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Associate Professor of German, Brown University, Rhode Island

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Fall 2013


Thomas Schestag is a scholar of German and comparative literature who began teaching at Brown University in January 2014. Since 2005 he has taught in the United States at Northwestern University and The Johns Hopkins University, as well as in Germany, at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. As of January 2014 he will be an associate professor of German at Brown University. Educated in Zurich (PhD, 1988) and at the Freie Universität Berlin (MA, 1984), Schestag has published widely on theories of names and naming, hermeneutics and translation, and the intersection of philosophy, poetry, and political theory. An English translation of his 2006 book, Die unbewältigte Sprache (Engeler), on Hannah Arendt’s theory of poetry, is in preparation. He is also investigating the idea of sensus communis (koinē aisthēsis) concerning the existence of a sense for language preceding the pre-conceptual notion of a linguistic “common sense.”