Short CV/Education and training

  • 1962
    Born in Soltau/Niedersachsen.

  • 1981 – 1989
    Studies first in Archeology, Egyptology and Old History (2 Sem.), then in German Literature, English Literature and Medieval Literature at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität of Freiburg and since 1985 at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich.

  • 1993
    Dissertation thesis at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (summa cum laude; Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neumann).

  • 1998
    Habilitation at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

  • 1999 – 2003
    Visiting professorships and guest professorships at the universities of Frankfurt am Main, Konstanz and Vienna / Austria.

  • 2003
    Full professor for German Literature of the 18th and 19th century and aesthetics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität of Frankfurt am Main.

  • Since 2003
    Full professor (chair) for German Language and Literature at the university of St. Gallen / Switzerland

  • Since 2011
    Vice President of the university of St. Gallen / Switzerland (international and regional cooperation)

Selected publications

  • Stichworte. Tätowierung und europäische Schriftkultur. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2012.

  • Selbstsorge als Staatskunst. Bettine von Arnims politisches Werk. Würzburg 2000 (Stiftung für Romantikforschung VIII).

  • Der Dichtung Schleier. Zur poetischen Funktion von Kleidung in Goethes Frühwerk. Freiburg 1995 (Rombach Reihe Litterae 30).

  • Da wir uns nun einmal nicht vertragen. Bettine von Arnims Briefwechsel mit ihrem Sohn Siegmund. Hg. von Wolfgang Bunzel und U. L., Göttingen 2012.

  • European Identity through Space. Space Activities and Programmes as a Tool to Reinvigorate the European Identity. (Studies in Space Policy). Hg. von Christophe Venet and Blandina Baranes in collaboration with Thomas Ballhausen and Ulrike Landfester, Wien 2012.

  • The Future of Knowledge. Mapping Interfaces (Interdisciplinary Workshop Report). Ed. on behalf of the European Science Foundation Ulrike Landfester and Gísli Pálsson. Introduction P. 4-6, / Conclusions P. 36-39, Strasbourg 2010.

  • Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Hg. von Ulrike Landfester, Nina-Louisa Remuss, Kai-Uwe Schrogl und Jean-Claude Worms (ESPI European Science Policy Institute), Wien 2011.

  • Theatermedien. Theater als Medium – Medien des Theaters, hg. von Ulrike Landfester und Caroline Pross, Bern Stuttgart Wien 2010 (Facetten der Medienkultur, Band 8).

  • Grotexte. Goethes komische Poetik. In: Figurationen des Grotesken in Goethes Werken. Hg. von Edith Anna Kunz, Dominik Müller, Markus Winkler. Bielefeld 2012, S. 129-143.

  • Unzerstörbare Zerbrechlichkeiten. E.T.A. Hoffmanns Spiegelungsfiguren. In: Figur – Figura – Figuration: E.T.A. Hoffmann. Hg. von Daniel Müller Nielaba, Yves Schumacher, Christoph Steier. Würzburg 2011, S. 15-30.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Europe and Europeanness: the anatomy of productive crisis (book, working title)

  • Goethe's poetics of culture (book, working title)

  • Integrating the Humanities and Social Sciences into business education and vice versa – a conceptual study

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Advisory Board des European Space Policy Institute (ESPI, Vienna), 2008 – 2012

  • Member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation (SCH-ESF), 2006 – 2013

  • Member of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) research council, 2004 – 2012 President of the SNSF Specialized Committee, 2008-2012; Vice-president of the SNSF research council, 2009-2012


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