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dr. F.J. Lippert

Associate Professor (UHD) and Vice Chair for European Culture and Literature
dr. F.J. Lippert

Dr Florian Lippert is Associate Professor (UHD), Deputy Chair, and Profile Coordinator of European Culture and Literature at the University of Groningen. Since 2017, he is an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission (MSCA-IF). He is the author of Selbstreferenz in Literatur und Wissenschaft. Kronauer, Grünbein, Maturana, Luhmann (Wilhelm Fink, 2013) and editor of Self-Reflection in Literature (Brill/Rodopi 2020, with Marcel Schmid) and has published widely on modern and contemporary literature and film, the European "migrant crisis", Discourse Theory and Social Systems Theory.

Florian Lippert received his PhD in Modern German Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany, with a Full Scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and had lecturer positions at King's College London, Sungshin University Seoul and the University of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe. His current research focuses on notions and ideas of “cultural sameness” and “normality”, especially in the context of contemporary populism.


Positions and functions

since 8/2014


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Chairgroup European Culture and Literature

Associate Professor (since 9/2019)

Deputy Chair European Culture and Literature (since 10/2017)

Senior Lecturer (8/2014-8/2019)

Member Cluster Board 2 Culture, Language, Literature and Politics (1-12/2018: Secretary, 1-12/2019: Financial Officer )

Member Programme Committee MA Literary Studies (2/2016 - 12/2017)

MA Coordinator Bijzonder MA Duits / Pilot (9/2015 - 2/2016)

Erasmus Coordinator German (2016-2017)

9/2011 - 7/2014


University of London, King’s College (KCL), German Department

DAAD Lecturer for German Literature, Language and Film

Programme Coordinator German



KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Centre for Applied Humanities (ZAK)

Coordinator Publications and Teaching

Coordinator Whitebook Humanities

3/2007 - 2/2011

German Research Foundation (DFG), PhD Scholarship Holder and Research Fellow

Fully funded member Research Group "Image/Body/Medium. An Anthropological Perspective", UFA Karlsruhe, Germany



University of Fine Arts (UFA) Karlsruhe, Institute for Media Philosophy

Lecturer for Media Philosophy

3/2006 - 2/2007

Sungshin University Seoul, South Korea, German Department

Lecturer for German Language and Culture

International Liaison Officer, Exchange Coordinator for German

10/2005 - 2/2006

ISW Institute for Languages and Economy Freiburg

Lecturer for Literature and Culture

10/2001 - 09/2005

Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, German Department

Teaching Fellow / Tutor for Modern and Medieval Literature and Culture


Funding received and applied for


PhD Research Scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG), received


Individual Funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Full Academic Lecturer Programme, received


King’s College London Research Grant, School of Arts and Humanities, received


DFG Postdoc Research Project Application: Effects of Fiction, reached final round, evaluation: excellent – highest recommendation


DAAD Project Grant: German Screen Studies Network w. colleagues from Steering Group, received


UACES Conference Grant: Inaugural Conference Puzzling Europe with Dr A. Godioli, received


AHRC proposal Writing the World, project collaborator (main applicant: B. Schofield, KCL), reached 2nd round


Marco Polo Travel Grant, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen: Conference Theory Now, Chile, received


Mulerius Foundation Grant for book publication: Transparent Texts, received


RUG Research Project Development Grant: ERC application preparation, received

10/2017 - 12/2018

H2020 European Commission Marie Skłodowska Curie RISE project Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal (2014-18) full member as Experienced Researcher, fully funded research member


NIAS Theme Group Application: Invisible Europe with 4 colleagues, reached final round


H2020 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant application: Cultural Self-Reflection in the Wake of the European Migrant Crisis, application handed in, results to be published in spring 2019


Invited memberships and additional functions (selection)


H2020 Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur for the European Commission, Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships. To date: evaluated 23 proposals and acted as rapporteur for 9 proposals (since 10/2017)

Presidium Member German Studies Association Netherlands (VGNU) (since 6/2016)

Founding Member and Steering Group Member of the German Screen Studies Network (GSSN), King's College London and 7 partner universities (since 6/2013)

Journal Reviewer for Austrian Studies, MHRA (since 3/2018 )

Lecturer PhD Programme Communication Studies, Universidad de la Frontera and Universidad Austral de Chile (since 2/2017)

Founding Member Research Group Politics of (In)visibility, University of Groningen and Universidad Autónoma de México (since 7/2018)

Research Member Center of International Studies, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile (since 2/2016)

PerusAll Project Researcher (peer-instruction educational methodologies), University of Groningen and Harvard University (since 9/2017)

Research Project Member Cultural Narratives of (In)Visibility in the Global South, UNESP / CAPES (Brazilian federal government agency, Ministry of Education) (since 11/2018)

RUG Network Delegate at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, collaboration in teaching innovation technologies: Perusall in the Humanities (4 / 2019)



Visiting Researcher Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Research Group Visual Anthropology


RUG Funding Expert for Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships, Presenter at University of Groningen Central Board Funding Workshop, April 2018


Consultant Research Expert for the medial representation of the migrant crisis in the NWO-funded CLARIAH Research project Narrativizing Disruption (leader: Dr Berber Hagedoorn)


RUG Network Delegate at Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile – planning of collaboration in Framework Agreement with the RUG

2012 - 2014

National Selection Board Member for German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships in Germany; DAAD London, UK


Supervision and Mentorship

Supervision of PhD thesis, final stage: Tomás Gaete, European Culture and Literature, University of Groningen / Communication, Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile

Supervisor in PhD programme Communication (Universidad de la Frontera, Chile)

Supervision of 24 MA theses, Department of German / Department of Film Studies, King’s College London; and Faculty of Arts, Research MA Literary Studies / European Culture and Literature / Educational Master, University of Groningen

Supervision of 37 BA theses Department of German / Department of Film Studies, King’s College London; and Faculty of Arts, Research MA Literary Studies / European Culture and Literature / Educational Master, University of Groningen

Supervisor, Mentor and Line Manager for 4 lecturers and 6 interns, Department of German / Department of Film Studies, King’s College London

Project Convenor PhD Clinic – How to write successful PhD proposals (14 participants); Lecturer How to write MSCA IF proposals (120 participants), University of Groningen


Knowledge transfer and outreach (selection, last 5 years)

Stichting Cultuur & Kommunikation: Northern Netherlands Representative. Organisation of 16 literary debates and readings at the University of Groningen (4 per year, ongoing, since 2015) with internationally acclaimed authors and intellectuals (latest: Yoko Tawada, José Oliver, Robert Menasse, Albert Ostermaier).

UNICEF: Invited speaker and discussant for "Growing up in war-torn Syria" – Realities of the "Refugee Crisis" (Groningen, March 2018).

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Lecturer Modules Literature and European Modernity and Modernity Roundtable in the course European Culture and Politics, taken by over 20,000 learners worldwide (Groningen, 2016-now).

Recent verschenen werken, nationwide seminar series for school teachers: Lecturer on contemporary literature and film in 3 weekend block seminars, Karmelklooster Drachten / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (annually since 2016).

Eton College, UK: Juror (with Sebastian Koch and Dr Benedict Schofield) for Bothmer-Haworth German Declamation Prize (February 2014).

The Prince's Teaching Institute, UK: Lecturer Block Course Teaching German Culture (July 2013).


Organisation of major academic events (selection of total 15)

Co-organiser International Conference Film and Crisis in Southern Europe. Coordination and organisation with Manuel de la Fuente. University of Valencia, 10/2018.

Co-organiser National Research Day on Literary Studies, Netherlands. Coordination and organisation with colleagues from the National Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), University of Groningen, 10/2018.

Co-organiser International Research Symposium New Methodological Perspectives in the Global South. Concept, coordination and organisation, together with Pablo Valdivia. Guest speakers: Tomás Gaete, Lucía Hellín, Elena Donato, Sebastian Gago. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 6/2018.

Main Organiser International Conference Puzzling Europe. Literary, Political and Linguistic Perspectives on a Fragmented Continent. Concept, coordination and organisation, together with colleagues from the Department of European Languages and Cultures. Guest speakers: Paul Michael Lützeler, Gerard Delanty, Joan Pujolar et al. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 10/2016.

Main Organiser Nationwide Student Conference “Deutsche Wirklichkeiten”. Concept, coordination and organisation. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 5/2016.

Co-organiser International German Screen Studies Network Symposium The Return of the Real. Concept and organisation, together with colleagues from the GSSN. Guest speakers: Andrew Webber, Paul Cooke, Daniela Berghahn et al. King’s College London, 7/2013.

Main Organiser International Symposium “Re:Präsentationen. Antworten auf die Krise” Main organiser. Concept, organisation and supervision. Guest speakers: Sybille Krämer, Carolin Meister, Dieter Mersch, Franziska Schößler, Lambert Wiesing. UAD Karlsruhe, 11/2008.

Co-organiser International Conference “Technology and Desire. The Transgressive Art of Moving Images”. Chair, organisation by Rania Gaafar and Martin Schulz. Guest speakers: Jay David Bolter, Timothy Druckrey, Thomas Elsaesser, Hinderk Emrich, Lorenz Engell, Oliver Grau, Mark B. Hansen, Janet Harbord, Malcolm LeGrice et al. UAD Karlsruhe, 11/2008.

Co-organiser Public Symposium “Kultur, Bild, Text”. Concept, organisation and supervision, together with Alexander Schwinghammer, Philipp Erchinger, and Cristian Alvarado Leyton. Guests: Antje Kley, Walter H. Sparn. UAD Karlsruhe, 2/2008.

Co-organiser “Asiatische Germanistentagung 2006: Kulturwissenschaftliche Germanistik in Asien”. Chair, section “Kulturwissenschaftliche Germanistik in Lehre und Forschung” [German Studies as Cultural Studies in Teaching and Research], organised by Gil-Ung Kim. Speakers: Woo Ho Cho, Kazuo Hosaka, Yin Sang Kim. Seoul National Univ., 8/2006.


Academic education & relevant non-academic work experience


Dr. phil., Modern German Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Magna cum laude.

9/1998 - 6/2004

Magister Artium, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Sehr gut. Modern German Literature, German Linguistics, Spanish.

9/1997 - 2/2000

Newspaper Journalist for Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung / Westfälische Rundschau. Ca. 400 articles, national and local.


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9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands


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