Dr. Silke Felber conducts research and teaches at the intersection of theatre, literature and cultural studies. Since March 2021 she leads the project Performing Gender in View of the Outbreak at the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. After studying Theatre, Film and Media Studies as well as Romance Studies at universities in Vienna and Bologna (IT), she was dramatic advisor and production manager at the KosmosTheater Vienna and in the independent scene for several years. In 2013 she earned her doctoral degree with her PhD thesis regarding the reception of Thomas Bernhards drama in Italy (University of Vienna, passed with distinction). From 2013-2016 she was postdoc at the Forschungsplattform Elfriede Jelinek. From 2016-2019 she was Hertha Firnberg Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Since June 2019 she is Elise Richter Fellow (FWF) at the Department of Theater, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. She was Visiting Scholar at Ghent University (BE) and at University of Oxford (GB) and held lectures at University Bern (CH), Università di Catania (IT) and University of Vienna. In her habilitation Travelling Gestures she examined the vestiges of the antique greek tragedy in the theatre of Elfriede Jelinek. Most recent publication: Spuren des Tragischen im Theater der Gegenwart (ed. with Wera Hippesroither, Narr 2020).
Mira Achter studies musicology at the University of Vienna and contributes to the project Performing Gender in View of the Outbreak. 2019 they finished their bachelor’s degree in sociology with a thesis on the use of the term “Migrationshintergrund” in educational sciences and it’s consequences in science and everyday life. From 2016 to 2020 Mira Achter was first author and later editor-in-chief at the music magazine Backbeat. Current topics of interest: music and gender/belonging/indentity, language, queer studies, sociology of the body.