Katta Spiel

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Dr. Katta Spiel B.A. B.Sc. M.Sc.
Hertha Firnberg Scholar || TU Wien
Hertha Firnberg Scholar

Currently, I am a FWF Hertha-Firnberg scholar at the HCI Group of TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), where I work on my individual project entitled “Exceptional Norms: Marginalised Bodies in Interaction Design”. Additionally, I teach the lecture on “Methodological Approaches” in the interdisciplinary Master’s curriculum in Gender Studies at the University of Vienna. Before that, I researched the attitudes, desires and interests of neurodivergent youth concerning play with digital games in collaboration with Kathrin Gerling and Fares Kayali and was part of the FWF-funded projects Social Play Technologies and OutsideTheBox, both at TU Wien. There, I investigated the experiences of autistic children in technological contexts, moving away from empathy and developed a concept for Participatory Evaluation. Both my bachelor degrees in Media Culture (B.A.) and Media Systems (B.Sc.) as well as my Master’s degree in Computer Science and Media (M.Sc.), I have acquired at Bauhaus Universität Weimar.


Country / Countries of Residence: Austria

Professional Background

Working Experience

Working experience in Gender Equality since:  2009

Professional Position / Role

Researcher / Scolar

Area of Expertise

Scientific expertise

Sectors of Work Experience

Universities and Higher Education Sector
Civil Society

Scientific Background

I research marginalised perspectives on technology to inform critical design and engineering. My work is situated at the intersection of Computer Science, Design and Cultural Studies. Drawing on methods from (Critical) Participatory Design and Action Research, I collaborate with neurodivergent and/or nonbinary folks in conducting explorations of novel potentials for designs, methodological contributions to Human-Computer Interaction and innovative technological artefacts.

Additional Information

Online Visibility

Website: katta.mere.st

Twitter ID: katta_spiel

Availability for Trainings

Availability for Training Formats ONLINE

Training Session (duration: half day up to two days)

Speaker in a webinar (duration: up to half day)

Availability for Training Formats IN-PERSON

Training ession (duration: half day up to two days)
Speaker in an event (duration: up to half a day)

Willing to travel abroad for trainings: yes

Target Groups

Communication staff
Decision-makers (middle management)
Decision-makers (top-level management)
Gender Equality activists / promoters
Gender Equality change agents
Gender Equality researchers / scholars
Ombudspersons / persons of trust for Equal Opportunities / Gender Mainstreaming / Diversity Management
Staff assigned to recruitment procedures
Team members of Gender Equality committees and / or working groups

Training Content Types

Gender+: Basic definitions and concepts
Sex and gender dimension in research content
Gender sensitive and inclusive communication

Training Languages



Trainings held during the GE Academy project

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