Inhaltspezifische Aktionen

GCSC/RCSC Distinguished Research Fellows

Starting this winter semester, our centre welcomes its first four GCSC/RCSC Distinguished Research Fellows. With their experience and expertise, these internationally acclaimed senior scholars enrich our centre’s academic community as they participate in the collaborative work of our centre, offer regular (virtual) office hours for our early career researchers, deliver lectures and/or master classes on the fellow’s current research and contribute to joint publications.


Doris Bachmann-Medick

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, PhD

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12
35394 Gießen




I have always striven to push or extend the boundaries of my discipline. Being trained in literary studies (German philology), I expanded my notion of the literary into the study of culture, first by bringing it into relation with ethnology (literary anthropology). This translation between disciplines opened for me the broader field of cultural theory. In my book on “Cultural Turns” I carved out main trajectories and new orientations in the study of culture that are stimulating for transdisciplinary approaches. It formed the basis from which I am now pursuing a calling question: Can translation be considered as a major mode and important analytical category for our contemporary times and problems – not only for crossing disciplines and linking different research systems, but also for a necessary transnationalization of the study of culture and, finally, for the global encounter itself? In this sense my new book in progress on “Society as Translation” deals with an expanded, not merely linguistic notion of translation: As an important category of cultural and social practice in a globalized world translation seems to become a main concern of translational humanities.

Find out more


Rolf J. Goebel

Distinguished Professor of German, Emerit., PhD

Dept. of World Languages and Cultures
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Home Address: 
1318 Beirne Ave. N.E.
Huntsville, AL 35801



My current scholarship focuses on intersections of literary discourses, especially poetry, sound/music, media technologies, and philosophy. Specifically, I am interested in literary representations of imaginary sound/music vs. the media-technological reproducibility of actual sound; the auditory as a supplement of visuality; and philosophical approaches to auditory experiences. 

Find out more


Richard Grusin

Distinguished Professor of English, Emerit., PhD

Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413




For the past three decades I have worked in new media theory, with a particular focus on the concept of mediation. In the past decade my work has turned increasingly to questions of the nonhuman. My current research focuses on the arboreal humanities, with a particular interest in the relationality of forests, trees, fungi, and all of the human and nonhuman plants and animals that make up what I am calling arboreal mediation.

Find out more


Angela Locatelli

Professor of English,
Emerit., PhD

Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Bergamo
via Salvecchio 19
24129 Bergamo



My main research interests are: literary and cultural theory, the intersections of philosophy and literature, the cognitive, ethical and cultural meaning of literature, and literary translation.

Find out more