Since 2009 Director of the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities (founded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), University of Cologne; Co-Editor Morphomata Studies; Co-Organizer Poetica (Cologne Festival of World Literature); since 2010 Member of the German-Chinese-Research-Cooperation ‘Literaturstraße’; since 1998 Principal Editor International Kleist-Yearbook; since 1996 Co-Editor Kölner Germanistische Studien (Germanic Studies Cologne); since 1996 President of the International Heinrich-von-Kleist-Society and Speaker of the Kleist-Prize, one of Germany’s most prominent awards for fiction; since 1995 Full Professor (C 4), Department of German, University of Cologne; 2011 Head of the Organization Committee of the National Kleist-Bicentenary 2011 and Curator of the Memorial Exhibition for Kleist in Berlin; 1999-2004 Head DFG-Projects ‘Archeology of Media Theory’ and ‘Loudspeakers: Discourses and Practices of Media 1933-1945’ at SFB/FK 204 ‘Media and Cultural Communication’; 1994-1995 Director Center for Advanced Studies: Cultural Analysis, Media Studies, Psychoana-lysis (Wissenschaftszentrum II), University of Kassel; 1992-1995 Full Professor (C 3), Department of German, University of Kassel; 1990-1992 Associate Professor (C 2), Department of German, University of Erlangen; 1990 Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) on ‘Theories of Inspiration’, University of Erlangen; 1984-1990 Assistant Professor, Department of German, University of Erlangen; 1983 PhD on ‘Melancholy and the Theory of the Novel’ (summa cum laude), University of Erlangen; 1979-1983 Research Assistant, Department of German, University of Erlangen; 1977-1978 Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Bayreuth.
Visiting professor and lecturer inter alia at the university of Adelaide, Aix-en-Provence, Buenos Aires, Exeter, Fortaleza, Krakow, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Melbourne, Parma, Paris, Venice, Vienna, at Xi’an, Yale and Durham Universities.
Last Fellowship at Stanford Humanities Center (Spring 2016), at Washington University at Saint Louis (Max-Kade Critic in Spring 2017)
Member of several research and literary societies, inter alia: German Academy of Language and Literature (Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung); International Association for German Studies (IVG). Recent awards inter alia: Biography on Kleist, awarded as ‘Best non-fiction in Germany 2011’ (Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels), Universitätspreis 2016 (Forschung).