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Ramona Mosse

PCD Postdoctoral Fellow
19th and 20th century dramatic theory; tragedy and philosophy; theater in Cold War Culture

The Humanities Center
Gilman 213
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Fax: 410-516-7354


Ramona Mosse is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Free University Berlin. Her teaching focuses on 19th and 20th century dramatic theory, tragedy and philosophy, as well as theatre in Cold War Culture. Previously, she has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at the Free University Berlin. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Prior to that, she completed an MA in English Literature at Edinburgh University.

Her current book project Acts of Listening - Acts of Empathy investigates the role of aurality in contemporary theatre and performance practices and relates the current concept of theatrical immersion to the history of empathy in aesthetic practice. In her dissertation Tragedy & Utopia: Revolution and the Political Stage after 1945, Ramona examined how tragedy comes to be rewritten and performed on the Cold War stages. In this context, she traced the intimate relationship between tragic violence and theories of utopia in the aesthetic and political imagination of the period.

Together with Minou Arjomand, Ramona is the co-editor of Erika Fischer-Lichte’s Routledge Introduction to Theater and Performance Studies (Routledge 2014).
Ramona also is a co-convenor of the Performance Philosophy Network’s Working Group “Genres of Dramatic Thought,” which investigates how thinking and theatre intertwine. In her practical theatre work as a dramaturg and translator, Ramona has focused particularly on the staging and adaptation of tragedy.

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