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With the Grimm Poetics Professorship, the University of Kassel has already honored such significant literary figures who write with equal thematic and stylistic heterogeneity as the Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller (1998), Christoph Hein (2002), Rafik Schami (2010), and Sibylle Lewitscharoff (2013). Since the beginning of the lecture series, the concept of the Poetics Professorship has been characterized by a broad concept of author and an intermedial understanding of poetics. As a result, the award winners also include media bordercrossers such as the playwright Tankred Dorst (1986) or the director and Oscar winner Volker Schlöndorff (2011).
Publication series on the Grimm Poetics Professorship
Since 2018, a publication series on the Kassel Grimm Poetics Professorships has been established by the publishing house Königshausen & Neumann. The series is edited and supervised by Stefanie Kreuzer.
To the homepage of the GPP publication series at Königshausen & Neumann
Grimm Poetics Professorship Film Series
AND I WAS FERIDUN ZAIMOGLU (D 2023; Director: Thomas Henke) is the third GPP companion film.
FRAU DÖRRIE AND THE GHOSTS (D 2022; Director: Thomas Henke) is the second short film in the GPP (companion) film series.
THEY ALWAYS SAY TERÉZIA MORA (D 2021; Director: Thomas Henke) was realized as the first experimental (feature-length) film of the GPP film series under Corona Pandemic conditions.
Currently, the Kassel Grimm Poetics Professorship is being accentuated in terms of media aestheticstuand is receiving an additional decidedly cinematic focus. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kreuzer ("Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft/Medienwissenschaft"), the poeticsproprofessorship will in future be open to both literary and film professionals, as well as to those working in the fields of theater, art and culture. This medial 'opening' is completely in the sign of the Grimm's name givers. The Brothers Grimm's collection of fairy tales already marks a significant change in media from the oral to the written, from the orally transmitted and ritualized fairy taleserzählungen to a written, linguistically standardized and narratively overformed textsammlung.
An important concern of the Grimm Poetics Professorship has always been to establish a productive exchange between university literature/film/media studies, contemporary writers, playwrights, and filmmakers, as well as a culturally interested public. The series of events always consists of three parts:
(a) a public inaugural lecture on a topic chosen by the poetics professors themselves,
(b) a public reading from a current text - or a film viewing - as well as
(c) a public (seminar) event at the university, which is especially addressed to the students of Kassel.
In addition, the intensive examination of the - in the broadest sense - 'aesthetic' works of the honorees has been accompanied for several years by specialized courses at the Institute of German Studies, in which literary and cinematic works of the poetics professors are reflected upon with the students.
History and tradition
The Kassel Brothers Grimm Poetics Professorship has been awarded by of the University of Kassel since 1985 and is currently endowed by the Kassel Sparkasse. Originally initiated as a central institution of the Reform University Kassel, the Poetics Professorship has been awarded in recent years by the Institute of German Studies to outstanding authors, but also playwrights and directors. The Poetics Professorship is named after the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who lived and worked in Kassel.&Their diverse and interdisciplinary work in thegenre is of an editorial, scientific and political nature and ranges from the publication of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales), to theforschung of the German language, to their humanistic commitment to the formulation of human rights.
As part of the Göttingen Seven, the Brothers Grimm also campaigned against royal despotism and for a liberal constitution. The honorary title in Kassel is a sign of this interdisciplinary, diverse, aesthetic-philological as well as social-political commitment.
Over the course of their history, the Kassel Poetics Lectures have taken place at various public venues in the city, at the Kunsthochschule and at the University of Kassel. Until 2008, the events were held in the Eulensaal of the Murhard Library. Later, the poetics professors made guest appearances in the lecture hall of the Kunsthochschule, which is open to the Karlshaue. In recent years, due to the great public interest, the events were held in the largest lecture hall I of the newly built Campus Center of the University of Kassel on Holländischer Platz, which can hold about 650 people. In the future, events within the framework of the Poetics Professorship could also find their way into municipal cinemas.
The Brothers Grimm Poetics Professorship is not to be confused with the professorship "The Work and Impact of the Brothers Grimm" at the University of Kassel. This professorship is currently occupied by the Grimm researcher Prof. Dr. Holger Ehrhardt.
- Stefanie Kreuzer | As of Oct. 2023 -