Short CV/Education and training

  • 1971
    Born

  • 1998
    First state examination towards a teaching qualification for Gymnasium (grammar school) at Giessen University, Germany; in French and German, and Italian as an additional subject until 2000

  • 1994
    Foreign language assistant in France

  • 1998 – 2000
    Research associate in the Department of Romance Philology under Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kurz

  • 2001
    Graduate studies scholarship from the Cusanuswerk (Catholic organisation for the promotion of young talent), scholarship from the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany

  • 2002
    Doctorate at Giessen University; dissertation award from the University

  • 2002 – 2008
    Research associate in the Department of Romance Philology under Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rieger in Collaborative Research Centre SFB 434 'Cultural memories'

  • 2008
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at Giessen University, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in Romance literature, and general and comparative literature

  • 2008 – 2009
    Acting professor of Romance literature at Giessen University (with a focus on French and Italian literature)

  • 2008
    Short-listed (2nd place) for the W3 professorship in Romance literature at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany (to succeed Prof. Wehle)

  • 2009
    Short-listed (2nd place) for the W3 professorship in comparative literature at Saarland University, Germany (to succeed Prof. Schmeling)

  • 2010
    Short-listed (3rd place) for the W2 professorship in French and Italian literature at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2010
    Appointed to a W3 professorship in French and Italian literature at the University of Rostock, Germany

  • Family: married, 2 children

Selected publications

  • Zwischen Mythos und Geschichte: Ästhetik, Medialität und Kulturspezifik der Mittelalterkonjunktur (Jeanne d?Arc / Matière de Bretagne). Berlin / New York 2009 (Reihe Spectrum Literaturwissenschaft). [Habilitationsschrift]

  • Betrachtungen des Todes. Formen und Funktionen der meditatio mortis in der europäischen Literatur des 17. Jahrhunderts. Tübingen 2004 (Frühe Neuzeit 90). [Dissertation]



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Since April 2011, German Research Foundation (DFG) research project: Conceptualizing new myths through cultural studies (publication of the Metzler Lexikon Moderne Mythen (Metzler's Encyclopaedia of Modern Myths), 2014)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Principal Investigator at the Giessener Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Cluster of Excellence), (2008 – 2010)

  • Vice dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, (2011 – 2012)

  • Student liaison in the Research Training Group 'Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship', (2010 – 2012)

  • Head of the Department 'Knowledge – Culture – Transformation' in the Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Rostock, Germany (since 2011)

  • Member of the Reform Committee on the modularization of the teacher training programmes at the University of Rostock, (since 2011)

  • Member of the HSP advisory board at the University of Rostock, (since 2012)

  • Member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Philosophy, (since 2012)

  • Deputy speaker for the Research Training Group 'Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship' at the University of Rostock, (since 2012)

Additional qualifications

  • Principal Investigator at the Giessener Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Cluster of Excellence), 2008 – 2010

  • Vice dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, 2011 – 2012

  • Student liaison in the Research Training Group 'Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship', 2010 – 2012

  • Head of the Department 'Knowledge – Culture – Transformation' in the Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Rostock, Germany, since 2011

  • Member of the Reform Committee on the modularization of the teacher training programmes at the University of Rostock, since 2011

  • Member of the HSP advisory board at the University of Rostock, since 2012

  • Member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Philosophy, since 2012

  • Deputy speaker for the Research Training Group 'Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship' at the University of Rostock, since 2012


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