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Prof. Dr. Susanne Strätling


Department of Culture


Head of Department

Garystraße 55
Room 120
D-14195 Berlin

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2020 Professor of Comparative Literature with a focus on Slavic literatures at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2018-2020 Professor of East Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Potsdam
  • 2016-2018 Professor of Comparative Literature at LMU Munich
  • 2014 Post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) completed at the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on Die Hand am Werk. Perspektiven einer Poetik der Poiesis in der russischen Avantgarde (The Hand at Work: Perspectives on a poetics of poiesis in the Russian avant-garde)
  • 2003 Doctorate (summa cum laude) completed at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with a dissertation on Allegorien der Imagination. Lesbarkeit und Sichtbarkeit im frühen russischen Barock, (Allegories of Imagination: Legibility and visibility in the early Russian Baroque), awarded the 2003 Humboldt Prize

Research Areas

  • Conceptual history and history of knowledge (especially transdisciplinary concepts of enérgeia (poetics of energy); poetic and political metaphors of building in socialism)
  • Arts and cultural history of the manual (literature and operativity; poetics of the tool; philology of the hand
  • Literature and mediality (media history of writing practices; criticism of script/graphoclasm; optical and tactile dispositifs of literature)
  • Rhetorical theory (allegory; rhetoric of the senses)