Dr. Michael Zinganel
Adjunct Faculty in Contemporary History
Courses Taught at WVPU
Topics in Culture(s): Vienna: Reading Urban Transformation
Background and Facts
After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at Graz University of Technology, Michael Zinganel completed a two-year postgraduate program in fine arts at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht before obtaining a PhD in contemporary history at the University of Vienna. In 2003, he was a research fellow at the IFK (International Centre for Cultural Studies) in Vienna, and published Real Crime. Stadt und Verbrechen (Vienna: selene 2003). In addition to his continuing scholarship on urban issues, e.g. the Social Housing Program of the Red Vienna (1919-34) and Karl Marx’ notion of the productivity of crime on cultural industries, architecture and urban developments, Dr. Zinganel's research also takes the form of exhibitions, theatre performances and guided tours.
From 2001 to 2010, he was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Building Typology at the Graz University of Technology. From 2011-15, he was research adviser at the postgraduate academy of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. He currently teaches at TU Vienna.
Since 2005 he has worked as a cultural historian, writer, curator and artist on projects about urban und transnational mobility and migration in collaboration with Michael Hieslmair. In 2012, he co-founded the research platform Tracing Spaces. He produced and co-edited Holiday after the Fall – Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia (with Elke Beyer and AnkeHagemann) (Berlin: jovis 2013). From 2014-16 he had been research associate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and head of research of the project Stop & Go: Nodes of Transformation and Transition. In 2016 he co-edited a special issue of the magazine dérive – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, No.63/ 2016. Their exhibition ROAD*REGISTERS has been recently on view at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Currently he is working about the history and transformation of a logistic terminal close to the centre of Vienna.
For the most current information on Dr. Zinganel's research activities, please see his personal website.