Research & Projects

Areas of Research

  • Modern and contemporary art and visual culture
  • Narratology
  • Image theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Comics Studies
  • Dis/ability Studies
  • Holocaust Studies

Focus of Research

  • Relationality of the arts
  • Specificities of material and media
  • Visual and tactile qualities of narrations
  • Intersectionality of categories of identity and difference
  • Construction of meaning through sensual perception
  • Methodological interconnections (analysis and theory, history and present)

PostDoc Project

The category dis/ability as research tool. Body norms in arts and aesthetics of the long 19th century


Handling and Comprehending Comics. Aesthetic experience through visual-tactile narration in Chris Ware’s Building Stories

Organization (selection)

Workshop “Translating Embodiment”, together with Aminata Diouf, Anna Krämer, Sandra Kurfürst and Julia Willms, 6-7/07/2023, University of Cologne

Lecture series “Aktuelle Fragen der Comicforschung: Zeit”, together with the Research Network Comicforschung am Rhein (Universities Bonn, Dusseldorf, Cologne), summer term 2023, online

Series of events “Ästhetiken der Zugänglichkeit. Barrierefreiheit in Kunst, Kultur und Forschung”, summer term 2023University of Cologne

Lecture series “Aktuelle Fragen der Comicforschung: Räume”, together with the Research Network Comicforschung am Rhein (Universities Bonn, Dusseldorf, Cologne), summer term 2022, online

13th Annual Conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) „Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics“ and the exhibition “SuperQueeroes”, together with Véronique Sina and Christine Gundermann, 17-19/09/2018, University of Cologne (UoC)

Series of lectures “Holocaust in Kunst, Kultur und Medien”, together with Véronique Sina, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Workshop “Formen der Selbstreflexivität im Medium Comic”, Committee for the Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM), together with Véronique Sina, UoC

Series of workshops „Comics als Metageschichte, Ästhetik, Medialität und Zirkulation“, together with Felix Giesa, Sylvia Kesper-Biermann, Stephan Köhn and Arno Meteling, 04–07/2015, UoC

Series of lectures „Repräsentationen des Holocaust“, together with Véronique Sina, winter term 2014/15, RUB

Exhibition „Holocaust im Comic“, together with Véronique Sina, 10/2014–01/2015, RUB

Series of workshops „Holocaust im Comic“ at the Alfried-Krupp-Schülerlabor, together with Véronique Sina, 11–12/2014, RUB

Curatorial assistance at the exhibition „Anonymous Sculptures. Video and form in Contemporary Art“, under the direction of Sylvia Martin, 03–10/2010, Haus Esters/Kunstmuseen Krefeld