Dr. Alexandra Irimia

Associate Fellow


Since October 2022 KWI Essen, International Research Fellow

Since September 2017 Western University, London, ON, Canada
PhD student in Comparative Literature – supervisor: prof. Jonathan Boulter

03/2017 – 05/2017 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Graduate Research Fellow at FIGURA Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire

 02/2016 – 08/2017 Center for Excellence in Image Studies (CESI), University of Bucharest
Research Assistant – project Figura: body, art, space, language

10/2015 – 02/2016 Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest
Teaching Assistant

10/2014 – 10/2020 CESI, University of Bucharest
PhD in Philology – supervisor: prof. Sorin Alexandrescu
Dissertation: “‘An Outrage and a Phantasm’: Figures of Radical Absence in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts”

10/2012 – 06/2014 University of Bucharest
Winter 2013 Erasmus exchange at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague
MA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

10/2009 – 06/2012 University of Bucharest
BA in Comparative World Literature (major), French Language and Literature (minor)

10/2009 – 06/2012 University of Bucharest
BA in Political Science


  • comparative literature
  • theories and representations of bureaucracy
  • text-image relations, ekphrasis, iconology
  • literary translation
  • visual culture and image theory

PUBLICATIONS (selection)

  • “What Moves You?: Georges Didi-Huberman’s Arts of Passage and Pittsburgh Stories of Migration.” Contact Zones: Photography, Migration, and Cultural Encounters in the United States, eds. Justin Carville, Sigrid Lien (Leuven UP, 2021), pp. 205-228.
  • “Depicting Absence: Thematic and Stylistic Paradoxes of Representation in Visual and Literary Imagery.” ICLA proceedings Volume 4 – The Rhetoric of Topics and Forms, ed. Gianna Zocco (De Gruyter, 2021), 533-544.
  • “Museums of the Void: The Exhibition Space as Empty Signifier.”  Socializing Art Museums: Rethinking the PublicsExperience, eds. Alejandra Alonso Tak, Ángel Pazos-López (De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 303-316.
  •  “Figural Voids: Empty Signifiers and Other Figures of Absence.” Working Through the Figure: Theory, Practice, Method, eds. Laura Marin, Anca Diaconu. (Bucharest University Press, 2018), pp. 63-102.
  • “Matters of Time in László Krasznahorkai’s and Béla Tarr’s Satantango.Ekphrasis: Images, Cinema, Theory, Media, vol. 2/2018, pp. 213-225.

Extensive List of Publications

ORCiD profile