My name is Katharina Alsen. I hold a master’s degree in history of art and visual culture from the University of Oxford and a state certificate (MA equiv.) in literary studies, theology and philosophy from the University of Hamburg. My studies were funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

After graduating, I was a fellow of the international research training group «InterArt» at Freie Universität Berlin and a one-year visiting scholar at the Doctoral School of Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. I was awarded a PhD scholarship from the German Research Association (DFG) to pursue my dissertation on the topic of staged intimacy in the performing arts.

Following this, I received a Global Humanities Junior Fellowship from the network «Principles of Cultural Dynamics» at Freie Universität Berlin and spent half a year at the Research Institute for the Humanities, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Further research stays led me to Stockholm, Reykjavík and Tórshavn in the Faroes. I speak German, English, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic.

Since 2019, I have been working as a research associate in theatre and performance studies at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre (HfMT).

My publications include: Bruch – Schnitt – Riss. Deutungspotenziale von Trennungsmetaphorik in den Wissenschaften und Künsten (ed.), Berlin: LIT 2014, and Nordic Painting. The Rise of Modernity, New York and London: Random House 2016.