Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    Abitur (A-levels), Ludwig Wilhelm Gymnasium (grammar school) for the humanities, Rastatt, Germany

  • 1983 – 1985
    Trained as an insurance agent at the firm Münchner Rückversicherungs AG, Munich, Germany

  • 1984 – 1985
    Cathedral school of Würzburg, Germany, one-year basic distance education course in theology

  • 1986 – 1987
    Development worker with the Baka people of southeastern Cameroon

  • 1987
    Trained as an auto-evaluation coach, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Development, Brussels, Belgium

  • 1987 – 1993
    Master's course in African studies, general linguistics and anthropology, Philosophical Faculty, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1989 – 1992
    Teaching assistant

  • 1993
    Completed examinations

  • 1993 – 2005
    Instructor and research assistant, African Studies Department, University of Cologne

  • 1995

  • 1997 – 1999
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 2002
    Habilitation : attained the status of private lecturer – conferment of the venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of African studies

  • 2002 – 2007
    Elite fellowship within the DFG's Heisenberg programme

  • 2003
    Invited by Alexandra A. Aikhenvald and Bob Dixon to participate in the international workshop "Serial verb constructions" at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Australia

  • 2005
    Second Habilitation: conferment of the venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of African linguistics in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Since 2005
    Senior lecturer in the Linguistics and Cultural Studies section of Goethe University Frankfurt

  • Since 2008
    Director of the Institute of Orthographic and Speech Competence (LOS)

Selected publications

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (1989): Contes et proverbes des pygmées Baka. (Paroles d'Afrique). Paris: Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique (ACCT).

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (1995): Das Baka: Grundzüge einer Grammatik aus der Grammatikalisierungsperspektive. Afrikanistische Monographien (AMO) 6. Cologne: University of Cologne.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (1999a): Folktales of the Kxoe (A Khoisan group in West Caprivi/Namibia). (Namibian African Studies 6). Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (1999b): Ideophone: Eine typologische Untersuchung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung afrikanischer Sprachen. Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis. Cologne: University of Cologne

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (2002): Contes des Bakas (Sud-Est Cameroun). (Wortkunst und Dokumentartexte in afrikanischen Spra¬chen 16). Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (2003): Khwe dictionary. (Namibian African Studies 7). Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (2006a): Serial verb constructions in Khwe (Central-Khoisan). In: Aikhenvald, Alexan-dra Y. & R.M. Dixon (eds.). Serial verb constructions: A cross-linguistic typology. (Explorations in Linguistic Typology). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 108-123.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (2008a): Contes des Pygmées baka du Cameroun. (Schriften zur Afrikanistik – Research in African Studies 14). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (2008b): A grammar of modern Khwe. (Quellen zur Khoisanforschung 23). Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.

  • Kilian-Hatz, Christa (2009): Participant marking in Khwe (Central-Khoisan). In: Dimmendaal, Gerrit (ed.). Coding participant marking: Construction types in twelve African languages. (Studies in Language Companian Series 110). Amsterdam – Philadelphia: John Benjamins. pp. 215-237.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Exhibition of original pygmy drawings ("Mediendesign Otterbach" gallery, Baden-Baden, Germany), 2006

  • Work on various German Research Foundation (DFG) research projects, 1993 – 1997

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the "Pedagogy" and "Young adults" working groups, Institute of Orthography and Speech Competence (LOS)

  • Member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF/VAD)

  • Member of an interdisciplinary German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre, 1999 – 2005

Additional qualifications

Main duties as institute director:

  • Founding of the institute (incl. the furnishing of its building and premises)

  • Management (marketing, accounting, acquisitions, publicity work, personnel)

  • Therapy for dyslexic children, adolescents and young adults in German and English

  • Training of LOS (Institute of Orthographic and Speech Competence) pedagogues

  • Director of a state-wide study, throughout Hesse, Germany, of dyslexic children and adolescents (in collaboration with the University of Cologne, Germany)

  • Supervision of PhD students

Research trips:

  • To work with the Khwe people of northern Namibia (Caprivi): 1997, 1999 and 2000 (5 months per visit); 2001, 2003 and 2005 (2 months per visit)

  • To work with the Baka people of southeastern Cameroon: 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 (3 months per visit)


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