Dr. Alexandra Irimia
Alexandra Irimia holds a PhD in Philology from the University of Bucharest, where she had previously studied Comparative Literature, French, and Political Science. In 2020, she defended her doctoral thesis on figural voids and empty signifiers in literature, cinema, and contemporary arts, at the Centre of Excellence in Image Studies, with support from the FIGURA-UQAM research center in Montreal. In 2017, she enrolled in a second doctoral program in Comparative Literature at Western University, in Canada, where she designed and taught a Law and Literature course, worked as a teaching assistant, and began research on bureaucratic fiction. Her project investigates representations of officialdom and the portrayal of clerks in literary and cinematic narratives on bureaucratic themes (1950-2000).
During her time in Essen, she co-edited a special issue of the journal Administory (vol. 8) entitled Bureaucratic Cultures and their Aesthetics, while also working on the publication of her second PhD thesis. The provisional title for her book project is Red Tape: (De)Ontologies of Writing and the Writing Subject in Late Twentieth-Century Bureaucratic Fiction.
Alexandra has published in journals including Ekphrasis, Discourse, The Comparatist, MuseMedusa, Euresis, and Studia Politica, and contributed to edited volumes such as Contact Zones (Leuven UP, 2021), The Rhetoric of Topics and Forms(De Gruyter, 2021), Socializing Art Museums (De Gruyter, 2020), Working through the Figure (University of Bucharest Press, 2019), Usages de la figure, régimes de figuration (University of Bucharest Press, 2017). More generally, her work revolves around formal paradoxes of representation, seeking to explore text-image relations with an emphasis on the topics of the figure, figurability, and their negative ontological regimes. Occasionally, she ventures into the troubled waters of translation.