Visiting Scholars

Bettina Egger

Dr. Bettina Egger - Austrian Visiting Professor (2021-2023)

Bettina Egger is a comics writer, illustrator and a researcher. She has studied Fine Arts, Russian and French literature in France and Austria. In 2006 she obtained her master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Université Rennes II (France) with her diploma work on Cartography and Russian Fairy Tales (Cartographier les contes merveilleux russes: narration et carte fictive). In 2018 she obtained her doctoral degree at the Interuniversitarian Research Instititute for Science & Art of University of Salzburg & Mozarteum Salzburg, with a practice-based thesis on Memory in Emmanuel Guibert’s Bande dessinée (Comics und Erinnerung. Oral History im Werk von Emmanuel Guibert). Bettina Egger has lived and worked in France for many years. Up to now, she has published nine comics in French. She has a special interest in non-fiction and documentary forms. Amongst other works, she has published a travelogue on the Transsiberian Railway (Un voyage en Transsibérien, 2015) and an interview with Emmanuel Guibert (Entretien avec Emmanuel Guibert, 2018). Currently, she works as a scholar in the field of Comics Studies and continues to publish comics and children’s books.

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Florian Mundhenke

Dr. Florian Mundhenke - DAAD Visiting Associate Professor (2020-2022)

Florian Mundhenke, M.A., Dr. phil. habil., is Temporary professor (W3) for Media Studies and Media Culture at University of Leipzig in Germany. Before he was Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Media and Communication (IMK) at University of Hamburg, Associate Professor for Media Hybridity (Juniorprofessor für Mediale Hybride) at the University of Leipzig, and Research Assistant at Philipps-University of Marburg as a responsible editor for the journal Media Studies/Reviews.

Florian was founder and speaker of the DFG-research network “Cinema as an experience space”: He got his PhD from Philipps-University in 2008 with a dissertation about chance in film (published by Schueren). His Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) was granted by University of Leipzig in 2016. The results were made available in a study dealing with hybrid forms between documentary and fictional film (published by Springer Science in 2017).

Other book publications include volumes on cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe (with Adachi-Rabe, Becker: Japan – Europa. Wechselwirkungen zwischen den Kulturen im Film und den darstellenden Künsten, Buechner 2010), and on the phenomenon of media mashups (with Wilke, Ramos Arenas: Mashups – Theorien, Praktiken, Methoden, Ästhetiken, Springer Science 2014).

Currently Florian Mundhenke researches the evolution and diversification of documentary media in the digital age (VR, AR, interactive documentary). He recently edited an international volume on interactive documentaries: Towards an Art of Participation – Aesthetics, Arts and Ethics of Interactive Documentaries (New Cinemas – Journal of Contemporary Film 1/2020, Bristol: Intellect 2020).

He is member of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) and the Network for European Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). Florian has been visiting scholar at Université de Montréal (Canada) and at University of Bristol (England).

Fields of research: cultural and social questions of media, hybrid media between fiction and non-fiction, the cinematic apparatus and its challenges in the digital era, (new) media art/experimental film/passages between film and art, narration and storytelling across diverse media, interactive/web documentaries, audience studies, theories of media realism.

Maxime Bock
Photo by Annie Lafleur

Dr. Maxime Bock - Postdoctoral Fellow (2021- 2022)

Maxime Raymond Bock completed his PhD in December 2020 at the Université de Montréal, Québec. His thesis in Research and Creation consisted of a novel titled Morel about the transformations of Montréal over the course of the twentieth century, and an essay on the post-Quiet Revolution modernity of Montréal writer Gilbert La Rocque (1943-1984). As an academic, Bock has participated in conferences in Canada (Canadian Writers’ Summit, Toronto, 2018) and in the United States (Biennial Conference, American Council for Québec Studies, Portland, Maine, 2016), and published in various journals such as Canadian Literature, Liberté, Spirale, and Voix et images.

As a fiction writer, Bock has published four books, of which two, Atavismes (Atavisms, Dalkey Archive, 2015), and Des lames de pierre (Baloney, Coach House, 2016), were translated into English. His latest collection of short fiction, Les noyades secondaires, published in 2017, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. A story from this collection, Under the Ruins, is featured in English translation in the latest Best Canadian Stories (Biblioasis, 2020). He was invited twice by the Toronto International Festival of Authors for tours abroad (China, 2017; Greece, 2018), and has published stories in such literary journals as The Review of Contemporary Fiction and Literatura na swiecie. Bock’s novel Morel will be published in the fall of 2021 with Éditions du Cheval d’août.

Maxime Raymond Bock is a SHRC postdoctoral fellow at the MLCS (2021-2022) under the supervision of Professor Daniel Laforest, with a project revolving around the problematic and unethical relationship of historical figures Dr. William Beaumont and Alexis Saint-Martin, the coureur des bois guinea pig who helped Beaumont ascertain the chemical process of digestion in the 1820s and 1830s. Bock’s research, in the field of medical humanities and ethics, will analyze the representations of Saint-Martin in fiction, in biographies about Dr. Beaumont, and in medical scientific literature. A biographical novel about Alexis Saint-Martin will follow as the creative writing portion of this fellowship.

Former Visiting Scholars


Dr. Maria Mayerchyk - Huculak Research Felow (2019- 2020)
Dr. Iryna Skubii - Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship (2019-2020)
Dr. Wolfgang Stadler - University of Innsbruck (Austria) - September 2019
Dr. Yanyu Zeng - Hunan Normal University, China - November 2019
Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez - Visiting Professor (October 2019 - March 2020)


Dr. Tatiana Saburova - Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship (2018-2019)
Anna Seidel - DAAD German Academic Exchange Service research; Graduate Academy of TU Dresden
Marianna Novosolova - DAAD German Academic Exchange Service/ research
Dr. Paulo Andrade - Brazilian Visiting Scholar