Roberta Hofer
Roberta Hofer is a university assistant and PhD student at the Department of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Her research interests are film studies, narratology, performance, and [puppet] theater. In 2013, she was invited to be a teaching assistant of film studies at Boston University, and in 2014, the University of Innsbruck presented her with the Best Student Paper Award for her article on the meta-narration of Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. Her articles on human puppeteering have been included in several international, peer-reviewed anthologies and journals, and she has been an invited guest speaker at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University.

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.

Elisabeth Krieber

Elisabeth Krieber is a PhD student at the department of American studies at the University of Salzburg. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies at the Karl- Franzens University in Graz and holds a Master’s degree in English Studies and the Creative Industries from the University of Salzburg. Her research interests include Gender and Women studies, Media studies, Comic and Visual studies as well as Social Semiotics. She is also part of the department’s research project “Performing America (Gender, Theater, Media).”

Helena Oberzaucher

Helena Oberzaucher is a university assistant at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, and she is pursuing her PhD in English Studies at Illinois State University. She received her BA in English and Philosophy and her MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds. Her dissertation examines circulations in and around contemporary migration literature. Other research interests include pedagogy and the foreign, multigenerational family narratives, and transnational American studies.

Barbora Orlická

Barbora Orlická studied at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where she received her MA in English Language and Literature. She is currently teaching and pursuing her PhD at the University of Graz. Her research interests are Native American and First Nation Studies, New Media Studies, and Narratology. Her dissertation focuses on Indigenous New Media in Canada and the U.S. Her current project investigates Indigenous videogames as sites of resistance and reclamation.

Eva Schörgenhuber
Eva Maria Schörgenhuber is a university assistant and PhD student at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. In 2018, she spent some time as a visiting scholar at New York University. Her research focuses mainly on contemporary American popular culture, media studies, and celebrity culture. In her dissertation, she investigates intersections of kinship, celebrity, and ideas of national unity in historical and contemporary U.S. media representation of celebrities’ children.
Christian Stenico
Christian Stenico is a university assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Innsbruck and his research focuses on first-person narration in different media. He has published an article on the implicit bystander effect and video games in the Journal of Social Psychology. His other research interests include developments in film and television, such as technical advancements, changes in plot preferences, and innovations in filmic and oral storytelling.

Christoph Straub
Christoph Straub is a PhD-candidate at the Department of English and American Studies at Salzburg University. In his research, he is most interested in postcolonial criticism, film studies, and Indigenous studies. His dissertation project focuses on the representation of femininity in contemporary Indigenous films from Australia, Canada, and the US. Christoph holds an MA in “English Studies and the Creative Industries” from Salzburg University and a BA in English Studies and South Asian Studies from Heidelberg University. Before returning to academia, he has worked in the field of science communication and recently completed a traineeship at the press and public relations department of the German Research Foundation (DFG).