Janna R. Wieland

Member of the network of research training group

Processes of Representation: Sensory Ethnography on Three Theater Productions

In her doctoral project, Janna R. Wieland deals with postdramatic theater productions and focuses on empirical and methodological questions of feminist science studies. Using empirical material from theater rehearsals, she discusses (im)possibilities of ways of writing, performing, and thinking beyond representational knowledge production. The aim is, on the one hand, to question the established canon of methods, analysis and representation of ethnographic research of knowledge and cognition production and, on the other hand, to reveal your aesthetic-analytical work on empirical material. The work focuses on empirical and methodological issues negotiated through queer-feminist and theoretical-methodological approaches to neo-materialism. Current work focuses on research on aesthetic practice in theater rehearsal processes, cultural studies and feminist science research and methods, queer feminist writing and representation, New Feminist Materialism, Sensory Ethnography, among others.


Janna R. Wieland is a cultural anthropologist and empirical cultural studies scholar. She studied Culture of the Metropolis (B.A.) and Urban Design (M.Sc.) at the Hafencity University Hamburg. As a research assistant she worked at Leuphana University Lüneburg (2016 to 2018) and at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (since 2018) in the BMBF research project "Transcultural Practices in Postmigrant Theater and School - Method Mixing as Transmission". Since 2020, she has been researching in the BMBF follow-up project "Wasteland? Rural Space as Affective Space and Cultural Education as Pedagogy of Location" at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and since 2022 she is associated/member of the network at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Aesthetic Practice" at the University of Hildesheim.

Website Academy of Arts Düsseldorf

Website BMBF Research Project

Publications (selection)

2023: Co. with Sejal Mielke: "Aesthetic Practice as Intervention: with Spivak to the Ensemble Hajusom," in Kondratjuk, M.; Epp, A.; Gabriel, S.; Gasterstädt, J.; Hinrichsen, M.; Koevel, A.; Rüger, S; Terstegen, S.; Wanka, A.; Zschach, M. (eds.) (2023): Transdisciplinarity in educational research. Perspectives and challenges of theoretical, method(olog)ic and empirical frontiers. Springer VS: Wiesbaden. (forthcoming)

2023: Together with Althans, B., Lewandowsky, M., Schrading F.: "Affective Landscapes? On the relationship between affect, landscape and ethnographic research", in Kolleck, N.; Fischer, L. (eds.) (2023): Cultural education in rural areas: transfer, co-construction and interaction between science and practice. Verlag Barbara Budrich: Leverkusen-Opladen. (forthcoming)

2020: Together with Althans B., v. Bernstorff E., Korte J.,: "Diffraction as method and (trans-)cultural education - Transdisciplinary perspectives in school and theater", in: Pürgstaller E., Konietzko S., Neuber N. (Eds.) (2020): Cultural education research. Education and Sport. Vol. 24. Springer VS: Wiesbaden, pp. 91-105.

2019: Together with Althans, B.; V. Bernstorff, E.; Wieland, J. R.: Tensions: "Choreographic reflections on bodies, sounds and things between rehearsal stage and classroom", in Lohfeld, W. (ed.) (2019): Tension Space Education. Reflections in anthropological and phenomenological perspective. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa, pp. 186-209.

2019: "Working 'with' images. As a cultural anthropological and spatial theoretical way of thinking", in Althans, B.; Maier, C. J. (Eds.) (2019): Arenas of transcultural education: resonances / interferences; Special Issue of Paragrana, International Journal of Historical Anthropology. De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 34-48.

2018: 'Responsive Research: Sensory, Medial and Spatial Modes of Thinking as an Analytical Tool in Fieldwork', in Jeffrey, B.; Russel, L. (eds.) (2018): Ethnographic Writing. New Cottage, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire: E&E Publishing, pp. 77-98.