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Barbara Hahn

Distinguished Professor of German
Max Kade Foundation Chair in German Studies

Hahn’s interests focus on late eighteenth-century to early twenty-first-century German literature, culture, and philosophy. She is working on two books, one on Hannah Arendt’s writing between languages and cultures, the other one on love and friendship. Together with Ursula Isselstein, she is publishing a critical edition of Rahel Levin Varnhagen’s letters and notebooks; together with Hermann Kappelhoff, Patchen Markell, Ingeborg Nordmann, and Thomas Wild she is the editor-in-chief of a complete edition of Hannah Arendt’s work (digital and print). She received funding for her work by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Hamburger Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Kultur and was awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2008/2009) and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2014/15)