Faculty members of the Sommerhochschule lecturing at the univie: summer school and the univie: winter school.

Annacker, Claudia

Portrait Claudia Annacker (© Dechert LLP)

Claudia Annacker (© Dechert LLP)

Independent Arbitrator and Cousel (Annacker International Disputes); focuses on international arbitration and litigation and public international law matters, in particular investor-State disputes, inter-State disputes, disputes involving international organizations and human rights cases; represented states and investors in more than 35 investment treaty arbitrations; acts as arbitrator and was appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators in 2020; adjunct professor at the University of Vienna, visiting professor at the Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University.

She has published widely in the fields of international arbitration and public international law.

Choi, Bo-Mi

Portrait Bo-Mi Choi

Bo-Mi Choi

Lecturer on the Committee of Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University; studied law at Universität Hamburg; B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin University; received Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual European History from the University of Chicago, where she taught in the Social Science core curriculum; teaches critical and social theory and continental philosophy at Harvard University; worked as Senior Producer of the Vienna Project at Harvard University and served as Director of the Digital Law Learning Lab (dL3) at the Law Institute of the BOKU Wien.

Film and production credits: The Burning Child (documentary feature / 2018) and The Dream of the Burning Child (animated short / 2013).

Nikolaus Forgó

Portrait Nikolaus Forgó

Nikolaus Forgó (© Helge Krückeberg)

Professor of Law, Head of Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna; Head of the LLM-program on information and media law at the University of Vienna.


Selected Publications: together with L. Feiler and M. Weiler: The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A Commentary (2018); together with M. Helfrich and J. Schneider (eds.): Betrieblicher Datenschutz Rechtshandbuch (Corporate Data Protection) (3rd ed. 2019); together with M. Corrales Compagnucci, T. Kono, S. Teramoto and E. P. M. Vermeulen (eds.): Legal Tech and the New Sharing Economy (2020).



Raphaela Freudenberger

Studied Slavic studies at the University of Vienna and the Russian State University for the Humanities, in Moscow; studies Russian and German philology at the University of Vienna with a focus on German as a foreign language; taught German at the University of Belgrade in Serbia; currently teaching German at the Language Center of the University of Vienna.



Stefan Gasch

Portrait Stefan Gasch

Stefan Gasch (© Gregor Hofbauer)

Studies of Musicology, Medieval Studies and Auxiliary Sciences of History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; Doctorate in musicology (University of Vienna, 2008); (visiting) lecturer and project leader at the University of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; main fields of interest: (liturgical) music and culture of the early modern era in Central Europe; music for the veneration of the Virgin Mary; source studies; music and war/music and peace; music and modernism; the German Lied around 1900.


Selected publications: together with M. Grassl and A. V. Rabe: Henricus Isaac (c. 1450/55–1519: Composition – Reception – Interpretation (2019); together with S. Tröster: Ludwig Senfl – A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works and Sources, 2 vols. (2019/2020); Ästhetik der Innerlichkeit. Max Reger und das Lied um 1900 (2018); Innere Wahrheit und Stimmung in Schönbergs op. 6, in: Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center (2019); together with R. Wolf: G.F. Händel als „comes pacis“ – Die Te Deum-Vertonung von 1713 und die Frage nach dem Frieden in der Musik, Händel-Jahrbuch 60 (2014); Mehrstimmige Proprien der Münchner Hofkapelle in der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts. Liturgischer Kontext und Entwicklungsschichten eines Repertoires (2013).

Michelle Glassman Bock

Portrait of Michelle Glassman Bock (© Squire Patton Boggs)

Michelle Glassman Bock (© Squire Patton Boggs)

Partner in Squire Patton Boggs’s International Dispute Resolution Practice; Lecturer on International Litigation and Arbitration in the LLM program at Université Libre de Bruxelles; Featured in "Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2017-2021" and recognized as a Gobal Leader in "Who's Who Legal: Arbitration" 2021-2022 and "Who's is Who Legal: Energy - Oil & Gas" 2022. 


Selected Publications: The Adjustment Phase in Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations (2020); Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration in Wilhelmi, R., Stürner, M. (eds.) Mehrparteienschiedsverfahren Juridicum Schriften zum Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Spring (2021); Flexibility from Uncertainty, in LNG Industry (August 2022); The Evolution of Natural Gas Price Review Arbitrations, in The Guide to Energy Arbitration, Global Arbitration Review (2022); Force Majeure Issues in Today's Gas Market, in Global Arbitration Review (July 2022); Gas Payment Issues in Europe: What Are the Next Steps? in Global Arbitration Review (2022).

Ernest Gnan

Portrait Ernest Gnan

Ernest Gnan

Secretary General, SUERF – The European Money and Finance Forum; Honorary Economic Advisor to the Governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank; head of the OeNB’s Economic Analysis Division between 1999–2022; member of the European Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee from 2000–2022, and for over a decade expert member of the Austrian Fiscal Council; between 2010–2018 alternate member of the Austrian Competition Commission; giving numerous lectures on macroeconomics, monetary policy, EMU, European integration, and the financial and sovereign debt crisis; for several years adjunct professor at Webster University Vienna and lecturer at the German Association for Financial Analysts; since 2005, lecturer at the University of Vienna, and since 2006 lecturer at the Austrian Academy of Accountants; in 2019, awarded the title Professor by the President of the Republic of Austria in recognition of his contributions to science and research.

His publications cover monetary policy; central banking; inflation and inflation expectations; macroeconomic imbalances; financial markets, banking and financial regulation; globalisation; economic growth; economic, institutional and legal aspects of EMU; exchange rate policy, the European and international monetary system, banking and finance. 

Markus Grassl

Portrait Markus Grassl

Markus Grassl

Magistrate in Law; Doctorate in musicology; Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; 1996–2004 General Secretary of the Austrian Musicological Society; 2001 Visiting Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart; Visting Lecturer at the University of Vienna and the Donau-University Krems; main fields of research: early instrumental music (15th to 17th centuries), French music and musical culture of the Baroque era, reception and interpretation of early music in the 20th century, Austrian music history in the 20th century.


Selected Publications: Die in Orgeltabulaturen überlieferten Instrumentalwerke Jacob Hasslers und ihre stilistischen Grundlagen. Studien zur Instrumentalmusik des 16. und frühen 17. Jahrhunderts (1990); together with Reinhard Kapp: Die Lehre von der musikalischen Aufführung in der Wiener Schule (2002); together with Cornelia Szabó-Knotik: Österreichische Musikgeschichte der Nachkriegszeit (2006); Bibliographisches Verzeichnis der Musikerinnen in Frankreich 1643–1715 (2013); together with Reinhard Kapp: Viennese School and Early Music (2015); together with Andreas Vejvar: Avec discrétion. Rethinking Froberger (2018); together with Reinhard Kapp: Der Dirigent und Dirigierlehrer Hans Swarowsky (1899–1975): Musik, Kultur und Politik im 20. Jahrhundert (forthcoming).

Florian Haid

Portrait Florian Haid

Florian Haid

Dipl.-Kfm., B.Sc., B.Sc. Hons; high school teacher for math and natural sciences in Basel; coaches pupils for high school exam; certified climbing and table tennis instructor; badminton, tennis and volleyball trainer; inventor of "Floletics" fitness and certified fitness coach; nutritional advisor and personal coach; former player in first division men’s volleyball in Aberdeen; active player in table tennis and badminton league; teaching experience in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.



Christian Koller

Portrait Christian Koller

Christian Koller (© Joseph Krpelan)

Professor at the University of Vienna; former professor at the University of Innsbruck; held a position as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow at the University of Zurich from 2009 to 2011; specializes in international commercial arbitration and litigation; main areas of interest include domestic and international civil procedure and its interfaces with private law, international insolvency law, conflict of laws and comparative law.

Christian W. Konrad

portrait Christian Konrad

Christian Konrad (© Christian Postl)

Founding and managing partner of Konrad Partners; Austrian Attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt), Solicitor (England & Wales), Euroadvokat (Czech Republic and Slovak Republic); immediate past Vice-President of the Kosovo Permanent Tribunal of Arbitration; Chartered Arbitrator at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; specializes in commercial and investment arbitration; has extensive experience with arbitral practice, procedure and advocacy both in civil and common law systems; regularly acts as counsel and as arbitrator in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations; regularly advises clients on the protection of their investments with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and on the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments; member of the panels of various arbitration institutions worldwide; member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; member of the ICC Taskforce “Addressing issues of corruption in international arbitration”; co-founding member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP).


Author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration and investment protection.

Ursula Kriebaum

Portrait Ursula Kriebaum

Ursula Kriebaum (© Marlene Rahmann)

Professor of Public International Law at the University of Vienna; staff member in the office of the legal adviser of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000, 2001); legal expert in the team of the Austrian Special Envoy for Holocaust Restitution Issues (2000, 2001); delegate to the UN Preparatory Committee for an International Criminal Court; short term expert in an EU Twinning Project; nomination by the Austrian government for the election of the Austrian judge to the European Court of Human Rights election in 2007; legal expert in various investment arbitrations and human rights cases; member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 2014); member of the Panel of Arbitrators under the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union; member of the Panel of Conciliators maintained by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes; alternate member of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE (since 2013); member of the Arbitration panel for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and the Republic of Korea.


Selected Publications: Folterprävention in Europa. Die Europäische Konvention zur Verhütung von Folter und unmenschlicher oder erniedrigender Behandlung oder Bestrafung (2000); Eigentumsschutz im Völkerrecht. Eine vergleichende Untersuchung zum internationalen Investitionsrecht sowie zum Menschenrechtsschutz (2008); together with R. Dolzer and C. Schreuer: Principles of International Investment Law (2022) as well as several articles on International Human Rights Law and International Investment Law.

Sylvia Kritzinger

Portrait Sylvia Kritzinger

Sylvia Kritzinger (© SHS)

Professor of Social Science Research Methods at the Department of Government (University of Vienna); Deputy Director of the Research Centre Vienna Centre for Electoral Research (VieCER); Co-Principal Investigator of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) and the Austrian  Corona Panel Project (ACPP); Project Director of Digitize! Computational Social Sciences in the Social and Digital Transformation;  former Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS-Vienna); former Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin.


Selected Publications: together with W. Lutz and V. Skirbekk: The Demography of Growing European Identity (2006); together with M. Wagner and D. Johann: Voting at 16: Turnout and the Quality of Vote Choice (2012); together with J. Aichholzer, M. Wagner and E. Zeglovits: How has radical right support transformed established political conflicts? The case of Austria (2013); together with H. Boomgaarden and D. Johann: Voting at National versus European Elections: An individual level test of the second order paradigm for the 2014 European Parliament Elections (2016); together with S.A. Banducci and H. Giebler: Knowing More from Less: How the Information Environment Increases Knowledge of Party Positions (2017); together with D. Johann, K. Kleinen-von Königslöw and K. Thomas: Intra-Campaign Changes in Voting Preferences: The Impact of Media and Party Communication (2018); together with C. Plescia and P. Oberluggauer: Parties’ issue strategies on the drawing board: the 2017 Austrian Election (2020); together with C. Plescia, K. Raube, J. Wilhelm and J. Wouters: Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections (2020).

Wynfrid Kriegleder

Portrait Wynfrid Kriegleder

Wynfrid Kriegleder

Retired Professor of German Literature at the Department of German Studies of the University of Vienna; former Visiting Professor at Berea College and the University of Kansas; Research Grants at Duke University and Yale University.
Homepage: http://germanistik.univie.ac.at/personen/kriegleder-wynfrid


Selected Publications: Vorwärts in die Vergangenheit. Das Bild der USA im deutschsprachigen Roman von 1776 bis 1855. (1999); Eine kurze Geschichte der Literatur in Österreich. Menschen – Bücher – Institutionen. (2011). Many articles on German and Austrian literature.

Claudia Kwapil

Portrait Claudia Kwapil

Claudia Kwapil (© Oesterreichische Nationalbank)

Studied economics in Vienna (Mag.a from the University of Vienna, 1997) and in London (MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002) and finished her PhD at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna in 2011; currently she holds the position of a Senior Principal Economist at the Monetary Policy Section of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Central Bank of Austria); her fields of interest include monetary policy transmission, monetary policy implementation and nominal rigidities (rigid interest rates, rigid wages, rigid prices).


Selected Publications: together with S. Fabiani et al.: Wage Rigidities and Labor Market Adjustment in Europe, In: Journal of the European Economic Association, 8 (2010); together with G. Bertola et al.: Price, Wage and Employment Response to Shocks: Evidence from the WDN Survey, In: Labour Economics, 19(5) (2012); together with J. Scharler: Expected Monetary Policy and the Dynamics of Bank Lending Rates, In: International Review of Economics and Finance, 27 (2013); together with E. Gnan and M.T. Valderrama: Monetary policy after the crisis: mandates, targets, and international linkages, In: Monetary Policy & the Economy Q2/18 (2018); together with K. Rieder: The effects of the monetary policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic: preliminary evidence from a pilot study using Austrian bank-level data, In: Monetary Policy & the Economy Q4/20–Q1/21 (2021). 

Andrea Lenschow

Portrait of Andrea Lenschow

Andrea Lenschow

Professor of political science at Osnabrück University; received her PhD from New York University; worked in postdoctoral positions at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the European University Institute in Florence and at Paris Lodron University in Salzburg; joined the faculty at Osnabrück University in 2003 and works on environmental policy and governance issues in the European Union and with regard to global commodity flows; published in major University Presses and in high-ranking journals.


Selected Publications: Environmental Policy Contending Dynamics of Policy Change, in: H. Wallace, M. A. Pollack and A. R. Young eds.: Policy Making in the European Union (2014); together with J. Pollex: Surrendering to growth? The European Union's goals for research and technology in the Horizon 2020 framework, in: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 197 (2018); together with J. Pollex: Many faces of Dismantling: Hiding policy change in non-legislative acts in EU environmental policy, in: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 27/No. 1 (2019); together with A. R. Zito and C. Burns: The future of European Union Environmental Politics and Policy (2020); together with A. R. Zito and C. Burns: Symposium Introduction: Dismantling, disintegration or continuing stealthy integration in European Union environmental policy? in: Public Administration, Vol. 98/Issue 2 (2020).

Eveline List

Portrait Eveline List

Eveline List

Historian, economist  and  psychologist; Professor of  Cultural  History at  the History  Department  of the University of Vienna; Psychoanalyst in  private  practice; Training  analyst of  the  International  Psychoanalytical  Association.


Selected Publications: Psychoanalytische Kulturwissenschaften (2013); Psychoanalyse. Geschichte, Theorien, Anwendungen (2009); Mutterliebe und Geburtenkontrolle – Zwischen Psychoanalyse und Sozialismus (2006); and about  100 Articles  on  cultural studies,  history,  clinical  and  theoretical  psychoanalysis.

Johann Georg Lughofer

Portrait Johann Lughofer

Johann Lughofer (© Johann Lughofer)

Assoc. Prof. of German Literature at the Department of German Studies of the University of Ljubljana, experience as lecturer at the Beijing-University (China), Exeter University (UK), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa); regularly teaching at the Departments of German Studies of the University of Vienna and of the University of Innsbruck as visiting professor.

Selected publications: Die Berge erschreiben. Die Alpen in der deutschsprachigen Literatur. (2014); Österreich. Geschichte, Kultur und Gesellschaft im Spiegel der Literatur. (2017); Paul Celan. Interpretationen – Kommentare – Didaktisierungen. (2020). Many articles on Austrian literature.

Franz-Stefan Meissel

Portrait Franz-Stefan Meissel

Franz-Stefan Meissel

Professor of Roman Law and History of European Private Law, University of Vienna; Visiting Professor at the Université Paris Cité and Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna; Director of the Sommerhochschule; Vice Dean of the University of Vienna School of Law; Speaker of the University of Vienna Advanced Research School in Law and Jursiprudence (Ars Iuris Vienna); chief editor of the Online Journal University of Vienna Law Review.


Selected Publications: Societas (2004, Premio Boulvert 2004); together with N. Benke: Textbooks on the Roman Law of Obligations (2021) and the Roman Law of Property (2019); co-author of: Nationalsozialistisches Steuerrecht und Restitution (2006); Le Code civil autrichien. Un autre bicentenaire (2015); Privatrecht in unsicheren Zeiten. Zivilgerichtsbarkeit im Nationalsozialismus (2017); Grundbegriffe der Rechtswissenschaften (4th ed. 2020).

Werner Neudeck

Portrait Werner Neudeck

Werner Neudeck

Studied at the University of Vienna (Mag. and Dr. rer.soc.oec.) and the University of Oxford; Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Chairman of the Academic Board at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; 1997-2020 Academic Dean of the Master of Advanced International Studies Program (University of Vienna/Diplomatic Academy of Vienna); former AGIP Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS (1994-1997) and Senior Economist of the International Monetary Fund at the Joint Vienna Institute.


Selected Publications: Fee-for-Service and Quantity Rationing in the Physician Services Market (1991); together with E. Streissler: Wachstums- und Umweltpolitik (1994); together with K. Podczeck: Adverse Selection and Regulation in Health Insurance Markets: An Analysis of Recent Policy Proposals (1996); Das österreichische Gesundheitssystem: Eine ökonomische Analyse (2002); The Global Impact of the EU as an Economic and Monetary Actor (2004).

Paul Oberhammer

Portrait Paul Oberhammer

Paul Oberhammer

Professor at the University of Vienna; permanent visiting professor at the Law School of St. Gallen University, Switzerland; formerly full professor at Halle-Wittenberg University, Germany and at Zurich University, Switzerland; admitted to the bar in Hamburg, Germany; serves as of counsel with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, London (International Arbitration Practice Group); chairman of the working group that drafted the Austrian law on arbitration which was enacted in 2006; practical experience in different fields of arbitration as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman, mainly in ICC, VIAC, ad-hoc, and SCAI arbitrations.


Author of about 250 legal publications, among them studies on international arbitration, litigation, civil and commercial law.

Helmut Ortner

Portrait of Helmut Ortner

Helmut Ortner

Founding Partner at PARAGON Advocacy; focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes; admitted to the New York and the Austrian bar; studied economics and law in Innsbruck, Vienna, Harvard and Yale; lecturer on comparative law and alternative dispute resolution at various universities, including the universities of Vienna, Linz, and Innsbruck, as well as the Europainstitut in Saarbrücken. 


Selected Publications: together with T. Tiede and B. Koch: Conflict of Law – Text and Materials, (5th ed. 2018); together with F. T. Schwarz and J. A. Trenor (eds.): Contractual Performance and COVID-19 (2020); together with M. Kern and K. Plavec: Applicable Law (2020); together with F. Schwarz: Does a Right to a Physical Hearing Exist in International Arbitration? (2021); together with C. Fischer-Czermak and C. Nigsch: Private Law in Graphs (5th ed. 2021).

Oliver Rathkolb

Portrait Oliver Rathkolb

Oliver Rathkolb (© Stefan Knittel)

Professor at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna; Schumpeter Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University from 2000-2001; Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago in 2003; since 2019 chairman of the Academic Committee of the House of European History in Brussels; managing editor of the academic journal zeitgeschichte (Contemporary History).


Author of several books focusing on contemporary history as well as editor and co-editor of several studies concerning interdisciplinary questions of contemporary history and communications/media history. His prize-winning study The Paradoxical Republic. Austria 1945-2005 was published by Berghahn Books (New York/Oxford) in 2020.

Friederike Schäfer

Portrait of Friederike Schäfer

Friederike Schäfer

Partner with Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich (ZFZ); graduate of the University of Freiburg, Germany and admitted to the bar in Germany and Austria; expert in international dispute resolution, with a strong focus on international arbitration; before joining ZFZ private practice as well as counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC Court; worked with various other sets of arbitration rules, such as VIAC, UNCITRAL and DIS rules in different capacities, including as sole arbitrator; clients in various aspects of commercial and corporate matters and regularly represented clients before the Austrian courts; advised clients in various matters concerning private foundations and real estate; regular lecturer on dispute resolution at international and national conferences.

Bernhard Schima

Portrait Bernhard Schima

Bernhard Schima (© SHS)

Director and Principal Legal Adviser in the European Commission's Legal Service; studied law in Vienna (magister iuris 1991, doctor iuris 1994) and Paris and at Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1994); from 1995 to 2003 member of the chambers of Judge Dr Peter Jann at the Court of Justice of the EU; joined the European Commission’s Legal Service in 2003; postdoctoral qualification to lecture in European law (Habilitation) obtained at the University of Graz in 2004; honorary professor of European Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (since 2010).


Selected publications: Das Vorabentscheidungsverfahren vor dem EuGH. Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtslage in Österreich und Deutschland (3rd ed. 2015); EU fundamental rights and Member State action after Lisbon: putting the ECJ's case law in its context, Fordham International Law Journal 2015, 1097-1133; author of several contributions in: Jaeger/Stöger (eds.), Kommentar zu EUV und AEUV, and in: Kellerbauer/Klamert/Tomkin (eds.), Commentary on the EU-Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (2019).

Andreas Schloenhardt

Portrait Andreas Schloenhardt

Andreas Schloenhardt

PhD (University of Adelaide); Professor of Criminal Law, School of Law, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Honorary Professor of Foreign and International Criminal Law, University of Vienna, Austria; consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna; Visiting Professor, University of Zurich, University of St Gallen, Switzerland, and University of Ferrara, Italy; principal areas of research: criminal law, organized crime, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, wildlife and forest crime, irregular migration and immigration and refugee law; adjunct appointments and visiting professorships at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (2016 and 2013); National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (2011), University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2007–2009); Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA (2006–2009); recipient of a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (2011-2012).

Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser

Portrait Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser

Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser (© Fangni Wang)

Retired Professor and former Head of the Art Department at Webster Vienna Private University; doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Vienna; graduate training at the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna; taught at Webster University in St. Louis (USA), the study abroad program of the University of Oregon and Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences; lectured in postgraduate museology programs at the University of Basle (Switzerland) and the Federal Academy in Wolfenbüttel (Germany); lecturer at the univie: winter school and the univie: summer school of the Sommerhochschule (University of Vienna), as well as at the Danube University Krems; founder and chair of the T.K. Lang Gallery at Webster University; work as free-lance writer; current fields of research: art and media theory, visual culture, creative writing.


Selected Publications: Digital Worlds and the Sound of Violence, in: N. Billias, L. Praeg eds.: Creating Destruction. Constructing Images of Violence and Genocid (2011); The Beast – On the Photographic Staging of the Large Hadron Collider at the Nuclear Research Center in Geneva, in: U. Fischer-Westhauser, U. Schögl eds.: PhotoResearcher 19 (2013); Psychisches Ding-fest machen. Franz West und Markus Schinwald – Herr(n) des Signifikanten. in: texte. psychoanalyse. ästhetik. kulturkritik, Heft 3 (2014); At Face Value and Beyond. Photographic Constructions of Reality (2016); Good Girls Grimacing. Grimacing and the Economy of Excess, in: Grimace. Membrana no. 2 (2017); Fotografie ohne Fotograf*innen, in: Fotogeschichte. Beiträge zur Geschichte und Ästhetik der Fotografie, Heft 157 (2020); Talkative Skin / Skin Talking Back: On Iris Andraschek's Where to Draw the Line. in: Skin. Membrana – Journal of Photography, Theory and Visual Culture Vol.6 no.2 (2021).

Slavica Serdar

Portrait Slavica Serdar

Slavica Serdar

Master in Translation Studies (German, English and Croatian) at the Department of Translation Studies in Graz; studied translation studies at the Dublin City University; certificate in German as a Foreign/Second Language from the University of Graz; currently teaching German courses at the Language Center of the University of Vienna.

Elana Shapira

Portrait Elana Shapira

Elana Shapira

Cultural and design historian; lectures at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the University of Vienna; specialist in the study of Viennese modernism; research interests include art and media in the 20th century, Central European artistic networks, women’s modernisms and diaspora aesthetics; organized major international symposia and workshops on topics as diverse as nationalism and modernism, art and psychoanalysis, émigré design culture, Jews and cultural identity in Central European modernism, and Viennese women designers; forthcoming are an interdisciplinary International Symposium "A Viennese School in Berlin" (IFK Wien, November 22-24, 2023) and a Central European Symposium "Crossing Borders: Central European Women in the Arts" (MAK Wien January 25-26, 2024).



Selected Publications: Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons and Modern Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna (2016); co-editor of: Émigré Cultures in Design and Architecture (2017); editor of: Design Dialogue: Jews, Culture and Viennese Modernism (2018); co-editor of: Freud and the Émigré (2020); editor of: Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism (2021); co-editor of: Gestalterinnen: Frauen, Design und Gesellschaft im Wien der Zwischenkriegszeit (2023); Forthcoming anthologies: editor of: Austrian Identity and Modernity: Culture and Politics in the 20th Century (forthcoming 2025); co-editor together with D. Stratigakos of: E. Briggs: An Unconventional Architect (forthcoming 2025).

Patricia Shaughnessy

Portrait Patricia Shaughnessy

Patricia Shaughnessy

Professor at Stockholm University where she created the Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law Program; specializes in international disputes and commercial law; a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and ICC Commission; was a board member and Vice-Chair of the SCC Arbitration Institute, as well as a member of the drafting committees for the SCC Rules; government-appointed expert on the legislative committee for the 2019 revisions to the Swedish Arbitration Act; acts as an arbitrator, expert, and consultant, and leads projects related to commercial law and dispute resolution in many countries; has served as a fellow to the US Supreme Court; practiced law for ten years in the US; President of the Vis Moot Organization.

She publishes extensively and is a frequent speaker at leading universities and international conferences.



Karl Vocelka

Portrait Karl Vocelka

Karl Vocelka

Retired Professor of History, former Head of the Department of History of the University of Vienna; former Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University; elected President of the Institut für die Erforschung der frühen Neuzeit; guest lecturer in numerous American programs in Vienna (University of Oregon, Duke University, Sweet Briar, IES etc.).


Selected Publications: Trümmerjahre. Wien 1945 – 1949 (1985); Die Habsburger. Eine europäische Familiengeschichte (1992); Geschichte Österreichs. Kultur – Gesellschaft – Politik (2000); Österreichische Geschichte (2005); Geschichte der Neuzeit 1500-1918 (2009); together with M. Vocelka: Franz Joseph I. Kaiser von Österreich und König von Ungarn 1830-1916. Eine Biographie (2015); together with W. Klinger: Wine in Austria. The History (2019), and more than 150 articles.