DDr. Rainer Winter is a Full Professor and chair of media and cultural the­ory and head of the Department of Media and Communications at the AAU. After a MSc in Psychology he received both his MA and PhD in Sociology from Trier University in 1994 and in 2000 his venia legendi in Sociology from RWTH Aachen University. Before joining Klagenfurt he was with RWTH Aachen University and University Trier (both Germany) and research professor at the University of lllinois, Urbana­ Champaign, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Wisconsin, Madison (all USA), Capital Normal University, Beijing and Shanghai International Studies University (both China) in 1997/98, 2006 and 2010. ln 2012 he became adjunct professor of Charles Sturt University Sydney. Further he is the chair of the section sociology of media and communications in the German Sociological Association. He published widely on cultural studies, film, television and digital culture and is publisher of a cultural studies book series with transcript publisher, Bielefeld, DE.