Johanna Schaffer researches, teaches, publishes, and translates in the areas of visual culture and material aesthetics with a queer-feminist, anti-racist focus. Since May 2012 she is professor for the theory and practice of visual communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. At the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna she was part of the team that developed the PhD in Practice program.
At the Academy she also headed, with Tom Holert, Troubling Research. Performing Knowledge in the Arts – a collaborative research project among 9 artists and theorists on the historical, ideological, and institutional conditions of artistic research as a concept, and as contemporary practice, with a special emphasis on the performance of research and the research dimensions of performance arts: www.troublingresearch.net
For recent publications, see her booklet Interviews. What is it that makes research in the arts so different, so appealing? with Johannes Porsch, Axel Stockburger, Tom Holert, Diedrich Diederichsen, Stefanie Seibold, Heinrich Pichler, Carola Dertnig, Simonetta Ferfoglia. Vienna: Akademie der Bildenden Künste, 2011; her text Artistic Re-Re-Research, in: Valerie Deifel, Bernd Kraeftner, Virgil Widrich (Eds.), An envelope for arts, sciences, politics and us. Micing realities and mediating myths & methods. Wien, New York: Springer 2012, S. 156-166. Recent books have been: Barbara Paul, Johanna Schaffer (eds.), Mehr(wert) queer – Queer Added (Value). Visuelle Kultur, Kunst und Gender-Politiken – Visual Culture, Art, and Gender Politics. Bielefeld: transcript 2009; and Johanna Schaffer, Ambivalenzen der Sichtbarkeit. Arbeit an den Strukturen der Anerkennung. Bielefeld: transcript 2008.