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Anna Durnová

Dr. (Political Science)

Ph. D. (Comparative Philology)
Born: 31.8.1980 in Brno (CZ)


Research interests

Discourse Studies, Interpretive Methods, Policy Studies, Governance & Healthcare policies, European Politics, Contemporary Political Theory,



Doctor, Political Science, University of Vienna

“Towards a Politics of Intimacy: Policies on Dying in European Societies.”

Advisor: Herbert Gottweis


Doctor, Comparative Philology, Masaryk University, Brno

“A la recherche d’une frontière. Philippe Jaccottet et Reiner Kunze en tant que poètes et traducteurs“.

Advisor: Petr Kyloušek,


Master, Political Science, University of Vienna


Master, French and German Philology, Masaryk University, Brno


Maîtrise de Linguistique et Littérature Française, Université Paris - Sorbonne Nouvelle

Academic Awards


“Prix Gallica”, Award of the Czech National Association of French Studies

for the best Diploma Thesis 2004/2005

Academic & Professional Appointments

Since October 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher – Hertha Firnberg

Austrian Funding Agency / Department of Political Science,
University of Vienna

January  - April 2012

Visiting Research Fellow

Department of Government, University of Essex

July 2010

- September 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher,

Life-Science Governance Research Platform, University of Vienna

July 2010

Visiting Lecturer, University of Belgrade, Serbia

(The concept of Body in Social Sciences)

July 2009

- June 2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellow,

Laboratoire des Economies des Transport, ENTPE,

Université de Lyon, France

April – June 2010

Lecturer, National School for Public Policy (ENTPE), France,

(Methods in Social Sciences)

March – June 2009

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Charles University Prague,

(Discourse & Policy Analysis, Chapters of Biopolitics)

since 2009

Undergraduate Thesis Advisor, Department of Romanistic Studies,

Masaryk University, Brno, (Interpretation & Discourse Studies)

November 2009

Visiting Lecturer, Department for Studies of Eastern Asia,

University of Vienna (Methodology of Social Science: Interpretation)

October 2008

Visiting Lecturer, Centre for Biomedicine & Society (CBAS),

King’s College London, (Philosophy of Social Sciences)

since October 2006

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna,

(Comparative Political Science, Discourse Approaches &

Policy Studies, Emotions and Policy Studies)

since February 2006

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Romanistic Studies,

Masaryk University Brno, (Theory of Language & Discourse Studies)

October 2005

-February 2009

Doctoral Research Fellow,

Life-Science-Governance Research Platform, University of Vienna


-September 2005

Research & Teaching Assistance,

Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

September 2004

-February 2005

Administrative Manager & Contract Researcher

Research Group Transformation In Public Policy (TIPP),

University of Vienna

Academic Fellowships

December 2009

Fellowship of the Political Studies Association (Official Representative, Political Studies Association, New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Meeting 2009, University of Auckland)

March – June 2009

MOEL- Fellowship, Austrian Science Society (ÖFG), Charles University Prague, Department of Political Science

September 2006

Fellowship of German Academic Exchange Agency (DAAD) Neuphilologische Fakultät, Karl-Eberhard Universität , Tübingen

December 2004

Research Fellow of the French Government (Boursière du Gouvernement Français), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France

Conferences & Invited talks - Selection

17th – 20th October 2012

Joint Meeting of the European Association of Studies in Science and Technology (EAST) and Society for Social Study of Science (4S)
hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Paper giver “Politics of Intimacy: Rethinking the End-of-Life Controversy.”

5th – 7th July 2012

7th Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference
hosted by University of Tilburg.
Panel convenor : [together with Michael Orsini] Emotions in Policy Analysis

4th – 7th

April 2012

PSA General Conference, hosted by the University of Belfast,
Panel convenor: [together with Mathias Delori] “Re-visiting Language-Based Approaches to Policy Analysis” & Discussant

8th February 2012

Invited Talk, Department of Government, University of Essex:
“Governing Through Intimacy”


August 2011

6th ECPR General Conference, University of Reykjavik, Iceland. Panel convenor: [together with Mathias Delori] “Re-visiting Language-Based Approaches to Policy Analysis”. Paper: “It is the other stupid. Explanatory Value of French Discourse Linguistics for Policy Analysis”

15th – 17th

June 2011

Essex Critical Political Theory Conference,

University of Essex, Colchester: Paper: “‘It is the other stupid.’ Explanatory Value of French Discourse Linguistics for Poststructuralist Political Theory.”

2nd-5th September 2010

Annual Meeting of American Political Studies Association,

Washington D.C. Section “Critical Policy Studies”, Paper:

“Governing Through Intimacy: Sharing Meanings

In Healthcare Policy Formulations”


November 2010

Université Franche-Comté Besancon, Invited Talk:

S’en laver les mains: A propos du mariage de raison entre Science et Politique.” [Washing hands: Marriage of Reason between Science and Politics]

30th November

1stDecember 2009

NZPSA 2009, Conference of the New Zealand Political Studies Association, hosted by the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland, NZ. Paper: “Towards emotion sensitive policy analysis – example of politics of intimacy”

28th October

-2nd November 2009

Annual Meeting, Society for Social Study of Science,

Washington, DC, USA. Paper: “Investigating Intimacy in the Social Study of Science: Policies on Dying.”

21st – 23rd June 2009

4th Conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis, University of Kassel, Germany: Panel Convenor & Chair: Emotions in Policy Analysis: Theory and Interpretation. Paper: “Investigating Intimacy: Research on Dying Policies”.


April 2009

59th Political Studies Association Annual Conference,

University of Manchester. Panel Convenor: “Emotions as political and interpretative triggers”, Paper: “(Re)searching a political space for emotions: the case of end-of-life policies.”

19th – 21st June 2008

3rd International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis,

University of Essex, UK. Paper: “Pragmatic Linguistics Re-visited within the Interpretative Policy Analysis: Discourses on Dying”.

6th – 9th September 2007

4th General Conference of European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), University of Pisa. Paper: “To die or not to die: Professionalizing the Empathy as a New Practice for End-of-life Policy.”

Coordinated Projects

Since October 2012

Coordinator: “Negotiating Truth: Discourses on Hand Washing Semmelweis and Politics of Emotions” funded by Hertha-Firnberg Programme, Austrian Funding agency

Budget: 180. 000 €

September 2009

-June 2010

Coordinator [together with Philippe Zittoun], 5th International Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Institute of Political Studies, Grenoble, France.

[Funding: French Political Science Association,

PACTE – Research Center for Public Policy Grenoble, Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble, University of Lyon, City of Grenoble, “Rhônes-Alpes“ ]

Budget 65.000€

2008 - 2009

Coordinator of the Serie of Methodological Workshops,

Faculty of Social Sciences “Methodenwerkstatt”, University of Vienna

[External Funding by Austrian Ministry of Science: 10.000€]

Budget: 30.800€

June 2007

-November 2007

Coordinator of the International Conference: „Testing Genes, profiling DNA: Global Governance of Genomics between hopes, duties and security“, Brno, Czech Republic. Cooperation with Mendel Centre in Brno, Charles University Prague, Central European University Budapest.

[External Funding: “ASO”, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna: 6.000€]

Budget: 15.000€

Other cooperation

since 2011

University of Amsterdam (Dvora Yanow), University de Montfort (Steven Griggs), CESES, Charles University Prague (Martin Nekola and Martin Potůček): Prague Workshop in Interpretive Policy Analysis

since 2010

European Institute, Florence (Matthias Delori): Organisation of panel series “Revisiting language-based approaches to Policy Analysis” convened at 61st PSA Annual Meeting in London 2011 and the 6th ECPR conference 2011,

hosted by University of Reykjavik

since 2008

Europhilosophie, Université Tolouse II -Mirail (Jean-Christophe Goddard, Arnaud François, Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc): Lecturer in the Annual Summer Academy on Philosophy and Social Sciences,

“Organisation of Francophone Research in Social Sciences” (OFFRES)

2007 - 2008

Max F. Perutz Laboratories (Erwin Heberle-Bors) & Medical University

of Vienna (Georg Weitzer): Life-Science-Governance Seminar,

Interdisciplinary seminar for MA students

2006 - 2008

Centre for Applied Ethics, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany & EUBIOS Ethics Institute: Vice-Coordinator of the European Summer Academy of Bioethics, under the patronage of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee [teaching workshops on end-of-life issues, dissemination, assistance in organization of keynote addresses]

Reviews & Academic Functions

Reviews for Journals: Evidence & Policy; Central European Journal of Public Policy;
Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and Practical Philosophy; Critical Policy Studies; Politologická Revue

Other Reviews: National Funding Agency of Czech Republic (GAČR);
Diploma Thesis Award of Austrian Association of Political Science (ÖGPW);
Austrian Academic Exchange Society (ÖAAD)

Spokesperson of POWI 04: the Initiative for Graduates, Austrian Association of Political Science

Editor: Austrian Journal for Political Science (ÖZP), Critical Policy Studies (Book Review Editor)

Special Guest Editor: Austrian Journal for Political Science (1/2010), Revue Française de Science Politique (4/2011) ; European Political Science

Advisory Board Member: 5th Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference Grenoble

Organizing Committee Member: 6th Interpretive Policy Analysis Cardiff; 5th Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference Grenoble


Since 2008

Columnist on European Politics (social policy, health care policy, populism) Hospodářské Noviny, Týden

July 2008

Lecturer at “KinderUni”, Summer University for Children, University of Vienna. Course “What does it mean to be at the end of life?” (Summary diffused on Österreich1, 1st November 2009)

2005 - 2008

Interpreter: Moravian Gallery Brno (German), E.ON (German), Wahr-Falsch Pallaver 2006 (German), Podium discussion organized by Graduate Centre of the University of Vienna (English)

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