Irmela von der Lühe Spring 2022

As part of the Harris Distinguished Visiting Professorship Program Irmela von der Lühe will teach JWST 53.01/GERM 42.13*: Gender/Jewish-German Culture spring 2022.

Irmela von der Lühe is a German author, editor and former professor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at the Institute for German and Dutch Philology at the Free University of Berlin .

Irmela von der Lühe in the exhibition she curated on Erika Mann in the Monacensia

Irmela von der Lühe studied German, history and philosophy at the universities of Tübingen , Münster and Berlin . After the first state examination in 1971, she was a research assistant in the German language and literature department at the Free University of Berlin. In 1977 he received his doctorate. After the second state examination, she worked as a teacher and later as director of studies at the Fichtenberg-Oberschule in Berlin-Steglitz. In 1993 she completed her habilitation. After teaching in Berlin and Göttingen, she was from October 1, 2004 until her retirement 2012 Professor at the Institute for German and Dutch Philology at the Free University of Berlin.

Von der Lühes research focuses on literature from the 18th to the 20th century, modern writers, German-Jewish literature in the 20th century, exile literature as well as the Holocaust and literature. In the area of Thomas Mann and the Mann family , her focus is Erika Mann , whose work she publishes together with Uwe Naumann and about whom she has written a biography.  In 2019 von der Lühe curated the first solo exhibition on Erika Mann in the Munich Monacensia under the title Erika Mann. Cabaret artist. War reporter. Political speaker.  From October 2020 to February 2021 the same exhibition will appear as a special exhibition in the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main.