Meral Alma | Alexander Becker | Till Bödeker | Thomas Daffertshofer | Irene Daum | Anna-Sophie Jürgens | Angela Krewani | Peter M. Lynen | Moritz Niehues | Stefan Oehm | René Reinhold Schallegger | Markus Schrenk | Giovanni Tepe | Peter Tepe
Prof. Dr. Peter Tepe
Peter Tepe is a philosopher, literary scholar and visual artist. Even after his retirement he is still strongly involved in the Institute of German Philology and the Institute of Philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, continuing to supervise numerous PhD students, while remaining in charge of the interdisciplinary study and research focus Mythos/Ideologie & Methoden (Myth/Ideology and Methods) that he initiated in 1987.
1968–1970: He studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with the eminent painter Karl Otto Götz. There were several phases of artistic activity in the following years, especially 1989-1995 and since 2013. In 2013, the concept for the online journal was developed and editors, contributors and cooperation partners were recruited.
Recent book publications (currently 12)
- Mythos & Literatur. Aufbau einer literaturwissenschaftlichen Mythosforschung (2001), Kognitive Hermeneutik. Textinterpretation ist als Erfahrungswissenschaft möglich (2007), Interpretationskonflikte am Beispiel von E.T.A. Hoffmanns Der Sandmann. Kognitive Hermeneutik in der praktischen Anwendung (2009; mit Jürgen Rauter und Tanja Semlow), Ideologie (2012) – dieses Buch ist im Verlag Walter de Gruyter erschienen.
- Herausgebertätigkeit (in den beiden ersten Fällen zusammen mit wechselnden Mitarbeitern): Mythologica. Düsseldorfer Jahrbuch für interdisziplinäre Mythosforschung. 8 Bände von 1993–2002 im Verlag Die blaue Eule, Essen.
- Mythos. Fächerübergreifendes Forum für Mythosforschung. Bislang 4 Bände seit 2004 im Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg.
Other online activities
Mythos-Magazin. Online journal for the fields of myth research, ideology research and explanatory hermeneutics (www.mythos-magazin.de). Various rounds of publication since 2005. He also published many of his own works in the three periodicals, partly in book length.
The last treatise, Fundamentalismus: Neue Wege in Analyse und Kritik, appeared in October 2015 in Mythos-Magazin and consisted of over 200 pages.
Chief Editor | German and English Editorial
Together with the publisher, Till Bödeker is responsible for the entire online presence. In December 2018/January 2019, he independently relaunched the w/k-website. He is responsible for the design and technical work, takes part in the editorial supervision of new contributions and writes his own texts. In addition, he is responsible for the sections Art/Science-Events, Institutions and Literature.
Since 2017 Till Bödeker has been studying free art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Prof. Rita McBride and philosophy and German language and literature at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.
Chief Editor | English Editorial
Anna-Sophie Jürgens studied Comparative Literature, French and Russian Philology in Munich (Germany) and St. Petersburg (Russia). She has explored the cultural phenomenon of popular art forms – circus in particular – with her Magister thesis (~MA) and PhD. In both her thesis (Poetics of the Circus: Hyperbolic Aesthetics in Fiction) and in subsequent publications, Anna-Sophie has examined Australian fiction. With a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Anna-Sophie has been based at the Australian National University since 2017, where she explores the representations and dynamics of scientist characters in Australian fiction. Her publications tie together her two main research interests: Science in Fiction Studies and Popular Entertainment Studies.
Poetik des Zirkus (2016); Patterns of DisǀOrder (2017, ed. with M. Wierschem); LaborARTorium (2015, ed. with T. Tesche); Comic in Suspenders: Jim Sharman’s Circus Worlds in The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show. In: Journal of Australian Studies (2018); A Funny Taste: Clowns and Cannibals. In: Comedy Studies 9/2 (2018); Circus as Idée fixe and Hunger: Circomania in Fiction. In: Comparative Literature and Culture (2016).
Anna-Sophie also publishes for popular audiences in The Conversation – see Eight great Australian fictional scientists worth reading about (11 February 2019) andViolent clowns and panto dames: the Origins of Rocky Horror’s Frank-N-Furter (3 December 2018).
Circus, Science and Technology: Dramatising Innovation (2020, Palgrave Macmillan, ed. by ASJ); Manegenkünste: Zirkus als ästhetisches Modell (2019, transcript, ed. by M. Fuchs & J. Schuster); Violent Clowns (special themed issue of the peer-reviewed journal Comedy Studies, ed. by ASJ).
Further information can be found at: researchers.anu.edu.au
Consultant and former conceptual guide
Thomas Daffertshofer (*1961) lives and works in Düsseldorf. Since 1996 he has worked as a business analyst, UX//UI concept developer and consultant for digital transformation processes in various customer and project contexts.
Science and art, especially their combination, represent one of the most important foundations of his thinking.
Laudatio of the editor
Without Thomas Daffertshofer there would be no w/k. To understand why, it is necessary to look back at the history of the online journal. In 2014, Thomas, as a friend and Internet specialist, recommended to use WordPress as a base system tailored to our specific needs. He had also provided a cost plan and was ready contacting experts to realize the concept in collaboration with the w/k editors. With the w/k program, the finance and implementation plan, I started looking for sponsors. I went to various foundations, companies, banks and other institutions, but despite my efforts the attempt became a complete disaster: not a single euro could be raised. At the beginning of 2015, the project had basically died.
At this low point Thomas came back into play. Convinced of the w/k idea, he did something completely unexpected – he completed all the work he initially wanted to pass on to experts by himself. And on top of that, he did all that for an unlimited period – until a miracle named w/k sponsor was found – without payment, just like that. In earlier times one would probably have said “out of idealism”.
With his extraordinary commitment – including many weekends as a coach for the core editors – Thomas has prepared the ground for our current state. That will not be forgotten. We will continue to consult him as an expert in difficult constructive and technical questions. Thank you, Thomas.
Meral Alma, M.A.
Meral Alma has been studying painting with Prof. Siegfried Anzinger at Academy of Arts Düsseldorf since 2011 and has been simultaneously working on a Ph.D. thesis project on migration literature in German studies under the supervision of Peter Tepe. She completed her Magister at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf in German Studies and Sociology.
Two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) sole winner of the Förderpreis der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf und der Unternehmensberatung Mercuri Urval; 2014–2016: Invitation to participate in the project 23 internationale Künstler gestalten ein Herz für UNICEF: created the heart for Turkey.
Selected exhibitions: Museum K20/Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen: Christie’s auction Young Art Düsseldorf: Exhibition of a work with subsequent auction (2013 and 2014); Exhibition Perspektivwechsel with Fabrizius2, Düsseldorf (2014); Solo exhibition Grenzenlos at Conzen, Düsseldorf (2014); Solo exhibition sponsored through the award from Mercuri Urval, Düsseldorf (2014); Exhibition Gesichtspunkte der Figuration, Düsseldorf (2015) and numerous group exhibitions, among others the New Year’s Auction in city hall (2015), charity auctions such as Lionsclub Meerbusch (2015) and Wünsch dir was e.V. (2014).
More information at: meralalma.de
Prof. Dr. Alexander Becker
Alexander Becker studied musicology, philosophy and history in Frankfurt and London. After completing his Magister in musicology he decided to continue with philosophy, did his doctoral thesis on the philosophy of language and philosophy of mind and his habilitation investigating the philosophy of language and ontology. In addition to this research in theoretical philosophy he has been working intensively on topics concerning the history of philosophy as well as aesthetics.
Verstehen und Bewußtsein (Paderborn 2000), Musikalischer Sinn (ed. together with Matthias Vogel, Frankfurt 2007); Platon: Theätet (Frankfurt 2008); Natürlicher Geist (ed. together with Wolfgang Detel, Berlin 2009); Denis Diderot: Philosophische Schriften (Berlin 2013); Platons Politeia: Ein systematischer Kommentar (Stuttgart 2017).
Selected articles on aesthetics: Zeitstrukturen im Jazz, in: Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft 59 (2014), S. 79−92; Bildliche Darstellung und die Simulation der Wahrnehmung, in: Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft 56 (2011), S. 217−240; Das Paradox des Musikverstehens, in: Musik & Ästhetik 56 (2010), S. 5−25.
Prof. Dr. Irene Daum, Dipl.-Psych.
Author and photographer, diploma in Psychology from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, PhD. from University of London, Habilitation at the University of Tübingen, long-standing research in psychology and neuroscience at the Universities of London, Tübingen, Bochum and Padua, more than 100 scientific publications with emphasis on the topics of brain mechanisms of perception, memory processes and creativity; elected member of Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, translation of poetry volumes for the La Toletta publishing house, Venice, Member of the Advisory Board of the German Charity organization “Kunst hilft Geben” and the Global Collection Network (COLLWEB) GmbH, Burgdorf, Switzerland.
Bellebaum, P. Thoma & Daum, I. (2012) Neuropsychologie. VS Verlag.
Daum, I. (2014) Landmarken, Panoramen und Navigation im Raum. In: B. Herbert & J. Samssuli (Hrsg.): Urban Traces – Wahrnehmung im öffentlichen Raum, Athena Verlag.
Daum, I. (2015) Detlev van Ravenswaay – Zu neuen Horizonten. Kunstverlag Till Breckner.
Daum, I. (2017). Ryo Kato – Eine endlose Geschichte. Galerie Bengelsträter (Hrsg.), Kettler Verlag.
Photography exhibitions in Cologne, Hamburg and Düsseldorf, photographs for La vita e bella – Miniaturen aus Venedig von Michael G. Fritz (Mitteldeutscher Verlag, 2010) UND DIALOGO DUE VON FRANCO FERRARI DELFINO (LA TOLETTA EDIZIONI, 2019).
Prof. Dr. Angela Krewani
is professor for Media Studies with a special impact on digital media at Marburg University. She has studied English Literature, Anglo-American History and Political Sciences in Cologne and Siegen, and she has received her PhD from Siegen University. Her interest in media studies was brought about by the participation on the Special Research Project Screen Media in Siegen. From 2007-2008 she was a fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZIF) at Bielefeld in the international research group on Science in the Context of Application. Her research interests are media art and the theory of digital media, including the epistemological dimensions of media.
Her latest publication is on media art, Medienkunst. Theorie-Praxis-Ästhetik (2016). She has also published on Hybride Formen. New British Cinea – Television Drama – Hypermedia (2001), Moderne und Weiblichkeit. Amerikanische Schriftstellerinnen in Paris (1993). She has co-edited Re/Visionen der Utopie. kunsttexte.de (2016) (with Christiane Heibach, Irene Schütze), The Apocalypse in Film. Dystopias, Disasters, and Other Visions of the World (2016) (with Karen A. Ritzenhoff), „Labore des Visuellen. Zum Verhältnis von wissenschaftlichem, dokumentarischem und fiktionalem Film”, in: Thomas Metten, Michael Meyer (Hgg.) Film. Bild. Wirklichkeit. Reflexionen von Film – Reflexionen im Film (2016).
Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. h.c. Peter M. Lynen
Full member since 2009 and secretary of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste (North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts) in Düsseldorf.
List of publications
Law and management of art and science.
1973 and 1976 First and Second State Examination in Law, Munich and Düsseldorf
1976 -1982 Legal work at the RWTH Aachen University, the University of Bonn and the Secretariat of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in Bonn (KMK)
1982 -2008 Chancellor of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and additional acting chancellor activities at the Robert Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf and the Folkwang Hochschule Essen as well as legal teaching and examination activities and start of research and publications in the fields of law and management of art and science
1990 Honorary doctorate (Dr. phil. h.c.) from the Robert Schumann University Düsseldorf
2000 Doctorate (Dr. iur.) in law at the University of Cologne
2005 part-time professorship and
2008 -2014 full-time professorship for art management and head of the Centre for International Art Management (CIAM), Cologne
Since 2014 attorney at law in Cologne with a focus on art and science law
Since 2015 Honorary Professorship for Cultural Management in Tianjin, China
Moritz Niehues is also responsible for the design of the contributions.
Born in 1977, master’s degree in history, economic history and German studies at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Freelance work in various Internet editorial departments. Team leader in various IT rollout projects for large corporations or public authorities.
Operator of the weblog Globalculturalheritage.
Studied philosophy, German language and literature and pedagogy in Düsseldorf with a focus on linguistics/philosophy of language. Tutor with Prof. Dr. Frank Liedtke. 1986 State examination with Prof. Dr. Rudi Keller with a thesis on the British language philosopher H. P. Grice. For 30 years he has been active as a copywriter and creative director in advertising and at the same time co-director of a gallery for contemporary art (Galerie 102) for 10 years.
René Reinhold Schallegger was trained in English and American Studies, as well as French philology, both with a focus on literary and cultural criticism at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria), as well as Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge/UK). In his master’s thesis, he adopted and adapted theories of postmodernity to analyse discourses of authority and the authority of discourse in the US-American science-fiction TV-show Babylon 5 (1993–1998).
After several years in youth politics, working for the Carinthian provincial government, he returned to university and academia for a doctoral project, extending his research interest in popular culture from literature and film/TV into ludic media. His dissertation was awarded a national prize by the Austrian ministry of Science and Research and was published as The Postmodern Joy of Role-Playing Games: Agency, Ritual, and Meaning in the Medium (2018).
During a research stay at Birmingham City University (Birmingham/UK), he broadened his research interest further from analogue into digital games, and he recently finished his post-doctoral thesis entitled Choices and Consequences: Videogames, Virtual Ethics, and Cyber-Citizenship. He is currently Associate Professor for British-, Canadian-, and Game Studies at the University of Klagenfurt where he focuses on digital ethics, citizenship, gender- and queer studies, contemporary drama, and the British Middle Ages as well as Renaissance culture in his teaching.
- Savegame – Agency, Design, Engineering (Co-editor; Springer 2019)
- The Postmodern Joy of Role-Playing Games: Agency, Ritual, and Meaning in the Medium (McFarland 2018)
- “’What Pride Had Wrought’ – On the Ethics of Knowledge and Belief in Dragon Age: Inquisition” (In: M. Uhrig, V. Cuntz-Leng, L. Kollinger (eds.): Wissen in der Fantastik – Vom Suchen, Verstehen und Teilen; Springer 2017)
- “Flying? Falling? – Conflicting Representations of Disability in Kevin Kerr’s Skydive (2007) and Brad Fraser’s Kill Me Now (2013)” (Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 2017)
Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk
Markus Schrenk is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. The core areas of his research are metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of the sciences: Laws of nature, causality, dispositions, modality.
He studied philosophy, physics and logic in Bonn. After his master’s degree, he went to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to do his doctorate in philosophy on the question of whether natural laws can have exceptions.
- Handbuch Metaphysik. (Ed..) Stuttgart: Metzler (2017).
- Metaphysics of Science. London & New York: Routledge (2016).
- Einführung in die Sprachphilosophie. (Ed. with Albert Newen) Darmstadt: WBG (second edition: 2013).
- Hume. Epistemology and Metaphysics. Special Issue of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy (Ed. with Helen Beebee) Paderborn: Mentis Publisher (2010).
- The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws. Berlin: De Gruyter (2007).
He works as a system administrator and regularly updates the various w/k sections; he is also engaged in formatting the contributions.
Born 1999, graduate of the Comenius-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf.
Since October 2017: Studies of Psychology at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.
2016-2018 drummer of the band back2friday.
Since end of 2017: recording of own music.