Gabriele Dürbeck has been Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Vechta since 2011. Her research interests include ecocriticism and environmental humanities, disaster literature, ethics and aesthetics in literary representations of ecological transformations, and the work of Elfriede Jelinek in the context of postdramatic theatre and literary anthropology. Professor Dürbeck is the project leader of “Narratives of the Anthropocene in Science and Literature. Structures, Themes, Poetics” (German Research Foundation DFG). She is the spokesperson for the Cultural Studies programme at the University of Vechta and a member of the VISTRA Institute (Vechta Institute of Sustainability Transformation in Rural Areas), which was founded in 2021.