Short CV/Education and training

    Studied musicology and dance studies, political science, and ancillary sciences of history and archival science at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and the University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2006
    Exams for the Magister Artium degree (MA) in Bonn

  • 2009
    Doctorate with distinction in the art history, musicology and dance studies from the University of Salzburg

  • 2009 – 2013
    Research associate in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 619) "Ritual dynamics" at Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 2013 – 2014
    Assistant lecturer in the history of dance at the Academy of Dance at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, Germany

  • since 2014
    Head of a German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether junior research group at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany

Selected publications

  • Kieler Beiträge zur Filmmusikforschung XI: Oper und Film, Kiel 2014 (ed. with Willem Strank and Tarek Krohn).

  • Die politische Bühne. Ballett und Ritual im Jesuitenkolleg Louis-le-Grand 1701 – 1762, Würzburg 2012.

  • Bewegte Propaganda. Politische Instrumentalisierung von Volkstanz in den deutschen Diktaturen, Würzburg 2010 (Dissertation).

  • Tanz vermittelt – Tanz vermitteln. Tanzforschung 2010, Berlin 2010 (ed. with Helga Burkhard).

  • Die Ballets Russes auf biblischen Pfaden. Von der Josephslegende zum Verlorenen Sohn, Norderstedt 2007 / Kindle Edition 2011 (Magister thesis).

    Emmy Noether project "Ritual design for the ballet stage: Constructions of folk culture in European theatre dance (1650 – 1760)", since 2014

  • Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) subproject "Ritual and staging of musical performance practice during the Baroque period", 2009 – 2013

Media coverage

  • "Theatre studies receives a DFG project", interview with Julia Grünwald for Radio mephisto 97.6 on 2nd July 2014

  • "Theatre dance in focus of research", Leipziger Volkszeitung from 3rd July 2014

  • "'We must work together across disciplines'. The Heidelberg dance studies expert Hanna Walsdorf on dance and ritual", interview with Tim Sommer for the Heidelberg University student newspaper, Ruprecht, from 17th July 1012

  • "Dissertation of the week: How Germans danced under dictatorships", interview with Veronika Schmidt for the Viennese "Presse" from 27th September 2009


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