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1944 born 2/23/1944 Neustadt/Aisch (Mittelfranken, Germany)
1963 Abitur Friedr.-Alexander-Gymnasium Neustadt/Aisch
1963-1967 Eight-Semester University Education English, French Literature and Language, Philosophy, Würzburg University
1967 Autumn: State Exam (equivalent to MA: grade "outstanding")
1967-1969 Pedagogical Training and Practice
1969 Autumn: Pedagogical State Exam (qualifying for high school [i.e. German Gymnasium] teaching for English, French and German). Grade:"Outstanding"
Grades for both State Exams combined:"Outstanding", best exam in Bavaria for (at least) five years
1969-1973 Assistant Prof. Department of English, Würzburg University
1973 May: PhD Würzburg University (Oral exam in English, French, and Italian Literature): summa cum laude
1973-1974 November-September: Sponsored by German Research Agency (DFG) for Visiting Fellowship Harvard University (Comparative Literature and Philosophy)
1974-1976 September-October: Assistant Prof. Department of English, Würzburg University
1976-1978 October-October: Assistant Prof. English and Comparative Literature and Critical Theory, Konstanz University
1977 December: 'Habilitation' English and Comparative Literature and Critical Theory Konstanz University
1978 April-September: Deputy, chair English Linguistics, Bielefeld University
1978-1979 October-October: Associate Professor of English (tenure), Bochum University
1979-2006 Full Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Siegen University
February 2009 Professor Emeritus Siegen University
2007-2011 Professor of Literature, Jacobs University Bremen
December 2011 Professor Emeritus Jacobs University Bremen
1984-2006 Visiting Professorships (one to three months, unless otherwise noted): University of Houston, Texas (one year), University of California, Davis, Kansai University, Osaka (Japan; twice), Colorado College, Colorado Springs (USA; three times Maytag Professor of Comparative Literature), Stanford University, Humanities Research Institute University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa Cruz (Distinguished Visiting Professor); Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren/Zentrum für Literaturforschung Berlin; Keio University Tokyo; Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (twice)
Fellowships: Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine (1991); Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1996, 2003)
1979- Chair and Member in about 40 Committees of all kinds, especially:
1980-1983, 2001- Member of the Faculty Council and Associate Dean 1980-1983
1981-1984 Member of University Senate
1983-1984 Chair, Central Senate Committee for Tenure Decisions; Member and Deputy Chair of University Committee for Research
1985-1988 Chair, MA Committee
1989/92 Deputy Director and Director Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Member of Institute 1989-1995)
1989 April-July Deputy Director Graduate College Fachbereich 3 "Forms of Communications as Forms of Life" (special PhD program)
1989-1992 Director of Graduate College (see above)
1990-1992 Chair, Award Committee for best 'Habilitation' thesis in German English Studies
1983- Referee for national and international tenure reviews and search committees (including UCB, UCD)
Research Organization (Research Projects with external funding, Conferences etc)
1981 Hermeneutics (Siegen)
Co-Organizer of two-week Conferences Inter University Centre Dubrovnik:
1987 Materialities of Communication
1989 Paradoxes, Cognitive Dissonance, Breakdowns
1991 Co-Director International Colloquium on Writing ("Schrift") Stanford University
Colloquium Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Siegen: Authority - On the Scope and Range of 'Hard' Communication
1997 Theory as a Cultural Event
1994-1999 Member of International Research Group on Humanistic Discouse and its Status in Different Cultures (directed by Wolfgang Iser and Murray Krieger, UCI, members Hazard Adams, Ernst Behler, Hendrik Birus, Jacques Derrida, J. Hillis Miller, Bill Readings, Ching-hsien Wang, Pauline Yu), sponsored by Humboldt Foundation, Siemens Foundation, UCI, University of Washington, Seattle, Munich University
2002-2009 Media Anthropology und Media Avantgarde Germany/Japan, in the context of Forschungskolleg/Sonderforschungsbereich (Special Research Unit, about 50 researchers) "Media Upheavals" (sponsored by German Research Agency DFG and, to a small degree, Keio University and Japan Foundation), together with R. Schnell (several conferences and published volumes)
2003-2006 Mysticism and Modernity (sponsored by VW Foundation) together with K. Vondung, Siegen, F. Gregory and S. McKnight, History of Science, Univ. of Florida (several workshops and conferences both in Gainesville, Siegen and Herzog-August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (the workplace of Lessing and Leibnitz), Forum Humanum (Udo Keller Foundation at the University of Tübingen)
About 100 lectures in European, US, Japanese and Brazilian universities. This includes Eastern European universities before 1990.