Bojana Kunst


Bojana is currently a  professor  and director of the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies / ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, where she leads the International MA in Choreography and Performance.  She graduated in 1994 from Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts and finished her  doctoral thesis in Philosophy at the University in Ljubljana in the year 2002.

Bojana worked as a researcher at the University of Ljubljana and University of Antwerp (till 2009), and later as a guest professor at the University of Hamburg (2009 – 2012). She lectured and organised seminars, workshops and laboratories in different academic institutions, theaters, artistic organisations across Europe, and working continously with the independent artistic initiatives, artists, groups and activists. She is a member of the editorial board of Maska Magazine, Amfiteater and Performance Research.

Her research interests are contemporary performance and dance, arts theory and philosophy of contemporary art. She studies performance in the relation to politics and economy, through the lens of feminist and postcolonial studies. Her interest lies in the political aspects of contemporary art, especially in the examination value, privilege and labour and institutional dimension of art. She is always approaching performance, dance and art through the study of political and economical dimensions, very much influenced with the feminist Marxist analysis and radical speculative and political approaches to the production of art.


On Labour and Performance, Performance Research, 16.1., 2013, ed. Bojana Kunst and Gabriele Klein.

Artist at Work, Proximity of Art and Capitalism, Zero Books, 2015.

„The trubles with Contemporaneity. Micropolitics of Performance“, in: Points of Convergence, Alternative Views on Performance, edited by Marta Dziewanska and Andre Lepecki, Books No. 12, Museum for Modern Art, Warshaw, 2017, pp. 85 – 100.

„Dance and Eastern Europe. Contemporary Dance in the Time of Transition“, in: The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics, ed. Gerald Siegmund, Rebekah J. Kowal, Randy Martin, Oxford University Press, 2017.

„A economia a proximidade. “Economy of Proximity, Dramaturgy in Dance“, in: Danca et Dramaturgia, ed. Ernesto Gadelha and Paulo Caldas, Villa des Artes, Sao Paulo, 2017.