Teaching

Teaching

As an Associate Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Tokyo (since 2012), I regularly offer two courses per semester in the Faculty of Letters and two in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at Hongo Campus. My teaching covers central topics from Enlightenment to Modernism and seeks to bring students into a genuine dialogue with personalities ranging from Goethe, Friedrich Schlegel and Richard Wagner to Thomas Mann, Alfred Doeblin, and Erich Kaestner.

Research

In my research I focus on German literature from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. My approach combines the close analysis of texts and other artefacts, mainly films, with an interest in historical concepts of individual and collective identity as well as in the history of theology, sociology and political ideologies.

For my contributions to these fields, I have been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Fellowship and an Einstein Visiting Fellowship.

Support

I am glad to support students of the University of Tokyo who seek contact to universities and other research institutions in the Humanities of German speaking countries. The same applies for students from the Freie Universitaet Berlin as well as scholarship holders of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in regard to the University of Tokyo.

Feel free to contact me. And please make the best use of the link list on these websites: it should help you to find your way through the University of Tokyo and selected German research facilities.

Transpacifica

In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. Hoc erat in principio apud Deum. Omnia per ipsum facta sunt, et sine ipso factum est nihil quod factum est; in ipso vita erat, et vita erat lux hominum, et lux in tenebris lucet, et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt.