Short CV/Education and training

  • 1965 – 1972
    Studied German philology and Romance philology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany; also attended courses in theatre studies, art history and comparative studies

  • 1972
    Magister Artium degree (MA) (supervisor: Eberhard Lämmert. Thesis: The language of sentimentality. On the work of Adalbert Stifter)

  • 1976 – 1979
    Worked in continuing education for teachers; developed the writing workshop (with Heinz Blumensath) at the Pädagogisches Zentrum Berlin (Pedagogical Centre) in Berlin

  • 1979 – 1985
    Founder, instructor and director of KUMULI. Kunst. Musik. Literatur. (Art – Music – Literature), an art school for children and adults in Berlin

  • 1982
    Doctorate (Dr. phil.) at the University of Bremen, Germany (examining committee: Gert Sautermeister and Dieter Richter)

  • 1982 – 1985
    Teaching assignments at the TU Berlin

  • 1985 – 1992
    Visiting professor at the Berlin University of the Arts in the department of education and social sciences (didactics in the areas of German and (starting in the winter semester 1986/87) music and aesthetic education)

  • 1990
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at FU Berlin in the field of education and instruction (examining committee: Dieter Lenzen, Eberhard Lämmert, Christoph Wulf). Venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of education with a special emphasis on aesthetic education. Since then, private lecturer at the FU Berlin

  • 1992 – 2012
    Professor of music and aesthetic education at the Berlin University of the Arts(until 1999 in the department of education and social sciences, after 1999 in the College of Fine Arts)

  • 1995 – 1996

  • 1996 – 1998
    Vice president for academics and teacher education

  • 1998 – 2005
    Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Practice and Theory of the Creative Process " at the Berlin University of the Arts (speaker for the group, 2001 – 2005)

  • 1998 – 2006
    Commissioner for teacher education

  • 2001 – 2006
    Dean of Studies

  • 2010 – 2012
    Vice president (teaching and studies)

  • Since 2012
    Retired; continuing to write on academic topics. In January 2013, farewell lecture at the Berlin University of the Arts: "An essay on facility".

Selected publications

Monograph (selection):

  • Sprache der Sentimentalität. Zum Werk Adalbert Stifters. Frankfurt 1973.

  • Literarische Geselligkeit. Schreiben in der Schule. Stuttgart 1979.

  • Berlin Transit. Eine Stadt als Station. (gemeinsam mit Gert Mattenklott) Reinbek 1987.

  • Zauberkreide. Kinderliteratur seit 1945. Stuttgart 1989; 21994.

  • Grundschule der Künste. Vorschläge zur Musisch-Ästhetischen Erziehung. Baltmannsweiler1998. 22007.

editor (selection):

  • Mit Gert Mattenklott: Georg Hermann. Das Werk. Berlinseit 1996. 13 Bände erschienen.

  • Mit Constanze Rora: Ästhetische Erfahrung in der Kindheit. Weinheim 2004.

  • Mit Ulrike Hentschel: Erzählen. Narrative Spuren in den Künsten. Berlin, Milow, Strasburg 2009.

articles (selection, last 2 years):

  • L'imaginaire/ das Imaginäre. Eine Spurensuche zur Begriffsgeschichte (2012) – Staubreich. Essay (2013) – Phantastische Ländchen. Beiträge zu einem historisch-literarischen Atlas der Kindheit (2014) – Heimlich-unheimliche Puppe: Ein Kapitel zur Beseelung der Dinge (2014).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Book projects:

  • Childhood and the picture book since 1980

  • Aesthetic experience in childhood – in autobiographies of childhood and in texts written by university students 2004 – 2010

  • Essays

  • As editor, together with Constanze Rora: Zeitschrift für Ästhetische Bildung (Journal of Aesthetic Education) online (since 2009)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Temporary participation in various university bodies (internal and external search committees, accreditation committees, German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat))

  • Temporary review activities for international foundations

Activity on juries:

  • German Youth Literature Prize jury for the special annual award for lifetime achievement, 1991, 1996 and 1998

  • Jury for "The Best Seven". List of best books for children and youth by the radio broadcaster DeutschlandRadio in Cologne, Germany, since 1994

  • Jury for the children's and youth literature award from the State of Styria, Austria, since 1998

  • Jury for the Brothers Grimm Prize from the Federal State of Berlin, Germany, 2003

  • Jury for the Rattenfänger (Pied Piper) Prize for children's and youth literature from the City of Hameln, Germany, 2002 – 2006

  • Jury for the Alex Wedding Prize from the Berlin Academy of Arts, 2000 and 2007/08

Literary reviews:

  • In numerous journals and in the Jahrbuch der Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung (Yearbook of children's and youth literature research), for the newspapers Süddeutsche Zeitung (1993 – 1996) and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (1991 – 2006), and for the journal Literaturen (Literatures) (2000 – 2003)

Additional memberships:

  • KUMULI. Kunst. Musik. Literatur. (Art – Music – Literature), an art school for children and adults in Berlin, Germany, 1979-1985 (chair)

  • Goethe Society Berlin, since 1986

  • Working group "youth literature research", since 1988

  • Association for Children's and Youth Literature (AKJ), since 1989 (1990-1993 chair)

  • Member of the German Educational Research Association (DGfE), since 1990


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