Dr. Katharina Wessely

Katharina Wessely


Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: katharina.wessely@oeaw.ac.at

Role in the Project: “Principle Investigator”. Viennese co-operation partner and responsible for input and supervision regarding theatre and Viennese cultural history


Mini CV



  • 2001 – 2007: Dr. of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Deptartment of Theater, Film and Media Studies; co-supervised by th Dept. of Contemporary History, summa cum laude
  • 1993 – 2001: Magister of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Dept. of Theater, Film and Media Studies


Academic Career, incl. fellowships and awards

  • since Sept 2014 Project leader and senior researcher at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
  • 2011 – 2013 Marie-Curie-Fellow at the Department for Theatre Studies at the University of Berne
  • 2008 – 2010 Lecturer at the Dept. of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University Vienna
  • 2006 – 2009 Junior Lecturer for German at the Department of Germanic, Nordic and Dutch Studies at the Faculty of Arts at the Masaryk University Brno
  • 2005/06 Research Stay in Prague with the Grant MOEL-Plus, Austrian Research Association
  • 2005 Theodor Körner Award for Science for the dissertation
  • 2004/05 Junior_Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK), Vienna
  • 2002 – 2004 Research Assistant at the Jewish Museum Vienna


Peer Review Activities

  • since 2009 GAČR (Grantová agentura České republiky)
  • 2015 EURIAS Fellowship Programme (European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme supported by the European Commission)



  • International Federation for Theatre Research




Areas of Specialisation

  • Theatre and Cultural History of the Habsburg Monarchy, especially the Bohemian Lands (19th and 20th centuries)
  • Theatre Studies as Culture Studies
  • Theatre Historiography
  • Memory Cultures
  • Concepts of Identity