Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jan AlberCopyright: Peter Winandy
Jan Alber has been University Professor of English-language literary and cultural studies with a focus on cognition at the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Arts and Humanities since October 2016. In his research he explores the question how recipients interpret narratives using cognitive grids. He is also interested in all unconventional or extraordinary forms of literature and culture.
Born June 10, 1973, in Bietigheim-Bissingen
|1994 to 2001||Studied English, political science, and philosophy in Freiburg and Reading, UK|
|2005||Acquired Dr.phil. degree at the University of Freiburg|
|2013||Habilitation on "unnatural" narratives in Freiburg - awarded the Habilitation prize from the German Association for the Study of English|
|2006 to 2014||Academic advisor in public servant position for a limited time, English seminar, Freiburg|
2007 to 2008
|DFG research grant, Project Narrative, The Ohio State University, USA|
|2011 to 2012||Humboldt fellow, University of Maryland and University of North Carolina|
|2013||Interim W2 professor of English literary studies, TU Darmstadt|
|2014 to 2016||AIAS-COFUND (Marie Curie) research grant, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Denmark)|
|2017||President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)|
Free time: family, camping, sports – particularly mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking, playing piano and drums
I hate reality but it's still the best place to get a good steak.