Bernadette Wegenstein is an Austrian-born linguist and documentary filmmaker. She received her PhD in Romance Languages and Linguistics from Vienna University, following her studies in Linguistics at the same University, Semiotics with Umberto Eco at the Università deglli Studi di Bologna, Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and then completed a post-doc in Comparative Literature and Film at Stanford University.
Since 2015 she has been held the position of full professor of media studies, where she is also the founding director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies. Together with her Center she has programmed an annual feminist artist-in-residency program with the Baltimore Museum of Art, which has featured artist residencies with Sharon Hayes, Mary Reid Kelley, and Tamar Guimarães among others. The Center also gives out an annual fellowship for two PhD students in the Humanities whose dissertation incorporates a focus in media studies.
Bernadette is also a programmer for the first Austrian Human Rights Film Festival thishumanworld, an Executive Board Member for the Austrian WWTF Vienna Science and Technology Funding Programme, a project reviewer for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the European Research Council, an Executive Board Member of International Comparative Literature Association, and a peer reviewer for Theory, Culture and Society. She will be the Vice-President of NeMLA (North Eastern Modern Language Association) as of 2019.