Alexa Weik von Mossner
Alexa Weik von Mossner is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the department of English at The University of Klagenfurt, a federal Austrian research university. She is a writer and ecocritical cultural studies scholar who works on American literature, film, and digital media. Alexa’s scholarly research explores contemporary environmental culture from a cognitive perspective with a focus on affect and emotion. After working for several years in the German film and television industry, she earned her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. She established and curated the Green Visions Documentary Film Series at the RCC from 2011-2014, which screens environmental documentaries from across the world that focus on a theme for that academic semester, followed by discussions with directors, environmental experts, and film scholars.
Alexa is currently the principal investigator on the research project “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures” (2018-2021), which is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The central aim of the project is to develop a cognitive approach that helps us to investigate the role of empathy and emotion in the literary mediation of ethnic and cultural difference. In collaboration with other academic scholars, she is also developing a new interdisciplinary research field in the environmental humanities, Empirical Ecocriticism. She is a member of the Executive Board of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment (EASLCE) and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Media and Media+Environment. Her academic 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). Alexa is 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).