Prof. Dr. Caroline Lillian Schopp


Caroline Lillian Schopp earned her PhD in Art History from University of Chicago (2017), MA in Kulturwissenschaft from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2010), and joint-BA in the History of Art & Architecture and Germanic Languages & Literatures from Harvard University (2008). Before joining the faculty of the UdK, she was Universitätsassistentin at the Department of Art History, University of Vienna.

Her research and teaching focus on performance and body art, textile arts, memory culture, and feminist historiography. Recent publications include: “Concrete Violence,” on Wolf Vostell’s use of the material concrete to emphasize structural and slow violence (Oxford Art Journal, 2021) and “Feminist In-Action,” which presents Ingrid Wiener’s tapestry collaborations with VALIE EXPORT and Dieter Roth as performing a feminist ethics of care (FKW, 2020). Her research has been supported by the Getty Research Center, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies (FU Berlin), Fulbright Austria and the Internationale Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften Vienna (IFK), and the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD).

Her first book, In-Action: Viennese Actionism and the Passivities of Performance Art, is under contract with University of Chicago Press. Her current book project, invoking Hannah Wilke’s ambivalent performance statement, is titled: ‘I Object’ – Duchamp’s Painting, Picasso’s Body Art. Alongside her scholarly work, Caroline also writes art criticism and curates contemporary art.