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Prof. Dr. Hermann Herlinghaus

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Internal Senior Fellow
Oktober 2017 - August 2018


Hermann Herlinghaus, born in Berlin, was trained in Latin American/Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and Comparative Literature. He has done research and teaching across a range of fields such as cultural and media studies, anthropology, history of science, and concepts such as modernity, the global south, cultural heterogeneity, shamanism, pharmakon and pharmakos, among others. He received several research fellowships (including a Rockefeller FS in 1998), and elaborated the first comprehensive, internationally recognized monograph on the new literary formation of "Narcoepics" in Latin America. From 2000-2010, Herlinghaus was a Full Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). Since 2011, he is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Freiburg.


Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • Narcoepics: A Global Aesthetics of Sobriety, New York—London—New Dehli—Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  • Violence Without Guilt: Ethical Narratives from the Global South, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Renarración y descentramiento: Mapas alternativos de la imaginación en América Latina, Madrid—Frankfurt Main: Iberoamericana / Vervuert, 2004.
  • Narraciones anacrónicas de la modernidad: Melodrama e intermedialidad en América Latina, Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2002.
  • Heterotopien der Identität: Literatur in interamerikanischen Kontaktzonen (Heterotopias of Identity: Literature in Interamerican Contact Zones), Ed. with Utz Riese, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1999.



Synchronization in Embodied Interaction

In embodied interaction, participants achieve resonance by drawing on a variety of embodied resources that include but are not limited to body sway, gestures, gaze, and speech. A large variety of resonance phenomena can be empirically identified and operationalized in terms of the synchronization of bodily movements that are temporally attuned both across interactants and across the different modes of expression of an individual. Our research questions are contextualized within the broader perspective of research in interaction, with a focus on pragmatic aspects of communication. Drawing from the fields of linguistics, psychology, and cultural studies, we will conduct an interdisciplinary investigation into aspects of synchronization that enables us to produce a sustainable, competitive body of preliminary work for an interdisciplinary grant application. This will put Freiburg University on the map of the rapidly evolving research paradigm of embodied interaction.

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