We are pleased to announce the appointment of our colleague PD Mag. Dr. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury to the professorship for Prehistory of Humanity at the University of Vienna and sincerely congratulate. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury took up the position at the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology on 1 February 2023, but will also continue to work as group leader of the OeAI research group »Prehistoric Identities«. The prehistorian would like to focus her teaching and research on fully exploiting the new possibilities of interdisciplinary bioarchaeology and gaining new insights into the social coexistence of people in prehistory.
Her inaugural lecture will take place on 11 October 2023 in the Festsaal of the University of Vienna in connection with the lecture series »World Archaeology Seminars« of the OeAI.
After gaining her PhD at the University of Vienna in 2005, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury was a post-doc at the Universities of Cambridge and Leicester in the UK, where she participated in research programmes on the human body and networks, researching the introduction of cremation in Late Bronze Age Europe and Iron Age networks of human representations. Her monograph »The Human Body in Early Iron Age Central Europe« was published with Routledge in 2016. She returned to Vienna in 2015, with an FWF-funded project on the social status of motherhood in Bronze Age Europe. In the same year, she was awarded the ERC Starting Grant for the project »The value of mothers to society« In this project, she investigates social reactions to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood as well as the relationship between women’s reproductive and social status with an interdisciplinary team. 2016 she was elected member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2017, she gained the teaching rights at the University of Vienna for the subject Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology with the Habilitation thesis »Bodies, identities and social relations in Bronze and Iron Age Central Europe«.