Fellows



Sabine Lehner
IFK_Junior Fellow


Duration of fellowship
01. October 2020 bis 30. June 2021

Sabine Lehner

PROJECT-TITLE

Representations of Borders and Spaces in Austrian Media Discourses and in Narratives of Displaced Persons



PROJECT-DESCRIPTION

This project examines representations of space and borders in Austrian public discourses on asylum and in narratives of displaced persons in Vienna. The interdisciplinary study combines theoretical approaches to space, borders and boundaries, and migration studies with a critical sociolinguistic and narrative stance. It integrates various perspectives and methods: (1) media discourse analysis, (2) ethnographic study of a shelter for asylum seekers, and (3) participatory photo interviews and semi-structured interviews with residents (asylum seekers) and social workers at the institution. Preliminary results reveal the asylum seekers’ heterogeneous experiences of borders and boundaries, including geopolitical borders, complex infrastructures of border regimes during their escapes, and symbolic boundary experiences during their asylum procedures and current living conditions in Austria. As enduring experiences, boundaries affect their current lives, agency, and spatial behavior in Vienna.



CV

Sabine Lehner studied applied linguistics at the University of Vienna, where she also worked as a research assistant and is currently writing her dissertation. She held a fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences for her Ph.D. project, Representations of Space and Borders in Austrian Public Discourses on Asylum and in Narratives of Refugees. She is a co-opted advisory board member of VERBAL (the Austrian Association of Applied Linguistics) and an associated member of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION of the European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder). Her research interests and areas include language ideologies, discourse studies, border and boundary studies, language and space, ethnography, and multilingualism and displacement.



Publications

gem. mit Rudolf de Cillia, Ruth Wodak, Markus Rheindorf, Österreichische Identitäten im Wandel. Empirische Untersuchungen zu ihrer diskursiven Konstruktion 19952015, Wiesbaden 2020; „Ungewissheit während des Asylverfahrens. Agencykonstruktionen zwischen struktureller Verunsicherung und subjektiver Wahrheit“, in: Wiener Linguistische Gazette 85, 2020, S. 1–31; „The Discursive Construction of (In)Credibility. Language Ideologies and Intertextuality in Austrian Asylum Procedures“, in: Iman M. Nick (Hg.), Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Forensic Linguistics, Wilmington, Delaware 2018, S. 95–120.

21
October
2020
18:15
  • Lecture
IFK
Sabine Lehner

In Interviews kann es – wie auch in anderen Gesprächsformen – zu Missverständnissen oder unangenehmen Momenten kommen, die in späteren Auswertungsprozessen oft ausgelassen werden. Sabine Lehner geht der unbequemen Auseinandersetzung mit diesen Irritationen nach und zeigt das Erkenntnispotenzial der Beschäftigung mit dem vermeintlichen Scheitern.

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