Self-help literature provides instructions for self-governing. These texts offer techniques which aim at changing the reader´s life as a whole. This includes the transformation of personality as well as a rearrangement of work, relationships and social status. For that purpose, mental, social and material resources are unlocked and utilized for various goals of life, which are often described quite expressively. The modern, enlightened imperative at the heart of these texts, i.e. not to be determined by others, is transferred – in historically alternating ways – into an imperative of life-planning, life-enhancement and a re-utilization of the self. more...
|since 04/2012||Research Associate at the Research Project “Genealogy of Self-Governing” (funded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation)|
|since 10/2011||Member of the DFG Research Training Group: “Self-Making. Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective”|
|12/2009||Admission to the Conferral of a Doctorate at the Leibniz Universitaet, Hannover|
|04/2005- 12/2007||Study of Philosophy, Protestant Theology and Psychology at the Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin|
|04/2001- 03/2005||Study of Philosophy, Protestant Theology and Psychology at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet, Heidelberg (M.A.)|
"The Reconstruction of Tamil Buddhism - An Identity for the Oppressed?" in: AJTR XXI (01/2008), S.16-32.