Otto Penz, PhD, is senior researcher at the Department of Political Science and senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and currently a team member of the research project “Political and Media Populism: ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Slovenia and Austria” at the University of Vienna. Between 2000 and 2012 he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Calgary. His research areas include sociology of the body, beauty and emotions, sociology of work and political sociology. Recent publications include ‘Affektives Kapital. Die Ökonomisierung der Gefühle im Arbeitsleben’, Frankfurt 2016 (with B. Sauer); ‘Doing Gender in Public Services: Affective Labour of Employment Agents’, in: Gender, Work & Organization 2018 (with B. Glinsner et al.).
This research investigates the nexus between political parties, media and populism with regard to the so-called “refugee crisis” (2015-2016 until today) in. Slovenia and Austria.