Katharina Gsöllpointner is head of department and is also the main coordinator of the double degree master’s programme “Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments” which is carried out in collaboration with Tongji University Shanghai. In that programme she holds the project-oriented course "Cross-Disciplinary Project Work" as well as the seminar "Reflection of Study Work and Progress".
Katharina is a trained communication, media, and art theorist with a focus on digital art, media aesthetics, and with a long lasting passion for cross-disciplinary thinking and acting. From 1991 to 1995 she, with Peter Weibel, was manager and curator of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.
Mitra Kazerani is an information designer with a longstanding experience in exhibition and graphic design. As part of her professional experience she also worked for various production teams for independent theater companies in Vienna and Berlin.
Since 2010 she has been working at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, first in the department of Graphic Design and the Institute of Design in matters of organisation, public relations, events and portfolio presentations, and since autumn 2019 in the new department "International Programmes in Sustainable Developments".
Nanna Heidenreich took over the newly established professorship "Transcultural Studies" in fall 2020. She is a media and cultural studies scholar as well as a curator for film, video, and theory. As curator she has been working with the Berlinale (Forum Expanded), HKW Berlin and the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne, Germany, where she last curated "Hotspots. Migration and the Sea" in 2019, one of the iterations of her current research project "thinking with the sea" [Meer Denken].
In addition her work focuses on postcolonial (media) theory, critical migration and border regime studies, anti/racism, infrastructure studies, and the intersections of art, politics, and activism.
Christian Leitner is a literary and cultural anthropologist, comparative linguist, translator and yoga teacher. He has lived, studied and travelled in different parts of Asia and has been teaching Chinese literature and linguistics at the University of Vienna’s East Asian Studies Department since 2006. Christian is a seasoned translator of philosophical and literary works both from European languages and from Chinese.
During his study expeditions in China, Japan, Korea, India, Eastern Europe, North Africa, and Turkey he has acquired solid knowledge of more than 60 foreign languages. He also owns and operates a yoga studio in Tyrol. Christian teaches the course "Introduction to Chinese language, culture and history."
Elisabeth is an environmental and human rights activist, designer, artist, curator, educator and teaches the course "Communication & Presentation Skills for Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Teamwork". Her autodidactic studies and projects led to the opening of the studio "Design Buero Baustelle" in 1999, where international clients as well as self-initiated projects keep her and her higly transdiciplinary network busy.
Elisabeth's work stands for cross-border thinking, for conceptual and progressive design, and she is relentlessly engaged with future-oriented initiatives. She is the founder of "Babylon Design School", and she has co-initiated the research and education project "Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab". She is a member of "AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale" and of "Design Austria".
Irene Jancsy is a communications expert who has been working with the international humanitarian organisation Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for over fifteen years. In her current job, she is responsible for the development and training of MSF’s field communications staff around the world. Intrigued by the dynamics of intercultural encounters, she became an intercultural trainer and coach. In this programme she facilitates the course “Introduction into Intercultural and Transcultural Collaboration” adopting a highly practical approach.
Irene holds a master’s degree in Roman languages from the University of Vienna and worked in journalism before entering the humanitarian sector.
Bouchra Khalili is a Moroccan-French artist and professor for Artistic Strategies. Encompassing film, video, installation, photography, printmaking, and publishing, her practice explores imperial and colonial continuums as epitomized by contemporary forced illegal migrations, and the politics of memory of anticolonial struggles and international solidarity.
Deeply informed by the legacy of post-independence avant-gardes and the vernacular traditions of her native Morocco, Bouchra’s approach develops strategies of storytelling at the intersection of history and micro-narratives. Combining documentary and conceptual practices, she investigates questions of self-representation, autonomous agency, and forms of resistance of communities rendernd invisible by the nation-state model.