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Equal Opportunities at ISA

ISA observes principles of equal opportunities in ways that conform to all relevant international and federal Austrian guidelines and laws. A lot still remains to be done, of course, for their practical implementation in ISA’s everyday working procedures. In particular, we are continuously striving to implement these principles in three main fields:

First, staff development: this relates to support for junior scholars, recruitment and promotion of staff members, and international cooperation. In this whole field, priority always is given to criteria of academic and research quality – regardless of race, citizenship, denomination, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical condition. Women and minority members have rights of preferential treatment whenever possible, in particular if equally qualified.

Second, research ethics: the same basic principles also inform the ethics and values of anthropological research that is being carried out by ISA’s academic staff members. In line with existing professional codes of conduct, ISA therefore opposes the abuse of anthropological research for maintaining or reinforcing any forms of discrimination by race, citizenship, denomination, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical condition.

Third, academic politics: ISA’s staff members also support these principles whenever they take on functions in academic life elsewhere – inside or outside the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and in professional anthropological forums (e.g. journals, associations, committees) on any international or national level.

A short overview on the current composition of ISA’s staff will convey an impression of how these principles so far translate into actual practices. As of 03/11/2013 ISA has 22 academic and 3 (4) administrative staff members; 12 of them are female (55% roughly) and 10 male. These 27 ISA team members include 7 with non-Austrian citizenship (about 26%), 4 among them with another native language than German. The group of 22 researchers can be differentiated by age into 4 senior researchers, 11 mid-career researchers (i.e. 3-15 ys. past their doctoral exams), and 7 doctoral and junior researchers.