Nikola Gisela Wiegeler, * 1983, studied Rhetoric, Contemporary German Literature and German Linguistics at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen, Germany, and at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. During her studies, she was supported by a scholarship of the Cusanuswerk. Since 2004, she has been working as research assistant at the Department of Rhetoric at the EKU of Tübingen.
In 2008, she graduated from university with distinction. The topic of her master thesis was "Rhetoric and Sign Language". Since April 2008, in accordance to her major research interests, she is writing her PhD-thesis about "Silent codes. Kinesic signs as rhetorical elements in communicative interaction. Pantomime, commedia dell'arte, ballet, theatre and silent film".
The (current) abstract of her PhD project "Silent codes. Kinesic Signs as Rhetorical Elements in Communicative Interaction. Pantomime, Commedia dell'Arte, Ballet, Theatre and Silent Film" can be found here (only available in German)