is Humboldt Professor of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. In 2005–2015 she was a research professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (cnrs), Paris. Her research focuses on the history of art, historiography and aesthetics in Germany (18th-20th centuries) as well as on the history of the methods of reading and writing in the modern scholarship. She is the author of Johann Joachim Winckelmann: Enquête sur la genèse de l'histoire de l'art (Paris) and editor of numerous volumes, including Ecrire l'histoire de l'art: France-Allemagne, 1750–1920 (Paris) and (together with D. Fulda) Sattelzeit: Historiographiegeschichtliche Revisionen (Berlin). She is currently working on the edition of the collected writings of Johann Georg Sulzer and on the early modern practices of quoting, making excerpts and plagiarising. She has also curated the exhibition ‘Winckelmann. Moderne Antike’ (‘Winckelmann: Modern Antiquity’) in Weimar (Neues Museum, 7 April–2 July 2017).
is Chair of Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He is honorary member of the Modern Language Association of America (mla), member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and regular member of the Academia Europaea. Ottmar Ette directs the research project on Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries: Genealogy, Chronology, and Epistemology (2014–2017) and, since 2015, an eighteen-year Academy project on Travelling Humboldt – Science on the Move which focusses on editing the manuscripts of Alexander von Humboldt’s American and Russian-Siberian travel diaries. His most recent publications are Das Alexander von Humboldt-Handbuch: Leben – Werk – Wirkung (ed., 2018), WeltFraktale: Wege durch die Literaturen der Welt (2017), Transarea: A Literary History of Globalization (2016) and Der Fall Jauss: Wege des Verstehens in eine Zukunft der Philologie (2016).
Michael N. Forster
is Alexander von Humboldt Professor, holder of the Chair in Theoretical Philosophy, and Co-director of the International Centre for Philosophy at Bonn University. Before his appointment at Bonn, he was the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy at the University of Chicago where he continues to teach each year as visiting professor. He works primarily on German philosophy, and also on ancient philosophy. His publications include: Hegel’s Idea of a ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’ (University of Chicago Press, 1998), and After Herder (Oxford University Press, 2010).
is Chair of Modern German Literature at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies at Halle. His research focuses on the interrelation between historiography and aesthetics, on literary genres and on the cultures of erudition in the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include Wissenschaft aus Kunst: Die Entstehung der modernen deutschen Geschichtsschreibung 1760–1860 (1996), Schau-Spiele des Geldes: Die Komödie und die Entstehung der Marktgesellschaft von Shakespeare bis Lessing (2005), and ‘Die Geschichte trägt der Aufklärung die Fackel vor’: Eine deutsch-französische Bild-Geschichte (2016).
Friedrich Wilhelm Graf
is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. He is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the President of the Ernst Troeltsch Society, and he was the first theologian to be awarded the Leibniz Prize by dfg. His numerous works include: Die Wiederkehr der Götter: Religion in der modernen Kultur (2004) and Der heilige Zeitgeist: Studien zur Ideengeschichte der protestantischen Theologie in der Weimarer Republik (2011). He is one of the editors of the critical edition of Ernst Troeltsch’s works.
is Associate Professor in the Cultural History of Central Europe at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He is author of The Mind of the Nation: Völkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851–1955 (2013, 2nd edition 2016) and Unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten: ‘Amerikanisierung’ in Deutschland und Frankreich, 1900–1933 (2003), as well as articles in journals such as Modern Intellectual History, History of European Ideas, The Historical Journal, Central Europe and History of the Human Sciences. His research interests include the history of anti-Americanism, antisemitism, eugenics and race psychology, the humanities and social sciences, and urban history. He is currently working on the history of Vienna from 1815 for Bloomsbury Publishing.
is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Oakeshott (2012), and the author of In Defence of Modernity: Vision and Philosophy in Michael Oakeshott (2003) and of numerous articles in academic journals, such as Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of the History of Ideas, Modern Intellectual History, New German Critique and Simmel Studies. In 2009–2011 he was an Alexander v. Humboldt research scholar at Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt. His major area of research is German intellectual history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the emphasis on the ideas of social philosophers such as Georg Simmel and Ferdinand Tönnies. He is currently working on Georg Simmel’s intellectual biography.
is Professor of Latin at Rostock University since 2000. She has published widely on ancient epic poetry, both Greek and Latin. Currently she is preparing a Companion to Structures of Epic Poetry, together with Simone Finkmann, a project funded by the dfg. She is also interested in concepts of the preservation and transfer of knowledge: didactic poetry, technical writing and epitomising genres. Another focus of her research is the reception of the classical tradition, both in literature and art history.
Martin A. Ruehl
is Senior Lecturer in German History at the University of Cambridge, with a particular focus on German intellectual history in the Wilhelmine and Weimar periods. His books include Out of Arcadia: Classics and Politics in Germany in the Age of Burckhardt, Nietzsche and Wilamowitz (2003, ed. with I. Gildenhard), A Poet’s Reich: Politics and Culture in the George Circle (2011, ed. with M. Lane), and The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination, 1860–1930 (2015). He is currently working on the idea of unfree labour from the fight against Leibeigenschaft in the late eighteenth century to the new forms of Zwangsarbeit in the Third Reich.
is Professor emeritus of Romance Linguistics at the Freie Universität Berlin. His latest books are: Die Sprache (2009), Weltansichten: Wilhelm von Humboldts Sprachprojekt (2012), Vico’s New Science of Ancient Signs: A Study of Sematology (2013), Globalesisch oder was? (2014), Giambattista Vico – Poetische Charaktere (2019). Until 2018 he was working on the embodiment of human thought in language and image in a research group on ‘symbolic articulation’ at Humboldt Universität Berlin.
is Professor of Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. His research focuses on the philosophy of the social sciences, on sociological theory, on the history of sociology and on cultural and political sociology. His books include Herausforderung Vielfalt: Plädoyer für eine kosmopolitische Soziologie (1999), Projekt Europa: Zur Konstruktion europäischer Identität zwischen Nationalismus und Weltgesellschaft (2005), Paulette am Strand: Roman zur Einführung in die Soziologie (2008, 2nd ed. 2014), Die Wissenschaftstheorie der Soziologie (2012). He is editor of Max Weber, Zur Logik und Methodik der Sozialwissenschaften. Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe, Vol. I/7 (2018).
David E. Wellbery
is the Leroy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His books include: Lessing’s ‘Laocoon’: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason (1984); The Specular Moment: Goethe’s Early Lyric and the Beginnings of Romanticism (1996); Seiltänzer des Paradoxalen: Aufsätze zur ästhetischen Wissenschaft (2007); Goethe’s ‘Faust I’: Reflexion der tragischen Form (2016). He is the editor-in-chief of A New History of German Literature (2005) and co-editor of Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte. His research centers on the classical age of German literature, the history of aesthetics and literary theory, the relations between literature and philosophy.