Welcome, Spring 2019 Associates

February 1, 2019

We are pleased to have in our midst two new associates visiting during the Spring 2019 semester: Dr. Friederike Reents, a Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Fellow sponsored by Professor Judith Ryan, and Johanna Spangenberg, who joins us at the invitation of Professor John Hamilton.

Friederike ReentsDr. Reents began her six-month research stay at Harvard in mid-January. Having earned a Dr. phil. and Habilitation in German Literature at the University of Heidelberg, she now serves as a teaching professor in her alma mater‘s German Department. Since April 2018, when she began a two and a half year research leave, she has led the junior research group at the DFG Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Trier, working on the project Lyrik in Transition (Poetic Forms—Addressing Boundaries of Genre, Language, and Culture Across Europe, Asia, and the Americas). In addition to several edited volumes (like the Metzler Compendium on Gottfried Benn, several anthologies, and the Heidelberger Poetikvorlesungen) and many articles, Dr. Reents has published two books: Ein Schauern in den Hirnen. Gottfried Benns Garten von Arles als Paradigma der Moderne and Stimmungsästhetik. Realisierungen in Literatur und Theorie vom 17. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert.

Johanna SpangenbergJohanna Spangenberg completed a yearlong Studium Generale at Leibniz Kolleg Tübingen and studied Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, and Musicology at LMU Munich and King’s College London. She holds two master’s degrees from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Münich and became a member of the Münich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts MIMESIS in 2017. Her research focuses on transformation and transfer in poetical and musical proceedings in the works of Stéphane Mallarmé, Pierre Boulez, and Gilles Deleuze. Ms. Spangenberg has contributed to conferences held in Paris and Edinburgh and is currently co-organizing the international conference ‘Un/masking. On a mimetic form’, which will take place at Münich’s Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in early July 2019.

Welcome, Friederike and Johanna!