Curriculm Vitae

Academic and Professional Career

  • 2011/12 Appointment offered, University of Cologne (declined)
  • 2009 - 2016 Visiting Professor/ Directeur de recherche invité. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
  • 2008 - 2010 Dean of the Humanities, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2003 Appointment offered, University of Bonn (declined)
  • 2003 - 2010 Visiting Professor, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 2001 - 2015 Editor in chief of Poetica
  • Since 2000 Full professorship with tenure, Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1999 Appointment offered, University of Tübingen (declined)
  • 1997 - 2015 Co-editor of Romanistisches Jahrbuch
  • 1994 Appointment offered, University of Duisburg (declined)
  • 1993 Appointment offered, University of Potsdam (declined)
  • 1990 - 1999 Full professorship with tenure, Romance Philology (French, Spanish and Italian literature), University of Wuppertal
  • 1989 Admission to the Bavarian Fiebiger-Program (Full professorship at the University of Regensburg); Appointment offered, University of Wuppertal
  • 1987 - 1989 Professorship without tenure, Romance Philology, University of Munich
  • 1987 Habilitation: “Diskurs-Renovatio bei Lope de Vega und Calderón“
  • 1980 Ph. D.; Dissertation: “Balzac und der Effet de réel“
  • 1977 - 1987 Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Philology, University of Munich
  • 1976 Staatsexamen: French Studies (major); History, ancient and modern (minor)
  • 1970 - 1977 Studies of Romance Literatures and History (Universities of Bochum, Toulouse and Paris)
  • 1958 - 1970 Elementary School, High School (Abitur)

Honors and Awarded Memberships

  • Since 2018 Member (corr.), North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences
  • Since 2016 Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Since 2010 Member, German National Academy of Sciences / Leopoldina
  • 2009 Advanced Grant, European Research Council
  • Since 2008 Member (corr.), Göttingen Academy of Sciences
  • 2001 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award, DFG/ German Research Foundation
  • 1987 Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award, DFG/ German Research Foundation
  • 1980 Dissertation Award, University of Bochum; Strasbourg Award, Foundation FVS

Functions in Scientific and Scholarly Committees

  • 2012 - 2015 Member, standing committee for European Research policy, HRK/ German rectors‘ conference
  • 2010 Chair, committee for ‘Research Ratings in the Humanities’ (Wissenschaftsrat)
  • 2007 - 2015 Member, committee on research (Academies’ program), Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
  • 2006 - 2012 Member, standing committee for research and the promotion of younger researchers, HRK/ German rectors’ conference
  • 2006 - 2012 Member, committee for the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award, DFG
  • 2003 – 2011 Member, committee for the promotion of female scientists and scholars, FUB

Project coordination, Membership in collaborative research projects

  • 2012 – 2018 Director, International Network “Principles of Cultural Dynamics” (funded by DAAD)
  • 2010 - 2016 Principle Investigator, ERC Advanced Grant Project: “Early Modern European Drama and the Cultural Net”
  • 2007 - 2015 Member of the board, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies (Excellence initiative, funded by DFG)
  • 2007 - 2016 Director of the Dahlem Humanities Center (Excellence Initiative, third funding line (institutional strategy), funded by DFG; co-funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
  • 2007 - 2012 Member, TOPOI (Cluster of Excellence, funded by DFG)
  • 2003 - 2007 Member, Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 626 (funded by DFG): “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits”