Tobias Auböck
Tobias Auböck is a PhD student at the University of Innsbruck, where he also received his Diploma in English and American Studies, specializing in American Barbary Coast captivity narratives. From October 2013 to March 2014, he worked as an assistant at the American Corner Innsbruck, an information platform that is anchored at the Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck and the US embassy in Vienna. Since spring 2014, he has been research assistant for the FWF-funded project European Slaves: Christians in African Pirate Encounters (ESCAPE: Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives 1550-1780).

Alexandra Hauke
Alexandra Hauke studied at the University of Vienna, where she received MAs in English and American Studies as well Hispanic Studies. She is currently a university assistant and PhD candidate at the Department of English and American Studies in Vienna, where her research focuses on Native American and First Nations Studies, Transnational American Studies, and Contemporary American TV and Film. She is an active board member of Austria’ Young Americanists (AYA), the Executive Council of the Young Scholars’ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS), and the Association for the Promotion of North American Studies at the University of Vienna (GNAMST). In her ongoing dissertation project, she examines Indigeneity, Indigenous rights, and methods of survival and resistance in Native American and First Nations detective fiction. She is also working as a co-editor on the conference proceedings of “Native North American Survivance and Memory: Celebrating Gerald Vizenor” (with Birgit Däwes, forthcoming).

Silke Jandl
Silke Jandl is currently working towards her PhD in English and American Studies at the University of Graz. In her thesis she will be exploring several aspects of the interrelationship between the medium of the book and YouTube. In 2013/14 she spent two semesters teaching German at the University of Minnesota. There she took the opportunity of expanding on her interest in Native American literature and culture by learning, among other things, some of the Dakota language. From March 2015 she will be working and teaching at the Center for Intermediality Studies in Graz.

Yvonne Kaisinger
Yvonne Kaisinger is a PhD candidate for English and American Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria where she also works as a research and teaching associate. She is currently working on her dissertation “An Ocean of Words: The Interplay between Literature, Language, and the Environment on Caribbean and Pacific Islands.” Her research interests include postcolonial ecocriticism, gender studies, animal studies, and island studies. She recently completed editing a collection of essays on manifestos.

Armin Lippitz
Armin Lippitz studied at the Alpen-Adria university in Klagenfurt, where he obtained a Master’s degree of English and American studies, focusing in his thesis on violence in graphic novels. His passion for comics, graphic novels and video games is further cultivated as a PhD student. He started research for his dissertation in February 2015, concentrating on the inter- and transmedial exchange between comics and video games. Since the winter term 2014 he is an adjunct lecturer at the English and American Studies department in Klagenfurt, aiming his attention towards American Literatures and the media mentioned above.

Martina Kögeler-Abdi
Martina is a PhD Student and adjunct lecturer at the American Studies Department at the University of Graz. She specializes in multi-ethnic US literatures, transnational American Studies and feminist/
postcolonial theory. In addition to a teaching degree in English, American, and Spanish Studies from the University of Graz, she holds an MA degree in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at SUNY Stony Brook, NY. She received a Fulbright grant to support her research during her MA studies and acquired experiences in academic publications as the co-editor of the book Interculturality: Practice meets Research and she has published an article on the legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa in MELUS. Her current dissertation project examines Auto-Orientalisms in Arab American Literatures.