Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984
    Abitur (A-levels) at Uhland Gymnasium (grammar school)

  • 1984 – 1994
    Studied ancient Near Eastern studies, classical archaeology, Near East archaeology and Semitic studies in Tübingen, Rome and Berlin; regular participation in excavation projects

  • 1996 – 2001
    Lecturer at the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2001 – 2003
    Research associate at the Helmholtz Centre at Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2001 – 2002
    Directeur d'Études invitée, maitre de conference an der École Pratique des Hautes Études at the Université la Sorbonne, Paris, France

  • Since 2003
    Professor of ancient Near Eastern philology and history at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2003 – 2004
    Visiting professor of Assyriology at the Collège de France, Paris, France

Selected projects

  • Spokesperson of Area B in the Excellence Cluster "TOPOI – The formation and transformation of space and knowledge in the Ancient World", various research projects on spatiality (political spaces; knowledge spaces)

  • Research project "Cultural techniques and instruments of order" within the framework of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit FG "Images–Scripts–Numbers"

  • Denkwerk project of the Robert Bosch Foundation: "Ancient Orient and Europe"

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)

  • Member of the commission "Ancient World" of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

  • Member of the elected Academic Senate of the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) review board member

  • Member of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) working group "Year of the Humanities", 2006 – 2007

  • Member of the executive committee of the German Oriental Society, 2001 – 2006

Additional qualifications

  • Excavation philologist


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