Bojana Kunst

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Philosopher and Contemporary Art Theorist

Bojana Kunst is a full professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies / ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, where she is leading an international master program Choreography and Performance.

— Bojana Kunst / W3-Professorin / ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig Universität in Gießen, Deutschland
— Bojana Kunst je redna profesorica na ATW – Inštitutu za uporabne gledališke študije univerze Justus-Liebig v Gießnu, Nemčija

She graduated in 1994 from Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts. She began to work as a young researcher in year 1996 at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy – Aesthetics. With the young researcher grant from the The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia she completed in the year 1998 her Master Degree from Philosophy with the thesis The Problem of the Body in Theatre, Impossible Body. In the year 2002 she completed and defended her Ph. D. dissertation with the title Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Between Organic and Technological, Aesthetics of the Body and the Art of Postmodernism. She has the Ph. D. from philosophy – aesthetics.

Her primary research interests are the problem of the body in the contemporary performance, theatre and dance, gender studies, philosophy of the body, art and technology, art and science, theatre and dance studies, representation of contemporary identities.

Her essays have appeared in numerous journals and publications and she has thought and lectured extensively at the various universities in Europe. She published several publications, among them Impossible Body (Ljubljana 1999), Dangerous Connections: Body, Philosophy and Relation to the Artificial (Ljubljana 2004), Processes of Work and Collaboration in Contemporary Performance (Ed., Ljubljana 2006), Contemporary Performing Arts (Ljubljana 2006, ed. with Petra Pogorevc), Performance and Labour (Performance Research 2012, ed. with Gabriele Klein), Umetnik na delu (Maska 2012), and Artist At Work — Proximity of Art and Capitalism (Zone Books 2015).

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Academic Development

1994: Graduated from Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts.

1998: Completed Master Degree at the University of Ljubljana. The Problem of the Body in Theatre, Impossible Body, Promotor: Prof. Dr. Lev Kreft.

2002: Receives Ph.D. from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Humanities, Department for Philosophy. The title of the thesis: Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Between Organic and Technological, Aesthetics of the Body and the Art of Postmodernism. Promotor: Prof. Dr. Lev Kreft.

2002 to 2009: Researcher at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy – Aesthetics.
Post-doctoral researcher (2002) / Researcher (2004–2009).

2003 to present: Habilitation at the University of Primorska; Philosophy of Visual Culture (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor).

2003 to 2004: Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium / Prof. Dr. Luk van den Dries.

2009 to 2012: Visiting Professor / DAAD-Gastprof. at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

2012 to present: Full Professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies / ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft.

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Photo: Jutta Bücker, Hamburg

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