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M.A. Sophie Nikoleit

Freie Universität Berlin

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

Former Doctoral Researcher

Project B03

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 33/215
14195 Berlin

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since August 2015

doctoral researcher, PhD project „Affected acts, enacted emotions – immersive strategies of contemporary forms of theater“ (working title)

October 2012 to May 2015

student of theater studies at FU Berlin (MA)

2013 to 2015

student assistant to Jun.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Foellmer 

2009 to 2012

student of theater studies at Leipzig University (BA)

2008 to 2012

various organisational and curatorial work in the arts sector (e.g. Kunstverein Leipzig, Art Center Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof and Neue Nationalgalerie)

2008 to 2010

work with own theater group as well as experiences in costume and stage design, work as assistant director and assistant dramaturg

Winter Semester 2016/17

FU Berlin, Institute for theater studies, BA advanced module: „Anything goes – queer theory, art & performance“ (Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00, SRIII)

Research interests and key areas
  • affect studies
  • queer studies
  • immersive forms of theater and performance / participative cultures
  • new materialism
  • practices and theories of aesthetics and politics of the present
  • relation between theater and society, e.g. processes of theatricalisation and aestheticization
  • relation between queer and capitalism / neoliberalism
  • practices of archiving as well as cultures of memory and remembrance, e.g. processes of self-recording, relations between art and museum, forms of body memory
  • (feminist and queer) performance art
  • gender performances
  • (post-)structuralist and (de-)constructivist theories
  • contemporary and post-dramatic theater
  • 20th century theater history 
Current research project:

The PhD project „Affected acts, enacted emotions – immersive strategies of contemporary forms of theater“, which is part of the subproject „Reenacting Emotions. Strategies and Politics of Immersive Theater“ of CRC 1171 „Affective Societies“, will be looking at the mechanisms and effects of affective processes in immersive and participative forms of art, as well as the techniques through which intensive emotional involvement come into being. Its focus will be on how in forms of art and theater, the circulation of emotion repertoires is a prerequisite, but is also constantly repeated. The project will also examine how aesthetic formats can lead to the constitution of alternative, updated forms of affective and emotional experience.


GTW – Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft (Society for Theater Studies), collaboration in the working-group Gender

Others: Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (Society for Dance Research); Performance Studies international; International Federation for Theatre Research


„Gender als kritische Kategorie“ (Gender as critical category) (in collaboration with the working-group Gender) at the 13th congress of the GTW, 03.-06.11.2016, Frankfurt a.M./Gießen.