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Lecturers/external academic staff

Mag. Dr.phil. Benedik, Stefan

Stefan Benedik is a contemporary historian and cultural scientist and as curator at the House of Austrian History (HdGÖ), he heads the “Public History” team. At the Institute of History, he works as an external lecturer for Gender History and for the Master's Degree Programme Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. He participates in projects in the field of image, gender and material culture. Together with Heidrun Zettelbauer and Barbara Tiefenbacher, he carried out the research projectBettlerflut? Bilder und Kontexte temporärer Romani-Migrationen in die Steiermark.” (Flood of Beggars? Images and contexts of temporary Romani migrations to Styria; 2010‒2011) active. Stefan Benedik and Heidrun Zettelbauer are currently working on a mediation project dealing with the possibilities and strategies of socio-critical museum and exhibition projects.

Stefan Benedik's research interests lie in the areas of ​​gender, migration and racism history, public history and visual studies with a spatial focus on Central Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries.

E-mail: stefan.benedik(at)uni-graz.at

UniGrazOnline business card Stefan Benedik



 Ao.Univ.-Prof.in i.R. Dr.in phil. Schmidlechner-Lienhart, Karin Maria

Karin M. Schmidlechner is a contemporary and gender historian and worked from 1995 to 2020 as a professor of Contemporary History at the Institute of History of the University of Graz. She is the editor of the section publication series Grazer Gender Studies and co-editor of the Historischen Jahrbuchs der Stadt Graz (Historical Yearbook of the City of Graz). She is currently leading the research project “Frauenpolitische Meilensteine in Graz seit 1918” (Milestones in Women's Politics in Graz since 1918).

In her research, she focuses on gender history and gender studies, oral history, youth/girl cultures, migration and gender, and Austrian and Styrian women's and gender history.

See also Grazer Gender Studies publication series

E-mail: karin.schmidlechner(at)uni-graz.at

UniGrazOnline business card Karin Schmidlechner


Ao.Univ.-Prof.in i.R. Dr.in phil. Sonnleitner, Käthe

Käthe Sonnleitner is a historian and medievalist, and was professor of Medieval History at the Institute of History of the University of Graz until 2016. Furthermore, she was head of the institute from 2006 to 2011. In 2009, she established the research and teaching core area Gender History together with Karin M. Schmidlechner and Heidrun Zettelbauer, and was spokesperson for the Doctoral Programme Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from 2010 to 2011. In teaching, she focuses primarily on gender history in the Middle Ages and strives to prepare scientific findings for school lessons.

She researches mostly on social history, gender history and urban history.

See also Frauengeschichte des Mittelalters im Unterricht (Medieval women's history in the classroom) publication series

E-mail: kaethe.sonnleitner(at)uni-graz.at 

UniGrazOnline business card Käthe Sonnleitner



Head of subject area

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil.

Heidrun Zettelbauer

Institut für Geschichte
Heinrichstraße 26/II
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2382



Sarah Christina Perner

Institut für Geschichte

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2368

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