Prof. Dr. Michel Espagne


Academic positionFull Professor
Research fieldsGeneral and Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies
KeywordsKulturtransfer, Transkulturelle Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Interkulturelle Vermittlerfiguren, Heinrich Heine im deutsch-franz. Kontext

Current contact address

InstitutionCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
InstituteUMR 8547 "Pays germaniques/Transferts culturels", Ecole Normale Superieure

Host during sponsorship

Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Jürgen LüsebrinkFachrichtung Romanistik, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
Start of initial sponsorship01/10/2011


2011Humboldt Research Award Programme

Nominator's project description

Professor Espagne is internationally known for his outstanding research in the field of cultural transfers concerning both theoretical issues and broad and innovative empirical studies. His publications, originally situated in the field of German Literary Studies, concerning especially the work of Heinrich Heine, have expanded during the last 25 years in a truly interdisciplinary direction towards the study of intercultural mediators and cultural transfers in the fields of the history of science, in translation studies, in philosophy, in art history and in African Studies. During his stay in Saarbrücken he is developing a cooperative research project on knowledge transfers during the colonial period from the African continent to France and Germany.