Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Pietrzak-Franger, Privatdoz. MA

Full Professor for British Cultural and Literary Studies                                                       DE

Contact: monika.pietrzak-franger@univie.ac.at

Research Profile

  • Medical Humanities - esp. contagious diseases and their socio-political role and mediality (historical, transcultural), Medicine, Literature and the Arts, (Digital) Medical Cultures
  • Adaptation Studies, Intermediality and Transmediality Studies (transcultural, 18C-21C)
  • Medial processes of stigmatization and discrimination
  • Historical Materiality Studies, Materiality Theory and History of Knowledge
  • Gender Studies, Queer Studies and Masculinity Studies (transcultural), Body Theories
  • British Literature, Culture and Media: esp. Victorianism and Neo-Victorianism
  • (Auto-)Biography Research: Artist Biographies, Biopics
  • Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures


Current Projects


 Viral Theatre Podcast

"Viral Theatre Podcast" is a series of episodes based on our hybrid conference on the topic which took place from 21-23 July 2021 and was sponsored by the Volkswagen-Foundation.

14 March 2022: Episode 1 - Heidi Liedke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger (hosted on RedCircle :: Spotify)

5 April 2022: Episode 2 - Sarah Bay-Cheng (hosted on RedCircle :: Spotify)

26 April 2022: Episode 3 - Jane Macnaughton (hosted on RedCircle :: Spotify)

17 May 2022: Episode 4 - Final roundtable discussion (hosted on RedCircle :: Spotify)


Curriculum Vitae

  • from 2023    Elected Member of the International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE)
  • from              Deputy Head of Department, Department of English and American Studies,
    10/2022       University of Vienna
  • 09/2022       DAAD Visiting Scholar, New York University, NY, USA
  • from              Re-elected Trustee of the Association of Adaptation Studies
  • from              Elected Member of Faculty Conference of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies,
    06/2022       University of Vienna
  • 10-12/2021 Visiting Professor, The Centre for the Humanities and Health, King's College London
  • from             Co-Head of Research Cluster "Post-COVID-19 Care: Medical Humanities and Health Economies at the
    10/2021       Frontlines" (University of Vienna/Medical University of Vienna)
  • from             Elected Alternate Member of Faculty Conference of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, 
    03/2020       University of Vienna
  • from             Member of Studies Conference, University of Vienna
  • from             Full Professor for British Cultural and Literary Studies, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies,
    10/2019       University of Vienna
  • 09/2019       Elected Trustee of the Association of Adaptation Studies (link)
  • from 2019    Member of the Editorial Board, Journal Adaptation (Oxford University Press), UK (link)
  • from 2019    Member of the Board of Referees, Atlantis. Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies 
  • 04/2011 -     Book Review Editor, Journal Adaptation (Oxford University Press), UK
  • 10/2014 -     Stand-In/Deputy Professorship (Vertretungsprofessur), University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 04/2018 -     Acting Director, Institute of English and American Studies (IAA), University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 03/2018       Visiting Scholar, Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
  • 09-10/          DAAD Visiting Scholar, Deutsches Haus, New York University, USA (link)
  • 08/2016       Visiting Academic, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 11/2015       BritCult Award (Dt. Gesellschaft für das Studium britischer Kulturen) for habilitation treatise "Spectres of
                          Syphilis: Medicine, Knowledge and the Spectacle of Victorian (In)Visibility" (link)
  • 04/2013 -     Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • 08/2011 -     Volkswagen Visiting Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis, USA, Department of Anthropology
  • 07/2007 -     Habilitation at the University of Siegen, Germany
  • 04/2003 -     PhD, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, International Performance and Media Studies
    11/2006        Programme, supported by: Landesgraduiertenförderung Rheinland-Pfalz
  • 10/1997 -     M.A. English Studies, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and Université d'Avignon
    06/2002        et des Pays de Vaucluse, Avignon, France  


Organisation of Interdisciplinary Conferences, Workshops, Summer Schools, Lecture Series

  • 2023       Interdisciplinary Conference Threads of Life: Textiles in Medicine and the Arts; 20th June; with Monika
                    Ankele et al. (Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab) (link)
  • 2023       Long Covid Care: Eine Podiumsdiskussion; 16th Jan.; with Carina Hilmar (University of Vienna) (link)
  • 2022       Resilience: An Explorative Workshop; 30th June; with Henriette Löffler-Stastka (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2022       Mentoring Workshop, Association of Adaptation Studies; 22nd June; with Thomas Leitch
                     (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • 2022        A Visiodemic: Pandemische Medienwelten und ihre Virulenz - student workshop, Internationale Akademie
                    Traunkirchen; 6th–8th June; with and at Internationale Akademie Traunkirchen
  • 2021       Viral Theatre: Post-COVID-19 Art Worlds, Precarity and Medical Humanities - international symposium,
                     Hannover; 21st–23th July; with Dr. H.L. Liedke (University of Koblenz-Landau)
  • 2021       COVID-19 beyond Borders: Rethinking Medical Humanities at the Frontlines - international 
                     symposium, University of Vienna; 6th–9th July; with Prof. W. Schütz (Medical University of Vienna), 
                     Prof. A. Elsner (University of St. Gallen), F. Seebacher (Austrian Academy of Sciences) (link)
  • 2021       Graduate Student Workshop, Association of Adaptation Studies, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK; 
                    9th June; with Prof. Thomas Leitch
  • 2020       Celebrity & Memory: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Perspectives - interdisciplinary lecture series, University
                    of Vienna; winter term 2020; with Prof. Sylvia Mieszkowski and Dr. Sandra Mayer (link)
  • 2020 (2021)   Graduate Student Workshop, Association of Adaptation Studies, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France;
                    30th Sept. (postponed to 2021)
  • 2020       Medical Humanities: Cultures, Sciences, Media - interdisciplinary lecture series, University of Vienna; 
                    summer term 2020 (link)
  • 2020       Nineteenth-Century Transmedia Practices - international symposium, University Vienna; 30th Jan.–1st Feb.; 
                    with Prof. Christina Meyer (link)
  • 2018        Scales and Scaling in Texts and Textual Analysis – Joint Symposium of the University of Hamburg and the
                     University of Southampton; 13th–16th Dec.; with Prof. Daniel Brown, Prof. Ute Berns, JProf. Stephan Karschay
  • 2018        Panel "Layers of Victorian Skin: Microscopic, Urban, and Global", North American Victorian Studies Association,
                     St. Petersburg, Florida; with Dr. Ariane de Waal (Innsbruck) and Dr. Nora Pleßke (Magdeburg)
  • 2018        DAAD Summer School "Global Humanities in Transnational Exchange", Shandong University, China,
                     5th–25th Sept.; with Prof. Gordon Mitchell
  • 2016/17  Lecture series "Immer noch Shakespeare?!", University of Hamburg; with Prof. Ute Berns and
                     JProf. Stephan Karschay (link)
  • 2016        Member of the Organizing Committee, Anglistentag, University of Hamburg; 21st–24th Sept.
  • 2016        Section "Mash-ups", Anglistentag, University of Hamburg; 21st–24th Sept.; with Prof. Dr. Lucia Krämer
  • 2015        Transforming Cities: Narratives of Urban Change in the 19th and 21st Centuries - international
                      conference, TU Braunschweig; 3rd–4th July; with Prof. Eckart Voigts and Dr. Nora Pleßke (link)
  • 2015        Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation - international
                      conference, Schloss Herrenhausen; 25th–27th Feb.; with PD Dr. Lucia Krämer (link)
  • 2014        Medical Power and Ethics: Mediality and Media Convergence, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; 
                     12th–14th Feb.; with PD Dr. Pascal Nicklas (link)
  • 2013        Member of the Organizing Committee, Adaptation, Intermediality, Participatory Culture, TU Braunschweig;
                     24th Sept.
  • 2012        Member of the Organizing Committee, Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and Ethics,
                     University of Amsterdam; 13th–15th June
  • 2012        Disease, Communication and the Ethics of (In)Visibility, Washington University in St. Louis, USA; 6th–7th Feb.
  • 2009        Darwin our Contemporary – Re-Imaginations and Medialisations of Darwin and Cultures of Neo-Darwinian Ideas,
                     University of Siegen; 27th–28th Nov.; with Prof. Eckart Voigts-Virchow
  • 2008        Adaptations – Performing across Media and Genres, 17th CDE Annual Conference, Attendorn; 1st–4th May;
                     with Prof. Eckart Voigts-Virchow


Reviewer for (Institutions, Journals, Publishers)

Journal Re:visit. Humanities & Medicine in Dialogue (Editorial Board member since Dec. 2022); Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (Panel co-chair; since 2022); Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies (since 2021); Journal Atlantis (since 2021); Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (since 2018); Journal Adaptation (Oxford University Press) (since 2011); Journal Film-Philosophy (Open Humanities Press) (since 2013); Journal Victoriographies (Edinburgh University Press) (since 2014); Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Berghahn Journals) (2015); IB Tauris, London; Palgrave Macmillan; Routledge; International Journal of English Studies (University of Murcia) (2018)

Outreach: Knowledge Transfer and Extracurricular Activities

  • 13.06.-               Exhibition "Threads of Life: Textiles in Medicine and the Arts" - AIL Angewandte Interdisciplinary
    14.07.2023       Lab (link)
  • 17.05.2022       "Viral Theatre Podcast - Episode 4" (together with Heidi Liedke, published on Spotify: link)
  • 26.04.2022       "Viral Theatre Podcast - Episode 3" (together with Heidi Liedke and Jane Macnaughton, published on
                                Spotify: link)
  • 05.04.2022       "Viral Theatre Podcast - Episode 2" (together with Heidi Liedke and Sarah Bay-Cheng, published on
                               Spotify: link)
  • 14.03.2022       "Viral Theatre Podcast - Episode 1" (together with Heidi Liedke, published on Spotify: link)
  • 22.02.2022       "Corona: Die Macht der Bilder" - Interview for Rudolphina - Wissenschaftsmagazin der Universität Wien
  • 29.04.2021       "Die Bilder einer Pandemie. Und was sie mit uns machen." – Lecture for Denkfrühstück [acht vor acht] 
                                (Denkwerk - think & tank; Netzwerk Werbung) (link)
  • 10.06.2020        Die Ikonografie einer Krankheit – Interview for Der Standard (link)
  • 16.05.2020        Was Bilder über das Coronavirus noch erzählen – Interview for ORF Ö1 and ORF ON Science (link
  • 13.05.2020        Sars-CoV-2 & Covid-19 - Was Bilder erzählen +++ In welchen Netzwerken geforscht wird – 
                                Radio commentary, ORF Ö1
  • 11.05.2020        Die Bildsprache des Coronavirus – Medienportal University of Vienna (link
  • 07.05.2020        #CoronaAlltag: Die Macht der Bilder – Guest commentary for "Corona Geschichten aus dem
                                Krisen-Alltag" (APA-Science * Natur & Technik) (link)
  • 2020                   Dangerous Bodies and Healing Spaces – Student Book and Instagram Project,
                                University of Vienna (link)
  • 01.04.2019        Read-Play-Bingewatch Student Podcast Project, University of Hamburg
  • 26.01.2018        Taboo-Breaking FashionStudent Congress, University of Hamburg (link)
  • 01.02.2017         Death and DyingExhibition and Catalogue; with Prof. Dr. G. Mitchell, Ida Roscher and with the
                                 Students of English / Religion, Gipsabguss Sammlung, University of Hamburg
  • 02.07.2016         Remix CulturesJoint Student Conference, University of Hamburg; with Prof. Eckart Voigts,
                                 TU Braunschweig
  • 29.-30.01.2016  The City of the Future Student Congress, University of Hamburg
  • 07.11.2015         Radio interview, "Lady Florence Dixie", Narr. Jutta Duhm-Heitzmann, WDR
  • 2013 - 2014       Jury Member, Daniil Pashkoff Prize for Creative Writing in English by a Non-Native Speaker
  • 10/2013             Theater excursion, London, German Society for Contemporary Drama and Theatre in English;
                                 with Prof. Eckart Voigts
  • 06.01.2012         Radio interview, "Neo-Viktorianer und Steampunk", Narr. Dennis Moebus. ScalaAktuelles aus
                                  der Kultur
    , WDR5
  • 28.01.2011         Victorian Intertexts and SubtextsStudent Conference, University of Siegen; with Dr. Mark Berninger,
                                 University of Mainz
  • 08.-09.01.2010   Master and PhD Colloquium, Haus Nottbeck, Oelde; with Prof. Eckart Voigts, Prof. Christoph
                                  Ribbat, JProf. Miriam Strube, Paderborn University
  • 2007 - 2009         Co-ordination of Siegen Theatre group "Desperate Thespians"; with Prof. Eckart Voigts


Membership in Academic Organizations (selection)

  • Member of Working Group History of Medicine/Medical Humanities of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (since 2019); Principal Investigator for the Project "Medicine and the Arts"
  • Environmental Science Research Network (Member of the Advisory Board since 2020)
  • The Association of Adaptation Studies (Elected Trustee since 2019; Co-Editor of Adaptation; 2011–2019; Member of the Editorial Board of Adaptation, since 2019)
  • German Society for Contemporary Drama and Theatre in English (Treasurer 2013–2020)
  • Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (Affiliate 2008–2013)