Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975 – 1984
    Städtisches Neusprachliches Gymnasium (grammar school of modern languages) in Viersen-Dülken, Germany

  • 1984
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1984 – 1985
    Kibbutz stay in Israel, with an intensive language course in Hebrew

  • 1985 – 1989
    Studied Judaic studies, history, Semitic studies and English philology at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1986 – 1989
    Student employee at the Martin Buber Institute for Judaic Studies at the University of Cologne (library)

  • 1989
    Magister Artium degree (MA) with a paper on "The liturgical poems of Simon b. Isaak", (grade: 1,0)

  • 1989 – 1992
    Assistant at the Martin Buber Institute for Judaic Studies, instructional duties (tutorials to accompany lectures and language courses)

  • 1992 – 1997
    Research assistant at the Martin Buber Institute for Judaic Studies, instructional duties (language courses, introductory courses, tutorials to accompany lectures), student advising

  • 1993
    Doctorate in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne, opus eximium

  • 1999 – 2000
    Instructor in the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn

  • 1999 – 2001
    Research associate in the Cultural Science Research School "Media and Cultural Communication" (Collaborative Research Centre SFB 427, University of Cologne), project A4: "From 'oral instruction' to hypertext: Rabbinical literature and changes in media", directed by Prof. Dagmar Börner-Klein (Duisburg)

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis accepted, Comprehensive University of Duisburg, Germany

  • 2001
    Appointed as examiner for the interdisciplinary course in applied communication and media science (KOMMEDIA) at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 2001
    Habilitation lecture on the topic "`He who sees a vine in his dream may hope for the Messiah´ (bBer 57a). On the significance and Kaschrut of wine in Judaism"; granted teaching qualification for the subject Jewish Studies

  • 2000 – 2002
    Instructor in Jewish Studies at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 2001
    Issued authorisation to teach (venia legendi for the subject Jewish Studies by the departmental council in Department 1 at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 2001 – 2002
    Instructor in the interdisciplinary course in applied communication and media science (KOMMEDIA) at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 2002 – 2003
    Kurt David Brühl Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Graz, Austria

  • 2003 – 2008
    Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2008 – 2008
    Research associate in the project "Genizat Germania ? The literary culture of the Jews in mediaeval Germany on the basis of binding fragments in Hebrew and Aramaic" directed by Prof. Andreas Lehnardt (Faculty of Protestant Theology, Mainz University)

  • 2009 – 2009
    Acting Chair in the Department of Judaic Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2009 – 2011
    Professor of the Religion of Judaism in History and in the Present at the Centre for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • since 2011
    Professor of Jewish Studies at the Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Selected publications

  • Clavis Commentariorum of Hebrew Liturgical Poetry in Manuscript. (Clavis Commentariorum Antiquitatis et Medii Aevi 4), Leiden: Brill 2005.

  • Piyyut Commentary in Medieval Ashkenaz (Studia Judaica 42), Berlin: de Gruyter 2008.

  • "Eine permanente Renaissance? Zum status (quaestionis) von Pijjut-Kommentar" in: An der Schwelle zur Moderne. Juden in der Renaissance, hrsg. von G. Veltri und A. Winkelmann, Leiden, Boston, Brill 2003, pp. 25-50.

  • "Verachtung kann Unwissenheit nicht entschuldigen. Reaktionen auf die Kritik Paul de Lagardes an der Wissenschaft des Judentums", in: FJB 30 (2003), pp. 169-205.

  • "Die verlorene Qedushta von אמצה עשירייה El'azar birabbi Qallir und ihr Kommentar aus Rashis Lehrhaus", Frankfurter Judaistische Beiträge 34 (2007/08), p. 53-89.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The introduction of liturgical poetry in the Karaite religious service from Moses ben Abraham Da'i to Aaron ben Joseph

  • Diversity in German Judaism of the 19th century: Studies on self placement in the interplay between tradition and crisis

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Verband der Judaisten in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Association of Judaic Studies Scholars in Germany)

  • Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden (GEGJ) (Society for the Investigation of the History of the Jews)

  • European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)

  • Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)

  • World Union of Jewish Studies (WUJS)

  • Co-organiser of the "Sixth International Medieval Hebrew Poetry Colloquium under the aegis of the European Association of Jewish Studies" (together with Dr Joachim Yeshaya, Bochum, Germany; Prof. Wout van Bekkum, Groningen, Netherlands), 2011

  • Organisation of the "Fifth Medieval Hebrew Poetry Colloquium under the aegis of the European Association of Jewish Studies" (together with Prof. Wout van Bekkum, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), 2008

  • Peer reviewer for the European Journal of Jewish Studies, since 2008

  • Reviewer for the Israel Science Foundation, Jerusalem, since 2006

Additional qualifications

  • Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) Heisenberg Programme; Institute for Jewish Studies, Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, 2003 – 2008

  • NWO Research Fellow at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands (declined in favour of the DFG Heisenberg Fellowship), 2003

  • Lise Meitner Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) fellowship from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research (MWF) of North Rhine-Westphalia; Supervised by Prof. Michael Brocke (ended prematurely, in order to take a position as research associate in the project "From 'oral instruction' to hypertext: Rabbinical literature and changes in media", directed by Prof. D. Börner-Klein at the Cultural Science Research School "Media and Cultural Communication"), 1998 – 1999

  • Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, as a participant in the fellow group researching "Poetry and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Jewry" and as a guest at the seminars of the fellow group "Haskalah", 1998

  • Fulbright travel fellowship to study abroad, 1998

  • Yad haNadiv/Barecha Foundation Visiting Fellow in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; began research project on the mediaeval Piyyut commentaries; mentor: Prof. Shulamit Elizur (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), 1994 – 1995


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