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Dr.in Maria Katharina WIEDLACK

Current Project: “Looking Eastward: US-Identity, Western Values, and Russian Vulnerable Bodies, sponsored by FWF / Hertha Firnberg Program.


Research Interests

- Transnational American Studies

- Comparatives American and Russian Studies

- Intersectional Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory

- Postcolonial, Post-socialist and Post-soviet Studies,

- Disability Studies





Fall Term 2016/17: Lecturer for American Cultural Studies at the Department for English and American Studies, University of Vienna.

July 2016: Lecturer for Cultural Studies at The NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI).

September 2015–May 2016: Writer in Residence at the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University

June 2015: Guest Lecturer at the State Technical University Novosibirsk, Center for Regional Studies and the Center for Rehabilitation Studies.

Fall Term 2013: Lecturer for Musicology, University of Vienna.

Spring Term 2013: Lecturer for Gender Studies, University of Vienna, together with Prof. Sigrid Schmitz

August 2011 – August 2012: Visiting Researcher at the University of California Berkeley, Gender and Women's Studies Department.

Spring Term 2009Lecturer for Gender Studies, University of Vienna.

November, December 2010: Visiting Researcher at New York University, Center for the Studies of Sexuality and Gender.

May 2010: Visiting Scholar at Charles University Prague, Department for Gender Studies

April 2008-September 2015: Project coordinator at the Gender Research Office, University of Vienna (part-time). (2011/2012 on sabbatical, to become visiting researcher at UC Berkeley)

July 2003- January 2004: Lecturer at Lomonossov/State University Moscow, RU


Professional Memberships and Networks


Since 2016: Research Network Gender and Agency, University of Vienna

Since 2015: Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Since 2014: European Association for American Studies (EAAS)

Since 2014: Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS) 

Since 2013: Austrian Association for Gender Research (Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung)

Since 2010: ATGENDER: The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation


Grants and Scholarships 

October 2015 – September 2018: Hertha Firnberg Research Grant by the Austrian Research Fond (FWF)

October 2014: Grant by the Austrian Research Fond (FWF) for the Publication “Queer-Feminist Punk: An Anti-Social History.”

October 2014: Research Award by the Austrian Gay Professionals for the project “Queerness in/and the East: Homosexuality and Trans-Identity and the Battle for Values in the New Europe”

February 2014 and February 2010: Grant for “International Communication,” of the Austrian Scientific Community.

September 2011 – August 2012: Marietta Blau Scholarship by the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH)

May 2011: Grant for feminist/queer emerging scholars by the Austrian Student Union, University of Vienna 

November – December 2010: Visiting researcher scholarship at New York University, sponsored by the University of Vienna 

July – September 2010: Short-term grants abroad (KWA) from the University of Vienna to do research on Queer-Feminist Punk in New York, New Orleans, Portland, Seattle, Olympia.

May 2010: Erasmus Scholarship for teaching exchange at the Gender Studies Department, Charles University Prague 



Queer-Feminist Punk: An Antisocial History. Vienna: Zaglossus 2015. Supported with a € 13.500 Publication Grant from the Austrian Research Fond (FWF).

Articles in Online Journals

Wiedlack, M. Katharina (2016). „Seeing ‘Red’ (Orange Is the New Black) – Russian Women, US Homonationalism and New Cold War Cultures.“ Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum, Vol. 17, No. 1: 29-40, DOI: dx.doi.org/10.13060/12130028.2016.17.1.253 (peer reviewed & open access)

Kolářová, Kateřina and Katharina Wiedlack (2016). “Crip Notes on the Idea of Development.” Cripping Development. Somatechnics 6(2), pp. 125–141, DOI: dx.doi.org/10.3366/soma.2016.0187 (peer reviewed & open access)

Wiedlack, Katharina/Neufeld, Maria (2016). “Dangerous and Moving? Disability, Russian Popular Culture and North/Western Hegemony.” Cripping Development. Somatechnics 6(2), pp. 216–234, DOI: dx.doi.org/10.3366/soma.2016.0192 (peer reviewed & open access)

Wiedlack, Katharina. “Pussy Riot and the Western Gaze—Punk Music, Solidarity and the Production of Similarity and Difference.” Popular Music and Society. www.popms.org (November 2015) DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2015.1088281 (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Katharina/Neufeld, Maria: “Lost in Translation? Pussy Riot solidarity activism and the danger of perpetuating North/Western Hegemonies.” Religion and Gender 2. www.religionandgender.org (October 2014) (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina. “Free Pussy Riot!” & Riot Grrrlsm: International Solidarity, or the Incorporation of the ‘Eastern Other’ into North/Western Discourses? LES Online Vol. 6, No 1. lespt.org (2014) (peer reviewed & open access)

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina. “Do We Scare Ya’ Cuz, We’re Not Afraid To Fuck?” (Agatha): Queer-feminist Punk countercultures, theory, art and action. Graduate Journal of Social Science. gjss.org (March 2014) (peer reviewed & open access)

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina. "I don’t give a shit where I spit my phlegm" (Tribe 8). Rejection and Anger in Queer-Feminist Punk Rock. Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales. Les numéros 3. Musique et théorie queer. transposition-revue.org/transposition-la-revue (March 2013) (peer reviewed & open access)


Articles in Books

Neufeld Masha and M. Katharina Wiedlack (2016) “Lynchpin for Value Negotiation: Lesbians, Gays and Transgender between Russia and ‘the West’.” In: Bee Scherer (Ed.): Queering Paradigms VI. New York/London: Peter Lang, 173-194. (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Katharina (2015). “Punk Noise, Social Criticism, and Queer-feminist

Decolonial Politics, Or ‘The Promise of No Future.’” In: Greve, Julius, Sascha Pöhlmann (Eds.): America and the Musical Unconscious. New York/Dresden: ATROPOS PRESS, 248-270.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2015). “Gender and Disability in Between Continents: the Mobility of Knowledge and Theory.” In: Зиневич, О.В. and Е.А. Рузанкина (Eds.): Гендерные исследования и гендерное образование в России, в странах Востока и Запада (региональные аспекты): материалы научно-практической конференции молодых ученых с международным участием (г. Новосибирск, 24–26 июня 2015 г.). – Новосибирск : Изд-во НГТУ, 13-17.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2015). “Teaching Global Disability Studies from a Post-Colonial and Post-Socialist Perspective.” In: Зиневич, О.В. and Е.А. Рузанкина (Eds.): Гендерные исследования и гендерное образование в России, в странах Востока и Запада (региональные аспекты): материалы научно-практической конференции молодых ученых с международным участием (г. Новосибирск, 24–26 июня 2015 г.). – Новосибирск : Изд-во НГТУ, 264-289.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2015). „Riot Grrrls, Punk Rock und Pussy Riot: Von internationalem Aktivismus, Missverständnissen und nord/westlichen Hegemonien.“ In: Reitsamer Rosa / Katharina Liebsch (Ed.): Musik. Gender. Differenz. Intersektionale Perspektiven auf musikkulturelle Felder und Aktivitäten. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.

Wiedlack, M.K. / Neufeld, M. (2015). Not Rockers, Not Punks, We’re Lesbian Chicks: Staging Female Same Sex Desires in Russian Rock and Pop. In: Brown, Katherine and Eduarda Ferreira (Ed.) Lesbian Geographies: Gender, Sexualities and Space. Ashgate.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina and Masha Neufeld (2015). “Танцуй Европа и плачь Россия? Der Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – Krieg der Kulturen zwischen Ost und West?“ In: Ehardt, Christine, Georg Vogt und Florian Wagner (Ed.): Eurovision Song Contest: Eine kleine Geschichte zwischen Körper, Geschlecht und Nation. Vienna: Zaglossus, 149-168.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2014). “’My Anger Is a Legacy:’ queer-feminist politics of negativity within contemporary social movements.” In: Queering Paradigms IV. New York/London: Peter Lang, 165-186. (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2013). "A Race Riot Did Happen!" (Shotgunseamstress 2009) Queer Punks of Color Raising Their Voices. In: Queering Paradigms III. New York/London: Peter Lang, 157-176. (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Katharina/Susanne Kimm (2012). “No Time for Tea Parties! Wie feministisch sind die Occupy-Bewegungen in den USA?” In: Inforgruppe Bankrott (Hg.): Occupy Anarchy! Libertäre Interventionen in eine neue Bewegung. Münster: Edition Assemblage, 94-99.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2012). »... es ist Zeit der geschichte selbst eine gestalt zu geben ...«  In: Babka, Anna: Dritte Räume. Homi K. Bhabhas Kulturtheorie. Anwendung. Kritik. Reflexion. Wien/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 273-278.

Mesquita, Sushila, Katrin Lasthofer and Maria Katharina Wiedlack (2012). Introduction. In: idem. Import-Export-Transport. Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism. Wien: Zaglossus, 17-27.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2011). “LOL – Lick it Out Loud” (Inner Princess). Queer Punk Rock: Music as a Form of Queer Activism. In: Scherer, Burkhard/Ball, Matthew: Queering Paradigms II. New York/London: Peter Lang, 209-224. (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2010). „We’re punk as fuck and fuck like punks.“ Ästhetik der Provokation im Queercore am Beispiel der Bands Tribe 8 und den Skinjobs. In: Brunner, Anja/Parzer, Michael (Hg.): pop:aesthetiken. Beiträge zum Schönen in der populären Musik. Studienverlag: Innsbruck/Wien/Bozen, 69-90

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2009). Transgressing Genders – A Queer Reading of German Literature. Judith Hermann’s “Sonja” and Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s “Lyric Novella.” In: Scherer, Burkhard: Queering Paradigms. New York/London: Peter Lang, 315-328. (peer reviewed)

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2008). Respondenz zu Dagmar Finks Vortrag: Lese ich Cyborg, lese ich queer? In: Babka, Anna/Hochreiter, Susanne (Hg.): Queer Reading in den Philologien. Modelle und Anwendungen. Vienna University Press by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 171-178.

Heinrich, Elisa/Wiedlack, Katharina (2007). “Acting queer – von queerer Theorie zu politischer Praxis.” In: Wuch, Brigitte (Hg. et all): TROTZ.DEM.IMMER WIEDER. Ansprüche, Widersprüche und Wirklichkeiten der FrauenFrühlingsUniversität 2007. Einblicke und Ausblicke.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (2007). Geschlecht als Maskerade – Cross-Identitäten in Gerhard Fritschs „Fasching“. In: Krammer, Stefan: MannsBilder. Literarische Konstruktionen von Männlichkeiten. Wien: Facultas, 150–160.



Kolářová, Kateřina and Katharina Wiedlack (2016). Cripping Development. Somatechnics 6(2).

Mesquita, Sushila, Katrin Lasthofer and Maria Katharina Wiedlack (Eds) (2012). Import-Export-Transport. Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism. Wien: Zaglossus.

Wiedlack, Maria Katharina/Lasthofer, Katrin (Eds) (2011). Körperregime und Geschlecht. Gendered Subjects VI. Studienverlag: Innsbruck/Wien.


Online Publications:

 Baumgartinger, Persson Perry and Katharina Wiedlack (Eds.) (December 2014). TransGender Studies. Eine Einführung. Dokumentation zum Workshop und Vortrag vom 12./13.-14. Juni 2014 in Wien. https://transgenderstudies.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/0-diskursiv_rgf-2014-trans_studies_dokumentation1.pdf

Schmitz, Sigrid, Sushila Mesquita, Dorith Weber, Maria Katharina Wiedlack and Stefanie Wöhl (Eds) (2012). Gender – Technik – Leistung. gender.univie.ac.at/uploads/media/Gender_Technik_Leistung.pdf

Lasthofer, Katrin, Sushila Mesquita and Maria Katharina Wiedlack (Eds) (2011). Psychoanalyse und Gender Studies. gender.univie.ac.at/uploads/media/Reader_2011_PsychoanalyseGenderStudies_2.Aufl.pdf

Bidwell-Steiner, Marlen/Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (Eds) (Dezember 2009). Gender, Science and Technologie. www.univie.ac.at/gender

Bidwell-Steiner, Marlen/Wagner, Ursula/Wiedlack, Maria Katharina (Eds) (Oktober 2008). "Körper - Geschlecht – Sexualität." www.univie.ac.at/gender



McRuer, Robert (2011). Keine Zukunft für Krüppel oder Disability Studies am Rande des Nervenzusammenbruchs. In: Wiedlack, Maria Katharina/Lasthofer, Katrin (Ed.): Körperregime und Geschlecht. Gendered Subjects VI. Studienverlag: Innsbruck/Wien 2011, S. 137-154.

Wegenstein, Bernadette (2011). Attraktivität oder “The Survival of the Prettiest.” In: Wiedlack, Maria Katharina/Lasthofer, Katrin (Ed.): Körperregime und Geschlecht. Gendered Subjects VI. Studienverlag: Innsbruck/Wien, S. 59-82.



(2015). Marty Huber: Queering Gay Pride. Zwischen Assimilation und Widerstand. Femina Politica 24.1: 147-150.

(2015). Francesca Stella: Lesbian lives in soviet and post-soviet russia: post/socialism and gendered sexualities. Femina Politica: 24.2


Most Recent Presentations and Lectures

November 20, 2016, Washington, D.C. (USA): Round table participation “Feminizm: The Aesthetic and Socio-Cultural Drives of Contemporary Russian Feminism,” together with Helen R. Stuhr-Roomereim, Thomas Roberts, Manon van de Water, and Susanna Weygandt at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasien Studies.

November 18, 2016, Washington, D.C. (USA): “Russian Bodies—Western Values: US-media representations and the construction of a (post)modern West” at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasien Studies.

November 13, 2016, University of Innsbruck (AT): “The Americans: Cold War nostalgia and the New Cold War” at the annual conference of the Austrian Association of American Studies.

October 2, 2016, Tallinn (EST): “The Queer Body vs. Russia: media representations, liberal values and the construction of a (post)modern west and a backward east”, at the “Researching, reworking and representing Soviet and Socialist LGBT histories” Seminar, Sept 29–Oct 2, 2016, Tallinn University, Estonia.

September 22, 2016, University of Toronto (CA): “Global Disability Studies? Emerging Approaches to the Transnational in Disability Studies” together with Aliya Esmail, Sona Kazemi, Evelyn Kissi, Chisomo Msosa, and Masha Neufeld, as part of the “Transnational Narratives of Disability Speaker Series” organized by Rachel Goreman (York University), at the Centre for Women and Trans People, University of Toronto. 

September 20, 2016, SUNY Potsdam (USA): “Imagining a Russian Mind: Marvel’s Black Widow, US Nationalism, and some weird Ideas about Soviet History and its Consequences” Presentation at the Center for Diversity, co-sponsored by the Department for English Literature and Communication at State University of New York, at Potsdam.

September 19, 2016, SUNY Potsdam (USA): “punk as f*: queer-feminist politics and a lot of great music” Presentation sponsored by the SUNY Potsdam Radio, the Department for English and Communication, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, State University of New York, at Potsdam.

September 19, 2016, SUNY Potsdam (USA): “Dangerous and Moving? the Russian Pop Band t.A.T.u. and the Topic of Disability” Presentation at the Program for Women’s and Gender Studies, State University of New York, at Potsdam, together with Masha Neufeld.

July 22, 2016, St. Petersburg (RU): “Home Is Where It Hurts”: Marvel’s The Black Widow, Soviet Heritage, and Mental Health.” Presentation within the NYI Lectures Series at St. Petersburg State University.

June 12, 2016, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: “Points of Discussion: contemporary US-American queer-feminist discourses, and the Right Wing gone International” at Queering Paradigms VII organized by Leonardo Raznovich and Bee Scherer (Canterbury Christ Church University), June 11-12.

April 2, 2016, Pittsburgh (USA): “Raped, impregnated, drugged, and tattooed—the Russian bodies in Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises” at “Doing the Body in the 21st Century International Conference” at the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh.

April 20, 2016, New Haven (USA): Presentation “THE QUEER BODY VS. RUSSIA: media representations, liberal values and the construction of a (post)modern west.” Yale University, Research Group for Gender and Avant-garde Art

March 12, 2016, Chicago (USA): “Gay Rights In Eastern Europe: A New Battleground For Russia And The West” at the 2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium “Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right,” University of Chicago.

February 25, 2016, Stony Brook, New York (USA): Presentation “Queer Feminist Culture in Russia and the Western Gaze: Hidden Histories, Contemporary Struggles, Cultural Misinterpretations” at the Post-Socialist Research Institute, Stony Brook University.

December 11, 2015, Washington, D.C. (USA): Presentation “Loud, Rude, and With an Attitude: Queer-Feminist Punk Forms, Meanings and Affects” at the Department of English, George Washington University.

November 19, 2015, New York (USA): Presentation “The Formation of US Identity, Western Values & the Role of LGBTs in Russia” Hosted by NYU Office of Global Services.




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