People Feature


"Alarmstufe rot" in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. April 24th, 2019. On Wikipedia's gender gap and why the attempt to close it with Artifical Intelligence is doomed. 

"Kleine Inseln auf dem Festland" in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. March 20th, 2019. Oxford's connection to Berlin, a Lidl scholarship and other attempts to undermine Brexit. 

"Die Weiße Garde: Bulgakow als Kriegsschauplatz" in Petersburger Dialog. December 1st, 2018. Why work of Ukrainian-Sowjet writer Bulgakov has recently become a side battlefield of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

"Da kommen plötzlich drei Kriege mehr raus" in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. September 29th, 2018. On (pseudo-)scientific neo-colonialism, a statue of Rhodes and identity politics admist a quarrel about the British Empire. 

"Die Hobbits steigen aus den Schützengräben" in Neue Zürcher Zeitung. August 12th, 2018. What World War One did to Tolkien's Hobbits and why Oxford became a shire.

"Tanz in den Abgrund. Der Weimarer Investigativjournalist Leo Lania" in taz. die Tageszeitung. July 24th, 2019. In the 1920s, jewish investigative journalist Leo Lania reported undercover from Hitler's Völkischer Beobachter, rose to the top of his craft and was later forgotten. Why it's worth reviving the work of a brilliant writer and critic in the 21st century. 

"Leopold Senghor: Der Träumer mit der harten Hand" in Neue Zürcher Zeitung. July 10th, 2019. On Leopold Senghor, poet-turned-president of Senegal who balanced Realpolitik with Kulturpolitik. 

"Vom Torwart lernen heißt Siegen lernen" in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. June 15th, 2018. Amidst the World Cup, Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin becomes Moscow's icon-of-choice. What Yashin's life, notoriously caught between the strict rules of the game and the drive to cross lines, says about creativity in totalitarianism. Awarded Peter-Bönisch-Preis. 

"Ernst Kantorowicz: Briefmarken sammeln ist doch einfach Wahnsinn" in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. April 20th, 2018. Robert Lerner's biography and talk on exiled German historian Ernst Kantorowicz, who went from shooting communists in 1919 to defending them against McCarthy in the 1960s and on the way led historiography out of positivism.