Curriculum Vitae

Print Version: CVPersonal Information

Name: Wilhelm Wolfgang Hemecker
Address: Research Network History and Theory of Biography, University of Vienna
Porzellangasse 4 / 2 / 3.20
1090 Vienna
Austria
Phone: +43 1 4277 43092 or: +43 664 243 34 71
E-Mail: wilhelm.hemecker [at] gtb.lbg.ac.at
Degrees: Dr. phil.; Mag. phil.

Personal Career

Since 2020 Principle investigator of the research project: Richard Beer-Hofmann - A scholarly biography (FWF Austrian Science Fund, P33354)

Since 2019

Coordinator, University of Vienna / Research Network History and Theory of Biography.

2012 - 2017 University Professor for the History and Theory of Biography, University of Vienna, Department of European and Comparative Literature and Language Studies
2005 - 2019 Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna
1997–2004 Austrian National Library: Researcher,
Literary Archives of the Austrian National Library
1994 - 1996 University of Vienna: Lecturer in the German Department
1990 - 1993 German Literature Archive/Schiller National Museum, Marbach:
Researcher in the Department of Manuscripts
1990 German Historical Institute, London: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany)
1988 - 1989 University of Graz: Researcher at the Research and Documentation Centre for Austrian Philosophy

Visiting appointments and fellowships

2015 Harvard University/Houghton Library: Research Fellow (Sept./Oct.)
2009 University of California, Los Angeles: Visiting Professor (Spring Quarter)
2008 Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy: Resident Fellow (Spring)
2007 Casa do Artista in Machico, Madeira: Writer-in-Residence (August/Sept.)
2007 University of Cambridge (UK), Churchill College: By-Fellow (Lent term)
1999/2000 St. Petersburg State University, Russia; German Department: Visiting Lecturer (Autumn)
1990 German Historical Institute, London: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany)
1985 - 1987 Doctoral Fellowship of the Pro Scientia Foundation, Austria

Research Interests

  Literature of the late 18th–21st Centuries
  Philosophy of the late 18th-21st Centuries
  Viennese Modernism (interdisciplinary)
  Theory of Biography
  History of Modern Biography
  History of Psychoanalysis
  Interrelationships between Literature and Philosophy
  Memorial Culture, Palaeography and Archives

Externally Funded Research Projects

2021 - 2022 Rainer Maria Rilke – Richard / Marianne Weininger. Scholarly Edition of Correspondence (City of Vienna MA 7)
2020 Christian von Ehrenfels – Sigmund Freud. Scholarly Edition of Correspondence (Future Fund of the Republic of Austria)
Since 2020 Richard Beer-Hofmann – A scholarly biography (FWF Austrian Science Fund)
2013 - 2017 Oskar Pastior – `The distinctive is good´. Components of a Biography (Austrian Science Fund)
2012 - 2014 Mira Lobe: Doyenne of Austrian Children’s and Young People’s Literature (Austrian Science Fund)
2005 Foundation of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography
2003 Manès Sperber: The Analysis of Tyranny
(Manès Sperber Society/ Austrian National Library)
1999 Josef Paneth: Between Physiology, Psychology, and Philosophy
(Austrian Science Fund)
1997 Heinz Politzer: Sigmund Freud and Tragedy
(Jubilee Fund of the City of Vienna)
1993 - 1994 Christian von Ehrenfels: Correspondence
(Austrian Science Fund)

Literary Exhibitions

1998 Rainer Maria Rilke (Austrian State Archives)
1993 Mechtilde Lichnowsky (German Literature Archive, Marbach)
1990 - 1992 Foyer exhibitions on Werner Bergengruen, Paul Celan, Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig (German Literature Archive, Marbach)

Committee Activities

Since 2015 Morphomata International Center for Advanced Studies: Member of the Academic Advisory Board
Since 2009 International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Europe: Founding Member and Member of the Executive Board
2003 - 2009 Manès Sperber Society, Vice President
2000 - 2016 International Rilke Society, Member of the Executive Board
Since 1998 International Rilke Society, Member of the Academic Advisory Board
Since 1994 Christine Lavant Society: Founding Member and Member of the Executive Board

Further Activities

2002 Juror, Manès Sperber-Prize
1997 - 2001 University representative on the interministerial selection committee for
Austrian lectors at international universities
1997 - 2001 Consultant to the Foreign Ministry for Austrian holdings at university libraries in Eastern and Central Europe
1996 Juror, Austrian State Prize for Science and Research Journalism
1994 - 1997 Palaeographic expert for the Dorotheum auction house
1990 - 1993 Member of the working committee for critical editions in philosophy,
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (German Philosophical Society)
1988 - 1994 Honorary expert for the Austrian Science Fund, Vienna

Further Interests: Pianoforte

2013 Masterclass from John Bloomfield (New York)
2000 – 2004 Masterclasses with Anatol Ugorsky (Detmold), Yves Henry (Paris),Yoheved Kaplinsky (New York), Tamás Ungár (Fort Worth) and
1999 - 2004 Private studies with Joo Ann Koh (University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Vienna)