Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Name: Wilhelm Wolfgang Hemecker
Address: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography
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 2012 University Professor for the History and Theory of Biography, University of Vienna, Department of European and Comparative Literature and Language Studies
Since 2005 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
  Viennese Modernism (interdisciplinary)
  Theory of Biography
  History of Modern Biography
  History of Psychoanalysis
  Interrelationships between Literature and Philosophy
  Memorial Culture, Palaeography and Archives

Research Projects

Since 2013 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
Since1998 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

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