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Doctoral Program in “Visual Cultures and Intermediality“


From the winter term 2020/21 onwards, the doctoral program “Visual Cultures and Intermediality” will be based at the Department of American Studies.

Visual culture is an area of research that traverses academic disciplines by using a variety of its own theoretical approaches. Thus, as a genuinely interdisciplinary field, visual studies enriches research conducted in an array of disciplines that draw upon visual culture studies theory. This is mirrored in the research conducted at the departments of the University of Graz that are part of this doctoral program. In addition, the “Visual Cultures and Intermediality” doctoral program emphasizes the close link between visual culture studies and intermediality studies, which both address the boundaries and boundary crossings of media in their theoretical approaches and research. By combining visual culture studies, based on cultural theory, and intermediality studies, which has its origin in literary studies but also incorporates other fields of study, emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding texts and media. This interchange between fields also leads to a more complex understanding of the aesthetic conceptualizations of text and media as well as their effect on both artists and recipients.  The doctoral program “Visual Cultures and Intermediality”, based at the American Studies Department and linked to the Centre for Intermediality Studies in Graz (CIMIG), aims to meet these expectations of collaborative research. The program is jointly offered by faculty members from various departments of the University of Graz, who alternate organizing doctoral colloquia. As a forum for excellent dissertation projects, the doctoral program “Visual Cultures and Intermediality” initiates and fosters continuous scholarly exchange regarding research activities in the field of visual cultures in the context of intermediality studies at the University of Graz.

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Klaus Rieser (Department of American Studies) is the head of the program. The deputy head is O.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Karl Kaser (Department of History). For organizational questions and enquiries, please contact Dr. phil. Marie Dücker, BA MA BEd.


Summer Semester 2022

Doctoral Colloquium: 512.820 Visual Cultures and Intermediality with Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Nassim Balestrini, Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Sabine Flach, Univ.-Prof.i.R. Mag. Dr.theol. Basilius Groen, Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Renate Hansen-Kokorus, O.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Karl Kaser, Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.iur. Dr.h.c. Gernot Kocher, Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Judith Laister and Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Klaus Rieser.


Department of American Studies
Attemsgasse 25/II, 8010 Graz
Office: Sonja Schmeh Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2465


Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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