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fold faq Chair of English Language and Linguistics

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmann

We are interested in the mental representation of language and particularly in cognitive approaches to language variation and change. Drawing on insights from construction grammar and cognitive linguistics, we focus on the regional and social variation of first, second, and foreign language varieties of English around the world. We aim to make substantial contributions to the understanding of synchronic variability and diachronic change of languages as well as the mental grammars of multilingual speakers.

Methodologically, we combine corpus-based approaches with experimental studies and place great emphasis on the advanced statistical analysis of objective, reliable, and valid sociolinguistic data.

In research and teaching, we offer broad training in all of the above subfields to enable our students and young researchers to carry out independent research on cognitive research questions as early as possible.

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fold faq Chair of English Literary Studies

Prof. Dr. Richard Nate

English literary studies focuses on the literature and culture of the British Isles from the early modern period to the 21st century. These topics are taught in various modules in teaching degree programs in English, in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in English Studies, and in the European Studies degree program.

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European Studies

The European Studies program mentor teaches courses amounting to approximately four hours per week on fundamental and advanced areas of European cultural history, and the way that European literatures and cultures perceive themselves and are perceived by others. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the program is run in collaboration with several other KU faculties and departments.

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fold faq Chair of American Studies

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

American Studies at Eichstätt is an interdisciplinary field that aims at a comprehensive understanding of North American literatures and cultures from early colonial times to the present.
With a special emphasis on race and diaspora studies, the program examines the variety of literatures in the U.S. and Canada from multiethnic, postcolonial, regional/transnational, and comparative perspectives, thus reflecting the internationalization of American Studies in recent years. Our research and teaching moreover reflects the multifold interrelations between various forms of media: investigations of visual and auditory cultures (photography, film, radio, music, TV) stand alongside theater and performance studies as well as architecture.
To explore this wide variety of textual, visual, audio, material, and performative manifestations and interpretations of American experiences, American Studies Eichstätt draws on methodologies ranging from literary and cultural studies to media theory and history and theories of space.

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fold faq Professorship of English Didactics

Prof. Dr. Heiner Böttger

The English Didactics team at the KU provides students of teaching degree programs with intensive, reflective, theoretical, and practical training, and supports them during their student teaching placements at schools.

Research priorities

  • Adult learning of English
  • Excellent foreign-language teaching at universities
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Pre-school and elementary English teaching
  • Learning disabilities and learning deficits
  • Literature didactics

Current research projects

  • Neurodidactic research on language acquisition
  • Multilingualism didactics
  • Portfolio
  • Oral language production in English
  • Virtual lesson observation

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fold faq Chair of German Linguistics

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kürschner

German linguistics deals with the structure and uses of present day German and with the history of German. Research and teaching topics of German linguistics at KU include variationist and contact linguistics, the language of advertising (Master's degree program InterculturAd - Intercultural Advertising), comparative linguistics of Germanic languages, and historical linguistics.

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fold faq Chair of Medieval German Literature

Prof. Dr. Gerd Dicke

The Chair of Early German Literature is responsible for research and teaching in all areas of the discipline. Its teaching focuses on early forms of the German language and on the areas that are relevant for teaching degree programs (Old and Early Middle High German literature, höfische Epik, Minnesang, epic poetry/German chanson de geste, Sangspruchdichtung, Märendichtung, Early New High German literature). It also covers philological methods (including codicology/paleography, bibliography, edition philology). In addition, its research includes vernacular religious literature and sermons, as well as educational literature, and is conducted in close collaboration with the Research Center for Medieval Religious Literature.

Research priorities

  • Short narrative forms and gnomic poetry
  • Höfische Epik (in particular Tristan)
  • Medieval literature and law
  • Sermons
  • Early German humanist literature
  • History of themes and motifs; transmission history and the history of books
  • Historical semantics

Current research projects

  • Heinrich Steinhöwel, Von den erlauchten Frauen. The Early New High German version of Giovanni Boccaccio's De claris mulie­ribus
  • Materia praedicabilis. Preaching knowledge retained through Latin in vernacular preaching practice
  • Preaching in context: the function and change in function of sermon texts in the Late Middle Ages (Prof. Weigand)
  • Law and literature in the Middle Ages (Prof. Weigand)

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fold faq Chair of Modern German Literature

Prof. Dr. Thomas Pittrof

The Chair of Modern German Literature focuses on literature from the early modern period to the post-war era, textual analysis and interpretation, genre theory, rhetoric, and aesthetics.

Research priorities and projects

  • Research on literary Catholicism in German-speaking countries in the 20th century

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Category: GERMANISTIK
fold faq Professorship of Modern German Literature

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Stauffer

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fold faq Chair of German Didactics

Prof. Dr. Ina Brendel-Perpina (temporary chair)

Research priorities and projects

  • The history of German as a school subject
  • Planning German lessons
  • Literature didactics, in particular methods of tracing literary history in Weimar (Wieland, Goethe, Herder, Schiller) and Dresden (Erich Kästner)
  • Literary writing competition
  • Didactics of children's and young adult literature
  • Children's lyric poetry

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Category: GERMANISTIK
fold faq Professorship for German as a Second Language

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Alber (temporary chair)

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Category: GERMANISTIK
fold faq Research Center for Medieval Religious Literature

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fold faq Chair of Journalism Studies I

Prof. Dr. Klaus Meier

Teaching and research priorities

  • Journalism research: history, theory, and practice of journalism
  • Ethics and quality in journalism; transfer between research and editorial departments
  • Cross-media developments in journalism: potential and consequences of media convergences for journalistic work; online journalism and cross-media and multi-media reporting
  • Research on editorial departments: innovative developments in organization and management of editorial departments
  • Journalist training in the digital age: challenges and new concepts in theory and practice
  • Science journalism: profession, trends, qualification

Current information: www.klaus-meier.net

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Category: JOURNALISTIK
fold faq Chair of Journalism Studies II

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen

Research priorities

Our research focuses are journalism research, journalistic quality, media and editorial department management, media economics and media organization, and entertainment acquisition and production. We are also working to establish media social responsibility and responsibility communication as a new research priority.

Current research projects

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in reporting (collaborative research with Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy at the KU)
  • Responsibility communication (collaborative research with Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy at the KU)
  • Entertainment acquisition and production (ongoing research in collaboration with the Media and Communication Management Group at TU Ilmenau)
  • German media managers' careers (own project)

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fold faq Professorship of Journalism and Communication Studies

Prof. Dr. Friederike Herrmann

Teaching and research and priorities

  • Text and language, particularly in the field of radio and print, language change in journalism, new formats, language of the internet
  • Narrativity (theory and journalistic practice), narrators, transmedia narrative
  • Writing processes in the media
  • Media and gender
  • Media ethics and quality, concepts of shame
  • Privacy and publicity, media and every-day life, transfer between research and practice

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fold faq Professorship of Classical Archaeology

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadin Burkhardt

Classical archaeology is the study of objects left behind by the antique cultures of the Mediterranean region – from drinking vessels to temples – with a focus on the Ancient Greeks and Romans. As a discipline of visual and media studies, it is a partner of art history, particularly in relation to the reception of Antiquity and iconographic methods. It also has close links to classical philology, as philological topics are complemented and broadened through the study of ancient artifacts. Finally, classical archaeology has connections to topics and questions in historical disciplines such as ancient history and ancient church history, as well as certain areas of geography.

Research priorities

  • Urban development in Late Antiquity with a focus on Greece and the southern Balkans
  • Re-use and re-purposing of artworks and buildings in Late Antiquity
  • The beginnings of the great Greek colonization in the west: Pithekoussai (project funded by Thyssen)
  • Acculturation phenomena between the Greeks and the indigenous peoples of Magna Graecia

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fold faq Chair of Classical Philology

Prof. Dr. Bardo Maria Gauly

The KU's Chair of Classical Philology studies antique literature and its history – from its beginnings through to Late Antiquity – and the way that it has been received in European literature.

Research priorities

  • Transformation of Greek philosophy in Rome
  • Augustan poetry
  • Seneca's natural philosophy and its reception
  • Late antique poetry

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fold faq Professorship of Classics and the History of Classical Tradition

Prof. Dr. Gernot Michael Müller

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fold faq Chair of Art History

Prof. Dr. Michael F. Zimmermann

Art history (and visual culture) is the study of Western art and architecture from Late Antiquity to the present day, as well as the history of visual media from woodcut and copperplate engraving to photography, film, illustration, etc. and, finally, globalized visual culture since colonialism. At the KU, students are taught approaches in art history and visual culture through the study of media systems. Particular attention is paid to the question of how (high) art constantly reinvents itself, taking inspiration from non-artistic image production but at the same time differentiating itself from it. The focuses are on visual arts from the Late Middle Ages to the present.

Research priorities

  • Visual culture of the modern period: art theory, science, and image use; graphics and artistic media
  • Tombs of the early modern period
  • 19th and 20th century art: comparison of France, Italy, German, and English-speaking countries
  • 19th and 20th century media history
  • Comparative history of the discipline and its institutions
  • Historical philosophy of images

Current research projects

  • Changing perception (1860–1930): fine art and media; medicine – physiology of perception – psychophysics; philosophy
  • Grammaticalization of the arts (1860–1930)
  • Cubism and the mediality of seeing: space as a projection vs. surface as an abstraction?
  • Manet
  • Adolescence (collaborative project)

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fold faq Professorship of Romance Languages and Linguistics

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Klöden

The profile is based on the curriculum for Bachelor's, Master's, and teaching degree programs.

Research priorities

  • Comparative Romance linguistics
  • Variationist sociolinguistics with a focus on language and advertising in the media
  • Morphosyntax
  • Lexicology and lexicography
  • Language change

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Category: ROMANISTIK
fold faq Chair of Romance Languages and Linguistics

Prof. Dr. Roland Schmidt-Riese

Morphology, syntax, and phonology of Romance languages in the past and present (French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian); variation and language change; older varieties of Romance languages

Research priorities

  • Use, description, and evaluation of language in colonial and post-colonial contexts, in particular in Romance-speaking America
  • Core areas of linguistics such as morphology, phonology, and syntax, with a focus on Romance languages
  • Researchers and missionaries. On the genealogy of pro-indigenist and intercultural discourse in Chile (1890–1930; with Prof. Dr. Wehr)
  • Syntactic structures of American Indian languages and the epistemic documentation of them during the early modern period
  • Historical syntax of the Spanish language

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Category: ROMANISTIK
fold faq Chair of Romance Literary Studies I

Prof. Dr. Barbara Kuhn

French and Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, with a focus on questions relating to genre theory, narratology, and intermediality

Research priorities

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature
  • French and Italian literature of the 18th to the 21st century
  • The novel as a genre
  • 20th and 21st century theater
  • Autobiography in the 18th to the 20th century
  • Image–text relationships

Current research projects

  • 'Imaginarration': telling pictures
  • Images in action: portraits in narrative and dramatic texts
  • 18th century narratology (including annotated edition project)
  • 17th century metaphors and metaphor theory
  • Lyric poetry and imagery

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Category: ROMANISTIK
fold faq Chair of Romance Literary Studies II

Prof. Dr. Miriam Lay Brander

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Category: ROMANISTIK
fold faq Romance Didactics

PD Dr. Domenica Elisa Cicala

Didactics of Romance languages and literatures focuses on the teaching and learning of French, Italian, and Spanish in the context of schools.

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