PD Dr. Patrick Eiden-Offe

Germanist, Heisenberg position with the project Georg Lukács: An Intellectual Biography


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  •  since 11/2020: Heisenberg Scholar at the ZfL, Berlin.
  • Spring Term 2021: Max Kade Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago. 
  • 2020: Visiting Professor, University of Hamburg.
  • 2019/20: Visiting Professor, Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • SoSe 2019: Visiting Professor, Humboldt-University Berlin.
  • 2017-2019: Research Associate and Head of Research "The Formation of Theory and the Critique of 'Wissenschaft' in Early 20th Century", ZfL Berlin (https://www.zfl-berlin.org/project/the-formation-of-theory-and-the-critique-of-wissenschaft.html).
  • 2017: "Venia legendi" German Literature and Culture, University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • 2011-2017: Assistant Professor, University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • 2008-2011: Research Associate, Center of Excellence "Cultural Foundation of Social Integration", University of Konstanz.
  • 2008: PhD, University of Konstanz.
  • 2007-2008: Research Coordinator, DFG-Graduate Center "The Figure of the Third", University of Konstanz.
  • 2003-2006: Graduate Student in the DFG-Graduate Center "The Figure of the Third", University of Konstanz.
  • 2002: "Magister Artium", University of Hamburg.
  • Academic Studies in German Literature, Philosophy, Art History and Musicology, Universities of Hamburg and Tübingen.


  • 2021: Max Kade Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago. 
  • 2017/18: Visiting Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald (not taken for professional reasons).
  • 2014/15: Visiting Fellow at Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg, University of Konstanz.
  • 2004: Research Fellow at Beinecke Rare Books Library, Yale University.
  • 2004: Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore.

Jury, Council, and Board Memberships

Advisory Board "Literatur und Ökonomie. Schriftenreihe des Fritz-Hüser-Instituts für Literatur und Kultur der Arbeitswelt", Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

Research Interests

  • German Literature, 16th-21st Century; Romanticism, Classical Modernism
  • Historiography of Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Theory of Nature
  • History of Theory/Historicising "Theory"
  • Social History of Literature
  • History of Social Sciences 
  • German Idealism as a Theory of Culture