Dr. Adam Czirak
Free University of Berlin
Institute of Theatre Studies
Katalin Cseh-Varga is a research assistant and doctoral student in the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Since October 2012 she has been teaching at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies of the University of Vienna, and since 2014 also at the Institute for Theatre Studies of the LMU Munich. Currently, she is working on her doctoral thesis entitled Rebellische (Spiel)Räume und Underground-Netzwerke. Die „zweite Öffentlichkeit“ der ungarischen Avantgarde [Rebellious Spaces and Underground Networks. The “Second Public Sphere” of the Hungarian Avant-garde]. She also coordinates the research project ‘Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere’ as well as its website (www.2ndpublic.org). Between August 2012 and August 2013, she was a guest researcher at the Artpool Art Research Center (Budapest), the Open Society Archives (Budapest), the Fales Library & Special Collections of NYU (New York), and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (New York). In the Fall Term of 2015, she will be a visiting research scholar at the University of California Berkeley.
Since 2011, Adam Czirak has been working as a research assistant at the Institute of Theatre Studies of the Free University of Berlin. Previously he studied German studies, theatre studies, and general and comparative literature in Budapest and Berlin. Between 2007 and 2010, he was a research assistant in the Collaborative Research Centre Kulturen des Performativen [Cultures of the Performative] funded by the German Research Foundation. He received his doctoral degree from the Free University of Berlin for a thesis on the inter-subjective relations of the gaze in contemporary theatre and performance art. Between 2012 and 2013, he held a DAAD scholarship at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies of the University of Vienna. His current research interests include the theory and aesthetics of contemporary theatre, concepts of participation, and the history and aesthetics of performance art in the state socialist countries of Europe.
Since 2011, Andrea Euringer-Batorova has been a research assistant at the Institute for Cultural and Visual Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her individual research project focuses on ‘alternative and unofficial art in 1960s to 1970s Slovakia and its interpretations in contemporary art historical discourses’. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a research trainee at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. During this period she was the curator or co-curator of three exhibitions (Zwischen Staatsporträt und Spiegelbild, Von Grillen und Ameisen, Wiener Aktionismus). She received her doctoral degree from the University of Regensburg for a thesis on action art in Slovakia which was published in German in Berlin in 2009, and in Slovakian in Bratislava in 2011. Her essays are regularly published in periodicals such as Profil – Magazin für zeitgenössische Kunst, Jazdec, and Flash art.
Barbara Gronau is Professor for the Theory and History of Theatre at the Berlin University of the Arts and Spokesperson of the DFG-Graduate School “The knowledge of the arts”. Previously she studied philosophy, theatre studies, and general and comparative literature. Between 2002 and 2006, she was a research assistant in the Collaborative Research Centre “Kulturen des Performativen” [Cultures of the Performative] funded by the German Research Foundation. She received her doctorate from the Free University of Berlin for a thesis on the interferences between theatre and the visual arts (Theaterinstallationen. Performative Räume bei Beuys, Boltanski und Kabakov [Theatrical Instellations. The Performative Spaces of Beuys, Boltanski and Kabakov] (Munich, Wilhelm Fink, 2010) which received the “Joseph Beuys Research Prize”. After that, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Theatre Studies of the FU Berlin, as Socrates Guest Lecturer at the University of Bern, and as a research fellow at the Research Centre of Social and Cultural Studies of the University of Mainz. Between 2012 and 2013, she was a Junior Professor at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Since 2013, she is Professor for the Theory and History of Theatre at the Berlin University of the Arts. She is currently doing research in the SPP 1688 “Aesthetic dimensions of individual time in polychromic modernity“. She is a member of the DFG-Network “Scenographies of the subject” and in the working group “Theory and practice of theatre” of the German Society of Theatre Studies. In addition, she occasionally works as a dramaturge in various German-language theatres, and she has also been the curator of international theatre festivals.
Astrid Hackel received her doctoral degree for a thesis on the stagings of vision loss in literature, theatre and the visual arts. Previously she studied modern German literature, theatre studies, and art history, as well as museum management and communication in Berlin and Toulouse. Between 2008 and 2013, she held scholarships of the Fazit Foundation, the Elsa Neumann Programme, the Equality Foundation of the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the graduate school called Gender as a Category of Knowledge. Her current research interests include problems of unofficial art and literature in the GDR, as well as questions of participation and communication in cultural institutions. She works in the Department of Education and Communication of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Museum of Natural History).
Beata Hock is a research assistant in the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe at Leipzig University. Previously she studied aesthetics and general and comparative literature at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 1998 and 2002, she was a research assistant in the Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, working on the project Geschichte und Dokumentation von Happenings, Aktionskunst und Performances im Ungarn der 1960–80er Jahre [History and Documentation of Happenings, Action Art, and Performances in 1960s to 1980s Hungary]. Between 2001 and 2008, she studied gender studies at the Central European University in Budapest, where she received her doctorate for a thesis on Gendered Artistic Positions and Social Voices: Politics, Cinema and the Visual Arts in State-socialist and Post-socialist Hungary. Between 2003 and 2006, she was an editor at Praesens: Central European Contemporary Art Review. She has been teaching at the Central European University, the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, the Global and European Studies Institute at Leipzig University, and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Since 2014, Andrej Mircev has been a lecturer for spatial theory and performance theory at the Academy of Arts, Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia. Since the same year, he has been teaching the theory and history of theatre as a research assistant at the Faculty of Performing Arts and Media in Rijeka, Croatia. Between 2009 and 2011, he was an assistant in the post-graduate programme “InterArt” funded by the German Research Foundation. He received his doctorate from the Free University of Berlin for a thesis on intermedial spatial design in theatre since the 1960s. Between 2008 and 2012, he coordinated the Pancevo Biennale of Art in Serbia. In addition, Mircev is also a visual artist, an independent curator, and a dramaturge. His current research focuses on performance archives in the former Yugoslavia, and he also collaborates with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka.
Angelika Richter is an art historian and curator. She currently is a doctoral student in the Institute for Art and Visual Culture at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Her doctoral thesis is entitled: “Das Gesetz der Szene”. Künstlerinnen und Körperinszenierungen in der zweiten Öffentlichkeit der späten DDR. She is preoccupied with Gender Studies, media art, art and culture of Eastern Europe, esp. of the GDR, and with performance and body art. In 2015 she received the Berlin research grant for Visual Arts and was visiting researcher at the GWZO Leipzig. She has been teaching and lecturing at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, at Bauhaus-University Weimar, at the Courtauld Institute London and at the Iowa State University, IA (USA). In 2009 Angelika Richter curated the exhibition und jetzt. Künstlerinnen aus der DDR at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (together with Beatrice E. Stammer and Bettina Knaup) and conducted the GDR research for the exhibition Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe at Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (curated by Bojana Pejic). From 2003 to 2006 she was artistic director of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft in Halle (Saale) and she has been curatorial assistant of the Liverpool Biennial (2001 to 2003). Angelika Richter is member of the IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
Berenika Szymanski-Düll received her doctoral degree in theatre studies and the history of Europe from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich for a thesis on ‘the theatricality of Polish opposition movements of the 1980s’ in 2011. Between 2011 and 2012, she was a research assistant at the University of Bayreuth, and since 2012 she has been a member of the research project Global Theatre Histories led by Prof. Christopher Balme and funded by the German Research Foundation, where she focuses, among other things, on Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War. Since 2013, she has been a research assistant in the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies in Munich and Regensburg. Currently, she is doing research for her habilitation on touring actors in the 19th century.