In_Temperate Struggles – a Reflexive Debate on Intra-Organizational Research Projects on Intersectionality in a STEM University.
The arena we focus on in this paper is the University we both currently work in, which – however – is just one of many examples. The University is the largest of three STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) universities in Austria. As STEM university, the University defines its research as “cover(ing) the classic engineering disciplines” (University website). Similar to many other Austrian University, there is a horizontal and vertical segregation of female and male staff. Furthermore, intersectional interferences impact the chances of minority members, leaving a lot of space for fairness to be implemented. In this paper we discuss the encountered forms of resistance and – to a lesser point – support of fellow members of the University. By applying Bourdieu’s analytical apparatus we reflexively debate the perceived practices of our colleagues. The level of analysis is less our personal, individual practice – which of course is embedded in the lived relations and interactions with other agents – but the encountered relational practices such as recognition, resistance, and boundary heightening of our peers