Research Associates

The Institute has a number of Research Associates who use its resources and contribute to its academic activities.

Sander L. Gilman is distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University. For 2004-5 he is the Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature at Oxford University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over seventy books. His first biography Jurek Becker – A Life in Five Worlds appeared in 2003 and his widely reviewed monograph Fat Boys: A Slim Book appeared in 2004; his most recent edited volume Smoke: A Global History of Smoking (with Zhou Xun) also appeared that year. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1982 (reprinted: 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986. For twenty-five years he was a member of the humanities and medical faculties at Cornell University where he held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies. For six years he held the Henry R. Luce Distinguished Service Professorship of the Liberal Arts in Human Biology at the University of Chicago. During 1990-1991 he served as the Visiting Historical Scholar at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; 1996-1997 as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA; 2000-2001 as a Berlin prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in North America, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Germany, and New Zealand. He was president of the Modern Language Association in 1995. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) at the University of Toronto in 1997 and elected an honorary professor of the Freie Universität in Berlin.

Birgit R. Erdle, Dr phil, germanist, taught at the University of Munich, the Academy of Arts in Munich, the University of Zurich and the Technical University Berlin. Various publications on German-Jewish cultural history, the legacy of National Socialism and the Shoah, and on the history of literary figures central to the construction of cultural memory since 1800. Publications i. a.:
Antlitz, Mord, Gesetz. Figuren des Anderen bei Gertrud Kolmar und Emmanuel Levinas, Wien: Passagen 1994.
Recently: Sich öffentlich der Gesellschaft einverleiben. Die Konstellation Friedländer – Schleiermacher, in: Das Politische. Figurenlehren des sozialen Körpers nach der Romantik. Eds. Ethel Matala de Mazza, Uwe Hebekus, Albrecht Koschorke, München: Fink, 2003
Die aufgeschobene Theorie des Vergessens bei Walter Benjamin, in: Vergessen: Medien – Rituale – Orte. Eds. Günter Butzer, Manuela Günter, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004.
She was the editor of: Fünfzig Jahre danach. Zur Nachgeschichte des Nationalsozialismus, Zürich: vdf 1996
Mimesis, Bild und Schrift. Ähnlichkeit und Entstellung im Verhältnis der Künste, Köln/Weimar: Böhlau 1996
Trauma. Zwischen Psychoanalyse und kulturellem Deutungsmuster, Köln/Wien: Böhlau 1999.

Project (Fellowship): Historical Thinking and Concepts of Historical Transmission in the Writings of Freud, Kafka and Heine

Christian Strub, PD Dr phil, philosopher, teaches at the universities of Freiburg and Hildesheim. After various publications on metaphorology (Kalkulierte Absurditäten. Versuch einer historisch reflektierten sprachanalytischen Metaphorologie, Freiburg i. Br.: Alber 1991), early scholasticism and the concept of the philosophical system, he is now working on the project “Morality in German Philosophy between 1933 and 1945”. His other main interests are practical and cultural philosophy. The following books will be published in 2005: Sanktionen des Selbst. Eine abstrakte Theorie der normativen Praxis sozialer Gruppen, Freiburg i.Br. 2005 and Vom freien Umgang mit Gepflogenheiten. Eine Wittgensteinsche Perspektive auf die praktische Philosophie, Paderborn: mentis 2005. Furthermore, Christian Strub is working on two philosophical editions: Abaelardus, Glossae super Perihermeneais (with Klaus Jacobi) and Charles S. Peirce, Lowell Lectures 1903 (with Helmut Pape).

Project (Fellowship): Morality in German Philosophy between 1933 and 1945

Tanja Hetzer, MA, historian, studied in Zurich and Bielefeld. She worked as a research assistant for the “Independent Experts’ Commission: Switzerland – Second World War” in Berne (1997–1999) and for the “Independent Historical Commission for the Investigation of the Activities of Bertelsmann Publishers During the Third Reich” in Munich (1999-2002). Currently she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sussex and a Research Associate of the Leo Baeck Institute and the Wiener Library London.
Her first book is entitled: Kinderblick auf die Shoah. Rekonstruktion der Erinnerung bei Ilse Aichinger, Hubert Fichte und Danilo Kiš, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1999.
Co-Author of two books: Die Schweiz und die Flüchtlinge zur Zeit des Nationalsozialismus, Berne 2001; Bertelsmann im Dritten Reich, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Verlag 2002.

Project: Antisemitism and Political Theology in Germany, 1930–1950