Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990 – 1993
    Studied German philology, theatre, film, and television studies, and political science at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1994
    Master of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, USA

  • 1999 – 2004
    Research associate at the Cultural Studies Research Centre "Media and cultural communication" (SFB/FK 427), University of Cologne, Germany (in collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Bonn)

  • 2004 – 2010
    Lecturer in modern literature and media/film in the Department of German, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn

  • 2007 – 2009
    Visiting Scholar/Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of German Languages and Literatures, Columbia University, New York, USA (Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation)

  • 2012 – 2013
    Research fellowship at the Department of German, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn

  • since 2014
    Professor (W2) of media and cultural studies at the Department of Media Culture and Theatre at the University of Cologne (research focus: media theory and media history, especially of tele-media and the audiovisual)

Selected publications

  • "Faszinieren", in: Heiko Christians/Matthias Bickenbach/Nikolaus Wegmann (eds.), Historisches Wörterbuch des Mediengebrauchs, Cologne-Weimar-Vienna: UTB/Böhlau 2015, pp. 209-224.

  • "Contact at a Distance: The Topology of Fascination", in: Rüdiger Campe/Julia Weber (eds.), Interiority/Exteriority. Rethinking Emotions. Berlin-New York: de Gruyter 2014, pp. 72-100.

  • Ed. with Claudia Benthien: Handbuch Literatur & Visuelle Kultur. Berlin-New York: de Gruyter 2014 (Volume 1 of the series Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaftlichen Philologie appearing October 2014).

  • "That Screen Magnetism": Warhol's Glamour, in: October 132 (Spring 2010), MIT Press, pp. 43-70.

  • "Sehtextkommentar". Zu den Bilderschriften und Schriftbildern von Ferdinand Kriwet, in: Dirck Linck/Stefanie Rentsch (eds.), Textbild – Bildtext. Aspekte der Rede über Hybride, Freiburg: Rombach 2007, pp. 85-116. – A revised version appeared in: Claudia Benthien/Brigitte Weingart (eds.), Handbuch Literatur & Visuelle Kultur, Berlin: de Gruyter 2014, pp. 519-543.

  • Ed. with Jürgen Brokoff, Jürgen Fohrmann und Hedwig Pompe: Die Kommunikation der Gerüchte, Göttingen: Wallstein 2008.

  • Ed. with Wilhelm Voßkamp: Sichtbares und Sagbares. Text-Bild-Verhältnisse, Cologne: DuMont 2005.

  • Ed. with Ruth Mayer: VIRUS! Mutationen einer Metapher, Bielefeld: Transcript 2004. 316 pages.

  • Ed. with Gisela Fehrmann, Erika Linz und Eckhard Schumacher: Originalkopie – Praktiken des Sekundären, Cologne: DuMont 2004.

  • Ansteckende Wörter. Repräsentationen von AIDS, Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp Verlag 2002.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Active member of the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (Journal of Media Studies)

  • Series editor for the series communicatio. Studies on literature and mediality, from de Gruyter (together with Jürgen Fohrmann)

    Research grant from the Maria von Linden Programme for the advancement of female researchers at the University of Bonn, 2010 (deferred start until 2012 due to parental leave)

  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for research (18 months) at Columbia University, New York, 2007

  • Financial support from the Maria von Linden Programme at the University of Bonn (incl. funding for support staff), 2005, 2009

  • Offermann-Hergarten Dissertation Award from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne, 2003

  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation, 1993 – 1996

  • DAAD scholarship and Fulbright Travel Grant to study in St. Louis, 1993 – 1994

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children (* 2010, 2012)


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