Marlen Mairhofer read German Language and Literature at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) from 2009 to 2015. Following her graduation, she was a Teaching Fellow at the German Department at PLUS and a Research Assistant at the Salzburg Stefan Zweig Centre. From April to October 2018, she held the Marie-Andeßner Fellowship, awarded by PLUS to outstanding doctoral students, and since then has continued work on her doctorate on the body and writing in Ingeborg Bachmann, Marlen Haushofer and Hélène Cixous whilst serving as University Assistant for Modern German Literature at PLUS. Mairhofer was a Visiting Research Student at the German Department of the University of Durham from January to March 2020. Her research interests include literature and psychoanalysis, feminist and deconstructive (literary) theory, 20th- and 21st-century Austrian literature. She is active in literary societies in Salzburg, and has organised readings, workshops and exhibitions, as well as editing the literary magazine mosaik. Mairhofer has won prizes for her own writing, which has been published in anthologies and the magazines Sterz, Salz and Die Rampe, and broadcast by Austrian State Radio Ö1. [April-June 2022]
Franziska Wolf is a PhD candidate in German Studies at the Institute for German and European Studies (IGES) at the University of Birmingham. She currently works as a Teaching Fellow in German in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway University of London. Her doctoral research offers a comparative investigation of so-called German exile literature and contemporary German migrant literature. Franziska analyses how different minority groups are discriminated against in Lion Feuchtwanger’s Wartesaal-trilogy (1930-40) and Abbas Khider’s two novels Der falsche Inder (2008) and Ohrfeige (2016) with a particular focus on Bavaria and Berlin. During her stay as a Sylvia Naish Visiting Scholar at the IMLR, she will examine attempts to decolonise and diversify German Studies, especially within the realm of the post-migrant paradigm [January-June 2022].
Emilia Ziosi is a PhD student in Studies on Organized Crime at the University of Milan and a Visiting Student at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). Her research focuses on the influence of social, political and economic factors on organised crime in Honduras. Her research interests include the relations between organised crime, the state and civil society, as well as the interconnections between legal and illegal governance. Emilia also holds a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Trento, Italy, and a MSc in Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security from the University of Essex where she conducted research on the perceptions of insecurity and fear of gang violence in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. [October 2021-June 2022]