In recent years, Prof. Tischleder's research has focused on the questions of materiality, obsolescence, and the agency of the nonhuman—from cherished objects and animated robots to the life of garbage and the truculence of rivers. Addressing different aesthetic and narrative modes, she has studied literature, screen media, and digital animation in their respective material, geological, and historical contexts. She asks how these creative practices contribute to building the worlds we inhabit and how they reflect the current ecological trouble—the precarity of humans and other species, our bodies, habitats, and endangered futures.
Her current book project "Chronotopes of the Nonhuman" brings into focus contemporary art, literature, and critical thinking that imagine "our" world as closely imbricated with other living creatures and vital matters (whether pigs, bees, oaks, crows, corals, carbon, caffeine, microbes, or viruses). Engaging creative practices that probe non-anthropocentric ways of seeing, sensing, and navigating the world, the project explores how survival and extinction, flourishing and suffering of earthbound beings are part of a complex multispecies coexistence. In times of climate crisis, pandemics, and the continued encroachment on habitats, it is more urgent than ever to bring nonhuman forms of agency and creativity into view, challenge human exceptionalism and recast questions of culture, kinship, embodiment, and planetary cohabitation in a larger-than-human frame.