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Marion Romberg is editor for HABSBURG since January 2010. Currently she is working part time as an assistant for e-learning at the University of Vienna’s Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät. In March 2009 she started the PhD programme in History at the University of Vienna. Her doctoral thesis is titled „Distribution, iconography, and strategies of reception of Baroque allegories of the four continents in the Southern part of the Holy Roman Empire“. Since July 2008 she has been a board member and webmaster of the Österreichische Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts (ÖGE 18). From 2003 till 2008 she studied history and till 2009 the history of art at the University of Vienna and passed with distinction. Her masters thesis „Die Welt in Österreich – 57 Beispiele barocker Erdteil-Allegorien“ was awarded the Francis-Stephen Promotion Prize for excellent master thesis by the ÖGE 18 in November 2009. The thesis analyzed the allegorical depiction of the four continents within the heritable territory of the Habsburg. During the Baroque era this iconography belonged to one of the most preferred allegories in visual arts. The research on it was mostly done from an art historical perspective. In her studies of 57 Baroque examples, realized in the media of fresco and stucco, she used a cultural historical approach which led to a better understanding concerning distribution, patrons, usage, and reception. Her doctoral thesis will continue her research on this subject by expanding the geographical area of research and by documentating systematically the source corpus. Her aim is to scrutinize the iconography’s noticeability in the public sphere and its effect on individual’s perception of the world.
From 2007 till 2009 she was a project member of the Austrian FWF research project „The Tagzettel and diaries of Cardinal Ernst Adalbert of Harrach (1598-1667)“, headed by Prof. Thomas Winkelbauer from the Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Dr. Katrin Keller from the University of Vienna's Institut für Geschichte, and Prof. Alessandro Catalano from the University of Padua’s Dipartimento di lingue e letterature anglo-germaniche e slave, Sezione di slavistica. From February till September 2007 she was curatorial assistant to the curator for Italian Renaissance painting Dr. Sylvia Ferino-Pagden in the exhibitions „Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting“ (Vienna, KHM and Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia) and „Arcimboldo (1526-1593)“ (Paris, Musée du Luxembourg and Vienna, KHM) in the picture gallery of the Kunsthistorische Museum (KHM) in Vienna. In 2003 she graduated in economics from the European Business School in Germany, from the UNITEC in New Zealand, and from the University of Nottingham in Great Britian.