I was born in Wolfsberg in the South of Austria and studied history, art history and political sciences in Vienna, Frankfurt/ Main and Colchester. In 2009 I got my postdoctoral habilitation at Vienna University.
In the course of my prae- and post-doctoral studies I was fellow at various academic institutions such as: the Graduiertenkolleg Psychische Energien bildender Kunst, J. W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/ Main; IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) Vienna; the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester; the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in Innsbruck.
My projects received funding by the EU (Marie Curie Actions), FWF. Austrian Science Fund, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the City of Vienna Research Council.
In the past, I was for example acting as Visiting Professor at Verona University (2009-2011) and as Mercator Visiting and Deputy Professor at Justus Liebig University Gießen (2011-2014). Between 2015 and 2018 I directed the research project Everybody: A Transnational Iconography (2015-2018, JLU Gießen and AAU Klagenfurt). Since September 2016 I have the opportunity of acting as a Professor of Visual Culture at Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt.

University Education


University of Vienna, History, History of Art and Drama, Final degree: Mag. der Philosophie (MA), with distinction. Thesis: Programmatically staged historical exhibitions


University of Vienna, Institute of Contemporary History. Doctoral course: History and Art History. Doctoral Thesis: Blue Jeans: An Artificial Mythology


Final degree: Dr. der Philosophie (Ph.D.), with distinction

April 2009

University of Vienna, Institute of Contemporary History: Habilitation; venia docendi “Contemporary History”

Postgraduate Education and Grants


Graduate college Psychic Energies of the Visual Arts, J. W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt/ Main, Germany: two years scholarship for the completion of the doctoral thesis


International scholarship of the University of Vienna for research activities at George Eastman House/ Rochester NY; in the Library of Congress/ Washington DC and in the National Archives/ College Park, Maryland, USA


Junior fellowship at the IFK (International Research Centre for Cultural Studies), Vienna


Post-doc scholarship (12 months spread over three years) at the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, financed by the Austrian Ministry of Sciences


Participation in the International Winter School 2001 Multiple Antiquities. Multiple Modernities, organised by: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales/F, Collegium Budapest/H, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences


Scholarship as a post-doc researcher at the theory department of the Jan-Van-Eyck-Academy in Maastricht/NL


Regular post-doc participant in the European Science Foundation Scientific Network The Politics and History of European Democratisation, grant for participating in five conferences and/or workshops


Fellowship in cultural theory at the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen/ Innsbruck in the framework of the international programmes Buchsenhausen Air and Buchsenhausen Labor labor


Regular Post-Doc Fellow at the Marie Curie Conference and Workshop Series (SCF) European Protest Movements Since The Cold War. The Rise and Fall of a (Trans)national Civil Society and the Transformation of the Public Sphere (University of Heidelberg, University of Zurich, University of Halle Wittenberg)

Research projects and positions


Research project Women–History–Museum: Gender Difference in Cultural-History Museums, funded by the Ministry of Science, Austria, with G. Hauer, R. Muttenthaler and R. Wonisch


Smaller research projects for the Abteilung Wissenschaft. Stadt Wien (=City of Vienna Science Group). For example: Mythologies in city-spaces of the 70s, Lateral thinking in Vienna. Utopian subcultures in the 20th century and Loos Et Cetera


Research project: Cinema: Transformations of a Social Space. Vienna 1945–2000, funded by the FS Kulturwissenschaften/ Cultural Studies, Ministry of Science, Austria. Together with Werner M. Schwarz


Post-doc fellowship for the project The Cinema as Political Utopia – Public Space as a Space of struggle: Contribution to a history of perception of Vienna between 1960 and 2000, funded by the FS Kulturwissenschaften/ Cultural Studies, Ministry of Science, Austria. In cooperation with the Austrian contemporary history society at the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna


Research project Aesthetic tricks as a means of political emancipation, funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund)


Senior researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna, for the project City-Squats: The Cinema as a space for political action, position funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund)


Visiting Professor at the Philosophy Department of Verona University, funded by the EU, Seventh Framework Program, Marie Curie Actions, research project: “Picturing Gender”


Mercator Visiting Professor for Culturalisation and the Popularisation of ‘Gender’ at the Sociology department of the Justus Liebig University Gießen (funded by the DFG. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)


Professor of sociology. Focus: General Comparison of Societies (substitute for Andreas Langenohl). Sociology department. Justus Liebig University Giessen

2014- 2016

Direction of the research project “Everybody: A transnational iconography” (2015-2018), funded by the DFG. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, located at the Sociology department. Justus Liebig University Giessen


Since September 2016 Professor of Visual Culture, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt

Conception and realisation of international conferences and workshops

  • International conference The power of arrangement: Museums and exhibitions in a gender-discourse, MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, with G. Hauer, R. Muttenthaler and R.Wonisch (1995)
  • International conference Irony, Montage, Alienation. Politics of form: on the applicability of a central thesis of modernity, together with V. Oehner, Institute of Contemporary Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2001)
  • International workshop The double language of clothes, gestures and bulidings: Public space according to Hannah Arendt. Forum Stadtpark, Graz (2001)
  • International Workshop Event and History, Depot/Vienna (2003)
  • Workshop Protest and Public Space in the framework of the Marie Curie Conferences and Trainings Courses: European Protest Movements since the Cold War: Designing a New Life: Aesthetics and Lifestyles of Political and Social Protest (University of Zurich, Department of German) (2007)
  • International Curatorial Academy Sarajevo, conception and organisation together with Gottfried Fliedl, Museumsacademy Joanneum/Graz, Obala Meeting Point Sarajevo BiH, 2007
  • October 2010 Workshop: Contemporary Emancipation Movements. Universalism and particularism in the philosophical tradition and today, at Verona University
  • May 2011 Conference Hegemony and the Image together with Alice Pechriggl, at Klagenfurt University (in cooperation with the Visual Culture Workshop and the Research Focus “Culture and Conflict”)
  • October 2012 Conference Gender as a Cultural Act: Genealogies, Practices and Imaginations together with Andreas Langenohl, at Justus Liebig University Giessen (Sociology department)
  • April 2016 Workshop Addressing each and every one: Popularisation/populism through the visual arts, at Justus Liebig University Giessen (Sociology department)

International academic networks

  • Member of the IDA World Network in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, located at the University of Essex, Colchester UK (since 2003)
  • Member of the Politics and the Arts Group (Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research) (since 2005)
  • In the Scientific Board of the International Research-network “European Protest Movements Since 1945” (since 2006)
  • President of “HAT – scholarly society for the advancement of methodologically informed research in cultural history” (since 2009)
  • Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik (German Society for Aesthetics) (since 2012)
  • Member of the international Internet project BTW Researching Modernity between the universities of Berkeley/USA, Tuebingen/G and Vienna/A (1999-2002)