Mag. Julian Anslinger

CITEC Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology
Research building
Inspiration 1 / Zehlendorfer Damm 199
33619 Bielefeld


Room: 2.219
Phone: +49 (0)521 106-12114
Email: janslinger'at'
Office hours: on appointment (via Email)



About me

Since February 2016 I have been working as a research assistant and doctoral student in the work group 'Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research' at CITEC, where I am researching into sexism, sexual objectification, threat and defense.

Prior to my research at CITEC I worked as a research assistant in social psychology at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria). At that time, one of the research topics I focused on was the relationship between sexism and system-justification. After a two-months research visit at the Brown University (USA) I finished my Diploma Studies in psychology at the University of Graz in March 2014. Since October 2011 I have been a member of the scientific workgroup Queer STS, which is working on queer perspectives in and on Science and Technology Studies.


My PhD project

My PhD project deals with the topic of sexual objectification. Sexual objectification can be understood as the act of reducing a person to his or her body and/or to instrumentalize her as sexual resource (Bartky, 1990). With my PhD project, I aim to research into the reasons why people sexual objectify others. It is assumed, that sexual objectification can fulfil functions on an individual, interpersonal and societal level. For instance, experiments show, that men whose masculinity has been threatened (e.g. questioned), objectify women to a greater extent in order to feel masculine again. Which other functions sexual objectification fulfils, and if or how it contributes to sustain power structures, are central questions of my PhD project.


Research interests

·         Sexual Objectification
·         Sexism
·         Threat and Defense
·         Self-Enhancement
·         System-Justification
·         Queer Science and Technology Studies





Summer term 2017 (Bielefeld University)

  • From Sex to Sexism - Social Psychological Gender Research (Seminar)

Winter term 2016/2017 (Bielefeld University)

  • The categories gender and sex - origin, meaning and implications (Seminar)

Summer term 2015 (University of Graz, Austria)

  • Computer Application of Statistics (Seminar)
  • Queer-feminist Science and Technology Studies. Session about gender knowledge in neuro science (Lecture)