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Dr. Michael Auer

Winter Semester 2015/16

Michael Auer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of German Studies and Comparative Literature at LMU Munich. After having studied philosophy, german, comparative literature, english, and ancient greek in Freiburg, Germany, and at the Indiana University, he joined the German-Italian Graduate School at the Universities of Bonn, Germany, and Florence, Italy. There he received his doctorate with a study on planetarity and the Meridian as a planetary line (published as: "Wege zu einer planetarischen Linientreue? Meridiane zwischen Jünger, Schmitt, Heidegger und Celan", Fink 2013). He was awarded the GSA Graduate Student Prize in 2008 and the prize of the 16th international "Forum Junge Heine Forschung" in 2013. His fields of interest include the nexus of politics, law, and literature, the relations of lyric and theory, and the troping of rhetorical figures as figures of cognition.

As a Junior Researcher in Residence he will proceed in his Habilitation on "Autonomy as an Occasion. The Ode between literary and political Modernisms." This book length study investigates the intricate and conflictual relations obtaining between the lyric, aesthetics, and society since the 18th century by turning to a prominent exemplary case. During his stay at CAS he is also organizing a workshop on the specific modernity of Johann Gottlieb Klopstock's writings.