Mag. Christoph Novak, MA

PhD Candidate

DOC-Fellow of the Austrian Academy of the Sciences

Christoph Novak read Political Science at the University of Vienna (2012, Mag.phil.) and continued his studies with an MA in Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity at Birkbeck College, University of London (2013, MA). From 2014 to 2016 he worked as a project scientist for Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, Switzerland on different research projects in the fields of Health Sciences and Disability Studies.  He started his doctoral research (cotutelle de thèse) at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Geneva (supervisor: Prof. Matteo Gianni) and the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (supervisor: Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger) in 2015. Already since 2014 he is associated with the Doctoral Programme in Gender Studies at the University of Zurich. He is a DOC-Fellow of the Austrian Academy of the Sciences since 2016.


Current Project

Politics of Belonging in Diverse Space. Qualitative Analysis of Narratives About Daily Life and Local Space of Autochthon Muslims in Their Early Adulthood, Living in Diverse Areas in Zurich and Vienna.


PhD-Project (cotutelle de thèse)

Département de Science Politique et Relations Internationales (Université de Genève)

Department of Political Science (University of Vienna)

This project critically addresses the identitiy/identification-work of young, self-identified Muslims living in diverse areas of Zurich and Vienna from a postcolonial and postmigration perspective. Based on analyses of biographical narratives and visual data produced by the research participants, the project focuses on individuals’ politics of belonging. It asks which effects a linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse local setting has on the ways racialised inhabitants position themselves in relation to socially constructed collectivities.



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