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Prof. Kathrin Röggla

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Professor for literary writing
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Kathrin Röggla (*1971) is a writer and works as a prose and theater author; she also develops radio plays. 

She has published numerous prose volumes, including "Irres Wetter" (2000), "really ground zero" (2001), "wir schlafen nicht" (2004), "die alarmbereiten" (2010), "Nachtsendung. Unheimliche Geschichten" (2016) and "Bauernkriegspanorama" (2020), but also essay volumes such as "Besser wäre: keine" (2013) or "Die falsche Frage. On Theater, Politics, and the Art of Not Unlearning Fear" (2015).

Her theater texts (including "worst case," "Die Beteiligten," "draußen tobt die dunkelziffer") have been staged many times and internationally and have been seen at the Berlin Theatertreffen or the Mülheim Theatertage.

Her radio plays, most recently "Verfahren" (2020), have won several awards, and many can be heard in the BR radio play pool, such as "Normalverdiener" (2016), "Lärmkrieg" (2014) "die unvermeidlichen" (2012) or "der tsunami-empfänger"(2011).

As an artist she likes to move between media, so she wrote together with the draftsman Oliver Grajewskis the art book "tokio, rückwärtstagebuch", also she is responsible for the documentary film "Die bewegliche Zukunft" (ZDF 2012) or worked installatively and designed an exhibition titled "Der Elefant im Raum" at the Akademie der Künste (2019) as part of the focus "wo kommen wir hin", which she co-curated.

She has been awarded numerous literary prizes for her literary works, including the Arthur Schnitzler Prize (2012), the Italo Svevo Prize (2004), the Bruno Kreisky Prize for the Political Book (2005), the Nestroy Theater Prize (2011) the Austrian Art Prize for Literature (2020) or the Word Messages Prize (2020).

She has held numerous poetry lectureships in prose and drama, including in Zurich, Bamberg, Saarbrücken, and Essen, as well as international residencies such as at Cornell University, in L.A., New York, and Toulouse.

She is a member of the Academy of Arts, of which she has been vice president since 2015, the Darmstadt Academy for Language and Poetry, and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.

She has been Professor of Literary Writing at the KHM since August 2020.

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