Frankfurt Fellows

Prof. Dr. Christine Ott (October 2021-March 2022): Speech and Register[at]

Christine Ott (PhD in Italian Literature 2002, Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Habilitation Marburg 2009) holds the Chair for French and Italian Literature at the Institute for Romance Languages and Literature at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her main areas of research interest include poetry (early modern and 20th century), food/corporeality studies, and early modern commentaries. At present, she is working on heterodox elements in Michelangelo's poetry as well as on feasting/fasting and corporeality in early modern literary texts. As a Frankfurt Fellow, she will chair the team's work on Speech and Register.

Prof. Dr. Rebekka Voß (2023-2024): Entanglement


Rebekka Voß (PhD in Jewish Studies 2007, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) is Professor of the History of German and European Jewry at Goethe University Frankfurt. She conducts research on early modern Jewish history, Jewish-Christian relations, Yiddish literature, cultural transfer, and messianism. As a Frankfurt Fellow, she will supervise the team's work on Entanglement.

Prof. Dr. Markus Wriedt (2022-2023): Symbolical Communication


Markus Wriedt (Dr. Theol. 1990, University of Hamburg; Habilitation 2004, Goethe University Frankfurt) is Professor of Church History in the Evangelical Faculty of Theology at Goethe University Frankfurt. He publishes on historical theology in later medieval and early modern times, the histories of Enlightenment and 19th-century theology, and the Renaissance reception of the Church fathers. As a Frankfurt Fellow of the POLY Research Group, his work will focus on the deconstruction of the confessionalization model; dynamic relationships among evolving Christian lifestyles and their doctrinal referents; and the dynamics generated by the tension between religious differentiation and homogeneity in the gradual transformation of Christian ontologies. Within the field of symbolic communication, he is particularly interested in the performance and politics of identity within confessional cultures.


Prof. Dr. Birgit Emich
Historisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49-(0) 69/798-32594
E-Mail: emich[at]

Administration Office
Claudia Pätzold
Historisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
IG Farbenhaus 3.413
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49-(0) 69/798-32595
E-Mail: c.paetzold[at]