Education - Sandra Mayer

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SANDRA MAYER
CURRICULUM VITAE
Professional Experience
05/2014-07/2015
University of Oxford (English Faculty) and Wolfson College
Erwin Schrödinger Research Fellow (FWF)
(grant extended by two months)
01-02/2014
NUI Galway, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and
Social Sciences
Visiting Research Fellow
11/2009-11/2013
University of Vienna, Department of English
Lecturer English Literature and Cultural Studies (Assistentin
PraeDoc; Chair: Prof. Werner Huber)
10/2006-09/2009
University of Vienna, Department of English
Research assistant (PhD grant); Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
project “Weltbühne Wien – World Stage Vienna” (principal
investigator: Prof. Ewald Mengel)
03/2005-06/2006
University of Graz, Department of English
Tutor for English Literature
02/2000-01/2002
University of Graz, Department of History
Research assistant; National Bank of Austria Research Fund
project “Analyses, Reports and Operative Efforts of AngloAmerican Intelligence Services Regarding the Austrian
Condition, 1941-1947”
10-12/1999
University of Graz, Department of History
Research assistant; City of Graz project on Allied bombardment
during World War II
Education
03/2012
University of Vienna, Austria
doctoral degree conferred under the auspices of the Federal President
of the Austrian Republic (promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis rei
publicae; highest academic distinction in the Austrian educational
system)
10/2006-11/2011
University of Vienna, Department of English
PhD in English literature, graduated with distinction;
thesis: “Oscar Wilde as an All-Time Favourite of Viennese Stages:
Pleasing and Teasing Audiences throughout the Twentieth Century”
(supervisor: a.o.Prof. Dr. Rudolf Weiss)
10/1998-04/2004
University of Graz, Department of English
MA in English and American Studies and History; graduated with
distinction;
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MA thesis: “‘A Conspiracy of Silence’: The Impact of Scandal on the
Reception of Oscar Wilde’s Works in Early Twentieth-Century
Britain”
(supervisor: Prof. Walter Bernhart)
10/2000-06/2001
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK:
ERASMUS exchange student
09/1994-06/1998
Bundesoberstufenrealgymnasium
distinction
Feldbach,
graduated
with
Research Interests and Teaching
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celebrity and authorship
(Neo)Victorian author fiction
cultural transfer and reception
British Decadence and Fin-de-Siècle
Irish Drama
Introductory Lecture Courses: “Approaching Literatures in English” (BA), “Introduction to
the Study of Literature” (BA)
Introductory Seminars Literature: “(Re)Imagining the Victorian Age” (BA), “From ‘Land of
Hope and Glory’ to ‘Land of Hope and Curry’: Images of Empire in Nineteenth- and
Twentieth-Century English Literature” (BA)
Course: “Critical Readings in Literature” (BA)
Interactive Literature Course: “Wild(e) Imaginings: Oscar Wilde on the Contemporary Stage”
(MA)
Lecture Series: “Celebrity and Celebrity Studies” (MA Cultural Studies; organisation,
conception and lecturing)
Conference Papers
09/2014
“On the Reception of Irish Drama in Vienna” (round table with Werner Huber
and Dieter Fuchs). 11th Annual Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference “Irish
Theatre and Central Europe,” 12-13 September 2014, Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic.
07/2014
“‘What is He?’ – Victorian Images of Benjamin Disraeli as Literary Celebrity
and Celebrity Politician.” Conference “Victorian and Edwardian Lives and
Letters,” 10-11 July 2014, University of Hertfordshire, UK.
06/2014
“Victorian Images of Benjamin Disraeli as Literary Celebrity and Celebrity
Politician.” Second Celebrity Studies Journal Conference, 19-21 June 2014,
Royal Holloway University of London, UK.
07/2013
“‘En-Nobeled’ Irishmen in Vienna: Nobel Prize Winners W. B. Yeats and
Bernard Shaw in the Austrian Media.” International Association for the Study
of Irish Literatures (IASIL) Conference “Urban Cultures,” 22-26 July 2013,
Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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04/2013
“Disparate Images: The ‘Work vs Life’ Topos in Contemporary Biofictions of
Victorian Authors” (with Julia Lajta-Novak). Annual Conference of the
Austrian Association of University Teachers of English (AAUTE), 26-27 April
2013, Salzburg, Austria.
03/2013
“En-Nobeling Literary Celebrity: Authorial Self-Fashioning in the Nobel
Lectures of Elfriede Jelinek and Harold Pinter.” Inter-Disciplinary.net 2nd
Global Conference: “Celebrity: Exploring Critical Issues,” 10-12 March 2013,
Lisbon, Portugal.
11/2012
“The Importance of Being a Literary Commodity.” Conference “Reconfiguring
Authorship,” 15-18 November 2012, Ghent University, Belgium.
10/2012
“The Importance of Commemorating Literary Celebrity.” Conference “Ireland
and Popular Culture,” 19-20 October 2012, University of Reims, France.
07/2011
“‘Practically Rewritten – and Sexually Reoriented’: The Critical Controversy
Surrounding the Viennese Première of Elfriede Jelinek’s Adaptation of The
Importance of Being Earnest.” IASIL Conference “Conflict and Resolution in
Irish Literatures,” 18-22 July 2011, University of Leuven, Belgium.
04/2011
“(Re)Politicised and Over(Sexualised) – Wild(e) Treatments on Twenty-FirstCentury Viennese Stages.” 6th Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR)
Conference “Interfaces Between Irish and European Theatre,” 29-30 April
2011, University of Pécs, Hungary.
07/2010
“London Dandy Meets Viennese Bonvivant: The Cultural ‘Other’ in Oscar
Wilde’s Society Comedies on Viennese Stages.” IASIL Conference “Irish
Literatures and Culture: Old and New Knowledges,” 26-30 July 2010, NUI
Maynooth, Ireland.
09/2009
“Two Irishmen Abroad: Constructions of National Identity and Its Impact on
the Theatrical Reception of Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw in Vienna” (with
Barbara Pfeifer). European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish
Studies (EFACIS) Conference “Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and
Exchanges,” 3-6 September 2009, University of Vienna.
07/2009
“A ‘First-Rate Theatrical Fashion Article’: Trading Wilde in the Fin-de-Siècle
Viennese Literary Marketplace.” IASIL Conference “Irish Literatures – World
Perspectives,” 27-31 July 2009, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
09/2008
“‘They actually succeed in spelling his name right’: The Viennese Fin-de-Siècle
Image of Oscar Wilde.” Conference “Century’s End: Re-Evaluating Literature,
Art and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (1880-1914),” 12-13 September 2008,
Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
05/2008
“Pleasing and Teasing the Audience. Oscar Wilde: An All-Time Favourite of
Viennese Stages” (poster presentation). Conference “Drama, Theatre, and
Cultural Transfer,” 11-13 May 2008, University of Vienna.
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Invited Lectures
03/2015
“Pegasus and Carthorse: The Many Shades of Disraeli's Celebrity.” Symposium
“The Many Lives of Benjamin Disraeli: Fame, Legacy, Representations,” 24
March 2015, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of
Oxford.
03/2015
“A ‘Strange Mingling’: Disraeli as a Literary Celebrity and Celebrity Politician.”
Invited Lecture, 9 March 2015, Life-Writers of London Postgraduate and
Early-Career Researcher Colloquium in conjunction with the Centre for LifeWriting Research, King's College London.
02/2015
“The Prime Minister as Celebrity Novelist: ‘Lothairmania’ and Disraeli's
‘Double Consciousness’.” Invited Lecture, 23 February 2015, Victorian
Research Seminar, English Faculty, University of Oxford.
01/2015
“A ‘Nineteenth-Century Richard Burton’? Benjamin Disraeli as a Victorian
Celebrity.” Invited lecture, 21 January 2015, Hughenden Manor, National
Trust.
11/2014
“Following the Primrose Path: Intersections of Literary and Political Fame in
Commemorations of Benjamin Disraeli.” Invited lecture, 14 November 2014,
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW), Wolfson College, University of
Oxford.
05/2014
“Literary Biography and Celebrity: Re-Evaluating Victorian Authors from the
Perspective of Celebrity Studies.” Distinguished Lecture Series “The Many
Faces of Biography,” 8 May 2014, University of Vienna, Austria.
02/2014
“The (Not So) Secret Fall of Oscar Wilde: Literary Celebrity and Its Afterlives
in Contemporary Biofiction and Popular Culture.” Invited guest lecture, 11
February 2014, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social
Sciences, NUI Galway, Ireland.
11/2013
“En-Nobeling Literary Celebrity: Authorial Self-Fashioning in the Nobel
Lectures of Jelinek and Pinter.” Undergraduate seminar “Stars, Celebrity and
Royalty in Anglophone Culture” (Professor Monika Seidl). Invited guest
lecture, 5 November 2013, Department of English, University of Vienna.
10/2013
“Literary Cosmpolitans and Agents of Mediation: Oscar Wilde and Fin-deSiècle Viennese Artistic Networks.” European Science Foundation Exploratory
Workshop “Re-valuing Aestheticism and Modernism through their
(Dis)credited Figures: Aesthetics, Ethics and Economics 1860-1940.” 2-4
October 2013, University Montpellier 3, France.
10/2012
“The Art of Creating (and Remaining) a Great Sensation: Canonising and
Reinterpreting Oscar Wilde on Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Viennese
Stages.” Invited guest lecture, 30 October 2012, Institute of Germanic and
Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
06/2012
“Wild(e) Imaginings: Reinventing Oscar Wilde in Contemporary Theatre and
Popular Culture.” Invited guest lecture, 6 June 2012, University of Innsbruck,
Austria.
05/2010
“An Artefact of Commodified Culture: Trading Oscar Wilde in the Viennese
Literary Marketplace.” Annual Conference of the Austrian Association of
University Teachers of English (AAUTE), 7-8 May 2010, Salzburg, Austria.
02/2010
“An Irishman in Vienna: The Viennese Theatrical Reception of Oscar Wilde in
the Twentieth Century.” 9th Brno International Conference of English,
American and Canadian Studies “Diversification and its Discontents:
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Dynamics of the Discipline,” 4-6 February 2010, Masaryk University, Brno,
Czech Republic.
Conference Organisation
09/2015
“After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity.” 19 September 2015, The
Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and The Oxford
Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) (advisory board member)
03/2015
“The Many Lives of Benjamin Disraeli: Fame, Legacy,
Representations.” 24 March 2015, The Oxford Research Centre in the
Humanities (TORCH) (main organiser)
06/2014
“Cosmopolitan Wilde – Celebrating 160 Years of Oscar Wilde.” 11-14
June 2014, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (scientific committee
member)
07/2011
“100 Myles: The International Flann O’Brien Centenary Conference.”
24-27 July 2011, University of Vienna, English Department (assistant
organiser)
05/ 2008
“International Conference on Drama, Theatre, and Cultural Transfer.”
11-13 May 2008, University of Vienna, English Department (assistant
organiser)Since 06/2013
Part of the scientific committee for the
conference “Cosmopolitan Wilde – Celebrating 160 Years of Oscar
Wilde.” 11-14 June 2014, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Editorial Work
Sandra Mayer, Julia Novak, and Margarete Rubik, eds. Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular
Culture: Festschrift for Werner Huber. Trier: WVT, 2012.
Werner Huber, Sandra Mayer, and Julia Novak, eds. Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Cultural
Currents and Exchanges. Irish Studies in Europe 4. Trier: WVT, 2012.
Werner Huber and Seán Crosson, eds. Contemporary Irish Film: New Perspectives on a
National Cinema. Austrian Studies in English 102. Wien: Braumüller, 2011.
Werner Huber et al., eds. Dreaming the Future: New Horizons/Old Barriers in 21st-Century
Ireland. Irish Studies in Europe 3. Trier: WVT, 2011.
Werner Huber, Margarete Rubik, and Julia Novak, eds. Staging Interculturality.
Contemporary Drama in English 17. Trier: WVT, 2010.
Awards, Scholarships and Distinctions
09/2014 & 03/2015
Travel bursary granted by the AHRC-funded project “Authors and the
World” to attend two workshops on literary celebrity, University of
Lancaster
01-02/2014
Visiting Research Fellowship, Moore Institute for Research in the
Humanities and Social Sciences, NUI Galway
03/2013
Doc.Award of the City of Vienna/University of Vienna for PhD thesis
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11/2012
Honorary Award granted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science
and Research for academic excellence during undergraduate and
graduate studies
07/2012
University of Vienna Excellency Research Grant for graduates sub
auspiciis
06/2012
Dr Maria Schaumayer Prize for PhD thesis
03/2012
doctoral degree conferred under the auspices of the Federal President
of the Austrian Republic (promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis rei
publicae; highest academic distinction in the Austrian educational
system)
05/2010
Young Scholars Award 2010 granted by the Austrian Association of
University Teachers of English (AAUTE)
05/2008
ÖFG scholarship “Internationale Beziehungen”
05/2005
Prize for Best MA thesis granted by the Austrian Association of
University Teachers of English (AAUTE)
12/2004
Excellence in English and American Studies Award 2004; Department
of English, University of Graz
05/2003
Research scholarship, University of Graz
Memberships
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Research Hub “Authors and the World”, University of Lancaster
British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS)
The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)
Member of the IASIL Bibliography Committee for Austria and Germany
The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS)
The Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR)
AAUTE, Deutscher Anglistenverband
Netzwerk Biographieforschung
Oscar Wilde Society
Editorial board member of The Oscholars and Victoriographies: A Journal of
Nineteenth-Century Writing
Further Qualifications
04/2015
University of Oxford
Seminar “Designing Courses”
03/2015
University of Oxford
Seminar “Interview Skills for Research Staff”
01/2015
University of Oxford
Seminar “Digital Media: Podcasting”
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11/2014
University of Oxford
Seminar “Online Presence for Humanities”
Seminar “Using Twitter in Research”
07/2013 & 12/2012
University of Vienna
Teaching competence seminars: teaching methods in higher education
03/2013
Austrian Science Fund Coaching Workshop
12/2012
University of Vienna
Seminar “Gender and Diversity”
10/2011
University of Vienna, Computer Centre
introductory Moodle eLearning course
06/2010
University of Vienna, Center for Teaching and Learning
basic qualification course “Introduction to University Teaching”
09/2008
Austrian Science Fund Coaching Workshop
01-11/2006
University of Graz, Co-ordination Centre for Gender Studies, Women’s
Research and the Promotion of Women
career programme “Skills, Strategies and Networking” for women in
science and research”
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