Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2015

Elisabeth Décultot

With her help, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg wants to become the leading address for Enlightenment research in Germany. Elisabeth Décultot is to extend the focus at Halle-Wittenberg to include the European and global context.

  • Nominating University: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


How did scholars in the 18th and 19th centuries read other scholars? What did they record of this in their notes and extract notebooks? And what found its way into their works? The French literary scholar Elisabeth Décultot follows tracks like these in order to understand the transfer of knowledge in the art theory and aesthetics of the Enlightenment. With success: Décultot is one of the world’s most distinguished researchers on the history of aesthetics in the 18th century.

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Elisabeth Décultot at the University Halle-Wittenberg

Brief bio

Born in 1968; following studies of the German language and literature, Elisabeth Décultot obtained her doctorate at the École normale supérieure de Paris (ENS) in 1995 and her post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in 2004. Research professor with the title Directrice de Recherche at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris (CNRS/EHESS-Centre Georg Simmel) since 2005. Elisabeth Décultot has already conducted research in Germany, including as a Humboldt Fellow in Cologne and Berlin. In her work, such as on Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a pioneer in scientific archaeology and art history, she goes far beyond the bounds of her discipline: In 2010 she curated an exhibition in the Louvre Museum, where she has been a member of the scientific advisory board since 2011. In February 2015 she took up her position as a Humboldt Professor at the University Halle-Wittenberg.
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