Born and raised at the heart of the multilingual EU-region SaarLorLux, I earned a Magister Artium degree summa cum laude in 1990/91 from the University of Cologne in History, Theatre-, Film- and TV-Studies and Philosophy. My working languages include Rhine Frankish, German, English (BE/AE), French and Italian. A central aim of mine is contributing to an optimised cut surface between the humanities and the public. This brought in its wake the post-1991 completion of further vocational trainings as a film archivist (Archimedia, FIAF), journalist-cum-PR specialist and teacher in German secondary education, plus work experience as a translator and interpreter. Since late 1983, I have researched and worked for public and private culture and media employers in several EU countries on all scales from local to global.
PhD project: Media, Performing Arts and Exile in 20th Century Germany and Britain - the Example of Multiple Artist Walter Rilla (1894 - 1980)
Four Research Fields
Culture: Performing Arts and Media Popular Entertainment; stage and screen interaction; Magic Lantern; Early Film; Silent Film; script writing; independent production; industrial film; German Cinema; British Cinema; French Cinema (1930s to 1970s); Italian Cinema (1940s to 1970s); the relationship of European Cinema and US-cinema; genre mixes; comedy; Heimatfilm; Exilfilm; Science Fiction; Film Noir; animation; relationship of media to society, politics and economy
Language and Identity between Translation and the Transcultural local and regional languages, identities and traditions; concept of Heimat; regional language vs. "high" language; transcultural exchange; impact of industrialisation on regional environment and society; relationships between region, nation, state and international bodies; contested areas; the Saarland and the EU-region SaarLorLux respectively the EU-Großregion/Grande Région in comparison with similar European regions
Power: Structural and Open Violence private and organised violence; women in patriarchal society; theory and practice of democracy; propaganda in open and covered forms; science and power; anthropology; utopian and dystopian concepts of society; centre and periphery; phenomena of marginalisation, colonialism and "southernisation"
Dimension: TimeSpaceTime time concepts; time-space perception; circular time; nomadism; calender concepts; cartography; natural movement vs. transport technology; the idea of progress; temporality distortion phenomena - experiences of Ungleichzeitigkeit, dislocation and "detimeisation"; cross-temporality; relationship of actual space to digital virtual space
2014-2018 AHRC Chancellor's Bursary, University of Warwick