Research and Staff

The ZfL's interdisciplinary projects have brought together a team of over 40 researchers with a range of backgrounds. Here literary scholars working in various traditions (comparative literature, Germanics, Romance languages, Slavic languages, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese) collaborate with cultural theorists, art historians, musicologists, and media theorists, as well as scholars from religious studies, Islamic studies, the history of medicine, the history of science, psychology, and philosophy. With an additional staff of more than 20 people, our academic work is backed by administrative and technological support. We also benefit greatly from the support of our library staff.

Research

Hispanist, research associate for the project Iconic Presence. The Evidence of Images in Religions

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Literary scholar, Minerva Stiftung research fellow at the ZfL with the project Thinking (the) Underground

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Germanist, head of the project Formen und Funktionen von Weltverhältnissen

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Literary scholar, research associate for the project Formen und Funktionen von Weltverhältnissen

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Doctoral researcher, Elsa-Neumann Fellow of the State of Berlin with the project Speaking about Poetry

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Mathematician, external head of the project Epistemic Reverse Side of Instrumental Images (Konrad Zuse Institute and FU Berlin)

Historian of medicine and science, research associate for the project Neuro-Psychoanalysis and Pain. Neuroscience between the Natural and Cultural Sciences

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Philosopher, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project Samuel Beckett's Television Plays. Means of Production, Literary Genres, Critical Theory

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Director of the ZfL
Executive board member of the Centers for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Berlin, Professor for European Culture and the History of Knowledge at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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Cultural theorist, doctoral researcher with the project ›Total Strangers‹? The Figure of the Autistic in Science and Literature

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Religious studies scholar, research associate for the project Formen und Funktionen von Weltverhältnissen

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Philosopher, fellow in the Doctoral program with the project Klimatologien der beginnenden Moderne

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Historian of philosophy/literary scholar, research associate for the project Jacob Taubes in Context. Philosophy of Religion in Germany after 1945

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Literary scholar, doctoral researcher with the project The Chorus in Contemporary Plays

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Communication scholar/journalist/photograph, Universidade de Brasilia, research fellow at the ZfL with the project The idea of future and the contemporary education

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Philosopher/cultural theorist, conceptual consultant to the ZfL

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Germanist, research associate for the project Nachlassprofile – Nachlassbewusstsein – Nachlasspoetik

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Historian, research assistant to the Direction

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Philosopher, head of the research area History of Theory and of the project The Theory and Concept of an Interdisciplinary Conceptual History

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Linguist and cultural critic, head of the Press and Communications Department, coordination of the the working group Blogging Humanities

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Literary scholar, head of the DFG project Susan Taubes Biography and research associate for the project Susan Taubes Edition, custodian of the Susan Taubes Archive

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Literary scholar/slavist, Dilthey Fellow with the project Synergy. A History of Knowledge

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Doctoral researcher, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellow with the project Poetic Rhythm around 1800

Senior fellow at the ZfL with the research project Theory of Retreat

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Cultural theorist, research associate for the project The Theory and Concept of an Interdisciplinary Conceptual History

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Literary scholar and media theorist, head of the project Correspondence and Afterlife. Ernst Jünger's Letter Archive

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Media and cultural theorist, doctoral researcher for the project The Epistemic Reverse Side of Instrumental Images

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Slavist/historian, research associate for the project Affective Realism. Contemporary Eastern European Literatures

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Religious studies and Jewish studies scholar, head of the project Jacob Taubes in Context. Philosophy of Religion in Germany after 1945

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Associate director of the ZfL
Professor at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt University of Berlin

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Former director of the ZfL
Professor emerita at the Technical University of Berlin, head of the projects Iconic Presence. The Evidence of Images in Religions, Epistemic Reverse Side of Instrumental Images, Neuro-Psychoanalysis, and Susan Taubes Edition

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Literary scholar, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project At the Limit of the Obscene: Realism, Profanation, Aesthetics

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Associate director of the ZfL
Professor at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt University of Berlin

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Germanist, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project The Poetics of the Pathos Formula. At the Intersection of Cultural and Literary Studies

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Library and Staff

Student assistant for the research area History of theory

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Literary scholar, scholarly editor for the ZfL

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Student assistant to the Direction

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Student assistant for the research area World Literature

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Student assistant at the ZfL Library

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ZfL Library staff member

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Website content editor and data management

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Student assistant for the research area History of theory

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ZfL Library staff member

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Student assistant for the research area Knowledge of Life

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Student assistant for the research area Knowledge of Life

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Head of the ZfL Library

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Student assistant in the working area »Scholarly editions«

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Academic-technical staff member

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Student assistant at the ZfL Library

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Student assistant for the project Synergy. A History of Knowledge

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Office management and Secretary to the director

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Student assistant for the the research area Knowledge of Life

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System administrator

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Student assistant for the Press and Communications Department

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Student assistant

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Student assistant to the Direction

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Student assistant in the working area »Website content editing and data management«

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Academic-technical staff member

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Student assistant at the ZfL Library

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Student assistant at the ZfL Library

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Student assistant for the research area World Literature

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Student assistant for the project The Epistemic Reverse Side of Instrumental Images

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Academic-technical staff member

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Student assistant to the Direction

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Former colleagues

Germanist/comparatist, 2015–2016 research associate for the ZfL project Figurations of the Barbaric in the 18th Century

Literary scholar, 2014–2016 research associate for the ZfL project Cultures of Text and Religion

Anglicist/africanist, 2003–2006 research associate for the ZfL project Afrika Europa. Transporte, Übersetzungen, Migrationen des Literarischen

Art/image historian, 2011–2017 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Practices of Knowledge. Images in the History of Experimental and Applied Life Sciences

Romance Philologist, up to 2012 research associate at the ZfL, last position academic advisor to the project The Theory and Concept of an Interdisciplinary Conceptual History

Germanist/americanist, 2014–2017 doctoral researcher for the project Security and the Future. A Cultural Studies Approach

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Literary scholar, 2007–2008 research associate for the ZfL project Figuren des Wissens. Begriffsgeschichte nach dem cultural turn

Germanist, 2005–2007 research associate for the ZfL project Figurations of the Martyr in Near Eastern and European Literature

01 Oct 2006 – 01 Dec 2007 guest at the ZfL

Philosopher, 2003–2006 research associate, last worked as head of the ZfL project Series: Investigating an epistemic pattern

Germanist, 1996–2007 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Popularisierung literaturgeschichtlichen Wissens 1850–1930

Historian of medicine and science, 2012–2016 external head in the research network Cultures of Madness (University of Lübeck)

Germanist, 2005–2007 research associate for the ZfL project (Dis-)Figuration der Schrift. Bibelphilologie und Literaturwissenschaft

Literary scholar, Heisenberg fellow, 2010–2017 research associate, last worked as head of the ZfL project Security and the Future. A Cultural Studies Approach

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Film scholar, 2005–2007 research associate for the ZfL project Der Umbau hinter der Restauration. Eine Medienarchäologie der Nachkriegszeit

Germanist, 2015–2016 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project Incomprehensibility. Investigating Obscuritas in Ancient Rhetoric and Modern Literature and Philosophy (1870–1970)

Philosopher/Cultural theorist, 2011 research associate at the ZfL

Turkologist/historian, 2014–2016 research associate for the ZfL project Cultural Semantics of the Black Sea Region

Islamic/religious studies scholar, 2005–2012 research associate for the ZfL project Figurations of the Martyr in Near Eastern and European Literature

Media theorist, 20002004 research director at the ZfL

Philosopher, 2008–2010 research associate for the ZfL project Sakramentale Repräsentation

Philosopher, 1997–2006 research associate for the ZfL project Ästhetische Grundbegriffe. Historisches Wörterbuch in sieben Bänden

Professor for New German Studies, Universität Mannheim

19 May 2014 – 26 Jun 2014 guest at the ZfL

Art scholar, 2000–2010 research associate, last worked as head of the ZfL research area WissensKünste (2008–2010)

Mediaevalist, 2000–2005 research associate for the ZfL project Poetologie der Körperschaften

08 Aug 2011 – 28 Aug 2011 guest at the ZfL

Japanologist/philosopher, 2009–2016 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Bioethics. A Cultural Theory Approach

Neurosurgeon, 2011–2014 external head of the project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery (Charité Berlin)

Physician/science historian, Professor for Science Studies, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), 2011–2014 scientific advisor for the ZfL project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery

18 Aug 2015 – 18 Aug 2015 guest at the ZfL

2000–2004 research associate

Turkologist, 2005–2008 research associate for the ZfL project Figurations of the Martyr in Near Eastern and European Literature

2011–2012 external head of the ZfL project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery (Charité Berlin)

Arabist/Germanist, 2005–2008 research associate for the ZfL project Figurations of the Martyr in Near Eastern and European Literature

Germanist, 2009–2011 research associate for the ZfL project Susan Taubes Edition

Historian, 2011–2012 fellow in the Doctoral program with the project Atatürk's New Turkey

Slavist, 2010–2012 research associate for the ZfL project Synergy. A History of Knowledge

Professor at the Institute for Modernity Studies, Ilia State University in Tbilissi (Georgia)

01 Mar 2016 – 12 Mar 2016 guest at the ZfL

Germanist, 2014–2016 scholarly editor and translator for the ZfL

PhD student at Ilia State University and in the completed research project The Cultural Semantics of Georgia between the Caucasus and the Black Sea

18 Jun 2016 – 30 Jun 2016 guest at the ZfL

Germanist, 2014–2016 research associate for the project Translations in the Transfer of Knowledge

Germanist, 1996–2005 research associate for the ZfL project Ästhetische Grundbegriffe. Historisches Wörterbuch in sieben Bänden

Literary scholar/cultural theorist, 2008–2010 Marie-Curie-Fellow with the ZfL project Literatur und Wahrnehmung. Zur ästhetischen Phänomenologie der Moderne

01 Nov 2008 – 31 Oct 2010 guest at the ZfL

Media theorist, 2000–2002 research associate for the ZfL project EUROPA. Aufschreibesysteme aus Codes, Medien und Künsten (15.–18.Jh.)

Psychologist, 2008–2010 research associate for the ZfL project Freud und die Naturwissenschaften: um 1900 und um 2000

Musicologist/africanist, 2008–2013 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Alternative Moderne. »Afrika« in der Kompositionskultur des 20. Jahrhunderts

Literary scholar, 1996–2005 research associate, last worked as head of the ZfL project Lichtenbergsche Figuren. Physik und Ästhetik

Germanist/philosopher, 2012–2016 research associate for the project »Documents of Madness. Fabulieren and Querulieren in Literature and Psychiatry« as part of the research network Cultures of Madness

Literary scholar, 20062009 external head of the subproject »Istanbul. Vom osmanischen Imperium zur türkischen Nation. Probleme der Europäisierung und Modernisierung« in the ZfL project Topographie pluraler Kulturen Europas in Rücksicht auf die ›Verschiebung Europas nach Osten‹

Germanist, 2000–2006 external head of the ZfL project Poetologie der Körperschaften

Germanist/comparatist, 20102014 research assistant to the Direction

Musicologist/slavist/literary scholar, 2001–2002 research associate for the ZfL project Russische Erinnerungsliteratur und die Zivilisationsbrüche des 20. Jahrhunderts

American literature scholar, 2011–2016 at ZfL, last worked as research assistant to the Direction

2012–2015 doctoral researcher for the ZfL project The Cultural Semantics of Georgia between the Caucasus and the Black Sea (Staatliche Ilia Universität Tbilisi)

01 Mar 2014 – 30 Jun 2014 guest at the ZfL

Cultural theorist, 2008–2010 research associate for the ZfL project Aby Warburg: Werke in einem Band

Germanist/literary scholar, founding director

2008–2010 fellow in the Doctoral program with the project Ortsschriften Peter Handkes

Literary scholar, 2000–2006 research associate for the ZfL project Poetologie der Körperschaften

Psychologist, 2011–2015 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Neuro-Psychoanalysis and Pain. Neurosciences between Natural Science and Cultural Studies

Americanist, 1996–2005 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Die ›anderen Modernen‹ New Yorks. Stadträume als Kontaktzonen kultureller Übersetzung

Cultural theorist, 2012–2016 research associate for the project »Documents of Madness. Fabulieren and Querulieren in Literature and Psychiatry« as part of the research network Cultures of Madness

Head of the Institute for Social and Cultural Studies, Staatliche Ilia-Universität Tbilisi (Georgien)

20 Jun 2015 – 30 Jun 2015 guest at the ZfL

Germanist, 2009–2010 research associate for the ZfL project Sakramentale Repräsentation

Slavist, 2006–2009 external head of the subproject Vilnius/Litauen: Überdeterminierter Raum zwischen Besatzung und nationalem Gedächtnis in the ZfL project Topographie pluraler Kulturen Europas in Rücksicht auf die ›Verschiebung Europas nach Osten

Germanist, 2000–2002 research associate for the ZfL project Poetologie der Körperschaften

01 Oct 2000 – 31 Oct 2000 guest at the ZfL

Literary scholar, 2011 research associate for the ZfL project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery

Literary scholar, 2015–2016 associated researcher with the post-doctoral project Endless Narration? On German Literature and Literary Studies After 1945

Art scholar, 2001–2003 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project WissensKünste. Die Kunst zu wissen und das Wissen der Kunst

Media theorist, 1996–2007 research associate, last worked as head of the ZfL project Der Umbau hinter der Restauration. Eine Medienarchäologie der Nachkriegszeit

Literary scholar, 20152017 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project The Dissonant Gesamtkunstwerk. Wagner Productions between Artistic Craft and Aesthetic Ideology

Literary scholar, 2004–2007 research associate for the ZfL project Correspondence of Jacob Taubes

Biologist, 2001–2013 research associate, last worked in the research area »LebensWissen«

Literary scholar, 2015–2016 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project Representing Time in Capitalist Realism in Contemporary German and English Literature

Media theorist, 2001–2010 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Ausdrucksgebärden zwischen Evolutionstheorie und Kulturgeschichte

Philosopher, 2014–2016 research associate for the project Security and the Future. A Cultural Studies Approach

Judaist, 2005–2010 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Topographie pluraler Kulturen Europas in Rücksicht auf die ›Verschiebung Europas nach Osten‹

2011–2012 research associate for the ZfL project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery (Charité Berlin)

Professor for New German Literature, Institute for German Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Österreich)

22 Jun 2015 – 19 Jul 2015 guest at the ZfL

Americanist, 20082014 research associate, last worked as head of the ZfL project The Shifting Borders of Biology

Americanist, 1996–2002 research associate

Art historian, 2013–2017 research associate for the project The Epistemic Reverse Side of Instrumental Images

Slavist, 2002–2005 research associate, last worked as head of the subproject »Die Mitte liegt im Osten« in the ZfL project Topographie pluraler Kulturen Europas in Rücksicht auf die ›Verschiebung Europas nach Osten‹

Literary scholar, 2014–2016 research associate for the project Cultures of Text and Religion

Literary scholar, 2009–2016 external head in the research network Cultures of Madness

Cultural theorist, 2008–2010 research associate for the ZfL project Freud und die Naturwissenschaften: um 1900 und um 2000

2005–2010 research associate, last worked as fellow in the Doctoral program with the project Gerontographien: Eine Begriffs- und Kulturgeschichte des Alterswerks

Romanist, 2008–2010 research associate for the ZfL project Emotion and Motion

Cultural theorist, 2007–2015 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Bioethics. A Cultural Theory Approach

Philosopher, 2012–2015 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Synergy. A History of Knowledge

Philosopher, 2012–2014 research associate, last worked as Thyssen-Fellow with the project Discourses of Life. Paradigmatic Concepts around 1900 and its Significance for the Present

Professor of General and Comparative Literature Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

09 Jun 2016 – 05 Jul 2016 guest at the ZfL

Americanist, 2012–2014 research associate for the ZfL project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery

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Art historian, 2011–2014 doctoral researcher for the ZfL project Skull Base Knowledge. Cultural Implications of Cranial Plastic Surgery

Germanist, 1999–2009 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Generationen in der Erbengesellschaft. Ein Deutungsmuster soziokulturellen Wandels

Germanist/art scholar, 2006–2008 head of the ZfL project Erich Auerbach. Edition und Monographie

Art historian and historian of science, 2005–2017 research associate, last headed the project Practices of Knowledge. Images in the History of Experimental and Applied Life Sciences

Political scientist, 2008–2010 research manager at the ZfL

Theatre scholar, 2000–2002 research associate for the ZfL project EUROPA. Aufschreibesysteme aus Codes, Medien und Künsten

Philosopher, 2004–2005 assistant to the direction

Literary scholar, 2010 doctoral researcher

Germanist, 2016–2017 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow with the project The Future of Sustainability

Research assistant at the Institute for Roman Philology, Universität München

22 Apr 2014 – 02 May 2014 guest at the ZfL

Germanist, 2005–2007 research manager and coordinator at the ZfL

01 Jun 2011 – 30 Jun 2011 guest at the ZfL

Junior-Professor at the Institut for German Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

01 Feb 2014 – 28 Feb 2014 guest at the ZfL

Historian, 2009–2013 doctoral researcher for the ZfL project Das erkrankte Geschlecht

Literary scholar, 2006–2008 research associate, last worked for the ZfL project Intensität. Wirkungskonzepte in religiösen und ästhetischen Diskursen der Moderne

15 Apr 2006 – 15 Jul 2006 guest at the ZfL

Philosopher, 2012–2015 external head of the ZfL project The Cultural Semantics of Georgia between the Caucasus and the Black Sea (Universität Tbilisi)