Short CV/Education and training

  • 1961
    Born in Cologne, Germany

  • 1980 – 1983
    Training in air traffic management in Cologne and Frankfurt, Germany, and London, UK

  • 1983 – 1988
    Studied art history, history and archaeology at Goethe University Frankfurt and at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1991
    Doctorate from the University of Göttingen (post-graduate fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Deutsches Studienzentrum (German Study Centre) in Venice, Italy)

  • 1991 – 2001
    Academic fellow at the Max Planck Institute of History in Göttingen

  • 1992 – 1993
    and 1994 – 1995, Teaching assignments in aesthetics at the University of Kassel, Germany

  • 2000
    Teaching assignment at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany

  • 1996 – 1999
    Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn, Germany

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at Humboldt University in Berlin

  • Since 2001
    Professor of art history at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2002 – 2006
    Member of the Research Training Group "Images of the Past in Europe"

  • 2003 – 2005
    Speaker for the interdisciplinary mediaeval and Renaissance research institute (FIMUR) at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf

  • Since 2012
    Speaker for the DFG Research Training Group "Materiality and Production (GRK 1678)"

  • 2012
    Speaker for the internal post-graduate programme "Age(ing) as cultural concept and practice", deputy speaker starting in 10/2012

  • Since 2013
    Vice dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Selected projects

Scholarly conception and implementation of exhibitions:

  • "Portraits of Yiddish authors from the collection of Yiddish books held by the University and State Library Düsseldorf" (ULB Düsseldorf, Germany, 9-31 October 2006, together with Marion Aptroot)

  • "To die for! Danse macabre and the art of dying from 1500 to today" with varying focuses:

  • "To die for! Danse macabre and the art of dying from 1500 to today", Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, Germany (6 September – 26 November 2006, together with Hiltrud Westermann-Angerhausen)

  • "To die for! Death in literature, the fine arts and music", Goethe Museum Düsseldorf, Germany (3 December 2006 – 21 January 2007, together with Volkmar Hansen)

  • "To die for? Death in 20th century art", Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany (11 February – 15 April 2007, together with Hans-Jürgen Schwalm)

  • "Eastern European Jewish illustrators in Berlin and Paris at the beginning of the 20th century" (ULB Düsseldorf, opening on the 22nd September 2008, together with Marion Aptroot)

  • "Der Sturm" (The Storm) – The centre of the avant garde, from 13 March to 10 June 2012 at the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, Germany

International conferences:

  • The representation of groups. Texts-Images-Objects. Colloquium at the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen, Germany, on the 28th and 29th September 1995 (together with Otto Gerhard Oexle)

  • Atelier franco-allemand: Production et matérialité (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, July 2006)

  • Cultures of old age and potentials of age(ing) (Goethe Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany, 7-9 November 2006)

  • German-French conference on the topic "Production of culture" on the 6th & 7th November 2008 (Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle).

  • The outlook for research on age(ing). International conference held at Hotel MutterHaus, Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth, Germany, 22nd & 23rd November 2012

  • Der Sturm (The Storm) – Literature, music, artwork and networking in the age of Expressionism, from the 14th to the 16th November 2013, Düsseldorf, Germany, House of the University (together with Henriette Herwig)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Appointed to the advisory committee of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to assess the artistic accomplishments of doctoral candidates, 07/2007

  • Member of the board of directors of the Friends and Supporters of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, since 01/2008

  • Member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Goethe Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany, since 04/2008

Additional qualifications

  • Work in academic governance as a member of the faculty council, as head of the Professorium (faculty conference), as a member and the head of the structuring committee, in numerous committees (including heading appointment committees), as a deputy member of the faculty senate and as vice dean

  • Mentor in various mentoring programmes

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the VW Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


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