Theatre and Theatricality

These projects have as their main focus the study of different forms of theatrical staging and representation. The phenomena of the theatre and of festivals are perceived as spaces of socio-cultural communication, with the artefacts of the theatre functioning as signs, symbols, and codes of cultural communication.
Memory is redefined in the staging of theatrical productions and representations through the summoning of emotional or empirical images. The ideals and norms projected within this framework contribute to the construction of collective identities, subject, however, to highly diverging perceptions within a national context and beyond, in the process of which cultural memory is performatively constituted and transformed.

Coordinator: Elisabeth Großegger


Courtly Representation through Theater and Festival
Lead Researcher: Andrea Sommer-Mathis

The Burgtheater. Changes of Artistic Direction 1848–1918.
Initial Addresses, Farewell Speeches and Necrologies
The Burgtheater and Its Audience.
Lead Researcher: Elisabeth Großegger


The Kärntnerthortheater in Vienna, 1728–1748
Lead Researcher: Andrea Sommer-Mathis
Collaborator: Danièle Lipp, Judit Zsovár

The Myth Prince Eugene

Austria's National Hero as metaphorical Site of Memory

Lead Researcher: Elisabeth Großegger

Theatre for the Republic?
The Burgtheater and its Significance for cultural identity formation in the First Republic

Lead Researcher: Elisabeth Großegger
Collaborator: Daphne Cuppens, Michaela Kuklová, Katharina Wessely

Between Back Province and Metropolis.

Actor Autobiographies as Sites for Negotiating Cultural Identities
Lead Researcher: Katharina Wessely
Collaborator: Michaela Kuklova

Atlas of the Viennese Avant-garde
Project Team: Sabine Müller, Roland Innerhofer, Elisabeth Großegger, Johannes Feichtinger