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Alexa Weik von Mossner

Prof. Dr. Alexa Weik von Mossner

Carson Fellow Alumni

Alexa Weik von Mossner was a Carson Fellow from June 2010 to June 2011. The following two years she was affiliated with the RCC and returned in 2013 for one year as an International Curatorial Fellow.

Alexa Weik von Mossner is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She worked for several years in the German film and television industry as a production manager and later as a scriptwriter before earning her PhD in literature at the University of California, San Diego, in 2008. Her research explores the affective dimensions of contemporary environmental culture from a cognitive ecocritical perspective, including empirical studies.

Her research project while a fellow at the RCC was entitled “Imagining Ecological Futures: Science, Risk and Citizenship in Narratives of Global Environmental Change.” From 2011 to 2014 she curated the film series “Green Visions,” a cooperative project between the RCC, the Deutsches Museum, and the Münchner Volkshochschule.


Selected Publications:

  • From Nostalgic Longing to Solastalgic Distress: A Cognitive Approach to Love in the Anthropocene.” In Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment, edited by Jennifer Ladino and Kyle Bladow. Omaha: University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
  • Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2017.
  • “Touching the Senses: Environments and Technologies at the Movies.” In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, edited by Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann. New York and London: Routledge, 2017.
  • “Love in the Times of Ecocide: Eco-Trauma and Comic Relief in Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E.” In Eco-Trauma Cinema, edited by Anil Narine, 164–78. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 
  • “Encountering the Sahara: Embodiment, Emotion, and Material Agency in Paul Bowles’s The Sheltering Sky.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20, no. 2 (2013): 219–38.
  • “Reframing Katrina: The Color of Disaster in Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke.” In “Coloring the Environmental Lens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema, New Media, and Just Sustainability,” edited by Salma Monani, Belinda Chiu, and Carlo Arreglo. Special issue, Environmental Communication 2, no. 5 (2011): 146–65.