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Mag. Dr. Andrea B. Braidt, MLitt (*1971) is a scholar of media and film studies with a research focus in gender/queer studies, genre research and artistic research studies. She is a graduate of Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck and University of Newcastle (UK), and conducted Post-Doc research stays in Germany, the USA and Canada. She held a guest professorship at CEU Central European University in Budapest and has been with the University of Vienna, Department for for Theater, Film, and Media Studies since 2004. Braidt was Vice-Rector for Art and Research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2011-2019). She is currently the chair of the board of trustees of the Albertina Museum (Vienna) and President of ELIA European League of the Institutes of the Arts. Latest publication: „Wie können Europas Kunsthochschulen politisch handeln?“ In: Wimmer, M. (Hrsg.) Kann Kultur Politik? Kann Politik Kultur? Warum wir wieder mehr über Kulturpolitik sprechen sollten. Berlin: De Gruyter 2020, S. 20-30.

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Prof. Dr. Susanne Foellmer, Professor in Dance Studies, Coventry University, Centre for Dance Research.Main research areas embrace aesthetic theory, corporeality and gender in contemporary dance, performance art, and in the Weimar Era, relationships between dance and ‘other’ media, temporality, historicity and politicality of dance. She currently investigates choreography as a means of structuring as well as analyzing power relations in social movements (a.o. protests). From 2014-2018 she has been directing the DFG research project On Remnants and Vestiges. Strategies of Remaining in the Performing Arts (ÜberReste. Strategien des Bleibens in den darstellenden Künsten). Recent publications include a.o.: S. Foellmer: Performing Arts in Transition. Moving Between Media (ed., with M. K.  Schmidt and C. Schmitz), Abingdon: Routledge 2019; S. Foellmer: On Remnants and Vestiges. Negotiating Persistence and Ephemerality in the Performing Arts. Abingdon: Routledge, forthcoming (2021).

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Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Holzleithner, Professor of Legal Philosophy and Legal Gender Studies, Head of the Department for Legal Philosophy, PI of the interdisciplinary research platform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibitlies ( at the University of Vienna. Guest Professor of Legal Gender Studies at the University of Zurich, Winter Term 2006/07; Guest lecturer, inter alia, at the Central European University. Research focuses: Legal and political philosophy with a focus on human rights and justice; legal gender & queer studies; law, literature and popular culture. Relevant Publications in English: Subversion from within: Opposition to Gender Equality in the Court of Justice of the European Union, in: Mieke Verloo (ed.), Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe, New York: Routledge 2018, 135-153; The Game is Rigged: Fictions of Lawyering, in: Christian Hiebaum, Susanne Knaller, Doris Pichler (eds), Recht und Literatur im Zwischenraum. Law and Literature in-Between: Aktuelle inter- und transdisziplinäre Zugänge/Contemporary Inter- and Transdisciplinary Approaches, Bielefeld: transcript 2015, 287-303.

Prof. Dr. Bettine Menke, studied Philosophy and German Philology at the University Konstanz. She obtained her docotoral degree 1988 and completed her habilitation 1996. She taught at University Konstanz, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt/Main and the University or Marburg. Since 1999 Professor for General and Comparative Literature at the University Erfurt. 2020 she led the project “Babellonisches. Die vielen Sprachen in der Sprache, die ich spreche oder schreibe“ as Senior Fellow at the IFK. Research focus: literature and text theory, deconstruction, rhetorics, gender studies, concepts of memory and intertextuality, poetic and sacral sign systems, voice and sound. Upcoming Publication: Einfall, Zufall. Die Gabe des Witzes (Arbeitstitel), Fink Verl, 2020/21.

Dr. Julia Prager, studied Comparative Literature, Art History and American Studies at the University of Innsbruck. PhD in 2012. Between 2009 and 2017 activities as research assistant at the University of Innsbruck and post-doctoral fellow (Christoph-Martin-Wieland) at the University of Erfurt. 2017 Fellow of the IFK Summer Academy. 2017-2019 Open Topic Postdoc at the TU Dresden. Since 2019 Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Media Studies and NdL / SFB 1285 “Invectivity. Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement” at TU Dresden. Since October 2019, head of the DFG network ” Assembling. Medial, Spatial and Political Constellations”. Research stays at the FU Berlin and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. Research interests: Otherness of language, otherness of sound, and otherness of voice in theater and literature (18th century-present); relation-forming dynamics (medial, spatial, political) in theater, performance, and protest; disparagement and interdependence. Current: What Remains of Fragments of a Language of Love (ed. with Peter Clar, Turia + Kant 2021).

Prof. Dr. Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK, and affiliated to the University of Vienna. 1974 she received her doctoral degree at the University of Vienna. 1980 she completed her habilitation. 1991 she became professor at the University of Vienna. 2004 she became distinguished professor at the University of Lancaster. Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996, the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria, and 2018, the Lebenswerk Preis for her lifetime achievements, from the Austrian Ministry for Women’s Affairs. In March 2020, she became Honorary Member of the Senate of the University of Vienna. Research interests: discourse studies; gender studies; identity politics and the politics of the past; political communication and populism; prejudice and discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work. Most recent book publication: The Politics of Fear. The shameless normalization of far-right populist discourses (Sage 2021, 2nd revised and extended edition).