ABOUT Alexa Weik von Mossner Alexa Weik von Mossner is a writer and a literary and film scholar at the University of Klagenfurt.

Alexa Weik von Mossner

I am a writer and an ecocritical literary and media scholar. My interdisciplinary research explores contemporary environmental culture from a cognitive  perspective with a particular focus on affect and emotion. I have a special interest in climate change (non)fiction, environmental documentaries, and food narratives. I recently completed a short book, Growing Hope: Narratives of Food Justice, for Cambridge University Press and am at work on a new monograph on climate change narratives across media.

After working for several years in the German film and television industry as production manager and later scriptwriter, I earned my PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Four years as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland prepared me for my move to Austria, where I am appointed as Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Klagenfurt. Currently, I am also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Freiburg.

Currently, I am a Principal Investigator on the transdisciplinary research project “Visions of Sustainability: Documentary Films as Impulses for Societal Transformation” (2024-2026) funded by the Sustainability Innovation Campus (Innovationscampus Nachhaltigkeit) at the University of Freiburg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

I am also a team member on the research project “How can an interactive documentary promote proenvironmental outcomes? A transdisciplinary approach,” directed by Karin Fikkers at Utrecht University (2024-25), and an international partner for the research project “Literature and Reading in the Age of Environmental Crisis” (2021-2024), directed by Toni Lahtinen at the University of Helsinki. Moreover, I am a national collaborator on the FWF-funded project “Delocating Mountains: Cinematic Landscapes and the Alpine Model” (2020-2024), directed by Christian Quendler at the University of Innsbruck.

I have been a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014-2015 with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the University of Munich from 2010-2011. I established and curated the Green Visions Documentary Film Series at the RCC from 2011-2014.

From 2018 to 2022, I was PI on the research project “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures” (funded by the FWF). I was a researcher on the project “Cinema and Environment: Affective Ecologies in the Anthropocene” (2020-2023), directed by Katarzyna Paszkiewicz at the University of the Balearic Islands.

I’m a member of the editorial or advisory boards of Media+Environment, Journal of Environmental Media, Migrating Minds: Journal of Cultural Cosmopolitanism, the Nature, Culture and Literature: Readings in Environmental Humanities at Brill, and the De Gruyter book series Ecocriticism Unbound.

My academic book publications include Cosmopolitan Minds: Literature, Emotion, and the Transnational Imagination (University of Texas Press, 2014) and Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion and Environmental Narrative (Ohio State University Press, 2017). I am the editor of Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014) and the co-editor (with Sylvia Mayer) of The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture (Winter, 2014). With Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and W.P. Malecki, I edited a special cluster of articles on Empirical Ecocriticism in Interdisciplinary Studies in Litrature and Environment (2020). A co-edited book related to my FWF project, Ethnic American Literatures and Critical Race Narratology, was published by Routledge in 2022, and, with Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, W.P. Malecki, and Frank Hakemulder, I edited a volume, Empirical Ecocriticism: Environmental Narratives for Social Change, which is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. My articles have been published in forums including Poetics Today, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Communication, Green Letters, African American Review, MELUS, Textual Practice, English Studies, and the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. More information on my academic publications is available here.

After a twenty-year hiatus from creative writing, I have recently returned to it with a couple of short stories and a novel, Fragile (Elzwhere Press, 2023), which tells a story of love, loss, and resilience in a near-future New York divided by climate change.

The majority of the photographs on this website are the work of Boris Bugla, a filmmaker and photographer based in Stuttgart, Germany. If you are interested in his work you can contact him here. The above portrait was taken by Katharina Tischler-Banfield.

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