Ingeborg Reichle is the Founding Chair of the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Strategies and full professor of Media Theory at the Department of Media Theory, University of Applied Arts in Vienna. With her First Semester course The World in Change: Introduction to Societal Transformation Processes and the Second Semester course Critical Reflection on Relevant Global Challenges she introduces CDS students to a comprehensive and wide-ranging perspective on global challenges our societies are facing today. She was a member of the working group, which developed Cross-Disciplinary Strategies in 2016, and is currently a member of the CDS study programme’s advisory board.
Ingeborg Reichle studied art history, sociology, and archaeology at the University of Hamburg, and completed an MA (1998) and PhD (2004) in art history at Hamburg University and Humboldt University Berlin, where she also completed her habilitation in 2013. Before joining the faculty of the University of Applied Arts in 2016, she was FONTE professor at the Department of Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt University Berlin. In 2014 she was Visiting Research Fellow for two terms at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad National Autonoma Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. From 2005 to 2011 she was active as a researcher and group leader at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on visual culture in the cross-disciplinary working groups “The World as Image” (Die Welt als Bild) and “Image Cultures” (Bildkulturen). In 2005 she founded the Young Forum for Image Science (Junges Forum für Bildwissenschaft) and in 2010 co-founded the German Association for Interdisciplinary Image Science (Deutsche Gesellschaft für interdisziplinäre Bildwissenschaft). From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the steering committee for the annual theme of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities “ArteFacts: Art Is Knowledge, Knowledge Is Art” (ArteFakte – Kunst ist Wissen – Wissen ist Kunst). From 1998 to 2005 she held a research and teaching position at the Art History Department of the Humboldt University Berlin (chair Prof. Horst Bredekamp) and at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Technologies at Humboldt University. In 2004 she gained her PhD there with a thesis on “Kunst aus dem Labor. Zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Wissenschaft im Zeitalter der Technoscience”. In 2001 she was a co-founder and Berlin director of PROMETHEUS, a programme funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 4 million Deutschmarks to set up an expert network to develop concepts for teaching and learning via the Internet.
She has been a guest lecturer at a number of research institutions in Germany and abroad, most recently including the School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York, the Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, the Life Sciences Lab of the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Timbusu College, National University of Singapore, SymbioticA at the School of Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Biology, University of Western Australia, Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. Ingeborg Reichle is a member of the College Art Association (CAA), the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA), and the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).