Projects

CURRENT PROJECTS

The below course projects and course-based internships mark the first, pilot semester of the OSUN Science Shop. Following info-sessions targeting the university community, we collected course offerings from faculty members who were open to take in community requests and work on them with their students during the semester.

With this offer, we launched the Call for NGOs in Fall 2021 to find Austrian and international civil society organizations with questions and requests that fit in the various course designs. The interest was high from all sides, and we found "matches" for both the winter and fall semesters of 2022.

COURSE PROJECT 1.
Course

Misperforming World Politics

This course develops a ‘performance’ lens of contemporary issues of world politics at the intersections of critical theory, performance studies, art-based research and critical pedagogy. It looks at how familiar notions are performed and acted out in everyday practices and situations – such as statehood, sovereignty, identity, gender, citizenship or labour under global capitalism – and the ways in which roles, scripts and modes of staging generate structures of recognizability and corresponding subject positions. Expectations, rituals and routines, however, simultaneously give rise to misperformances that carry the potential for encounters that are incidental, spontaneous and yet-unknown.

The course brings together philosophy, case studies, artistic interventions and offers practical exercises in reflecting on and transforming our normalized and habitual practices of sense-making.

Faculty Erzsebet Strausz
Community partner

SEEK Network

SEEK is a research network based in the Netherlands. Our mission is to promote a culture of research collaboration and initiatives with diverse populations, particularly the refugees and migrants, to advocate for the inclusion of their voices in public perception and public policy.

We endeavour reimagining the current migration research, narrative and scholarship by bringing migrant “knowledges” and “perspectives” into the nexus of the current migration policy discourses to provide evidence-based public policy. Our research is based on principles of co-creation of knowledge with the people and communities.

Contact person Umbreen Salim, Sumbal Bashir
Project request

SEEK is piloting a project “Portraits of Power” with the support of Mamma Cash. This four week (online) storytelling retreat will meaningfully engage with young migrant/refugee women through workshops and mentorship sessions, in which they will be encouraged to reflect on ideas which are otherwise considered taboo in their communities (e.g. gender-based violence, body policing).  Each group would build on specific themes, with a focus on narratives and creative art to encourage critical reflections and self-expressions.

The outputs, “Power Portraits”, would be auto-ethnographic accounts in the form of written works (stories, poems, non-fictional writing) and art forms, which will be compiled and made available as a digital collective on the SEEK website and disseminated with relevant networks to inform activist campaigns and policy briefs/ initiatives that affect women. We aim to seek support for following questions:

  • How to design the retreat/workshops/mentorship sessions for effective engagement of migrants/refugee women. Which topics should be included for discussions, how the study/writing circles can be organized?
  • How to design/publicize/promote the calls for applications to have more participants.
  • What else can be considered, improved, built upon? (e.g. any means for impact evaluation of the project)

COURSE PROJECT 2.
Course

Educational Development in Practice (Practicum)

This blended course allows course participants to learn about the practice of educational development experientially, through engagement in applied research, programming, or advocacy roles in communities where OSUN institutions operate.

Course participants will work in campus-based teams of 3-5, contributing to the work of local government, NGO, development organizations, or private sector organizations over a focused period of 12 weeks (January-March). 

Faculty Kata Orosz
Community partner Amnesty International Hungary
Contact person Adam Beothy, Annamaria Landy
Project request Amnesty International Hungary (henceforth AIHU) is a non-profit organization working in the field of human rights advocacy in Hungary. Its staff and volunteers implement various initiatives aimed at ensuring that human rights are respected and protected. As part of its initiatives, AIHU runs a human rights education program. The goal of AIHU’s human rights education program is to help children, parents, and educators to raise new generations who are open-minded and who respect human rights.

The primary purpose of this research is to develop a rigorous but practical impact assessment methodology that will enable AIHU staff to assess the impact of their workshops and their free methodological guides. The objectives of the project are to:

  • Familiarize the client with existing methodologies that were proven to be effective in assessing the impact of similar educational interventions;
  • Select a methodological approach that is likely to be effective and feasible for a client to undertake for the purpose of assessing the impact of its workshops and free methodological guides;
  • Develop research instruments that can be used by the client to assess the impact of its workshops and free methodological guides;
  • Pilot the research instruments developed and reflect on their strengths and weaknesses, with a view to fine-tuning them

COURSE PROJECT 3.
Course Civic Engagement

The course educates students for civic and social responsibility, prepare them for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to think critically, discuss and act.

Student co-design engagement projects with partner NGOs in the winter semester, and implement them during the spring.

Faculty Chrys Margaritidis, Flora Laszlo
Community partner Teach for Austria

We work towards education equality. Our vision is that all children have euqal opportunities, regardless of the socio-economic background of their parents. Our core activity is a fellowship program: graduates from all academic backgrounds are trained to work for two years in disadvantages schools and kindergarten.

Contact person Elisabeth Witzani
Project request Currently, many of our partner schools, kindergartens and organisations are located in Favoriten. We would like to connect more with the local community and work towards lowering the NEET rate (not in employment, education or training) within the next 10 years, by connecting various organisations and initiatives.

When it comes to local youth and their parents, we would like to find out:

  • What is their idea of good education and education equality?
  • What knowledge do they have about the Austrian school systems and the possibilities after mandatory education?
  • What are the main challenges with regards to further education for young people?
  • What kind of support would they want in order to attain further education?

Our goal is to establish Favoriten as an "Showcase-District" where the collective impact of everyone who works towards educational equality becomes visible.

COURSE PROJECT 4.
Course

Project and Event Managent of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program

Heritage experts working in the field of research, protection, policy or management at various organizations or as individuals equally need to work in the framework of projects. The main aim of the course is to introduce the basic elements of managing cultural heritage projects in theory and practice. The course is designed by the concept of “learning by doing”: students are expected to develop a heritage interpretation project.

Faculty Zsuzsanna Szalka
Community partner Teach for Austria and Mittelschule Absberggasse, Favoriten
Contact person
Project description

As part of the Project and Event Management class, the students of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program at Central European University (CEU) in Favoriten, Vienna have developed a project to address the transcultural heritage in Favoriten, to celebrate the great diversity of this district.  

Our mission is to facilitate two artistic workshops for one elementary school class (within the 11-15 age bracket), in which students will learn about the concept of cultural heritage – in a way that is empowering and different from elitist or monocultural ideas about what heritage is – and express this through the arts.  

The two lessons (music and art) will take place in person on March 14 and March 21, 2022. The outcome of the lessons will be an exhibition of the students’ artwork at the CEU campus, visible to passers-by, giving the class a chance to share their cultural identity with the community of Favoriten. 

The first workshop will consist of a music lesson involving thinking through the concept of heritage, through music with which the students are already familiar. The class will work towards the creation of a piece of musical sound art that communicates their ideas of heritage at this stage. The workshop will allow students to think of music through their culture and heritage as they share their experiences. The artist facilitator (Aygyul) will speak about her personal background and will show the example of other artists and how music is created and is an essential part of heritage.  

In the second workshop – with the same students – the artist facilitator (Pati Avish) will ask them to make pictures and drawings of objects that relate to their family’s heritage, asking the students to define what heritage means to them. She will give them examples of how they can visualise heritage through their experiences and families. The artworks will be collected, and the students will assemble them into a collage that expresses the class collective ideas of heritage as something complex, empowering and self-expressed rather than received from authorities. 

The workshops’ aim is for the students to be inspired to learn more about the different elements of their cultural backgrounds, to recognize the diverse cultural identities in their class, and to be proud to represent it to the community.  

COURSE PROJECT 5.
Course Field Research and Qualitative Data Analysis

Students can conduct ca. 30 interviews or make focus group sessions (incl. writing interview questionnaire, transcript, preparing the analysis) that you can use for your purposes, e.g. checking the acceptance or perception of your programme by the target group, analyse a campaign, etc.
Faculty Inna Melnykovska
Community partner Amnesty International Austria

The organisation is one of the main social service providers in the field of mobile health care, social work and labor market inclusion in the city of Vienna.
Contact person Daniela Schier
Project request We are highly interested in how to engage young people in human rights activities. Here are some more details questions we would like to answer:
What kind of activism does attract young people?
What role do they wanna play within human rights activism with Amnesty?
What are the intersections btw. "youth" and human rights" in regards of communication, engagement and topics?

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