Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2013
    University professor (W3) of the theory and history of theatre in the College of Performing Arts, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

  • 2013
    Offer of a professorship (W2) in theatre studies and dramaturgy at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin (declined)

  • 2012
    Assistant professor (Juniorprofessorin, W1) of theatre studies in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2011
    Visiting professor on the acting course in the College of Performing Arts, Berlin University of the Arts

  • 2009
    Fellow at the Research Centre of Social and Cultural Studies Mainz (SOCUM) and visiting lecturer in the Department for Theatre Studies at Mainz University, Germany

  • 2008
    Socrates visiting lecturer at the Institute for Theatre Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2012
    Research associate in the Institute of Theatre Studies, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2006
    Doctorate (Dr. phil.), summa cum laude, in theatre science at the FU Berlin with a dissertation titled "Space, Body, Action: Interference from installation art and theatre"; published with the Wilhelm Fink Verlag Munich 2010

  • 2002 – 2006
    Research associate at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 447 "Performing culture" in subproject B1 “Aesthetic of the performance“

  • 2002
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in theatre studies and modern German literature in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at FU Berlin; thesis: "Joseph Beuys and aesthetic experience“, awarded top marks (1.0)

Selected publications

  • Since 2015 Editor of the series Das Wissen der Künste from the Wilhelm Fink Verlag Paderborn, together with Kathrin Peters

  • Theaterinstallationen. Performative Räume bei Beuys, Boltanski und Kabakov, Munich: Fink Verlag 2010

  • Aesthetics of Standstill. Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press 2017, edited by Reinhold Goerling, Barbara Gronau, Ludger Schwarte (upcoming)

  • Gewaltsames Wissen. Szenographien der Desubjetivierung, series Das Wissen der Künste vol. 3, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2017, ed. with Adam Czirak (in preparation)

  • Künste des Anhaltens. Ästhetische Verfahren des Stillstellens. Berlin: Neofelis Verlag (to appear in Autumn 2017)

  • HOW TO FRAME. On the Threshold of Performance and Visual Arts. Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press 2016, ed. with Matthias von Hartz and Carolin Hochleichter

  • Szenarien der Energie. Ästhetik und Wissenschaft des Immateriellen, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag 2013

  • Ökonomien der Zurückhaltung. Kulturelles Handeln zwischen Askese und Restriktion, Bielefeld: Transcript 2010, ed. with Alice Lagaay

  • Global Ibsen. Performing Multiple Modernities, New York/London: Routledge 2011, ed. with E. Fischer-Lichte, C. Weiler [peer reviewed]

  • Ritual and the Avant-Garde, Special Issue of Documenta. Tijdschrift voor Theater, Gent 2010, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, ed. with Thomas Crombez

  • Performanzen des Nichttuns, Vienna: Passagen Verlag 2008, ed. with Alice Lagaay

  • Wege der Wahrnehmung. Authentizität, Reflexivität und Aufmerksamkeit im zeitgenössischen Theater, Berlin: Verlag Theater der Zeit 2006, ed. with Erika Fischer-Lichte, Sabine Schouten, Christel Weiler

Selected projects

  • Speaker for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Knowledge in the Arts" at the Berlin University of the Arts, since 2015

  • Current research project: "Hunger artists. A history of modern asceticism"

  • Member of the Einstein Circle "bod-y-motion: The role of body and emotions in artistic and scientific practices", since 2017

  • Research project in the DFG Priority Programme (SPP) 1688 "Proper times of the aesthetic. Time and representation in polychromatic modernity" on the topic "Standstill -- Scenes of stasis and latency" (tog. with Prof. Dr. Reinhold Goerling, Prof. Dr. Ludger Schwarte), 2013 – 2016

  • Founding member of the DFG Network "Action art beyond the Iron Curtain", 2015 – 2018

  • Founding member of the DFG Network "Scenographies of the subject", 2013 – 2015

  • Founder and head of the research group "Theory and praxis of theatre" (tog. with Prof. Dr. M. Matzke), Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft (German association for the study of theatre), since 2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the doctoral scholarship committee for the "Elsa Neumann Scholarships from the Federal State of Berlin“, since 2015

  • Member of the evaluation panel for awarding the Joseph Beuys Research Prize from the Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation, 2014

  • Member of the senate jury for providing funding for independent theatres from the Senate Chancellery, Cultural Affairs – Governing Mayor of Berlin, since 2013

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee to the Berlin University of the Arts, since 2013

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Interdisciplinary research network

    International cooperation on academic and artistic practices


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