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Elisabeth Lechner, MA MA

Elisabeth Lechner holds two MA degrees from the University of Vienna (“Anglophone Literatures and Cultures“ and “Russian Studies“). As a PhD candidate and university assistant at the English Department her main research interests lie at the intersection of popular culture and feminism. At the moment, she is working on her PhD thesis Too much Information!? The ‘Disgusting’ Female Body in Contemporary Popular Culture between Subversion and Commodification, in which she looks at how young female artists use the notion of the ‘disgusting’ (i.e. hairy, fat, menstrual, etc.) female body to subvert the mainstream from within and if/how their transgressive, but at the same time highly popular and commercially successful multimedia texts and performances contribute to an emerging fourth wave of social media led feminism. For this research project Elisabeth was awarded a uni:docs scholarship.

 

Research Interests

  • Popular Culture & Feminism (e.g. Celebrity Feminism, Postfeminism vs. 4th Wave Feminism, Hashtag Activism)
  • Subversion/Transgression in Popular Culture
  • Anglophone and Russian Popular Culture
  • Gender & Body Studies (e.g. Sexualities, Feminist Theory)
  • Affect Studies (esp. Body Shame and Disgust)
  • Intersectional/Postcolonial Theory 
  • Drama, Film & Media Studies

 

Scholarships and Awards

2016. Uni:Docs Scholarship for the completion of the dissertation Too much Information!? The ‘Disgusting’ Female Body in Contemporary Popular Culture between Subversion and Commodification

WS 2012/13. Student Award of the English Department, University of Vienna, for the Seminar Paper “Gazing at the Quilting Murderess: Conceptions of Womanhood in Atwood’s Alias Grace

Various Financial Scholarships for Excellent Grades

 

Memberships

Graduate Fellow at the Vienna Doctoral Academy: Theory and Methodology in the Humanities

Member of the Gender Studies Association Austria 

 

Publications                

Forthcoming 2017. Together with Stefan Simonek and Marlena Tomala. "Wasserfrauen auf Abwegen: Die Transformation des Rusalka-Motivs in der polnischen und russischen Popkultur.“ Studia Slavica. 

2015. “Konzeptionen von Femininität und Maskulinität im russischsprachigen Girl-Pop.” In: Slawische Popkultur. eds. Doschek, Jolanta, and Stefan Simonek. Vienna: PAN, 2015.

 

Presentations

Forthcoming 2017. Speaking Up Against the Silencing Politics of TMI or: ‘Disgusting’ Female Bodies Talk Back. Talking Bodies Conference, Chester, UK, 19-22 April 2017.

Forthcoming 2017. Talk On the Problematic Resignification of “White Trash” and Conference Co-Organisation of TRASH. Postgraduate Conference. English Department, University of Vienna, Austria, 28-29 January 2017.

2016. Too much Information?! – The Language(s) of Bodily Resistance in the Works of Lena Dunham and Charlotte Roche. 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association – The Many Languages of Comparative Literature, University of Vienna, Austria, 21-27 July 2016.

2015. Presentation of my MA Thesis Pop, Porn und Postfeminism – Femininity and Masculinity in the Music Videos of 21st-Century Russian-speaking Girl Bands. Symposion “Popnet Austria”, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW), Austria, 10-12 December 2015. (held in German)

2015. Workshop on Pop, Porn and Postfeminism. Femininity and Masculinity in Contemporary Music Videos. Feministische Frühlings-Uni (FFU), Fürstenfeld, Austria, 14-17 May 2015. (held in German)

2013. Presentation about the Russian Pop Band Fabrika. Polnische Popkultur / Slawische Popkultur, Polish Academy of Sciences Vienna, Austria, 11-12 April 2013. (held in German) 

 

Teaching

April 2012 – June 2015: Teacher for German as a Foreign Language at “Alpha Sprachinstitut” (1010 Wien)

September – October 2013: Teacher for German as a Foreign Language at the Sumy State University (Ukraine)

WS 2012 & SS 2013: Tutorial for the course “Introduction to Slavic Studies” at the Department of Slavic Studies, University of Vienna

 

CV

Since October 2016: Uni:Docs Fellow at the Department of English, University of Vienna

Since September 2015: PhD in English and American Studies, University of Vienna

Working Title: “Too much Information!? The ‘Disgusting’ Female Body in Contemporary Popular Culture between Subversion and Commodification”

September 2015 – August 2016: Internship at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)

June – July 2015: Participant at the Harvard Institute for World Literature (IWL) in Lisbon  

October 2011 – January 2015: MA Russian Studies, Graduation with Distinction at the University of Vienna

MA Thesis: “Pop, Porn and Postfeminism – Femininity and Masculinity in the Music Videos of 21st-Century Russian-speaking Girl Bands” (written in German, available here)

October 2011 – November 2013: MA Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Graduation with Distinction at the University of Vienna

MA Thesis: “The Plays of Tanika Gupta - Introducing a Contemporary British Playwright” (available here)

October 2008 – Summer 2011:

BA Studies: English and American Studies at the University of Vienna

BA Studies: Slavic Studies (Russian) at the University of Vienna

CONTACT:

Room: 3G-O2-23 (2nd floor)
T: +43 1 4277 424-69

elli.lechner@univie.ac.at

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