Team

Christian Quendler

Christian Quendler (Project Leader)

Professor of American Studies, Film and Media

is associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck. He is the author of three monographs, From Romantic Irony to Postmodernist Metafiction, Interfaces of Fiction, and The Camera-Eye Metaphor in Cinema. He received grants and fellowships from the Austrian Academy of Science and the National Humanities Center and was a visiting lecturer and scholar at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Notre Dame University, the University of Alberta, and most recently a Botstiber-Fulbright Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies at Appalachian State University.

 

Eva-Maria Müller

Eva-Maria Müller (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Her research interests combine mountain film and literature, postcolonial theory, and ecocriticism. She contributes research on cinematic cultures of descent to the project as a postdoctoral researcher. Eva submitted her PhD thesis ‘Rewriting Alpine Orientalism’ at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of Gießen, Germany, and holds an MA from the University of Innsbruck, where she studied English and biology. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Alberta and a doctoral candidate at the Mellon-funded IGHERT consortium at the University of California Santa Cruz, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Australian National University. When she is not researching filmic narration after ascent, she is hiking, biking, and skiing in the Tyrolean Alps, where she also serves as an advisor for two cultural festivals. 

Photo: Robin Peer

 

Project Affiliates

Benita Lehmann

Benita Lehmann

studied at the University of Siegen, University College Dublin and the University of Innsbruck, where she is currently writing her dissertation about alpine media networks. Drawing on media ecology and archeology as well as network aesthetics, she examines the density of mountains in film culture. She also worked in the fields of marketing and communication as well as cultural and scientific project management.

 

Johannes Vith

Johannes Vith

graduated as Mag. phil. in English, Geography, and Education from the University of Innsbruck in May 2019. From August 2019 until April 2020, he worked as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In May 2020, he started his PhD in American Studies at the University of Innsbruck. He is writing his dissertation on mountain film in an extraterrestrial setting.

 

National and International Collaborators

Sean Cubitt

Sean Cubitt

Professor of Film and Television, University of Melbourne, Australia

is Professor of Screen Studies at the University of Melbourne. His publications include The Cinema EffectEcoMediaThe Practice of LightFinite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies and Anecdotal Evidence: Ecocritique from Hollywood to the Mass Image. He is a co-editor of The Ecocinema Reader and of Ecomedia: Key Issues. Series editor for Leonardo Books at MIT Press, his research focuses on the history and philosophy of media, political aesthetics, media art history, ecocriticism, and practices of truth.

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Lisa Gotto

Lisa Gotto

Professor for Film Theory at the University of Vienna

Her major research interests are in film history, film theory, and digital media culture. Recent publications: Hollywood im Zeitalter des Post Cinema. Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme (ed. with Sebastian Lederle, 2020), „Modellierungen in Eis und Schnee: Das Material des Bergfilms“, in: Material und künstlerisches Handeln, ed. Sabiene Autsch, Sara Hornäk, Bielefeld 2017, pp. 197-210.

Photo: © Universität Wien/Barbara Mair


Thomas Gunning

Tom Gunning

Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, USA

is Professor Emeritus in the Department on Cinema and Media at the University of Chicago.  He is the author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film (University of Illinois Press, 1986) and The Films of Fritz Lang; Allegories of Vision and Modernity  (British Film Institute, 2000), as well as over hundred and fifty articles on early cinema, film history and theory, avant-garde film, film genre, and cinema and modernism. With Andre Gaudreault he originated the influential theory of the “Cinema of Attractions.” In 2009 he was awarded a Andrew A. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2010 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently working on a book on the invention of the moving image. His theater piece, created in collaboration with director Travis Preston, Fantomas: The Revenge of the Image premiered in 2017 at the Wuzhen International Theater Festival in Wuzhen China.

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Richard Grusin

Professor of English and Media Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

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Jennifer Peterson

Jennifer Lynn Peterson

Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Woodbury University L.A., USA

is the author of Education in the School of Dreams: Travelogues and Early Nonfiction Film (Duke University Press, 2013). Her academic articles have been published in Feminist Media Histories, the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Camera Obscura, The Moving Image, and the Getty Research Journal, and in numerous edited collections. Previously a tenured professor in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she is now a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. She is currently working on her second book, Cinema’s Ecological Past: Film History, Nature, and Endangerment Before 1960.

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Boris Previšić

Boris Previšić

Professor for Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Lucerne, Switzerland

is director of the Institute "Cultures of the Alps" in Altdorf and SNSF-funded professor of cultural and literary studies at the University of Lucerne. His research focuses on questions of perception and proposed solutions in dealing with the hyperobject climate, interactions between narrative and historiography, issues of interculturalism and transmediality, especially between literature and music. Selection of recent monographs in German: CO2: Five past twelve. How we can prevent climate collapse. Mandelbaum: Wien 2020 / together with Silvan Moosmüller (ed.): Polyphony and Narration (= Research on Alternative Varieties of Explorations in Narrative). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag 2020 / Gotthard Fantasies – An Anthology from Science and Literature. Baden: Hier und jetzt 2016.

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Stephen Slemon

Stephen Slemon

Professor Emeritus for English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Canada

studies the ways in which mountaineering has been represented in literature, in film and image, and in national histories, the goal being to imagine an inclusive, equitable, and genuinely postcolonial future for the practice. His essays on postcolonialism and its discontents have appeared in the usual discipline-specific journals, and in collections such as Postcolonial Discourses: An Anthology (Blackwell), The Post-colonial Studies Reader (Routledge), Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (Routledge), Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader (E. Arnold), The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies, and A Postmodern Reader (SUNY). With Zac Robinson, professor at the University of Alberta, Vice-President for Mountain Culture with the Alpine Club of Canada, he writes on early Canadian mountaineering. Their articles have appeared in venues such as the Canadian Alpine Journal, the Rocky Mountains Annual, and Alpinist. Their book on early Canadian mountaineering is scheduled to appear in 2021.

Stephen Slemon

 

Zac Robinson

Zac Robinson

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta

He is a historian and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. A writer and teacher of mountain history and literature, Robinson is the co-lead of the award-winning Mountains 101 Massive Open Online Course launched in 2017. He presently serves as the Vice President for Mountain Culture of The Alpine Club of Canada, is a co-editor of the ACC's State of the Mountains Report, and a regular contributor to the Canadian Alpine Journal. These days, Robinson divides his time between organizing, with Alison Criscitiello, a scientific expedition to Mount Logan for the spring of 2021 to investigate climate and landscape change on Canada's highest peak (www.loganice.ca), and completing a book project, with Stephen Slemon, on the history of early climbing in the Canadian Rockies. In 2018, Robinson was elected to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's College of Fellows. He presently lives in Edmonton.


Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler

Assistant Professor at the Department of Romance Studies at the University of Vienna

Since 2017, Daniel Winkler has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Romance Studies at the University of Vienna, where he teaches Italian, French and Francophone Literature and Cinema. Daniel wrote his PhD thesis on Marseille as a cinematic city (Marseille! Eine Metropole im filmischen Blick, Schüren 2013, 2nd edition) and his postdoctoral project on Italian tragedy in the Age of Enlightenment (Vittorio Alfieri und das republikanische Tragödienprojekt, Fink 2016). His current research interests lie in the fields of Political Aesthetics and Enlightenment, Literature and Film; Urban and Alpine Imaginaries; Mediterranean Studies.

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