IHS - Personen

Personen am IHS in alphabetischer Reihenfolge:

  • Mag. Dr. PhD Anna Durnova

    • Techno-Science and Societal Transformation
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  • Emotions
    Health & Medicine

    Public Policy

    Critical Policy Studies

    Cultural Sociology

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  • Anna Durnová holds PhD in Political Science and in Comparative Philology.

    She researches the role of emotions and language in policy process using examples from health issues. She is Forum Editor of Critical Policy Studies (CPS).

    She is the convenor of the ECPR Standing Group Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis (together with Hendrik Wagenaar and Koen Bartels) and advisory board member of Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference. Her work on policy includes also number of advisory activities in the area of health care, technology and medicine: She is  Chair of the Adivsory Board of ERSTE Asset Management (Advisory Board expert for technology and medicine); She is also Member of the ELSI Common Service, the expert network of BBMRI-ERIC.

    Formerly, Anna was a Hertha-Firnberg Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. In 2012 she was a Visiting Professor  at the Masaryk University of Brno. Between 2009 and 2010 she was a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Lyon. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the Universities of  Essex (2012), Paris (2007), and Prague (2009).

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    Durnová, A. (2015). In den Händen der Ärzte. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis – Pionier der Handhygiene. Salzburg: Residenz Verlag.


    Fischer, F., Torgerson, D., Durnová, A., & Orsini, M. (2015) (Eds.). Handbook of Critical Policy Studies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


    Articles in Peer reviewed journals

    Durnová, A. (2016). Reading the End-of-life Controversy through Political Lenses: Public Power and Intimacy. Sociální studia / Social Studies, 1/2016, 87–100.

    Durnová, A. (2015). Between the Individual and the collective: Understanding the tensions of the interpretive inquiry. A Response to Boswell and Corbett. Critical Policy Studies, 9(2), 241–246.

    Durnová, A., & Zittoun, P. (2013). Les approches discursives des politiques publiques [Discursive Approaches to Public Policy]. Revue française de science politique, 63(3/2013), 569–577.

    Durnová, A. (2013). A Tale of ‘Fat Cats’ and ‘Stupid Activists’: Contested Values, Governance and Reflexivity in the Brno Railway Station Controversy. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 1–17.

    Durnová, A. (2013). Governing Through Intimacy: Explaining Care Policies Through ‘Sharing A Meaning’. Critical Social Policy, 33(3), 496–515.

    Durnová, A. (2012). Über die Rationalität hinaus: für eine interpretative und politische Wissenschaft. Reaktion auf Andreas Dür. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 41(3), 315–322.


    Book chapters (peer reviewed)

    Durnová, A., Fischer, F., & Zittoun P. (2016). Discursive Approaches to Public Policy: Politics, Argumentation, and Deliberation. In B. G. Peters & P. Zittoun (Eds.), Contemporary Approaches to Public Policy. Theories, Controversies and Perspectives (pp. 35–58). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Durnová, A. (2015). Lost in Translation: Expressing Emotions in Policy Deliberation. In F. Fischer, D. Torgerson, M. Orsini & A. Durnová (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Policy Studies (pp. 222–239). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Durnová, A. (2015). Planning through Emotions: Political Lessons from the Controversy Between ‘Fat Cats’ and ‘Stupid Activists’ over Rebuilding Brno Railroad Station. In E. Gualini, E. (Ed.), Planning and Conflict. Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments (pp. 259–278). New York, NY: Routledge.

    Durnová, A. (2011). L’État face aux “catastrophes morales”: de la politique de la mort en France au pouvoir de l’intime [State facing the Moral Catastrophe. Politics of death in France and the Power of intimacy]. In A. François (Ed.), Nouvelles figures de l’État. Violences, droit et société [New Figures of the State: Violence, Right and Society] (pp. 225–248). Cluj: ARCHES/Idea.



    Negotiating Truth: Semmelweis, Discourse on Hand Hygiene and the Politics of Emotions (Principal Investigator)

    Project Duration: 2012-2017

    Project objective: The project advances a new concept of understanding public policy through emotions. Emotions are key to public policy because they frame the establishment of “truth” through their relationship with discourse. Emotions are neither causal factors nor urges that motivate actions: the Negotiating Truth project defines emotions as communicated experiences of values and beliefs that are inherent in discourses but that also affect them. The project uses the key medical dispute of the 19th century, initiated by Viennese gynecologist Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis. Semmelweis claimed that “childbed fever,” a disease that afflicted many women giving birth in hospitals, could originate in the fact that doctors did not disinfect their hands before assisting in the birth. His thesis grew into a dispute over the duty of hand washing among physicians. The Semmelweis case is used as a case for public policy. Through analysis of images, research protocols, correspondence, symbolic objects, manuscripts, scientific debates, biographical work, and the current scientific debate over the necessity of hand washing, in which Semmelweis appears as a point of reference and even an icon, the analysis illustrates how the truth about hand washing came to be revealed

    Financing: Funded by the Hertha-Firnberg Programme of the Austrian FWF Science Fund (TG592-G15)


     Invited talks

    Durnová, A. (2016, May). “The Politics of Intimacy Re-thinking the End-of-Life Controversy”. Institute of International Relations. Prague (Czech Republic), 25 May 2016.

    Durnová, A. (2015, September). “Die gemeine Hand: Der Fall Semmelweis und die Entdeckung der Kontaktinfektion” [Semmelweis Case and the Emergence of the Contact Infection]. Keynote address at the Hygiene-Fortbildungstage, Meeting of the Austrian Association of Health Care (ÖGKV). Vienna (Austria), 21–22 September 2015.

    Durnová, A. (2015, January). “Intimacy and Politics: the Case of Homebirth”. Invited talk at the Masaryk University Brno. Brno (Czech Republic), 22 January 2015.

    Durnová, A. (2014, October). “Ignaz Semmelweis: Kampf um die Wahrheit” [“Semmelweis fight for the Truth: Female bodies and the hands of doctors”]. Plenary talk at the convention “Idee und Widerspruch – der medizinische Diskurs im Wien des 19. und angehenden 20. Jahrhunderts” [“Idea and contradiction – the medical discourse in Vienna in the 19th and early 20th century”]. Society of College of Physicians in Vienna, Vienna (Austria), 22 October 2014.

    Durnová, A. (2014, October). “Politics of Intimacy: Re-thinking the end-of-life controversies”. Plenary talk at the Masaryk University Brno. Brno (Czech Republic), 17 October 2014.

    Durnová, A. (2014, August). “Austria and the Czech Republic through the comparative eyes”. Keynote address at the International Summer School of Journalism (Invitation of the Austrian Embassy in the Czech Republic). Havlíčkův Brod (Czech Republic), 14 August 2014.

    Durnová, A. (2014, July). “Politics of Intimacy: Re-thinking the end-of-life controversies”. Keynote address at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Brussels (Belgium), 19 July 2014.

    Durnová, A. (2014, June). “Negotiating Truth: Semmelweis, Discourse on Hand Hygiene and the Politics of Emotions”. Keynote address at the Semmelweis Lectures of the Annual Conference of the Surgical Infection Society Europe. Vienna (Austria), 6 June 2014.

    Durnová, A. (2013, May). “Lost in Translation: Back and Forth between Fieldwork and Interpretation”. Invited Talk at the Jour Fixe Art & Science, University of Applied Arts. Vienna (Austria), 24 May 2013.

    Durnová, A. (2012, February). “Governing Through Intimacy”. Invited Talk at the Department of Government, University of Essex. Essex (UK), 8 February 2012.

    Durnová, A. (2011). “Über die Rationalität hinaus: Interpretative Politikfeldanalyse. Reaktion auf Andreas Dür”. Keynote address at the Annual Meeting (“Tag der Politikwissenschaft”) of the Austrian Political Studies Association (ÖGPW). University of Salzburg, Salzburg (Austria), 2 December 2011.

    Bargetz, B., Birkner, M., Durnová, A., Hajek, K., Lichtenberger, H., Lorey, I. … Wissen, M. (2011, November). Plenary roundtable: Poststrukturalistische Perspektiven auf Kämpfe”. Conference: Ansteckende Inventionen. Zur Repolitisierung des Poststrukturalismus. Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria), 18 November 2011.

    Durnová, A. (2010, November).S’en laver les mains: A propos du mariage de raison entre Science et Politique [“Washing hands: Marriage of Reason betwen Science and Politics”]. Invited talk at the University Franche-Comté. Besancon (France), 3 November 2010.

    Durnová, A. (2010, July). “Science and Politics: a reasonable marriage”. Keynote address at the International Summer School of Philosophy and Social Sciences (OFRESS). Faculty of Arts, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (Serbia), 18 July 2010.

    Durnová, A. (2009, July). “L’Etat face aux catastrophes morales. Memento mori dans la politique française” [“State facing moral catastrophes: memento mori in French politics”]. Keynote address at the International Summer School of Philosophy and Social Sciences (OFRESS). Université Toulouse Mirail, Toulouse (France), 13 July 2009.

    Durnová, A. (2009, November). “Feldforschung intim: Zwischen Erlebnissen, Kategorien und Analyse. Interpretative Politikfeldanalyse” [“Fieldwork intimately: Between Impression, Categories and Analysis. Interpretive Political Science”]. Invited Talk at the Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Salzburg. Salzburg (Austria), 18 November 2009.

    Durnová, A. (2007, November). “Global Governance of genomics. A phronetic response”. Keynote address at Testing genes, profiling DNA: The global governance of genomics – hopes, duties, and security. Mendel Centre Brno, Brno (Czech Republic), 3 November 2007.

    Durnová, A. (2005, July). “Vers une argumentation authentique” [“Towards an Authentic Argumentation”]. Invited paper presentation at the École Normale Supérieure. Paris (France), 12 July 2005.




    Durnová, A. (2016): Naděje na zdraví jako věc veřejná, [„Hope to be cured as a public cause“], A2alarm: , 7.6.2016


    Durnová, A. (2016) Jak je ti, Rakousko? [„How are you, Austria?“] Nový Prostor 2016/478,


    Durnová (2015): Osudová špína na rukou,[„The fatal dirt on the hands“] Nový Prostor 2015/ 452,


    Durnová, A. (2015): Lékaři bez hranic odpovědnosti ,[„Doctors without borders of responsibility"], A2alarm:


    (2016, September 15) Eine Bank für Gewebe, Blut und Daten, Interview im Mittagsjournal von Ö1 mit Anna Durnová und Kurt Zatloukal, Retrieved from

    Durnová, A. (2014, November 11). 1989: Erinnerungen eines einstigen Kindes (Kommentar der anderen). Der Standard. Retrieved from


    Durnová, A. (2013, October 23). Zwischen Populismus und politischer Obdachlosigkeit (Kommentar der anderen). Der Standard. Retrieved from


    Durnová, A., & K. C. Zahradnik (2010, November 2). Wie der Politische Diskurs die Wissenschaft bedroht. Die Presse. Retrieved from