Curriculum Vitae


Born 3 November 1953 in Hückeswagen, Germany

Marital status: Married, two children


1972-74 University of Cologne: Theatre, Film and TV Studies; Art History; German Literature

1974-77 Free University Berlin: Theatre Studies; Art History; German Literature

1977 Ph.D. in Theatre Studies

Working languages: Latin, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch


1977-78 Postdoctoral research, at the British Library, financed by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes,

1978-83 Lektor at Bedford College / University of London

1983-92 Lecturer in Drama at Bristol University

1989 Habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin

1992 Promotion to Reader in Theatre History

1997 Guest Professorship at University of Rio de Janeiro

2001-02 Guest Professorship at Brown University, Providence/RI

2004 Appointment as Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University


Dr. phil. (Freie Universität Berlin) grade: Magna cum laude

Habilitation (Freie Universität Berlin)


1984 Co-organizer of a conference in London, Bedford College, on Viennese Popular Theatre

1984-88 Member of an inter-disciplinary research group, “Art and Politics in Germany”. Co-organizer of two conferences at the Goethe Institute London on “1916: A Watershed in German Arts and Politics?” and “The Body: Physical Culture in Weimar Germany”. Principal organizer of a conference on “Cabaret, Caricature and Satire in Wilhelmine, Germany”.

1985 Organizer of a conference at University College, London, on “Feminism and the Arts in Weimar, Germany”

1986 Organizer of an international conference at the Architectural Association, London on “German Exile Theatre in Great Britain, 1933-1945”, published by Berg in 1989

1990-94 Organizer of an international, inter-disciplinary research team of scholars from Germany, Italy, Spain, Britain, France and USA on “Fascist Theatre: A Comparative Study”. Co-organizer of a symposium in Granada in 1993 and editor of a volume of 18 essays on the topic published by Berghahn in 1996

1994-95 Organizer of an conference on “Futurism in an International and Inter- disciplinary Perspective” at the Institute of Romance Studies, London, and editor of a volume of 25 essays on the topic published by DeGryuter in 2000

1995-97 Organizer of the 97th Colston Symposium on “New Approaches to Theatre Studies and Performance Analysis” in conjunction with the Bristol University Drama Department 50th Anniversary, and editor of a volume of 20 essays on the topic published by Niemeyer in 2001

1998 Organizer of centenary conference on “Brecht for the 21st Century” in Bristol, in conjunction with the Drama, Music and German Departments of the University of Bristol

2001 Organizer of the Bristol University Arts Lectures Series on “Prehistoric Art”, published by Praeger in 2004

2006 Organizer of a roundtable on “Osmosis and Crossfertilizations between Historical Avant-garde Movements”, at EUROPA! EUROPA? First bi-annual conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), Ghent University, Belgium

2008 Co-Organizer of a conference on “Futurism and Technological Imagination” at 11th International Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas) at University of Helsinki, published by Rodopi in 2009

2010 Organizer of a conference on “Futurism in East and Central Europe” at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, published in 2011 as a special issue of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

2014 Organizer of a conference section on “Futurism in Northern Europe” at the fourth international conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), University of Helsinki, Finland, published in 2015 as a special section of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

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