Best of Oikodrom

Oikodrom put together a paper of all publications released in the last 20 years. The publication consists of articles, films and project descriptions. 


Best of Oikodrom


Mulierem Fortem

Join our Mulierem fortem discussion on January 27th, 2014, at the University Vienna. See the programme and read about the project. More


Publication: "Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung"

We proudly announce that the reports of our interns Laura Liebel and Florian Kabinger were printed in the OeAD publication "Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung". For orders please visit: StudienVerlag.

More information see Young Science at Oikodrom and Nopoor project.


Mulierem Fortem

Join our Round table on January 15th, 5pm, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, and our Discussion on January 27th, 7pm, Universität Wien, to talk about science, art and gender during the Vienna University´s 650 jubilee in 2015. Read more


Nopoor in the Austrian magazine SUEDWIND

Read the article "Armut im Fokus" (Ivanceanu/ Tagesen) about challenges and potentialities of communication between science and politics.



Our online TV presents art works, performances, public lectures and artistic videos from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Watch SPACESTV


Come to Berlin and see: Every 7th person

The Konfuzius-Institut in Berlin invites to a documentary series on China. "Jeder siebte Mensch" / "Every 7th person" (see the trailer) by Ina Ivanceanu will be screened on Thursday, November 28th 2013 at 6pm. More


nopoor in the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard"

About nopoor - A common way to a new under- standing of poverty and strategies for dissemination of scientific results. Read the article


nopoor in the Austrian newspaper "Wiener Zeitung"

Heidi Dumreicher was invited to write a guest commentary: "Proteste in Brazilien - eine Fortsetzung des Kampfs gegen Armut"


Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung - The future we want

Oikodrom was again happy to welcome eight students in the age of 16-18 to one month of science, theory, research, practice and discussion. Read more


Hot off the press:

Read the SPACES Article "Der Traum vom Raum" by Ina Ivanceanu, published in the SUEDWIND Magazine Nr. 7-8 July 2013


nopoor Conference Flash, Rio de Janeiro, June 2013

Protests in Brazil: Successes and failures in national efforts to fight poverty in Brazil



nopoor project annual meeting

10-12 June 2013

in Rio de Janeiro



SPACES: „Architecture of Common“

SPACES Caravan Ukraine; Kyiv
May 23 - May 28, 2013

Public events, discussions, workshops at Yunist factory



OUT NOW: Hammam Rehablitiation Reader

Political Symbols of the Youth – Usage and Meaning




This empirical sociological study deals with the usage of symbols by organized groups of young people and the meaning of these symbols for the groups and the individuals within the groups. Thereby the research team refers to youths, which define themselves as clearly political, but are not necessarily members of merely political groups. This means that the majority of society often does not know these symbols, on the contrary to flags or emblems of regular political entities for example. The symbols in the study derive from the specific Lebenswelten (“life worlds”) of the youths. Therefore, we choose a qualitative approach with the method of the Participatory Photo Interview and analyse the interviews with a slightly adapted version of Qualitative Content Analysis.

The experiences and problems of the research team in accessing the political youth-groups show further results on the research field. On the one hand we had, in different intensities, contact to Burschenschaften (nationalist student corporations) and a loose community of radical right youths, and on the other to a left/anarchistic cultural network as well as a leftist youth organisation funded by a parliament-party. The main outcome of this part is the difference in openness to the environment and the research, the right groups being much more distrustful and hard to access than the former.


This is also reflected in the analysed material: In regard to the right-wing youths the research concentrates on one photo interview, a homepage-analysis, an expert-interview about Burschenschaften, and the analysis of protocols of meetings with the loosely connected right group. With the left groups, we were able to interview three persons of each group.


One main and surprising finding is that the manifest content on the photos of the left youths are at first sight very common and ordinary, e.g. instead of photos of Che-Guevara-flags, we got photos of graffiti or ice-cream. These unveil their latent political meaning for the interviewed person only through the interview.


This corresponds to the theory inductively developed through the project: that the symbols shown and used by the left youths can be defined as dynamic, actualising, pragmatic and individualistic, while the symbols of the right youths have a more traditionalistic, uniforming and hierarchical character. But besides these clear differences, there are symbols and rituals in both political self-understandings, which are only different in their manifest appearance, but have the same latent functions and meanings for the groups, e.g. symbols that are reserved for actualising the cohesion of the groups.


Research team:
Dr. Heidi Dumreicher (project lead)
Mag. Franziska Haydn
DSA, Bakk.phil. Anja Muhr
Alexandra Pichler
Bakk.phil. Iris Schrimpf
Christian Simon
Bakk.phil. Stefanie Slamanig
Astrid Wadsack