Sophie Schweiger

Research Areas

Drama & Drama Theory
(German) Historical & Political Thought
Media Theory & New Materialism
Philosophies of Language


Sophie Johanna Schweiger joined Yale’s Department as Assistant Professor in July 2022. She finished her Ph.D. at Columbia University with a dissertation on the role of gestures in literature, film, and performance (2021). She worked one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colgate University (2021-2022). Before that, she studied at the Universities of Vienna and Lisbon, and spent one year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University.

Highlighted Research Activity

Untitled book using gestures to study trans-mediality and media difference (forthcoming)

 “Intertextual Identittis. Sanyal’s Ambiguous Acts of Appropriation.” Genealogy+Critique, edited by Simon Ganahl et. al. (forthcoming 2023) Link

 ”Texting Scenes: Digital Schreibzeug and Emoji Activism.” Germanic Review, edited by Oliver Simons. (2023) Link

 “Corseted Choristry. Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen as Chor(e)orgaphy.” German Quarterly, edited by Carl Niekerk. (2021) Link

Contributed to the Lexicon of Global Melodrama (ed. by Heike Paul, et. al.) with an entry on G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (2022) Link

Conference, Yale University: 7/8 Dec. 2023 Hofmannsthal’s Networks - Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations. (organized with Alwin Franke, Stetson)

Mahindra Humanities Lecture, Harvard University: 1 Feb. 2024 “Conserving Conversation: Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Indiscrete Machine.”  Link

Conference and Workshop, KWI Essen: 7/8 March 2024 (Fehlendes) Fingerspitzengefühl. Soziologie und Poetologie von Takt und Taktlosigkeit. (organized with Regina Karl, Rutgers, and Niklas Barth, KWI Essen) Link