Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, Universität Wien
Melanie (she/her) is a graduate student in Media Studies in her sixth year and currently a visiting scholar at GSLL. Her research stay is funded through the Marietta Blau mobility scholarship by the Austrian Agency of Education and Internationalisation (OeAD). Before she came to Chapel Hill, she spent nine months in Germany at the University of the Arts Berlin (06/2022–02/2023). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Vienna, Austria, and her Master’s degree in International Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. From 2017 to 2022 she held a PhD position as an assistant to Univ.-Prof. Christian Schulte at the Department of Theater, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include Media Theory, Critical and Visual Theory (esp. Walter Benjamin, Alexander Kluge), Feminist and Queer Theory, and amateur / DIY film and photo practices. In her PhD she works on queer forms of relationality in photographic media with Walter Benjamin and Alexander Kluge.
Carolina-Duke Graduate Student
Jessica Muoio is our CDG exchange student from Switzerland. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Zurich, majoring in German Studies, which was accompanied by a minor in law. Her main interests are mostly in the linguistic field. Her earlier work covers topics ranging from the analysis of Swiss laws, Deixis in a German as a foreign language classroom, and forensic phonetics. For her bachelor’s thesis, she even researched discrimination in Swiss children‘s literature. She is now enrolled in the CDG program where she’s continuing her master’s degree in linguistics with a computational linguistics minor. She is hoping to broaden her horizons by getting to know new people and their cultures, and is excited to gain more experience as a German teaching fellow while participating in interesting lectures. In her free time, she enjoys sports, especially bouldering, and also likes to meet friends for coffee or drinks.