Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1998
    Studied political science, German philology, philosophy and art history at the University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1997 – 1998
    PhD studies

  • 1993 – 1998
    Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

  • 1998 – 2001
    Research associate in the German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Secularisation"

  • 2001 – 2003
    Fellowship from the DFG's Emmy Noether programme

  • 2001 – 2002
    Fellowship at the Institute of Germanic Studies (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies – IGRS), University of London, UK

  • 2002 – 2003
    Professeur invité CNRS/ENS Paris, France

  • 2003 – 2008
    Head of an Emmy Noether junior research group

  • 2006
    Reader in German at King's College London, UK

  • 2007
    Professor of German at King's College London, UK

  • Since 2008
    W3 professor of recent German literature at the University of Stuttgart, Germany

Selected publications

  • Richter, S.: Reformierte Morallehren und deutsche Literatur von Jean Barbeyrac bis Christoph Martin Wieland. Tübingen: Niemeyer 2002 (Frühe Neuzeit 75).

  • Richter, S.: Säkularisierung in den Wissenschaften seit der Frühen Neuzeit. Vol. 1: Medizin, Medizinethik und schöne Literatur. Studien zu Säkularisierungsvorgängen vom frühen 17. bis zum frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2002.

  • Richter, S.: Poetiken. Poetologische Lyrik, Poetik und Ästhetik von Novalis bis Rilke. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2004.

  • Richter, S.: Lob des Optimismus. Geschichte einer Lebenskunst. Munich: C.H. Beck 2009.

  • Richter, S.: A History of Poetics. German Scholarly Aesthetics and Poetics in International Context, 1770-1960. With Bibliographies by Anja Zenk, Jasmin Azazmah, Eva Jost and Sandra Richter. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2010.


Selected projects

  • Binational German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) PhD network: University of Stuttgart, German Literature Archive Marbach, Germany, Robert Bosch Foundation Institute of the History of Medicine, in conjunction with King's College London, since 2008

  • Junior research group: Poetological reflection. Historical studies in systematic intent: Poetics and poetological lyric poetry in the context of aesthetic theory, within the framework of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether programme, 2003 – 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the steering committee for the Euroscience Open Forum, Dublin, Ireland, 2012, 2010 – 2012

  • Peer reviewer for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and for the Robert Bosch Foundation's Fast-Track programme, selections committee for the German–French Interactions programme (DVA Foundation for the IZKT Stuttgart, Germany), Culture Endowment of the German States, since 2010

  • Peer reviewer for the Research Council for Culture and Society, Academy of Finland, since 2009

  • Member of the History of German Philology working group, German Literature Archive Marbach, Germany, since 2008

  • Peer reviewer for the Volkswagen Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2008

  • Member of the Baroque Consortium committee, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Germany, and the Research Centre for Historical Epistemology and Hermeneutics at Humboldt University of Berlin, since 2007

  • Member of the programme committee for the Euroscience Open Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 2008, 2006 – 2008

  • Member of the expert committee for the Bavarian Elite University Network (Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Art), since 2005

  • Peer reviewer for the German National Academic Foundation, since 1998

Additional qualifications

  • Freelance contributor to various national German newspapers (e.g. FAZ, Zeit)


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