Univ.-Prof. Dr. Teresa Hiergeist

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Professorship for French and Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies

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Curriculum Vitae: 

born 1984 in Landau/Isar, Germany
2004-2009 Master's degree in Spanish Philology and Comparative Cultural Studies and Master's degree in Romance Philology (French/Spanish) at the University of Regensburg
2007-2008 ERASMUS study visit at the Universidad de Granada
2009-2011 Lecturer at the German Department and at the Centre des Langues of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon
2011-2012 Lecturer for special tasks at the Institute for Romance Studies at the University of Regensburg
2012-2020 Research Assistant/Academic Councillor at the Institute for Romance Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
December 2013 Doctorate in Romance Philology (Erlesene Erlebnisse. Forms of participation in narrative texts, Bielefeld: transcript, 2014)
2018-2021 Head of the DFG-funded academic network "Para-societies. Parallel and alternative social formations in contemporary literature"
January 2019: Qualification to teach Romance Literary and Cultural Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Tiere der Arena - Arena der Tiere. Renegotiating interspecies relations in the aristocratic fighting games of the siglo de oro, Königshausen & Neumann: Würzburg, 2019)
Summer semester 2019 Substitute for the Professorship of Romance Literary Studies with a Hispanic focus at the University of Cologne
April-September 2020 Fellow of the Heisenberg Program
Since October 2020 Professor of French and Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies at the Department of Romance Studies at the University of Vienna


Research areas: 

* Cognitive narratology
* Discourses of the body, physiognomy, humanity, monstrosity and animality
* Discursive negotiations of social unity and marginalization (banlieues, gangs, communes) in France, Spain and Mexico
* (Utopian) imaginations of sociality
* Epochal focal points: Early modern period, 19th/20th century, contemporary culture


"As a professor of French and Spanish literature and cultural studies, I see it as my task to raise awareness of intercultural contact situations, to create an awareness of the perspective-bound nature of one's own perception, openness towards other versions of reality and knowledge of the genesis of current political, economic and cultural interdependencies. The question of the integration of fictions into processes of identity construction and power structures is the focus of my interest." (Teresa Hiergeist)