Robert Schmidt is professor for process-oriented sociology at Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. After studying sociology and theatre in Erlangen, New York and Berlin, he completed his doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin and his habilitation at Technical University of Darmstadt. From 2000 to 2010 he was a research fellow at the collaborative research centre “Performing Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin. He held visting professorships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (2011), the Technical University of Darmstadt (2011-2012) and was interim professor for sociology and qualitative methods in empirical social research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (2012-2013). His research focuses on practice theory, process-oriented methodology and ethnography in social science.


Nathalie Aghoro is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amerika-Institut of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and an inaugural member of the interdisciplinary DFG research training group “Practicing Place – Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations” (GRK 2589/1). Her main research interests are nineteenth to twenty-first century American literature, social justice, solidarity, and public sphere studies, sound and media studies, African and Asian American literature, as well as video game and visual culture. Her book Sounding the Novel: Voice in Twenty-First Century American Fiction (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018) examines the sonic mediality of voice in the works of Richard Powers, Karen Tei Yamashita, Jennifer Egan, and Jonathan Safran Foer. She is the editor of The Acoustics of the Social on Page and Screen (Bloomsbury, 2021) and her publications include essays on postmodern novels, contemporary literature, and Afrofuturism. She is also on the editorial board of the De Gruyter book series Video Games and the Humanities and the principal investigator (together with Katharina Fackler from the University of Bonn) of the DFG-funded scientific network “The Cultural Politics of Reconciliation” (2023-2025). Her current DFG-funded book project deals with the ties between social justice and situated cultural practices such as the writing, building, and picturing of shared places.

Miriam Lay Brander holds the chair of Romance Literature II and is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (ZILAS) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Konstanz Center of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” where she was Principal Investigator of the project “Genre and Globalization” funded within the Baden Württemberg Stiftung’s Elite Program for Postdocs. In 2016 she was a fellow at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Her research interests include: Latin American and Francophone literature, literature and culture of Spanish Siglo de Oro, space/time theory, and digital memory studies. She has published a monograph on spatiotemporal configurations in early modern Seville (Raum-Zeiten im Umbruch, Bielefeld 2011) and another one on short literary forms in postcolonial contexts (Schreiben in Archipelen, Berlin; Boston, 2020). Among her most recent edited volumes are Genre and Globalization. Transformación de géneros en contextos (post-)coloniales (Hildesheim, 2017), an introduction to Latin American Studies (Einführung in die Lateinamerikastudien, Berlin, 2023) and a co-edited volume combining interdisciplinary perspectives on the Amazonian rain forests (Die Urwälder Amazoniens, Berlin 2023, with Sergej Gordon).

Richard Nate is professor of English Literature and coordinator of European Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In his research, he has focused on the history of utopian and dystopian literature, the relationship between literature and science, and the role of place in European cultural history. His book-length studies include: Wissenschaft und Literatur im England der frühen Neuzeit (2001). Amerikanische Tröume: Die Kultur der Vereinigten Staaten in der Zeit des New Deal (2003), Wissenschaft, Rhetorik und Literatur: Historische Perspektiven (2009), Biologismus und Kulturkritik: Eugenische Diskurse der Moderne (2014), and Norddeutsche Erzählliteratur des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts: Sechs Fallstudien (2020). He has also co-edited volumes on various subjects, most recently Cultural Identities in Europe: Nations and Regions, Migration and Minorities (2014, with Verena Gutsche), Krieg und Frieden im Lied (2017, with Misia Sophia Doms and Bea Klüsener), Remembering Places: Perspectives from Scholarship and the Arts (2019, with Julia Wiedemann), and Europa – Krisen, Vergewisserungen, Visionen: Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen (2020, with Martin Kirschner).


Christian Steiner studied Geography, Political Sciences and Public Law (1995-2002). On a doctoral contract from 2004 to 2008 at the University of Mainz, he prepared his dissertation on Tourism Crisis and Organizational Learning in the tourism industry of the Arab World in the aftermath of 9/11. Afterwards, he conducted a study about the impact of the global financial crisis on tourism employment for UNWTO and ILO (2010-11) and obtained his habilitation on Pragmatism, Environment and Space from the University of Frankfurt/Main (2013), where he held a post-doctoral position. He was invited as a Research Fellow to the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin, 2010) and as a Visiting Professor to the Universities of Frankfurt (2010-11), Osnabrück (2012-2014) and Innsbruck (2015-2016) (Austria). His works have been awarded by the German Society for Tourism Studies with the Price for the Best International Study (2008) and by the Austrian Geographical Society with the prestigious Hans-Bobek-Award (2013). He is member of the scientific board of the German Association for Middle Eastern Studies (DAVO) and Member of the German Academy of Regional Studies (DAL). His research brought him to Egypt, Tunis, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and New Zealand. His current research focusses on post-dualistic, pragmatist and transactive Human-Environment and Human-Animal Geographies, More-than-human Geographies and the socio-economic Geographies of global markets.


Hans-Martin Zademach was appointed Professor of Economic Geography at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in 2009. Prior, he taught at the LMU Munich and was invited as visiting scholar at the University of Prague, the Copenhagen Business School and the London School of Economics and Political Science LSE. He currently serves as head of the steering committee of the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association ARL, Bavarian Section, and is member of the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, The German Journal of Economic Geography. In his current research, he is interested in (strong) sustainable development and the fundamental processes shaping social and spatial inequalities and injustices with a particular focus on the issues of finance and financialisation. His work has been published in a number of leading journals, among these are the Journal of Economic Geography, Urban Studies, European Planning Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, and Local Environment. His further publications include an introductory textbook into financial geographies (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2014, in German) and the co-edited volumes ‘Alternative Economies and Spaces. New Perspectives for a Sustainable Economy’ (Transcript, 2013) and ‘Nachhaltigkeit in Umwelt, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft‘ (Springer, 2017). Hans-Martin holds a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from LSE as well as a Master of Business Research and a doctorate degree from the LMU Munich.


Michael F. Zimmermann holds, since 2004, the chair for art history at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. He studied art history, philosophy and history in Cologne, Rome and Paris. After, he was, amongst others, deputy director at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (1991-2002) and ordinary professor at the Université de Lausanne (2002-04). He ist ordinary member of the Academia Europaea, London, and of the Bavarian Academy of Science, where he directs, until mid-2022, a working group Multiculturality and Identity. Since 2003, he is founding member of the International Network for Art History, and, since 2020, of the editorial board of the journal XXI. Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual. Since 2016, he is speaker of the BA- and MA-programs Aisthesis. Culture and Media at the Catholic University.

His PhD-thesis (1985, Cologne), Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, was published, in 1991, in several languages. His habilitation thesis (2000, FU) Industrialisierung der Phantasie. Malerei, illustrierte Presse und das Mediensystem der Künste in Italien, 1875-1900 was released in 2006. Recently, he published essays about Bruegel, Courbet, Manet, Degas, Odilon Redon, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Allan Sekula, each in context with debates in the history of science and knowledge, and about Bachtin, Benjamin, Foucault and Agamben. Current research interests focus on historical and actual visual and media environments as well as in knowledge situated within them – studied from the point of view of a strictly participatory theory of practice(s) and epistemology.


Associated Faculty

Prof. Yogita Goyal

African American Studies and Department of English, University of California

Prof. Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, NY