Short CV/Education and training

  • 1950

  • Since 1999
    Director of the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin, Professor at the TU Berlin, Germany

  • She has taught in Hamburg, Zurich and Berlin, was part of the administration of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen and was director of the Einstein Forum.

  • Research projects on the following topics: dialectics of secularisation; genealogy, inheritance, generation; the European cultural history of knowledge; publications on Heine, Warburg, Benjamin, Arendt, Bachmann, Susan Taubes, theories of memory, image science, and other topics.

Selected publications

  • Weigel, S.: Genea-Logik. Generation, Tradition und Evolution zwischen Kultur- und Naturwissenschaften (2006).

  • Weigel, S.: Märtyrer-Porträts. Von Opfertod, Blutzeugen und heiligen Kriegern (ed., 2007).

  • Weigel, S.: Walter Benjamin: Die Kreatur, das Heilige, die Bilder (2008).

  • Weigel, S.: Aby Warburg. Werke in einem Band (Co-ed., 2010).

  • Weigel, S.: "Escape to Life". German Intellectuals in New York: A Compendium on Exile after 1933 (Co-ed., 2012).

  • Weigel, S.: Gesichter. Kulturgeschichtliche Szenen aus der Arbeit am Bildnis des Menschen (ed., 2013).

  • Weigel, S.: Grammatologie der Bilder (in press).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The concept of the generation. Genealogy as a narrative, temporal and biological construct (German Research Foundation (DFG))

  • Images of "the sacred" in the dialectics of secularisation (DFG)

  • Heritage, legacy and inheritance. Concepts of transmission between nature and culture in historical development (Volkswagen Foundation "Key Issues" funding programme)

  • Generations in the inheritance society – an interpretive pattern of sociocultural change (Volkswagen Foundation "Key Issues" funding programme)

  • Topography of the Plural Cultures of Europe, Regarding the "Shift of Europe to the East" (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) targeted support programme "Humanities in Dialogue with Society")

  • Testimony/Bearing witness. A controversial concept. An examination of the interchange between the systematic and cultural research perspectives (DFG)

  • Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural implications of cranial plastic surgery (Volkswagen Foundation)

  • Cultural semantics of Georgia between the Caucasus and the Black Sea (Volkswagen Foundation)

  • Epistemic reverse side of instrumental images (Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt University)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the jury for the Kleist Prize

  • Member of the Minerva Center Committee of the Minerva Stiftung (foundation) of the Max Planck Society

  • Member of the jury for the Fritz Behrens Science Prize

  • Honorary President of the International Walter Benjamin Society

  • Advisory board to the journal Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte (Journal of German – Jewish Literature and Culture History)

  • Advisory board to the journal ilinx. Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft (Contributions on cultural studies)

  • Member of the advisory board to the Da Ponte Research Center, Vienna

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Berlin International Literature Festival


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