UNIV.-PROF. DR. SABINE COELSCH-FOISNER

Positions / Key Responsibilities

  • Chair English Literature and Cultural Studies / Cultural Theory
  • Head of the Department of English and American Studies (2007-2015)
  • Professor of English Literature and Cultural Theory (2005-tenured) 
  • Founder and director of the interdisciplinary programme "Atelier Gespräche" (2009-)
  • Founder and director of "Arts & Aesthetics" (Interuniversity Priority Programme "Wissenschaft und Kunst") (2010-2014) 
  • Founding member and director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre Metamorphic Changes in the Arts / IRCM (2004-2010)
  • Founder and director of the ARGE (project group) "Kulturelle Dynamiken", funded by the ÖFG (Austrian Research Association) Vienna (2013-2019)
  • Vice Chair of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (Association for Research in the Fantastic) / GfF (2010-)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the AAUTE (Counsellor, 2004-) 
  • Member of the University Senate (2006-2010) 
  • Academic Erasmus Coordinator: Aberystwyth, Bath, Cluj-Napoco, Constanta, Cork, Trinity College Dublin, Dundee, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, Limerick, Liverpool, Norwich, Palma de Mallorca, Reims, ITT Tallaght, Thessaloniki

Editor

  • Founder and editor in chief of the interdisciplinary series Wissenschaft und Kunst (Winter, Heidelberg)
  • Editor of SEL&C (Lang, Frankfurt)
  • Founder and co-editor of Portal to the Fantastic (https://www2.sbg.ac.at/alien)
  • Co-editor of ASE (Braumüller, Vienna) 

Member of editorial boards:

  • Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung (Münster: LIT-Verlag)
  • Journal for the Study of British Cultures (Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag)
  • Brno Studies in English (Brno: Masaryk University)
  • Close Reading: Schriftenreihe zur Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte (Göttingen)
  • In-between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism (New Delhi: University of Delhi)
  • Imaginaires: Revue du Centre de Recherche sur l’Imaginaire dans les Littératures de Langue Anglaise (Reims: Presses Universitaires Reims)
  • Papers in English and American Studies (Szeged. JATEPress)

Research Areas

English literature, all genres and eras; comparative studies; the fantastic; literature and the other arts; cultural/critical theory and aesthetics; history of ideas; narratology; women's poetry; theatre; concepts of change; cultural infrastructures

Funded Research Projects: Applicant and Project Leader

  • "Cultural Dynamics" Research Network at the Austrian Research Association (ÖFG) (2013-2019)
  • "EUROFAN JRP Networking" (2008; HERA workshop)
  • "The Fantastic: Genres and Media of Cultural Representation". PhD-network (2007-2008; Aktion Austria – Hungary)
  • "Body Transformations in British Fantastic Literature from the Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Present" (2004-2008, funded by FWF, Austrian Science Fund)
  • "Communicative Strategies in Literature." PhD- network (2006; Aktion Austria – Czech Republic
  • "What Constitutes the Fantastic?" PhD-network (2005-2006; Aktion Austria – Hungary)
  • "The Human Figure in Fantastic Literature", research network Salzburg – Brno (2004; Aktion Austria – Czech Republic)
  • "Mid-Twentieth Century British Women's Poetry" (1998-2001; funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, APART full grant
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