Michaela Bstieler, BA MA

About the Person

Michaela BstielerFrom 09/2020 | Co-Organizer of the Philosophisches Café Innsbruck (together with Sergej Seitz and Raphael Lepuschitz)

since 06/2020 | Collegiate of the Innsbruck Doctoral College “Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization” in the Research Area “Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts”, University of Innsbruck

since 03/2020 | University Assistant (Pre-Doc) for Practical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck

since 03/2020 | Doctoral program in Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck. Supervisor: assoz.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Oberprantacher, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tabea Bork-Hüffer und Univ.-Prof. Arch DI Kathrin Aste

01/2020–02/2020 | Internship at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem

11/2019–02/2020 | Internship at the International Research Project “VHH Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in de Digital Age” in Jerusalem. Project Funding: EU, Horizon 2020

2013–2020 | Bachelor and Master of Arts in Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Innsbruck and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Rothberg International School)

PhD project

"Wounded" Housing: Aligning Concepts of Alterity with a Global Phenomenon

Conscious of the complexity of a world gripped by globalization, this dissertation aims to re-explore some of the tensions between housing as a mode of practical living and the increasing experience of precarious existence. The aim of the individual sections, which together form the basis of a sensitive reflection open to alterity, is to survey contemporary forms of housing on their repressed, interrupted, cracked, and hence wounded shadings, in order to align them with a philosophical discourse that seeks to make visible various neglected interspaces of thinking about living. In addition to phenomenological readings (Heidegger, Lévinas), poststructuralist theories (Butler, Haraway) form the reference point for this dissertation, not only to learn to think differently about some central conceptual categories of housing - household, kinship, collection, atmosphere, orientation, design - but also to problematize some systemic (dis)orders that are condensed throughout the housing market. The central thesis is that an alterity-sensitive approach to housing, which is aware of the different distribution of resources and availability, leads to a responsive attitude in the face of existing power relations, from which ultimately far-reaching philosophical, social and ecological consequences for political practice can be worked out.

Research interests

  • Social and political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics, Design and Theory of Architecture
  • Phenomenology
  • Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory
  • Postmodernism and Criticism


  • Bstieler, Michaela: „Papers, Please“: Repräsentationen an der (Schmerz-)Grenze gewaltvoller Registrierungen, in: Annemarie Profanter (Hg.), Cultures in Dialogue, Bern: Peter Lang 2020 [forthcoming]
  • Bstieler, Michaela et al. (Hg.) Kunst als gesellschaftskritisches Medium. Wissenschaftliche und künstlerische Zugänge, Bielefeld: Transcript 2018

Conference presentations

  • „Wellness und das (ganz) Andere. Kritik an einem postmodernen Imperativ“ as part of the Philosophischen Cafés Innsbruck. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr41FC9eXMM


  • Winter term 2020/21 | PS Sozialphilosophie und politische Philosophie I (Bachelor)


Innsbruck Doctoral College "Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization"
Research Focus "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts"
Mail: michaela.bstieler[at]uibk.ac.at

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