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Carl Ludwig Börne

Carl Ludwig Börne (born Juda Löb Baruch, 1786-1837): journalist, literary and theater critic

The Ludwig Börne Professorship is named after the writer and political thinker Carl Ludwig Börne, who received his doctorate in philosophy in Giessen in 1808 and later critically examined the Franco-German relationship during his exile in France. Börne is sometimes compared to Jean Paul and, due to his pointed and witty writing, is considered a pioneer of literary criticism in Germany, especially the feuilleton genre. As a publicist and journalist, he traveled greatly and settled in Paris in 1830. He wrote for the Allgemeine Zeitung, among others, and was committed to writing with passion for the "Young Germany" movement with the aim of spreading democracy as a prerequisite for freedom. His letters from Paris, written between 1830 and 1834 in correspondence with Jeanette Wohl, and inspired by the Paris Revolution in July 1830, advocated the need for a democratic revolution in Germany. These writings, including the critical magazine "Die Waage," were banned. Börne was always committed to a Franco-German friendship.



Ludwig Börne Professorship

Based on the profile of this outstanding European time diagnostician, it is the task of the Ludwig Börne Professorship to reflect the Franco-German relationship in the wider context of Europe, transatlantic relations, and world politics. This includes contributions to the lecture series by the President of the JLU, the debate on sustainability, and the organization of the annual Mazowiecki lecture.