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Dr. Anja Hallacker (*1968)

Dr. Anja Hallacker

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Address Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 33 / 111
14195 Berlin
Office Kathleen Kriebitzsch
Telephone 030 / 838 7 50 44
Email a.hallacker@fu-berlin.de

Office hours

on workdays 11.00 - 15.00 hrs

Current Responsibilities

  • Head of Management
  • Financial Administration
  • Assistant to the board
  • Conceptual developement (Curriculum, Workshops, international cooperation)
  • Career Councelling
  • Representation

Vita

Employment History

Since 2014 Managing Director Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies

2009 - 2014 Director DAAD Information Centre Pune, India

2002 - 2008 Assistant Professor & Scientific Coordinator of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

2000 - 2002 Lecturer A-Level (Teacher for German Language), Gesellschaft für berufsbildende Maßnahmen (GFBM), Glasower Str. 60, 12051 Berlin

Scholarships

2005 Scholarship awarded by Herzog-August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

1997-1999 Scholarship awarded by Freie Universität Berlin

Education and Qualifications

2000 PhD: Es spricht der Mensch. Walter Benjamin Theorie der Namensprache und die lingua adamica (Mankind Speaks. Walter Benjamin's Theory of Language and the Lingua Adamica), valuation: summa cum laude

1996 - 2000 Associate member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group ‘Derealisierung und Digitalisierung’

1996 - 1997 Exams: Freie Universität Berlin: Degree in German Studies, Theology, Phil­o­so­phy. Additionally: Degree in ‘Deutsch als Fremdsprache’ (Teaching German Literature and Language for Non-native-speakers)

1988 - 1996 Studies: German Studies, Theology and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin

1988 Abitur (Higher School Certificate / A levels)

University of Pune

2014/I

Roman: Gattungsstudie, MA Seminar

Gattungstheorie: MA Seminar

2013/II

Wissenschaftliches Schreiben, MA Seminar

Novelle: Gattungsstudie, MA Seminar

Dissertation: Betreuung von MA-Abschlussarbeiten

2013/I

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 1, Vorlesung MA

Literatur & Philosophie in der europäischen Tradition, MA Seminar

Workshop: Kreatives Schreiben

Workshop: Erstellen eines Research Proposal für die Antragstellung

2012/II

Einführung in die deutschsprachige Philosophie, MPhil-Seminar

Methoden des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens, MPhil-Seminar

Dissertation: Betreuung von MA-Abschlussarbeiten

2012/I

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 1, Vorlesung MA

Literatur & Philosophie in der europäischen Tradition, MA Seminar

Workshop: Erstellen eines Research Proposal für die Antragstellung

2011/II

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 2, Vorlesung

Methoden des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens, MPhil-Seminar

2011/I

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 1, Vorlesung & MA Semi­nar

Literatur & Philosophie in der europäischen Tradition, MA Seminar

Workshop: Erstellen eines Research Proposal für die Antragstellung

2010/II                                

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 2, Vorlesung & MA Seminar

2010/I

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 1, Vorlesung & MA Seminar

2009/II

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 2, Vorlesung & MA Seminar

2009/I

Deutschsprachige Literaturgeschichte Teil 1, Vorlesung & MA Seminar

FU Berlin

Seminar

WS 2007/08

Die Funktion von Beispielen in philosophischen Texten. Institut für Philosophie, BA Aufbauseminar

SoSe 2006

Two women-philosophers in Early Modern Age: Anne Conway and Margaret Ca­vendish. Institut für Philosophie, Magister Proseminar, gemeinsam mit Dr. Markus Wild (HU Berlin, Philosophie)

SoSe 2005

Phantasie, Phantastik, Fantasy: Eine Geschichte der Phantasie von der An­tike bis in die Gegenwart. Institut für Philosophie, Magister Hauptseminar, gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Ha­rald Brittnacher (Neuere deutsche Literatur)

Philosophie oder Mystik? Die Texte Jakob Böhmes. Institut für Philosophie, BA Grundseminar

WS 2004/05                        

Der Körper in den philosophischen, juristischen und literarischen Texten der Frühen Neuzeit. Institut für Philosophie und Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Magister Pro­semi­nar

SoSe 2004

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’ Discours de Métaphysique. Institut für Philosophie, Magister Proseminar

WS 2003/04

René Descartes Discours de la mèthod. Institut für Philosophie, Magister Proseminar

WS 2002/03

Erich Kästner – ausgewählte Werke für die Sek. 1. Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Proseminar Fachdidaktik

Zielsprache Deutsch: Zur Didaktik und Methodik des Deutschen als Zweit­­­spra­che (DaZ). Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Proseminar Fachdidaktik

SoSe 2002

Zielsprache Deutsch: Zur Didaktik und Methodik des Deutschen als Zweit­spra­che (DaZ). Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Proseminar Fachdidaktik

WS 2001/02

Zielsprache Deutsch: Zur Didaktik und Methodik des Deutschen als Zweitspra­che (DaZ). Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Proseminar Fachdidaktik

SoSe 1998

Walter Benjamins Sprachtheorie. Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Proseminar Neuere Deutsche Literatur

Colloquia

WS 2007/08

Interdisziplinäres Forschungscolloquium des Zentrums ‚Mittelalter – Renai­ssan­ce – Frühe Neuzeit’. Thema: Handlungswissen. FU Berlin, Nachwuchsförderung

SoSe 2007

Interdisziplinäres Forschungscolloquium des Zentrums ‚Mittelalter – Renai­ssan­ce – Frühe Neuzeit’. Thema: Handlungswissen. FU Berlin, Nachwuchsförderung

WS 2006/07

Interdisziplinäres Forschungscolloquium des Zentrums ‚Mittelalter – Renai­ssance – Frühe Neuzeit’. Thema: Methoden der Sichtbarmachung. FU Berlin, Nachwuchsförderung

SoSe 2006

Interdisziplinäres Forschungscolloquium des Zentrums ‚Mittelalter – Renai­ssance – Frühe Neuzeit’. Thema: Methoden der Sichtbarmachung. FU Berlin, Nachwuchsförderung

WS 2005/06

Interdisziplinäres Forschungscolloquium des Zentrums ‚Mittelalter – Renai­ssance – Frühe Neuzeit’. Thema: Erzählen

FU Berlin, Nachwuchsförderung

SoSe 2005

Interdisziplinäres Forschungscolloquium des Zentrums ‚Mittelalter – Renai­ssance – Frühe Neuzeit’. Thema: Imagination und Fiktion. FU Berlin, Nachwuchsförderung

2005 - 2009

Koordination des Forschungscolloquiums der DFG-Forschergruppe Topik und Tradition

2002 - 2009

Koordination des Nachwuchscolloquiums von Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann

2004: Es spricht der Mensch. Walter Benjamins Suche nach der lingua adamica. München (Fink). Mankind Speaks. Walter Benjamin's Search for the Lingua Adamica.

Abstract: The Lingua Adamica – the language that Adam spoke in the Garden of Eden – is a mysterious and powerful language. At least that was the assumption of many learned people in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age who searched for traces of this ancient language. From the present day perspective, such a theory can only be of interest as an historical curiosity. It seems extremely unlikely today that philosophers of language would be concerned with the hypothetical potential of Lingua Adamica. This publication demonstrates that, at the beginning of the 20th century, Walter Benjamin draws on this theoretical linguistic knowledge to develop the core of his own philosophy of language. Jacques Derrida expands on Benjamin's theory by first freeing it of the clearly theological setting and, subsequently, adopting the key elements of the old theory. Umberto Eco treats the linguistic theory with irony and modifies it once again. It is at this point that the Lingua Adamica seems to disappear from current research on linguistic theory.

2014: Khunrath, Heinrich: Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae – Schauplatz der ewigen allein wahren Weisheit
Vollständiger Reprint des Erstdrucks von [Hamburg] 1595 und des zweiten und letzten Drucks Hanau 1609. Mit einer Bibliographie der Drucke und Handschriften Khunraths, Namenregister und Konkordanz der beiden Ausgaben sowie der Transkription einer aus dem 18. Jahrhundert stammenden deutschen Übersetzung des ›Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae‹. Herausgegeben von Carlos Gilly, Anja Hallacker, Hanns-Peter Neumann und Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann. Clavis Pansophiae. - CP 6. 2013. 590 S. 362 Abb. über 360 Originalseiten als Reprint. Auf 160 Exemplare limitierte und nummerierte Auflage. 35 x 30,7 cm. Ln.

Abstract: The magnificent first edition of Khunrath’s ›Amphitheatrum‹ has always belonged to the rarest and most coveted books of Paracelsian theology, Christian Kabbalah, magic and alchemy. The reproductions of the artistically arranged texts and text images are preceded by a critical and historical study of Khunrath (ca. 1560–1605) as an important mystic of nature and the impact of his ›Amphitheatrum‹. The edition also provides a transcript and translation of the texts witin the images, an introduction to Khunrath’s iconographical program as well as an extensive bibliography of his works. These are succeeded by a complete reprint of the Hanau edition (1609), with its own unique augmentation and design, including illustrations of the engravings added since the Hamburg edition. The edition also contains a reprint of Johann Arndt’s ›Iudicium über die 4 Figuren‹ and a transcript of a mid-18th century German translation (based on the 1609 Hanau version), supplemented by a substantial introduction analyzing Khunrath’s theosophy within the context of 18th-century piety and enlightenment. A double concordance as well as a detailed name index complete the edition.

2006-2008: Publication Series 'Berliner Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung' (v&r unipress)

2007: On Angelic Bodies. Some Philosophical Discussions in the Seventeenth Century. In: Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry: Their Function and Significance, eds. M. Lenz, I. Iribarren. Aldershot: Ashgate 2007, pp. 201-214.

Abstract: As has become clear from the texts that we have examined in this paper, angels are not the central subject: the issue is, rather, whether angels have bodies and whether they differ from human beings. The main concern is why do angels still play a role in philosophical considerations of the seventeenth century and why is it necessary that they be endowed with bodies. Jakob Böhme focused on problems connected to the Creation and Fall of the angelic world because this world is the typus for every other created world and could bear part of the guilt that man has been burdened with since the Fall. On the other hand, the angelic world functions like a mediator between God Himself and the terrestrial world. Böhme aims to present a philosophical explanation without verging on Gnostic dualism or pantheism: the struggle between different qualities is the force that is active in every created being and this force is held by the last quality (nature) to form an individual being. We can call one part of this force ‘spirit’ and the other ‘body’ but this does not explain very much. To have a body is not a sign of sin but a necessity for every created and individual being, for angels as well as for man. Despite their differences, this is the major common point that enables a comparison of Böhme with Henry More and Ann Conway. In their works, we also find the theory of the one substance constitutive of every living being. Closely connected to this is the idea of a mediator or some form of mediation between the two modes of this substance: body and spirit. More and Conway search for a homogeneous concept to explain the physical and metaphysical phenomena, not ready to accept the gap between body and spirit or between theology and other sciences. Here, angels are just part of the traditional set of arguments, but that angels have bodies is a typical tenet advanced against dualism.

At the same time, this is the beginning of the end of angels in philosophy. Conceived as godlike and pure spiritual beings, as guardians of man and apostles of God, they were for a long time contrasted with and seen as superior to earthly humans. By shifting the border between the spiritual and the extended terrestrial world in early modern times, angels lose this rather traditional position. Now, only God Himself is a pure spirit, while angels have bodies and are the brethren of men. In one of the central debates of the seventeenth century, namely the discussion on the connection between body and spirit, angels have already become marginal figures. They are invoked as one example amongst many by those who argue against dualism, in defence of the theory of one existing substance. Together with metaphysics, angels slowly vanish from philosophical debate.

2007: co-authored with Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann: Topik: Tradition und Erneuerung. In: Topik und Tradition, hg. v. Th. Frank, U. Kocher, U. Tarnow. Göttingen (v&r unipress) 2007, pp. 15-27. Topica: Tradition and Renewal.

Abstract: The initial thesis is that the processes of change in knowledge, that occurred between the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age, reveal a topical structure specific to this era, and were the cause of an elementary change in European thought. This thesis is based on the concept of Topica that arose from the study of history in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Here, Topics refer to both the complex elements that constitute a coherent piece of knowledge as well as their arrangement. Topoi should not be seen as tiny, indivisible units, rather, they are in themselves complex constructions that cannot be defined precisely. The study of Topica differs for this reason from logical, analytical forms of knowledge, such as, mathematical theorems. It is, however, just this semantic imprecision that makes topoi so flexible that they can be easily rearranged to reveal new meanings. The concept "Topica" has two dimensions: it focuses on both the constituent, complex elements and on the organisational structures of the actual arrangement. Due to the double valency of topics, it is possible to describe the critical stages of the process of the change in knowledge between the 13th and 17th centuries as Fragmentation and Reorganisation. With this topical structure, the process of change gives rise to new, unplanned and unpredictable cognitive insights, meaning that it can generate unexpected knowledge. In the decisive phases of this critical restructuring, under pressure to adapt pragmatically to the functional requirements of the new context, the process of fragmentation and reorganisation of traditional knowledge causes, in turn, the generation of new knowledge.  

2006: Erzählen Beispiele in philosophischen Texten? In: Erzählende Vernunft, hg. v. A. Hallacker, S. Lalla, G. Frank. Berlin (Akademie), S. 39-46. Can Examples fulfil a narrative function in Philosophical Texts?

2003: Franz Joseph Molitor: Freimaurer – Lehrer – Kabbalist. In: Christliche Kabbala, hg. v. W. Schmidt-Biggemann. Ostfildern (Thorbecke), S. 225-246. Molitor, Franz Joseph. Free Mason – Teacher – Cabbalist.

2000: Die Zeit der Engel, Rilkes Duineser Elegien. In: Poetik der Krise, hg. v. H. R. Brittnacher, F. Störmer. Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), S. 140-151. The Era of Angels, Rilke's Duino Elegies.

1999: Grundlagen der Übersetzungstheorie: Benjamin – Derrida. In: Übersetzen – Übertragen – Überreden, hg. v. S. Eickenrodt, S. Porombka, S. Scharnowski. Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), S. 27-40. Basics of the Theory of Translation: Benjamin – Derrida.

Review

2004: Mulsow, Martin (Hg.): Das Ende des Hermetismus. Historische Kritik und neue Naturphilosophie in der Spätrenaissance. Dokumentation und Analyse der Debatte um die Datierung der hermetischen Schriften von Genebrard bis Casaubon (1567-1614). Tübingen 2002. In: Theologische Literaturzeitung 129 (2004), S. 428-431.

Review of Mulsow, Martin, Ed. The End of Hermeticism. Historical Criticism and Modern Natural Philosophy in the Late Renaissance. Documentation and Analysis of the Debate on Dating Hermetic Scripts from Genebrard to Casaubon (1567-1614), Tübingen 2002.

Preface

2007: Vorwort zu: Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann: Apokalypse und Philologie. Wissensgeschichten und Weltentwürfe. Hg. v. Anja Hallacker u. Boris Bayer. Göttingen 2007. Preface: Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann: The Apocalypse and Philology: Histories of Knowledge and World Designs.

Conference Report

2005: Angels. An International Conference on Medieval Angelology (St. John's College, Oxford, 11.-13. April 2005). In: Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter (hg. v. B. Mojsisch, o. Pluta, R. Rehn), Bd. 10 (2005), S. 229.

Selected Conference Papers

2007: Spinner oder Modernisierer? Robert Fludd und Baptist van Helmont im Streit um die Waffensalbe (Mad Man or Moderniser? Arguments from Robert Fludd and Baptist van Helmont on the weapon salve).Opening Conference of European Society for Early Modern Philosophy, ESEMP in Essen.

2005: Secrecy and knowledge Eco, Descartes, and Princess Antonia. Annual Conference of International Association for the History of Religion, IAHR, in Tokio.

2005: On Angelic Bodies Some Philosophical Discussions in the Seventeenth Century. International Conference at St. John's College Oxford on ‘Medieval Angelology’.

2003: Das Briefcorpus des Bernhard von Clairvaux (The Letters of Bernhard of Clairvaux). Opening Conference of the IZ Mittelalter – Renaissance – Frühe Neuzeit in Wittenberg.

2003: Die deutschsprachigen Literaten des 16. Jahrhunderts: Intellektuelle Öffentlichkeit und Selbstdarstellung (German Authors in the 16th Century: Intellectual Public and Self-Portrayal). International Conference on‚Intellektuelle Kultur – Kultur der Intellektuellen in der Frühen Neuzeit’ (Intellectual Culture – Culture of Intellectuals in Early Modern Age) in Saarbrücken.

2001: Walter Benjamin eine deutsch-jüdische Geschichte (Walter Benjamin – a german-jewish History). Leopold-Zunz-Lectures in Wittenberg.

2000: Mystiker wider Willen – Walter Benjamins Frühe Schriften (Mystic despite himself – The early Writings of Walter Benjamin). International Conference on   ‚Mystische Tendenzen in Literatur und Theorien des 20. Jahrhunderts’ (Mystic Tendencies in Literature and Theory of the 20th Century) in Cortona.

2000: Franz Joseph Molitor: Lehrer, Freimaurer, Kabbalist (Franz Joseph Molitor: Free Mason – Teacher – Cabbalist). Annual Conference of the Reuchlin-Society in Pforzheim.