Sophie Johanna Schweiger
Sophie Schweiger studied German Studies, Comparative Literature and Philosophy in Lisbon and Vienna, where she earned her Masters degree in 2013. Before joining the department at Columbia University in fall of 2014, she spent one year as a Fulbright teaching assistant in the US.
Her academic interest ranges from early German theatre and the bourgeois tragedy over Vienna 1900 to the post-dramatic format in the work of contemporary writers and performance artists. In her studies she is interested in pursuing questions of where and how philosophy and theatre meet and what kind of thinking is produced when one uses, quotes and plays with the other.
She wrote her thesis on German cold war literature and the aesthetics of the apocalypse: "Schreiben gegen die Bombe" (2012). She received several stipends and scholarships from the Fulbright program, the Max Kade foundation as well as the Austrian government.
Sophie is eagerly interested in performance as well as experimental and short film and engages in projects that allow her to explore and work on the intersection of art and academia.