016/09/21 Johanniter Emergency Accommodation | More than Food and Shampoo, Best Practice Poster Presentation,  Symposium – Freiwilligenarbeit in der Flüchtlingshilfe (Volunteer work in refugee support), Donau-Universität Krems2016/9/21 – Johanniter Emergency Accommodation | More than Food and Shampoo, poster presentation at Symposium – Freiwilligenarbeit in der Flüchtlingshilfe, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • 2015/12/07 Gender, Violence against Women and Media Regulation, guest lecture  at Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik, Dep. Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Wien.
  • 2015/12/02“I am human”, participating observations of a volunteering researcher on media, journalistic ethics and refugee crisis; paper presentation at the International Round Table “Refugees, Media and International Law”, University of Vienna, event organised by the Media Governance & Industries Research Lab
  • 2015/10/2 Facilitator Panel II: Macht und Geschlecht, Kommunikationswissenschaftliche Geschlechterforschung als kritische
    Gesellschaftsanalyse Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Medien, Öffentlichkeit und Geschlecht in der DGPuK, Universität Salzburg
  • 2015/5/6 Visuelle Um.Auf.Brüche. Alternative Repräsentationen und widerständige Diskurselemente geschlechtsbasierter Gewalt at Kicking Images – Bilderpolitiken / sexualisierte Gewalt / Interventionen, Kunstuniversität Linz, 6-8.5.2015
  • 2014/09 Dispositive power arrangements of visual anti-violence discourse. Paper presentation, Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) 2014 Conference, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1-3. Sept.
  • 2014/04/24 Gender und die Weichenstellung in die Zukunft. Betrachtungen zu den Schlüsselkompetenzen „Computerkompetenz“ sowie „Eigeninitiative und UnternehrInnetum“. [Gender and the opening for the future. Considerations on ICT and entrepreneurship competences]. At EDU|days 2014, Danube University Krems, 24 April 2014. (presentation on youtube in German)
  • 2014/04/22 Anti-violence initiatives in Europe – A comparative study on visual discourse to end gender-based violence in Austria and Spain, at Annual 
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  • 2014/04/02 Visual representations of gender-based violence. A comparative study on visual discourse of anti-violence initiatives in Austria and SpainII International Conference on Gender and Communication, University of Sevilla, School of Communication 1 – 3  April 2014
  • 2013/12/12 Good Practice Initiatives: Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Secondary School Girls through ICT; Congreso Innovatia 8.3, Woman Emprende, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2013/12/05+06 E-Portfolios als Modell für Informationsmanagement, Content-Sharing und kollaborative Content-Generierung in einer sicheren Social-Web-Umgebung. Mahara und die social platform von ICT-go-girls! edu-sharing-Workshops „Qualitätsgesicherte Contents in Community-Portalen und vernetzten Infrastrukturen“, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
  • 2012    Anti-violence legislation in Austria (A viewpoint from the WAVE-network Women Against Violence Europe) Presentation at V FÒRUM EUROPEU CONTRA LES VIOLÈNCIES DE GÈNERE, sesión: Perspectiva de la violencia de género más allá de la ley, November 15, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2011           Gender-based violence and the challenges of visual representation, at Gendered Violence Conference, University of the West of England, Nov. 23-25, Bristol UK.
  • 2011           Silence becomes complex: documentary images on gender-based violence; Panel There is always something to listen to: Silence in documentary discourse; at  International Conference: Visible Evidence 18, August 11-14. New York City, USA
  • 2011          Gender Violence & the Visual. An explorative Study. At: Interdisziplinäre Summer School für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen: „Aktueller Stand der Forschung zu geschlechtsbezogener Gewalt“; WAVE & Universität Wien, Institut für Politikwissenschaften; July 4-5.
  • 2011           Gender Violence & the Media. Representations of intimate partner violence – information or disinformation? Paper Presentation at II International Conference on Intercultural Studies, 25 – 27 May, at ISCAP, Porto, Portugal.
  • 2011           55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW55, Consultant of Hèlia Association; NGO-Participation at United Nations, Feb. 22 -28, New York City, USA.
  • 2009           The situation of young women professors in the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.  ECREA Women’s Network Workshop Gender in European Academia on Difference and Discrimination in Communication Research; Paper presentation with Nuria Simelio Sola and Florencia Rovetto Gonem, 25 November, Porto, Portugal.
  • 2009           The WAVE-network Women against violence Europe. Presentation at II FÒRUM EUROPEU CONTRA LES VIOLÈNCIES DE GÈNERE, sesión: Perspectiva de la violencia de gènere a Europa, November 19, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2007           Perspektiven zur Zusammenarbeit von NGO‘s und Behörden. Presentation at Final Conference of the AGIS 2005 project Cross-border cooperation with local authorities and social work in the areas of forced prostitution, trafficking and sexual exploitation of children by KARO e.V., October 4.-5,  Franzensbad/Frantiskovni Lazne, Czech Republic.
  • 2004           Trafficking and sexual exploitation – information activities by Mountain Unlimited, Presentation at Conference WEST Women East Smuggling Trafficking, State Government of the Emilia-Romagna – Assessorato Politiche Sociali, November 26-27, Bologna, Italy.
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