DGF Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts”
Berlin University of the Arts
Telephone: +49 30-3185-2403
Juana Awad holds a degree in semiotics and theater studies from the University of Toronto in Canada, an MA in Cultures of the Curatorial from the Academy of Arts in Leipzig, Germany, and an MFA in media arts from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She moved to Berlin after receiving a DAAD research scholarship at the Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2002, she has worked as an artist and curator and has led festivals and cultural projects. She was co-director of the Karneval der Kulturen and production manager of the Afrikamera Film Festival in Berlin, director of the academic consortium SDFLIC at York University and Alucine Latin@ Film and Video Festival, and initiator of the first interdisciplinary S-3D conference in Canada. Juana Awad has curated and contributed to program design for a wide range of established institutions, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Canada and the Bogotá Museum of Art in Colombia. Her video art has been internationally exhibited and is distributed by VTAPE and GIV.
Dr. Christina Deloglu-Kahlert studied theater studies, philosophy and French literature at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Northwestern University in Chicago.
From 2000–2008, she worked as an assistant director and freelance director and, from 2007–2010, as part of the steering committee for the house of literature “Lettrétage” in Berlin. After working for two years as a research associate in the Collaborative Research Center 447 “Cultures of Performativity” (in the partial project “The Scene of the Virtuoso”), from 2010–2015 she was a fellow and associated member of the international Research Training Group “InterArt/Interart Studies” at the Freie Universität Berlin and recipient of a doctoral scholarship from the Catholic Episcopal Foundation Cusanuswerk. In 2016, she completed a PhD on the topic of Klein Technique™:Repattering and Self-Competence.On the Integration of Dance(Pedagogical) Education at the Institute for Theater Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.
In addition to her work as a research coordinator for the DFG Graduate Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts”, Dr. Christina Deloglu-Kahlert has also served as coordinator of the academic advisory board of the Berlin University of the Arts since July 2016, where her responsibilities include, among other things, developing support for young researchers at the UdK.
Sandra Soltau studied linguistics, economics, and cultural studies at the University of Passau and, after several years’ experience as a cultural manager, completed a PhD at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim with a thesis on models of financial support for the independent music scene in Germany. After completing her PhD, she worked for two and a half years as the managing director of the Haus am Waldsee—a venue for contemporary art, after which she came to the Berlin University of the Arts, where she worked from April 2012 to June 2016 as coordinator of the Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts.” In addition, she coordinated the Academic Advisory Board of the Berlin University of the Arts from 2013 to 2016.
Svenja Rokitta studied applied cultural studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, as well as history and culture of science and technology at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her main areas of interest were virtual aesthetics in music and sound and the possibilities of the provisional in culture and technology. Already in 2014, Svenja Rokitta began participating in the Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts” at the Berlin University of Arts as a research student, and from January to October 2015, she additionally worked with the group as a research associate and academic coordinator.